Good posture is critical to maintaining a healthy back. Whether you are standing, walking, sitting, or lying down, your position must ensure that all supporting muscles and ligaments or structures in the back and spine when you move are not too strained. Proper posture prevents back and neck pain, and fatigue resulting in stressed muscles. It keeps bones and joints in correct alignment, decreases stress on ligaments holding the joints of the spine, keeps a good appearance, and enhances your mood when you work especially for people who spend long hours in an office chair. Without good posture and adequate back support, you strain your muscles and stress the spine. There lurks the likelihood that the anatomical characteristics of the spine will change and lead to serious muscle, disc and joint problems.
While good posture has so much to do with a healthy back, the chair you sit on is also responsible for enhancing or impairing your posture, your back, and your health in general. If your work requires you to sit for long hours, an ergonomic chair will work best for you. Ergonomic products are designed to provide comfort, reduce fatigue and repetitive strain, and enhance productivity.
An ergonomically designed chair offers features and systems that promote a healthy or better back.
- To prevent flattening of the lumbar spine, an ergonomic chair must include a lumbar support that is adjustable to cater to height, size whether large or small, and shape of the body.
- To allow you to rest your feet flat on the floor, ensure that your work surface is at the suitable height, and let you relax using the chair’s backrest regardless of your height or size, an ergonomic chair can have the adjustability of seat height and seat depth.
- Adjustability of backrest, backrest angle, recline and tilt are important features to adapt to the angle changes of the seat. The features support upper body weight, the natural curve of the spine, and reduce pressure on your lower back.
- Padded, height and width adjustable arm rests are essential to a healthy seat that helps you avoid slumping or leaning forward, especially when you are tired, and keep your forearms and elbows comfortable.
To buy a chair with these features, refer to stores offering products that promote a healthy back. Some retail stores also offer other kinds of healthy products like healthy bags or back bags.
While a healthy seat enhances healthy posture, make a conscious effort to maintain a good position while sitting. Ensure that your back is aligned against the back of the chair and your shoulders are straight. Do not slouch or lean forward. Keep your feet flat on the floor and avoid crossing your legs. Your knees should be even with your hips or slightly higher, and remember, even if you have a healthy chair, take a break. Stand up and stretch for a while, sitting in one place for too long is not really good to maintain a healthy back.