Supporting the Biomechanics of Movement
The best way to reduce pressure on your back is to remain in a standing position. However, there are times when you need to sit, especially in a workplace environment. When seated, your weight is transferred onto the seat, but without good ergonomic design the seat will not properly support your weight; creating unwanted pressure that leads to back problems. It is therefore essential to know how seating and desking solutions support the biomechanics of movement.
OFGO’s ergonomic product offerings are designed specifically to support weight by distributing it evenly; an effective solution to unwanted back pain. There are various ways in which our ergonomic seating options help support the unwanted pressure placed on your body when you sit.
1) Lumbar Support: The lumbar (bottom five vertebrate in the spine) is supported with seat and back incline options.
2) Arm Support: The use of a chair’s armrests is a key variable in reducing lumbar disc pressure. Adjustable armrests help shift the weight of your body so that it is not entirely on the seat and back but also on the armrests. The adjustability also prevents the shoulders from becoming overly stressed.
3) Foot Support: Pneumatic seat height control allows a seat’s height to be increased or decreased to accommodate individual preferences. Using a chair at an appropriate height helps keep your feet supported and comfortable, preventing lower back problems. Foot support can also be achieved through the use of height adjustable foot rings.
4) Knee Support: Seat depth control allows a seat to be adjusted forwards or backwards to accommodate the length of your legs, avoiding unwanted pressure behind your knees.
5) Circulation Support: When sitting in any space for a prolonged period of time it is essential to ensure healthy blood circulation. Seat tilt mechanisms allow for the adjustment of seat and back angles; utilizing these mechanisms in concert with good foot support will allow healthy blood circulation.
Ergonomic desking adapts to the natural movement of our bodies. You can use your desk more ergonomically by using these simple steps:
1) Check to see if the height of your desk is appropriate for you. Your arms should be bent to less than 90 degrees when typing. You can adjust the height of your chair to obtain your ideal position.
2) Keep your knees at a 90 degree angle; use a footstool if needed.
3) Try to keep your desktop so that frequently used objects are closer to you, in order to avoid excessive reaching.
4) Keep the area underneath free from clutter to give your legs room to stretch.