USE AN ERGONOMIC CHAIR
FIGURE 1 – BASIC ERGONOMIC CHAIR
The most ideal seated position is one that changes. An ergonomic chair allows you to adopt different seated positions more easily than regular chairs. Be sure the ergonomic chair allows seat adjustments forward, backward, and side-to-side. It needs to have an adjustable seat height and wheels. If it has arms (which is not necessary), be sure the arms are height adjustable. Do not place your shoulders in a shrugged position. It is equally important that the chair allows for a slight recline. In fact, 95-105 degrees is the ideal seat back position, not 90 degrees. The ergonomic chair in FIGURE 1 is a basic ergonomic chair. I featured this chair to show that it is not necessary to spend a fortune on an ergonomic chair to reap its benefits.
Last month's blog discussed the importance of using a lumbar support. You may use a lumbar support in combination with an ergonomic chair. However, not all ergonomic chairs will require the use of a lumbar support.