It is estimated that around 60% of adults are affected by back pain at some point in their working lives, with the culprit usually being furniture at work. Problems often come from poor posture – sitting hunched over a computer, at an awkward angle, slumping and crossing your legs. Pain related to posture can be severe and cause long-term issues if not addressed. However, the good news is that furniture at work problems can be easily solved through providing quality office furniture.
Tim Hutchful, from the British Chriopractic Association, claims that it is all about the adjustability and positioning of your equipment, saying: “Ergonomics depend on the size of the operator, so the chair needs to fit your body shape.”
It’s not just about the chair either – the position and, in particular, height of your desk and computer monitor can also affect your posture. Your keyboard should be central to your body and any other items you need, such as your desk phone, within easy reach so that you don’t have to strain. The top of your computer or laptop monitor should be just below eye level when seated to avoid excess strain on your neck and shoulders.
Your chair should be chosen based on your body size and should be at a height so that your feet are flat on the floor (or a footrest) and your knees in line with your hips. If there are armrests, your arms should be at right angles at the elbow and perfectly in line with your desk or keyboard.
As well as getting the right furniture, it is important to take regular breaks and get some movement. Aim to stand and walk around at least once an hour (or more if you are in pain), and even set a reminder in your calendar to make sure you don’t forget.