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Hello, I'm Duncan MacIntyre welcome to my website Blog, I've been involved with quality business seating for over 30 years now - it's a market I'm passionate about.

The aim of the Blog is to keep you up to date with new developments in the office seating market, useful hints and tips as well as health issues like back pain and RSI (repetitive stress injury). We all seem to spend more and more time sitting at PCs and laptops so this is an important matter.

Your comments are welcome as your individual experiences may very well be beneficial to other visitors to the Blog.

What Is The Best Office Chair For Big And Tall People?

Imagine if your car’s driving position was fixed. The manufacturer just decided the car seat would be set to suit the average driver. From the maker’s point of view it would be a lot cheaper. For drivers it would be a disaster and none more so than big and tall people who would likely end up with their knees wedged up against the steering wheel.

Fortunately automakers aren’t so shortsighted. Unfortunately office chair manufacturers often are, paying little regard to anyone taller than average.

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Tall Man In Wrong Sized Office Chair Cartoon – © www.OfficeChairAdvice.com

Why are some office chairs a problem for big and tall people?
If you’ve ever worked in an office where everyone has the same office chair you may have noticed how taller colleagues sit a little awkwardly.

For someone with longer than average legs the wrong chair can be a real hassle. Even sitting right back into the seat frequently leaves the user’s legs jutting out miles further than anyone else. Having to sit in this unnatural posture soon becomes uncomfortable.

For someone with longer than average legs the wrong chair can be a real hassle. Even sitting right back into the seat frequently leaves the user’s legs jutting out miles further than anyone else. Having to sit in this unnatural posture soon becomes uncomfortable.

And heavier built tall people often face a further problem when they want to recline. Where they have a chair with fixed tension it isn’t nearly strong enough for their needs. Consequently when they lean back the chair offers little resistance and just shoots straight back.

To counter these two common problems it’s necessary to insist on a couple of vital options.

What essential features do big and tall people need?
The first problem can usually be taken care of by making sure that your chair is fitted with a seat slide adjuster. That way you can set the depth to suit your legs and get rid of the overhang issue.

The second problem can be easily fixed by making sure your chair has tilt tension adjustment. This enables heavier built users to increase the spring tension in the back. Now when you recline you don’t feel unstable in the chair because it supports you comfortably.

So, is that all you need to take care of?

What other features should you be aware of?
Apart from the 2 vital functions we just covered, what other features are desirable?

You should always go for adjustable arms. Even no arms would be a better option than fixed arms.

Fixed arms rarely end up in the right position for comfortable support. They often place your shoulders at an abnormal angle and the outcome is always the same – neck and shoulder pain.

Also check the seat’s dimensions and make sure it will allow you a clearance of an inch on each side when you’re seated. There’s nothing worse than feeling shoehorned in your seat as it restricts movement and causes discomfort.

You will probably be best to go for a medium or high chair back to make sure your back gets proper support. So avoid small chair backs unless they have a high degree of adjustability.

Won’t all this work out pretty expensive?
Unfortunately there’s no getting away from it, you just won’t find the features you need on $100 chairs. Realistically you’re going to need to budget between $450 and $750 and maybe more to get the kind of chair you need. You need to look at it as an investment. When you spend long hours sitting to work the added comfort you’ll gain will help you become more productive. Instead of being distracted by aching muscles you will get more work done. This is particularly true as the day wears on.

Look at the payback you’ll get. Let’s say you value your time at $30 an hour and you gain just 10 minutes a day in increased productivity. That’s $5 a day, so even if you shell out $600 you’ll see your investment paid off in less than 6 months. A pretty healthy return. Lets consider which models are likely to be most suitable.

Which chairs are good for big and tall people?
Because office chairs are mostly made to fit average sized people, you’ll need to look beyond many popular models. Fortunately some manufacturers produce chair ideally suited for big and tall users.

Eurotech seating’s Ergohuman mesh chair has the necessary adjustments for taller people.

Neutral Posture specializes in this sort of seating. It offers a huge range of options and they can be tailored to the individual. This is possible because you literally can make up a ‘made to measure’ set of features for your exact needs. The downside is cost as it’s likely to need a four figure investment to get what you want.

Herman Miller’s Aeron is also a good chair to consider as it comes in 3 sizes. Big and tall users will probably find the size C is best for them. There’s a useful size chart to take out any guesswork.

It’s open mesh upholstery is great for keeping you cool on hot summer days if you tend to sweat a lot. Keep in mind it’s fairly firm to sit on, so if you like a lot of padding on a chair it might not be ideal.

