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What Should I Consider When Buying an Ergonomic Chair?

By Kristi Ambrose
Updated: Mar 03, 2024

Whether you work from home running your own business or in a corporate office building, it's important to use the correct chair in order to reduce strain on the arms, shoulders, neck and back. You can easily avoid health problems by purchasing an ergonomic chair for your desk. Yes, in some cases these chairs can become quite expensive, however, if you are like the average worker and are sitting at your desk for more than 8 hours a day, this is one investment you can't miss out on. Not only can these chairs keep you from straining yourself but, they also have been reported to prevent an injury before it even exists.

When selecting the perfect ergonomic chair, there are several factors you should look at beforehand. First off, does the chair have an adjustable seat, lumbar back support, adequate seat depth or something with arm rests? If so, then this would probably be a pretty good fit for you. The point of all of these attributes is to reduce strain and ensure comfort while sitting in the chair. All in all there really is no "one size fits all" when it comes to any chair, let alon an ergonomic chair, so it's important that you actually sit in it and try it out before buying it.

It's important that you as a buyer understand what an ergonomic chair is meant for, what it can do and what it can't do. The point of an ergonomic chair is for back support and proper posture. This chair won't come with bells and whistles, it's not a time machine and it doesn't include any fuel injection. All it is supposed to do is keep your spine aligned along with keeping your vertebrae in place. A lot of chairs on the market will do a lot of great things like massage your back and allow you to "lie back" in your chair, however, that doesn't necessarily mean that these chairs are the best chairs simply because they are crowding the shelves at your nearest office store.

For those that do sit in desk chairs for long periods of time, you would greatly benefit from an ergonomic chair. While sitting at your desk, you will probably be putting your back and upper torso in a hampered posture, making yourself a target for back pain and problems later on in life. With ergonomic seats, your back gets the support it needs. This way you can sit at your desk all day if need be and still know that your body is being taken care of.

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