Sound like an exaggeration? Maybe not. According to the Back Institute, about nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of ten working adults have back pain every year. The pain felt in the back usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. The pain can often be divided into neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain or tailbone pain. Chances are, you are part of the 90 percent.
What’s causing so many people to suffer?
Though we can’t blame all backaches on office chairs, they are sure to be a huge contributor. Consider this. With the advancements in the technology industry, more Americans have desk jobs then every before and accordingly a University of Arizona study, 83 percent are eating both meals and snacks at their desks. Even those without desk are still spending personal time at a computer. What are people doing after school and work? They are emailing, shopping online, IMing and visiting the latest popular sites such as Facebook, Youtube , Twitter and Google. More people are getting their news and weather right from their desks than watching the 11 o’clock news. With Amazon and Netflix, we are now watching our movies and catching up on our favorite tv shows right on our computer. Let’s face it, between work and home entertainment, we are spending a lot of time in our chairs!
Unfortunately some are not just suffering from the average backache. May need to have some type of therapy or even surgery to correct their problems. How can you help prevent back pain? One thing you can do is make sure to choose the ergonomic office chair that’s the right for you.
Ergonomic Office Chairs
There is no longer the “one size fits all” office chair. They come in a variety of styles and sizes. What’s most important when choosing a chair? It’s essential that your feet are resting comfortably on the ground. The seat height and seat depth are the most important features that you need to pay attention to when buying an office chair. You want the backrest of your chair to actually support your back. If you are having to scoot up so your feet can touch the floor, you are not taking advantage of the back support your chair can offer. Correct posture is very important and the armrests play a big factor. We recommend you choose a chair that has adjustable armrest so your arms are at an even level with your keyboard. The chair’s back angle is also important. Not all people sit comfortably at a 90 degree angle. A lot of ergonomic chairs have a back angle adjustment so your feel supported while at your desk. Take these factors into consideration when buying your office chair and you should sit comfortably for hours. Can a new office chair take away your back pain? Maybe. Can it prevent pain? Absolutely!
President at Office Chairs Unlimited – I have been in the furniture industry for 20 years, and I’m an expert (just ask me) on all things furniture. I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or two.