Lets run through a checklist of the key points:

  • Everyday chairs rarely work for big and tall users
  • You need to be able to adjust the seat depth
  • A tilt tension control is vital for smooth reclining
  • Choose adjustable arms, fixed arms cause discomfort
  • Make sure the seat and back are big enough
  • Look to invest between $450 and $750, or more
  • Stick to specialist manufacturers who understand your needs

Make sure you avoid chairs with fixed driving positions. For proper comfort you need to look to for seating designed to fit you. Here’s where you can find more about Ergohuman, Neutral Posture and Aeron chairs.

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Will A Headrest Improve Office Chair Usability? Beware Of The Chimera Problem

Some years ago a supplier introduced a new range of office chairs called Chimera and was excited about it because the top model included a headrest. Whilst this wasn’t that unusual the pricing point was highly competitive and well below competing products.

It was good news as we had a client who particularly wanted a headrest but whose budget didn’t cover the cost of chairs with headrests. With the launch of the Chimera it seemed we had the answer and we hurriedly arranged for a sample to be sent over as well as making an appointment to visit the client with it.

When it arrived our enthusiasm evaporated, sure it had a headrest just like we’d seen in the photos, but there was a major problem. It was fixed, not only that the chair had a high back that was also fixed.

Running a tape over things it quickly became apparent that it would only suit someone between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. Our client was 5 feet 6 inches making the chair totally unsuitable; his head barely reached the bottom of the rest.

The headrest was about as much use as a snow plow in the Sahara. This supplier just hadn’t thought about how a headrest should function.

What is the purpose of a headrest on an office chair?
Lets consider the main objective of an office seat headrest . In many respects it’s quite similar to the ones you find in vehicles, it’s there to support your head when it’s needed.

So, it won’t normally be in constant contact with your head, instead it’s there as its name implies to rest your head on when you feel like it.

When should you use an office chair headrest?
When you are actively typing in your chair your head won’t normally be touching the headrest and as a result it doesn’t get in the way when you are working with a keyboard.
It’s there for those moments when you feel like relaxing and leaning back in your chair.

Typically, if you are maybe relaxing while thinking through a problem, or reading a book or a report the added support a headrest provides is most welcome. It also works well like this when you are talking on the phone.

Anytime really when you are reclining in your chair, it’s great having the additional support a properly designed headrest provides.

What makes a headrest great?
To work effectively a headrest needs to be adjustable in height as a minimum. However as they are usually fitted to high back chairs this may not be much use for short built people as we saw with our Chimera.

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Relaxing with a rest.

Let’s look at an example of a really well thought out headrest from HÅG of Norway. It’s headrest is wider than most and there’s a good reason this.

First, it lets you roll your head from side to side, providing some welcome movement to your head, neck and shoulder muscles.

Second, the extra width opens up new sitting positions, like sitting sideways on the chair and resting the side of your head.

It adjusts in height by a massive 10 inches, quickly and easily by pulling on it to alter the height. An adjustment knob at the base controls front to back depth so it’s easy to set it to the ideal depth for your needs.

And as it uses a rubber mounting adjuster, it isn’t rigid and yields a little as you rest your head on it.

Humanscale Freedom With Headrest

Freedom Headrest

The flexibility of this headrest will fit pretty much any height of office worker.

Another good example is the Freedom chair with headrest from Humanscale. Although it only adjusts in height, because the chair back isn’t too tall and is also height adjustable it works effectively for both tall and short users.

As we’ve already seen this isn’t always the case with some rests.

When do headrests not work effectively?
Clearly fixed headrests should be avoided because unless you are the exact right height and body shape they will be ineffective and little more than a decorative feature.

Limited height adjustability may also be a problem, particularly if the chair has a fixed high back because it just limits the overall usability of the rest.

Also, how you prefer to use a headrest can make a difference. The classic position is for the back of your head to be supported. However, many like to use them as neck rests so it’s important to consider this when making your choice.

So, what have we covered?

  • Fixed headrests should be avoided they’re little more than ornaments
  • A headrest normally works best when relaxing and reclining
  • Headrests won’t normally get in the way when working
  • The better the adjustment options the easier it will be to use
  • Always carefully check how a headrest interacts with the other features of the chair

By taking care of these points you should be able to avoid any Chimera moments.

Here’s where you can read more about HÅG’s popular ergonomic chairs available with headrest options and here’s where to find out more about Humanscale’s Freedom headrest chair.

