Ergonomics: Saving Backs, Necks, And Lives Of Office Workers

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Ergonomics is a concept of efficient and safe working conditions. You'll usually hear the word in relation to comfortable chairs, good desks, and certain keyboard arrangements. To understand if ergonomic marketing is truly serving you, here are a few product concepts to figure out how to test their comfort and efficiency.

Ergonomic Chairs Need Lumbar Support

How good is your posture? Do you actually know what good posture means? A good posture is more than standing or sitting up straight with your back arched; it's a specific alignment that keeps the weight of your body spread evenly across the supporting bone structure that...well, isn't very well designed and probably at the worst point of an evolutionary overhaul.

It's too easy for the lower back to be overburdened, and office work has a tendency to wreak havoc on that design issue. The lumbar region of the back is under constant assault in the modern human's body because of either over-curving the arch, or leaning over in a way that turns the S into an even worse squiggly line of poor support and pain. 

Posture practice and etiquette courses are nice and classy, but they're not practical. A better solution to keep your back more consistently in a good position is to get a chair with lumbar support and a body curve guide.

These chairs are somewhat one-size-fits-all and not a perfect fix for back problems, but they help put most bodies into a better position if not the right position. Many lumbar support systems can be adjusted to help with the differing body sizes issue, usually in the form of a soft cylinder installed to the chair or as a strap-attached accessory.

You Need Neck Support Through Monitor Mounting

What are you doing when you look at the monitor? Are you staring down slightly? Are you looking up? If you're not staring straight ahead to see your monitor, you're doing it wrong and your body may be hurting soon because of that mistake.

The basic fix is to get a set of risers or platforms to put your monitors at a higher position. That's a good choice if you only sit in a certain position, but most people move between leaning forward and reclining to use their desks.

Instead, consider a monitor mount with adjustable arms. These mounts attach to a wall and the back of your monitor, allowing an adjustable placement to the most comfortable spot you can find for your head, neck, and eyes.

Most modern monitors come with a table base and sockets for wall mounting. If your monitor lacks a mounting socket, adapters are available to get around that problem.

Contact an office equipment professional, like those found at Baker Street Office Furnishings Corp, to discuss your posture, comfort, and ergonomic safety.

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28 June 2017

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