Is your office chair affecting your health?

2015-05-21 06:00
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The armless lumbar puncture

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HAVE you ever wondered if your office chair can affect your health? Health24 readers show us theirs, and we let the experts decide.

The last thing that might come to mind when you have back or shoulder pain is your the way your workstation is set up.

But, it turns out that your aches and pains may well be linked to your office chair.

Sitting in the wrong chair for hours on end can do substantial damage to your back, neck, and shoulders.

The office chair you thought was the most comfortable thing next to your bed, may actually be bad for your health.

We asked you to show us your office chairs (in a Health24 Facebook competition) and had them assessed by an Ergotherapy Solutions office chair specialist.

Here is what the expert had to say about your office chair:

The armless lumbar puncture

Whatand#039;s wrong with this chair?

- No lumbar (lower back) support, resulting in poor posture and back pain.

- No padding on seat, resulting in pressure on the discs of the lower back.

- Fixed backrest, which doesnand#039;t allow for the position of the backrest to be adjusted. This will put strain on the back muscles.

The dead executive

Whatand#039;s wrong with this chair?

- No lumbar support, resulting in poor posture and lower back pain

- Fixed armrests may get in way of the desk, so you may end up perching on the end of the seat. This puts pressure through your lower back as the thighs and the back arenand#039;t supported.

The milkmaidand#039;s stool

Whatand#039;s wrong with this chair?

- A hard seat places pressure on the discs of the lower back.

- No back support, resulting in bad posture and a tired back

- Itand#039;s not height adjustable, so you will need to reach up to the desk, resulting in shoulder tension

The big deceiver

Whatand#039;s wrong with this chair?

- The backrest is concave in the lumbar area (i.e. moves away from the back and doesnand#039;t give any lumbar support); this will result in poor posture and lack of support for the spine.

- The armrests are fixed and get in way of the desk, so you might end up perching on the edge of the seat.

- You can see in the picture that this person uses books as a footrest. These arenand#039;t stable, which may put strain on the hips.

Hereand#039;s how to set up your office chair to avoid injury.

If youand#039;ve spotted flaws in your office chair or, if you sit on a chair similar to one of the above-mentioned, perhaps itand#039;s time to chat to your boss about getting a new one before you do some serious damage to your health

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