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Ever Thought What Your Office Chair Is Doing To Your Body?

Back in the 1960s one of the big pension companies ran the same cartoon ad strip for years. It showed this guy as he progressed through life. It started with him as a 25 year old and saving for old age wasn’t even on the agenda. At 35 he’s thinking it’s something for the future and puts the idea on the back burner. At 45 he’s thinking it’s time to make a start, but doesn’t. And at 55 years old it shows him worried as hell because he never took action and now it’s much too late.

It’s striking how similar office chairs are in this respect. At 25 you could sit on a sand bag all day and it wouldn’t matter. Ten years on at 35 maybe there are a few niggling aches and pains, yet nothing much to worry about. Come 45 and the thought crosses the mind you probably ought to change that crappy chair. By the time you get to 55 it could all be too late because those years of sitting badly will have taken their toll.

There have been loads of recent reports about sitting being bad for you and a significant contributor to heart disease, diabetes, weight problems and posture problems. What is it about sitting that causes the issues?

Movement is key
The problem with sitting in low quality chairs is you just don’t get the movement you need to keep your body healthy and comfortable. What happens is you become locked in one position for hours at a time.

Consequently your core muscles slowly seize up from lack of use. One way to combat this is to stand up and move for a short while. And often – every ten minutes is a good idea. Even if it’s only for 30 seconds.

And adding a few simple exercises will make a real difference. Search ‘office chair exercises’ on YouTube for some handy routines.

Long term though you need to be looking at getting a better chair.

Why some chairs are better for your health
Fortunately a few seating manufacturers know all about the importance of movement.

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HÅG H04 Chair

One of the first to promote this concept was HÅG of Norway. When you sit in one of its chairs like the H04 or H05 you will notice a subtle difference.

What you will find is as you move in the chair it moves with you supporting you as you change position. This helps to prevent muscles seizing up as well as keeping them toned and your blood circulation moving.

Several other manufacturers also produce chairs designed for good movement. Knoll’s Generation, Steelcase’s Leap and Herman Miller’s Embody are all worth considering.

Hidden drawbacks of using the wrong chair
When you work in a poorly designed chair not only is it bad for you health it affects other things too.

Often your productivity will tank. This is understandable because when your chair is causing you pain it saps concentration levels. Instead of having your mind fully on your work you find yourself shifting around trying to get comfortable.

Benefits of good design
When Steelcase developed its Leap chair it conducted a study of several hundred users which showed that productivity levels improved by an impressive 17.89% due to its superior design benefits.

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Steelcase Leap

Once you are comfortably supported you’re able to channel your efforts into your work without any painful distractions.

It’s easy to think that all office chairs are the same, something that lasts a couple of years after which you replace it with a new one. Before you know it you find you are locked into long term discomfort caused by badly designed seating. Because this all happens gradually it isn’t always apparent that long term damage to your body is taking place.

And the older you get the more important it becomes to break this cycle and invest in a proper chair. You will be amazed at the difference it makes to your working comfort. So don’t end up like the 55 year old who never started saving and suddenly realized it was too late.

What next?
Begin by taking a look at some of the chairs we’ve mentioned in this article like the H04, H05, Generation, Leap and Embody. All will greatly enhance your sitting comfort.

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How To Adjust And Set Up An Office Chair: Simple Five Step Cheat Sheet.

Looking at posts in forums or on Twitter and FaceBook it’s amazing how often I see comments like
“I’ve had this office chair for 3 years and just found how to adjust the back height.”
So in case you’re not sure of all the functions on your chair here’s a simple set of 5 steps on how to set it up to suit your needs.

Adjusting An Office Chair: 5 Step Cheat Sheet

Step 1 – Adjust The Seat Height
Begin by raising the seat to its full height and then gradually lower it until your feet are firmly on the floor with your legs angled slightly forwards. This is usually controlled by a lever on the right underside of the chair, or occasionally by a button.

Step 2 – Adjust The Seat Depth
Where fitted, adjust the seat depth by sliding the seat in or out to suit your leg length. Aim to have a gap of about 2 inches between the back of your knee joint and the seat edge. Unfortunately this very important feature is missing from the majority of office seats, this article explains why seat depth matters.

Step3 – Adjust The Back Height And Or Lumbar Support
Raise or lower the chair back so that it gives you good overall support, especially the bottom part of your back. If you have an adjustable lumbar support, use this to fine tune support for your lower back. On some better quality chairs which have full height backs they may be fixed, however there is normally a lumbar support to enable individual comfort.

