The average office worker spends a minimum of 7-8 hours every day in a seated position. This has been the case in most offices of course but the introduction of computer technology, particularly email and the internet, have made us even more sedentary than before.
Remember 20 years ago?
In those days if you needed to send an important message or memo to somebody you would type it out, print it and then (shock horror!!) actually stand up and walk to their office or desk to physically hand them the piece of paper. Nowadays we just type it, click a button and BOOM the message instantly pops up in front of the recipient.! No standing up, no exertion from having to put one foot in front of the other and certainly no need to lift a heavy sheet of paper. It is all done from the comfort of your office chair with hardly any physical movement whatsoever.
OK, maybe that example is a bit extreme and dramatic but it does demonstrate that we tend to spend even more time in a seated position than ever before. It’s not that we’re lazy, it’s just that quite often there is absolutely no need to leave our desks (except maybe for a toilet break – but I wouldn’t be surprised if the chair pictured below is introduced at some point).
Due to this increased inactivity it is more important than ever to have the correct chair. Quality features such as a lumbar support, headrest, height adjustment and adjustable arms are considered essential in todays working environment. You may not always realise it but when you find yourself sliding down your chair or slouching to one side you are damaging your spine all the time, the most worrying part is that you never realise the damage until it is too late! Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body, if you suffer from back ache you can find yourself completely debilitated, unable to walk, crouch or carry items as many back pain sufferers will tell you!
At this point you have probably straightened yourself up and resumed the required position – but for how long? As soon as you throw yourself back in to the job at hand you will unintentionally slip back in to your usual bad habits as before.
Thankfully there are chairs available nowadays to help you maintain the best seating position. In our orthopaedic chairs category you will find a generous selection of these models all at very reasonable prices.
Our three most popular models are the Serenity, Halcyon and Chiro Plus. These chairs have adjustable armrests, height adjustment, multiple lever mechanism, seat slide, adjustable back, lumbar support, synchronised mechanism and are all certified to EN5459.
Take a look, your back will thank you!!