The term ergonomics is thrown around a lot these days, but what does it really mean? This post will explain everything you need to know about office and gaming chair ergonomics. We'll go over the different ways your body can be affected by sitting all day and how to avoid those problems. You might also be surprised by some of the benefits of proper ergonomic seating. Incorrect sitting posture has been linked to back pain and neck problems. And the two most common types of bad posture are slouching and leaning forward with not enough support behind the upper back. The good news is that these problems can be avoided by choosing a chair with proper ergonomics such as the one listed below.
Adjustable Seat Height
The seat height should be adjustable so that it can accommodate your height. If you're sitting too high or low, the backrest will either push awkwardly against your head and neck or leave a gap between it and your body. This is important because sitting at the wrong height can lead to back pain.
When you're seated, your knees should be about level with or higher than your hips and feet flat on the floor. If not, there is too much stress being put on the spine while also limiting the movement of lower limbs. You need a chair that lets you move around more so you can stand up with minimal effort.
The height of your chair affects other aspects of good ergonomic seating, as well. For example, if you're sitting higher than eye level, it will be difficult for you to read what is on your computer screen.
Adjustable Seat Depth
The seat depth should also be adjustable. If it's too deep, you'll put extra stress on your back and hamstrings while sitting. Too shallow? You won't have enough support to keep your spine in good alignment.
Your knees should not push against the front of the chair when seated or pressed up hard against its rear legs with feet flat on the floor.
Adjustable armrests are also a good idea so you can find one that feels comfortable for your height and position in front of the desk or laptop. They offer relief of pressure from upper arms, elbows, wrists, and hands while typing or using a mouse. Arm supports should be positioned at about waist level so they don't interfere with shoulder movement.
Synchro-tilt is a feature in which the backrest can be adjusted forward and backward. This gives you greater mobility so your head, neck, and upper spine are properly aligned with your lower limbs while seated.
Adjustable tilt tension allows you to find just the right recline for optimum comfort when sitting at an office desk or at home in front of a computer. Tilt tension is an important feature because if the chair reclines too much, it will put pressure on your lower back and hamstrings. If not enough, you'll have to constantly adjust yourself by shifting around or standing up from time-to-time which can lead to even more problems.
A good rule of thumb is to tilt the backrest so that your thighs are parallel with the floor.
Adjustable Arm Height
It can be uncomfortable to have your armrests too low because they might get in the way of typing and mouse movements. And this can slow you down considerably.
Arm height should allow for a natural wrist angle - relaxed but not dangling - with hands resting on keyboard keys or mouse while seated at your desk. The correct height will depend on how you position the keyboard relative to your body.
Armrests that are too low may cause strain and stress on wrists, hands, and arms while those that are too high can lead to aching back muscles from slouching forward.
The arm height should also allow for easy movement of shoulders when seated with elbows at 90 degrees.
If you're experiencing any of these issues while seated for long periods, it's time to adjust your chair!
Adjustable back height is important for two reasons. One, if it's too high you'll put pressure on your lower back and hamstrings while sitting, which could lead to discomfort or a disc herniation. If not enough support, the spine will be constantly strained as muscles try to maintain proper posture during long periods of sitting.
The backrest should be level with the armrests for optimum comfort. And, many people find that having lower back support lets them sit up straighter and provides more stability when they're in an adjustable chair. Lower backs are there to provide cushioning or lumbar support while sitting, which is important if you have disc issues or other back problems.
The lumbar support in your chair should be firm enough to provide relief from pressure on the lower spine and end at about waist level. It should not be low down where it will keep you slouched over or cause more discomfort, especially if you have a herniated disc.
If the seat is too deep for your height, you may need to lean forward before reclining for the lumbar support to provide adequate back support.
At APOL Singapore, we offer a range of ergonomic chair solutions to suit the needs and preferences of many people. Most of the seats we offer come with the features mentioned above, but we also have additional features in the high-end stuff.
It's important that the office chair optimizes your comfort and convenience while seated at work because if it doesn't, problems will only get worse. It may seem like a small thing when compared to sitting all day long in front of your computer or desk, but being uncomfortable for even an hour can lead to chronic back pain. That's why we recommend checking out our store here: https://apol.sg/ to have a look at some of our popular gaming chairs.