Step 4 – Adjust the arm height and angle
Adjust the height of the arms so that your shoulder muscles are relaxed and your lower arms are at right angles to your body. Some arms also allow you to alter the angle of the pads and this is worth adjusting to give good support for the task you are performing.

Step 5 – Adjust The Tilt Tension
Where fitted adjust the tilt tension control until you can recline in your chair and the back gives natural support being neither too stiff or too easy to move when leaning back in the chair. Often times though chairs lack this function which can make reclining really awkward.

Here’s a link to download my simple cheat sheet explaining the process which you can then print out if it helps. In a future post I’ll be taking a look at how to address your work space properly so you don’t find you are stretching or twisting unnecessarily.

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How Quickly Will Your New, Shiny, $100 Office Chair Become The Pain in Your Back?

So maybe you’re getting around to thinking it’s time you ditched that old office chair and you figure, “I’ll take a look in the local office supply depot, they’ve always got deals on desk chairs.”

You see what looks like a great deal. You sit in it, pull a few levers, feels comfortable — hey, it’s even got leather too.

Everything looks great, and yet – is it a serious bargain or is it a serious liability?

If you have a worn-out chair, then anything you sit in is likely to feel like a million dollars by comparison. Not only that, virtually any new chair you sit in for a couple of minutes will feel great, and that’s not altogether surprising.

After all, everything is new so it naturally feels good, and that’s where everybody gets it wrong with cheap chairs — they flatter to deceive.

To truly know whether a computer chair is right for you or not, you need to sit in it for several days — not minutes, not hours, several days. Only then will all its shortcomings become apparent. This is why a 30-day return policy is a must when buying either in person or online.

How do these shortcomings suddenly become apparent once you use it for a day or two? It’s down to what’s under the hood. Sure, on the exterior, the thing look great; yet what’s it really made of?

Any chair around the $100 mark will always be a compromise because it is made to fit a price, so corners get cut to achieve this.

Here are some of the things which aren’t immediately obvious about low cost chairs:

  • Made with cheap foam pads normally seen in packaging which soon lose shape and go as flat as a pancake.
  • Low cost upholstery which quickly takes a shine like a well-polished shoe. Or leather that likely came from remnants or rejects that ages prematurely becoming brittle and starting to crack.
  • Low quality components — arms that break off, backs that won’t recline or stay in place, gas lifts that keep descending.
  • Limited or no guarantee — a sure sign the supplier sees the product as little more than a liability.

The right approach
Here’s where you can read about the critical features you need to insist on when replacing your old desk chair.

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Why Good Ergonomics Can Sometimes Work Against You In A Home Office

Do you remember the last time you were caught up in a bad traffic jam? Just crawling along with your body stuck in the same position for an hour or more. Chances are the experience left you feeling stiff and tense.

Sometimes it can feel like this in your home office too.

Tight office space restricts movement
Many home offices are situated in a spare bedroom and usually this is the smallest room in the house. As a result space is often limited with your desk taking up a good chunk of the floor space. So you end up with pretty much everything being near to hand.

But isn’t that a good thing? Well yes and no.

Good ergonomics suggests having key equipment close to hand
In a normal office it’s usually recommended you set your workstation up in such a way that the most commonly used equipment falls within a 12 inch radius from your chair. Beyond this you would have less frequently used items located a little further away.

Obviously this makes good sense to cut down on twisting and stretching at odd angles to reach things.

However, due to the restricted size of the typical home office space many of the compensating activities that keep you on the move don’t happen.

There’s no photocopier or central print area to walk to. No meetings to get up out of you seat to attend and no rest room or canteen to visit.

All this lack of movement can leave your body inactive for long periods and that usually results in tired and aching muscles before too long.

How can we tackle this problem?

Modifying the way you work to increase movement
It is still a good idea to have frequently used items handy to avoid making the awkward twists and turns that can happen even in a confined office space.

This means we need to get healthy movement in other ways to replace all those lost trips to the copier and meeting rooms.

Begin by getting out of your chair at least every 20-30 minutes, even if it’s only to take a few steps around your work area. Increasing this by taking a break to make yourself a cup of coffee or tea is another way of keeping more active. And if the weather is good step outside and get some fresh air.

Adding in some simple exercise routines and stretches is a great way to add back some activity into tired muscles. Even lying on your back with knees bent pointing upwards for 6 to 8 minutes will give your back and shoulders a break from carrying your body weight continuously.

