Neck pains, back aches and sore shoulders.
Do you experience these nagging pains at the end of the workday?
If you do, it’s time to take a good hard look at ergonomics and the way you sit.
Why Ergonomics Is Important In Your Workplace
What is ergonomics? Ergonomics is a solution to physical issues caused by over-exertion or repetitive stress. For example, sitting on an ergonomic chair in front of your desk.
Even if you don’t work in a traditional office setting, it’s likely that a part of your day still requires you to sit down in front of a computer too.
So why is ergonomic important to us?
Office workers often suffer from neck strains, sore shoulders and even lower back pain because of incorrect sitting posture. This is especially so given that most of us sits for a prolonged period of time when working in the office.
Incorrect sitting posture may also lead to:
- Pelvic Pain
- Lower Self-Esteem
- Fatigue and Sleep Issues
- Hip, Knee or Ankle Pain
- Digestive Problems
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
The list of body conditions was brought up by experts in a Bustle article.
Adopting good ergonomics’ practices can help reduce the risk of injury and illnesses caused by poor ergonomics. Companies have reported that since changing to ergonomic-friendly furniture, their employees missing work due to injuries and strains have decreased while productivity increased due to lesser distraction by these health problems.
Are You Sitting Right?
If you have to sit often, it’s best to do it correctly. Here’s a diagram from the Ministry of Manpower to help you check if you’re in the right posture.
Image source: Improving Ergonomics at the Workplace
If your office or home environment isn’t providing the conditions for the above posture, then it’s time to rethink your work space.
How To Choose A Good Ergonomic Chair
Besides being mindful of your sitting posture, it’s important that what you’re sitting on supports your posture too.
Ergonomic chairs are equipped with the best features to support an upright and relaxed position so that you can maintain a proper posture throughout the day. More often, we tend to be so engrossed in our work that we forget about how we sit.
When choosing an ergonomic chair, choose one that have adjustable features and a good back support. Look out for these features which can be found in the Sail Basic Ergonomic Chair by TakeAseat.sg.
- Mesh – Fully ventilated so that it does not feel warm even sitting for long hours
- Adjustable Headrest – can be adjusted and support your neck optimally
- Adjustable Armrest – ensure your arms are optimally supported in any desired height, can be adjusted in 4 different directions
- Adjustable Seat Depth – for better blood circulation and comfort
- Lock And rock Mechanism – backrest tilt so that you can lie back and relax if need be
- Adjustable Backrest – adjust the height of the backrest together with the lumbar support for a better back support
- Flexible Lumbar Support – lumbar support flex according to your weight and provides an optimal support for your lower back
If you’re looking for a long-lasting ergonomic chair, the Sail Basic Ergonomic Chair (Price: $419) is a fit for many different office spaces.
One Of The Best Investments You Can Make For Your Health
Most of us invest in a good and solid mattress so that we can have a good night’s sleep. But why do we neglect to invest in a solid office chair when the time we spend sitting on a chair, is almost the same (or more), as sleeping on a bed?
Sitting on a poor office chair is like sleeping on a bed that has little mattress support for your back. Imagine how you would feel the next morning.
Even though ergonomic chairs and tables are more expensive than normal office furniture, it will be one of the best investments you can make for your health in the long run. Think about the money you can save to potential trips to your chiropractor, Tuina specialist or TCM doctor to fix your body aches and pains for poor posture.
Caring For Your Body For The Future
A perfectly fitted ergonomic chair can reduce back, neck pain or wrist strain, headaches, and fatigue. But is not the one and only solution to relieve all of your body pains.
Good posture and an ergonomic work space must be complemented with physical activity and eating well.
Take regular stretching or walking breaks in between. You can also reduce your sitting time at work by standing while talking on the phone or eating lunch; or choose a standing desk.
With so many options of ergonomic chairs to choose from, you can easily find one that best fits your body.
All you need is to take a seat.
TakeAseat.sg is one of Singapore’s emerging ergonomically-friendly furniture and fitting-out service provider with more than 10 years of experience.
Carrying a wide range of office ergonomic products ranging from office chairs, standing desks to monitor arms and laptop stands, TakeAseat.sg caters to your needs with adjustable ergonomic products to suit different body profiles.
TakeAseat.sg’s products are sourced from leading manufacturers with some of them being patented in USA, Taiwan and China. Each product undergoes rigorous testing and checks by manufacturers before it reaches their store. Their Ergonomic chairs carry 2 years warranty, with installation and delivery to your house.
Have kids at home? TakeAseat.sg also carries a range of kids’ ergonomic study tables and chairs that adapt, grow and transform for the healthy development of the child’s physical and mental abilities.
TakeAseat.sg: Quality Ergonomic Office And Home Furniture
Where to find them: 27 Mandai Estate, Innovation Place Tower 2, #06-07, Singapore 729931
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