Research suggests that a large proportion of the population suffers from back pain. As most of us spend at least eight hours a day sat in an office chair in front of a computer screen, it isn’t surprising that we suffer with spinal problems! Back pain is extremely common and many employees are at risk, including:
- Nurses and hairdressers (who spend a long time on their feet)
- Delivery drivers
- Taxi drivers
- Retail staff
- Teachers and nursery school workers.
One of the most effective means of battling back pain at work is investing in a comfortable office chair. It makes sense that you should feel comfortable at work since you spend so many hours there every week. Here are the three top reasons to invest in a comfortable chair at work:
- Support for your back
The main cause of back pain in office workers is poor posture. A comfortable office chair with a padded back will support your lower back and encourage you to sit up straight. This in turn will prevent you from slumping and keep your back in a comfortable position.
A high backed chair will support your back and neck thus increasing support for the spine as your body weight will be distributed more evenly. A lack of support for the back can lead to pain, muscle soreness, stiffness and damage to the spine. Poor posture is also linked to a lack of strength in the stomach muscles and allowed digestion.
- Increased Efficiency and Productivity
If you are comfortable at work you are more likely to be pro-active and efficient. If you feel relaxed and the chair provides you with support and comfort, you can concentrate on the tasks in hand and get through the day without having to worry about back pain or discomfort or spending time wriggling around trying to get comfortable.
- Fewer Days off Work
If you have a comfortable chair you are also less likely to develop back and neck pain, which could cause you to need time off work. Taking fewer days off work is better for the company, as well as your employment record. Back pain is one of the leading reasons for sick days among office workers and investing in a comfortable, supportive office chair will pay dividends in the future.
Just have a think at how many hours you sit in a chair during work hours. Doesn’t it make sense to invest in a good chair? Speak to your employer who may be liable to get their employees supportive chairs. Back pain is not something that will go away if you continue to sit in an uncomfortable chair and it could lead to long-term problems.
If you are looking for a new office chair, the Ergo-Tek Mesh Manager Chair is an excellent option. The chair features adjustable height back and arms, essential upper back support and adjustable lumbar support. This is just an example, there are many chairs available online. Go to a store that has many chairs to choose from or speak with your chiropractor to find out which one is the right one for you!