So, to prevent your body from feeling like it’s been caught up in a traffic jam, make a conscious effort to keep moving throughout your working day. Doing so will ensure the limitations of a home office don’t leave you with muscle and posture problems.

What’s your experience of working in a home office and what ways have you found for relieving aches and pains?

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How Desk Chair Height Can Cause Leg Pain For Office Workers

Leg pain for office workers may not be as big a problem as neck and back pain, nonetheless it still affects a lot of people and when you understand the potential causes it can often be resolved.

Typically people complain of pain to the underside and tops of their thighs. Or their legs suffer some numbness and feel heavy and dead.

A lot of the time the height of the seat can be the cause. For many it will simply be a case of adjusting their working height and yet for certain others it isn’t so simple.

Why correct seat height adjustment is important
It’s important to make sure you have your seat set at the right height, because when it’s wrong it places a lot of unnecessary pressure on the legs. And historically poor advice on sitting with legs and body at 90° has contributed to the problem.

And just in case this applies to you, it’s never a good idea to work at a computer or desk in a fixed chair like a dining or meeting room chair. Even if the height is right this sort of seat still restricts your body movement and can cause other pain and discomfort problems.

Let’s take a look at how you should be sitting.

How to sit at the right height
Begin by standing without shoes on and knees facing your chair seat and align the seat height with your knee caps. From there sit down in your chair making sure your feet are resting squarely on the floor. Then, fine tune the height so that the angle between your body and thighs is open at around 110° or more. This will reduce the constriction on your upper leg muscles and allow better blood circulation.

What should you do when you can’t achieve this sitting position?

Adapting your chair to fit you
Most average built people should be able to get their seat set to the right height. However for short or tall people things may not be so simple.

Typically short built people find the seat won’t go low enough to let them rest their feet squarely on the floor. In fact they may not be able to rest their feet on the floor at all.

The opposite problem affects tall users. Even with the seat on maximum height they find the angle between body and thighs is very tight as they are forced to sit with knees pointing up in the air.

Fortunately some manufacturers offer different sizes of gas lift support struts. Check and see if there is one available to suit you. Start by measuring from floor to knee cap and make sure that dimension is covered by the alternative strut’s height range.

This should take of things, but what if it doesn’t?

Other seat problems
Where pain still persists other causes my include incorrect seat depth for your leg length or cheap seat foams which have degraded and flattened.

Here’s a free report which explains the commonest cause of office chair discomfort and how to resolve it.

And if you need a new size of gas lift and one isn’t available, a new chair may be your only alternative.

Further reading
Here are a couple of articles that will help both short and tall people select the right chair for their needs.

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Why Programmers And Coders Need A Heavy Duty Office Chair

The nature of programming and coding work often means spending very long hours in an office chair. When you’re writing code, accuracy is absolutely vital, nobody wants the hassle of trying to find errors.

So why does what you sit in matter so much?

The right tools for the job
Your chair has to be fit for the purpose. After all you wouldn’t set out to climb Everest in a T shirt and trainers. And nor should you be doing intensive computer work in some poorly designed seat.

Maintaining good concentration levels is key to precise coding and so you need something that is so supportive and comfortable you don’t even notice it’s there. That way you will be in the zone and fully focused on the task at hand.

This simply isn’t possible in low quality seating. It may feel fine for the first hour or so, however as the day wears on and your body starts to ache concentration levels drop. This either results in you slowing down or worse still silly mistakes start creeping in.

Let’s turn to some ideas for potential heavy duty chairs for programming and coding work.

Chairs to have on your shortlist
Here are some ideas for suitable seating for intensive computer work. It’s not exhaustive, however it will give you a good idea of the sort of chair you should be looking at.

Aeron – Herman Miller’s iconic seat and one of the world’s best selling chairs. It has loads of adjustments and its mesh upholstery will keep you cool on hot days. Not so good if you prefer a well padded seat as the mesh is firm.

Leap – this is one of Steelcase’s most comfortable chairs. It’s well padded and is easy to adjust. It’s also great to recline in when you want to pause and reflect because it doesn’t tip you up in the air when you lean back.

HÅG H05 – this chair isn’t nearly as well known as it should be. Made by HÅG of Norway, it has a great range of movement and self adjusts to user position changes, supporting you as you move.

Embody is one of Herman Miller’s more recent high tech seating additions. It has a unique 4 layer seating support with the top layer being a breathable fabric, great should you sweat a lot.

