Part 1 – The Basics
Everyone has heard the term Ergonomics by now, you may even adjust your posture at the mention of the word, but what is it really? If you call up the word on the net you’re going to find the following bits of information.
• The study of the relationship between workers and their environment, especially the equipment they use.
• The study of people’s efficiency in their working environments.
• A science that deals with the designing and arranging of things so that people can use them easily and safely.
And my personal favorite
• The design characteristics of an object resulting especially from the application of the science of ergonomics.
I don’t know about you, but that is entirely unhelpful when it comes to adjusting my chair to fit me ergonomically. What I want to know is how I get comfortable.
So let’s break down the ergonomics of a commercial desk chair. While your chair may have a few dozen controls there are four basic adjustments on your chair that will improve your overall ergonomics. And by that I mean your comfort.
• Seat Height Adjustment
• Seat Depth Adjustment
• Arm Rest Position
• Back Lumbar Support
Over the next four weeks I will highlight each of these gadgets so you can find bliss with your chair. Because sitting ergonomically will relieve all your back, neck and leg issues, right….Uh, no, but why exasperate any physical issues. However the best ergonomic chair in the world will not make you comfortable, so if you’re not going to bother then just grab a milk crate, a chair arm, or cop a squat and be done with it.
If the underside of your chair looks a little likes a B-grade horror flick, call in reinforcements. All of those gadgets can make your sitting experience more enjoyable, but only if you know how to use them to your advantage. Every quality seating manufacturer has how to information printed or on their web site, you just need to ask.
One last note, if you really want to sit ergonomically, stand up, move, go get a cup of coffee or water, (notice I didn’t tell you to go get a doughnut!). Our bodies are not meant to be stagnant for long stenches at a time. You’ll find your body will thank you if you do these simple things.
Happy sitting (or not).
By Donna Sutton, Solutions Specialist