IS YOUR OFFICE CHAIR WORKING FOR YOU?
You may think you have an ergonomic chair and feel pretty confident that having a good chair is enough to protect your back, right? The truth is, with the number of our rears stay parked in our chairs, we are guilty of changing many of the initial set ups calibrated to fit you, or on the contrary we have never actually checked to see if the set up was correct in the first place. Whether you’re the fidgety type that likes to play with all the gadgets in your chair while on a boring conference call, or just never payed attention to your chair before then check out these simple 5 steps to making your chair work for you!
- Sit upright and all the way to the back. Place a support cushion or roll against the arch of your back for lumbar spine support. Here are some tips to help you adjust your chair.
- Stand in front of your chair and adjust the height so that the highest point of the seat is just below your kneecap.
- Sit on the chair and make sure that your knees are bent at approximately a 100‐degree angle when your feet are flat on the floor.
- Adjust the backrest forwards and backwards as well as up and down until it fits the hollow in your lower back.
- Sit upright with your arms hanging by your sides. Bend your elbows at about a right angle and adjust the armrest height until they barely touch the undersides of the elbows. Remove the armrest from the chair if the right level cannot be achieved or if the armrests, in their lowest adjustment, elevate your elbows even slightly.