Humanscale Freedom – largely self adjusting once initial set up is completed. The seat foams are top quality and very comfortable without being bulky. Arm design allows you to drop them out of the way when not in use, so you can get close in to your desk when you need to.

All of these seats are guaranteed for between 10 and 15 years. Yes they cost a lot more than the seats in office supplies stores, nonetheless you only buy them once, so they need to be viewed as an investment. In the long term they will pay for themselves many times over in increased productivity and working comfort.

Want to know more?
Here’s where you can read detailed reviews of the chair discussed in this article:

3 Simple Tips To Cut Out Pain For Office Workers By Eliminating CCS From Your Life

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Often office workers who suffer pain at work are serial CCS abusers. What’s this CCS all about and how do I know if I’m a victim of it?

OK, suspense over. In this three part article we’re going to look at the three main reasons people suffer pain in the office by needlessly persisting with bad working habits.

3 bad working habits

  • Cradling
  • Craning
  • Slouching

Let’s start with the first one.

Cradling
Cradling can be seen in any office up and down the country. People on a phone call and when it lasts any length of time they wedge the phone between their head and shoulder.

It’s a horribly unnatural angle to place your head and neck in. And the longer the call goes on the more damage it inflicts on your shoulder and neck muscles. It wouldn’t be quite so bad if you switched side, yet most never do.

The best answer is to stop doing it and work more healthily. Instead hold the receiver in your hand and when the call is prolonged switch sides frequently.

Where your job involves using the phone a lot it’s a good idea to invest in a headset.

Now it’s the turn of bad habit number 2 – craning.

Craning
This one is so easy to fix. All you have to work on is realizing you’re doing it. The only thing is because you can’t see how your sitting it’s not as obvious as it might be.

So what’s this craning all about? It’s all about addressing your work incorrectly by having your monitor too far back on your desk top. And because it’s not in the right position to be read comfortably you end up craning your neck forwards.

And of course this places your upper neck and shoulders in an awful posture resulting in pain.

Simple solution is to move your monitor closer with the height set so your eyes are roughly level with the top of the viewable part of the screen. An even better solution is to use a monitor arm, it will add loads of flexibility to your workspace.

And for our final bad habit – cue up the slouchers.

Slouchers
Slouchers are really easy to spot, especially serial ones. They sit slumped forwards and often their body is not in contact with the chair back. Consequently their back is totally unsupported and prevents the chair back from supporting them properly

This posture rounds the back and puts the spinal cord and back muscles under a lot of stress.

In her excellent book, 8 Steps To A Pain Free Back Esther Gokhale explains how to sit properly. Here’s a great video of a talk she gave at TEDxTalks where she demonstrates how to do it.

 

Let’s summarize the 3 points we’ve covered here.

    • Cradling a phone between head and shoulders should be avoided – hold your phone in your hand, or use a headset
    • Craning your neck forwards is bad, instead move your screen closer or invest in a monitor arm
    • Slouching rounds the back and stresses spine and back muscles – take a few minutes to watch the video on how to sit properly

Eliminating these three bad habits will greatly improve your working comfort in the office.

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When Would You Use A Saddle Seat In The Office?

Humanscale Freedom Saddle Chair

The idea of an office saddle seat is something that has been around for many years.

Even so, it is relatively unusual to find one in use in most offices.

Nonetheless in the right circumstances it makes an excellent choice of seat instead of a traditional office chair.

Let’s begin by looking at the concept.

What exactly is a saddle chair?
As the name suggests the actual seat pad is shaped much like a horse’s saddle.

And just as when sitting on a horse it places your legs in a wider more open position.

It encourages your torso to adopt a much healthier sitting posture as it open up the angle between legs and back. Not only that it feels a very stable way of working due to the wider distance between your feet. Together with the upright seat support this forms a balanced way of sitting.

Generally speaking most of these sorts of seat still retain the usual gas lift and wheeled base and these help to make very versatile for certain situations.

Who can benefit from using one?
Anyone who moves around their workspace a lot will likely find the saddle concept very useful. It’s far quicker and easier to move around compared to a swivel chair. This is down to the way you use your feet to move it.

These seats are popular with designers and architects who frequently need to move from a desk to a layout table to work on plans and drawings.

Another way they work well is for people who work at higher work surfaces. The ever increasing popularity of movable height desks
make a saddle chair a popular choice.

They also work well for medical professionals. Dentists, surgeons and sports masseurs find this way of sitting makes their work a lot easier.

Where to find more information
Here’s where you can read more about the saddle seat way of sitting and reviews of two popular products.

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