Nowadays most of us spend 8+ hours sitting in an office chair at our jobs. Sitting all day can lead to posture problems causing low back, shoulder, and even neck pain. Often times the issues created become chronic and can be difficult to correct. So, the best method of treatment is PREVENTION! That is right, you will hear us say it a lot, but preventing posture issues leading to low back, neck, and shoulder pain is the best form of physical therapy treatment.
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In this quick video Dr. Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck from Famous PT explain the anatomy and science behind bad posture leading to low back, neck, and shoulder pain. They also discuss how you can prevent the posture issues and pain by selecting the appropriate office chair and some physical therapy tips for choosing the best chair. Old office chairs do not adjust to individual’s specific body types and so they tend to cause posture issues. It is important to invest in an ergonomic office chair that you can adjust to your specific body type to facilitate healthy posture.
Physical Therapy Tips for Choosing an Office Chair
Ergonomic Office Chair Adjustments
Ergonomic office chairs are designed with adjustment points to adjust to fit specific body types of individuals using the chair. They tend to be more expensive than any old office chair without the adjustment capabilities but you can consider the expense an investment in your health.
- Seat Height: The chairs height should be adjusted so that your feet lay flat on the floor, your thighs are level, and your arms are even with your desk height. Typically a lever on the bottom of the chair will allow you to make this adjustment.
- Width: The width of the chair should be comfortable, you shouldn’t feel squished or dwarfed in your chair.
- Lumbar Support: Adjusting the height and depth of your chair’s lumbar support to match the curve of your lower back will help prevent and reduce low back pain.
- Backrest: The chair’s backrest angle should be adjustable to accommodate your most comfortable position.
Adjusting your ergonomic office chair to properly support good posture throughout your day will not only make you more comfortable but will also prevent posture issues leading to pain in your lower back, neck, and shoulders. Here is some more good info on creating and adjusting your ergonomic work station to reduce back pain, in an article from Fit Stop Physical Therapy.
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Below are 4 high quality and competitively priced ergonomic chairs that we would recommend. Read the specifications and user reviews to determine which one you think would fit you best. Also, if you can find one locally to sit in before ordering then you won’t have to deal with the hassle of returns. Although, Amazon does make returns pretty easy.
Do you use an ergonomic office chair? Does it help you with your posture and preventing low back, neck and/or shoulder pain? Tell us about your chair in the comments below! 🙂