Choosing Proper Office Furniture for Special Needs: Part 1

When searching for office chairs, it is easy to assume that one size fits all. However, to practice good ergonomics, the office chair can have many features designed to help the users who fall out of the range of normal size, has special health considerations, has an unusual job or works with unique machinery. The most popular extra features and options for an ergonomic chair are discussed here.

Proper armrest support is critical to alleviating back and neck pain when seated for long hours at the computer typing or using the mouse. Most armrest are designed for the user to take small break throughout the typing experience, answering phone calls, conversations, etc., when the user has the armrest for additional support and an armrest is needed.

Adjustable arms with height and width adjustments are recommended to get the proper elbow and wrist placement. This allows the user to put the armrest at the precise location for optimum elbow support. Some individuals have chronic forearm pain and manufacturers of ergonomic custom chairs have started to feature an option of a tilting armrests which would match the user’s natural motions forward and back.

Your spine is equally as important and good lower back relief comes from maintaining your natural curve in the lower lumbar (back) region. Most chairs don’t accommodate for this and it is absolutely necessary for proper lumbar support and comfort ability in the long term when seated for long periods of time at employment. Some users may have a large lordosis which is a fancy name for the lower back curve. These users may require an additional lumbar support bolster or pillow to help keep the natural curve.

For people with sensitive lower backs, an adjustable lumbar support may be necessary to truly find the comfort level desired when seated. Many new task chair models are already starting to feature this as a standard option because of the benefits of fitting that support your body type.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture
industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics,
operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office
Chairs
and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs,
Mesh
Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their
Huge
Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo
website
provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and
seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect
Office Chair for their situation.

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Ergonomic Office Chairs Help Prevent Injury, Back Pain and RSI’s in the Workplace

Back Pain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are some of the most common work-related injuries costing businesses money every year. These injuries are often caused by ordinary tasks at work such as sitting in an office chair, repetitive motion or heavy lifting. When applying ergonomic office chair principles in the workplace, these problems can be prevented. Ergonomics in the office, or as easily stated, the study of the workplace as it relates to the worker can help provide a solution to these preventable injuries. Buying good office chairs and ergonomic furniture can help prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries as well as prevent back injury and help maintain a healthy back while at the office.

When starting a new ergonomic program in the office, the goal is to adapt the workplace to a specific user and their specific tasks at hand. How to position each workstation is dependent on the job description, required tasks and physical make up of the person performing the job. Typically people begin having back pain or sustain a back injury while on the job for quite some time and it normally takes quite some time for that same employee to start to realize how bad the injury is becoming in time to properly fix it.

An injury where no actual accident was involved, where the pain comes as a result of job activities and the requirements of the task is hard to catch in time to fix easily. Poor body mechanics (such as slouching in an office chair), prolonged activity without motion, repetitive motions for long periods of time, and fatigue are major factors contributing to these injuries. These injuries may occur from sitting in an office chair or using the desk and computer keyboard at the wrong heights allowing for improper blood flow. All these things could be avoided simply by positioning the office chair and desk to the user and teaching proper posture in the chair.

Accidental injury usually results when an event which a person did not expect triggers an injury from that unexpected event. This is not so with most office and employee workers compensation injuries anymore. A growing number of these injuries being reported in the office do not involve an accident but rather the tolls that one takes on the body when sitting at a desk for the long hours required by most jobs these days. With good ergonomics and a little practice, these injuries can be avoided and productivity has been known to increase with the employees being more comfortable and in better overall body health to do the work at hand.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, an eBay PowerSeller Store, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and ergonomics.

Selling on eBay for the past 7 years, Amy is considered an expert in all things eBay and offers her services to people looking to sell on eBay on an ongoing basis. Accepting jobs, she specializes in eBay Store Website Design and eBay Logo Design for eBay Store Owners as well as classes, lectures, blogs and private tutoring sessions with clients on all aspects of selling and owning an eBay business. Please contact her for more information through her websites if interested.

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Posture Knee Office Chairs Can Help Video Gamers to Find Comfort in those Long Hours

The other day, I found myself at a friends house waiting for him to get his stuff together and I started talking with his son, who is an avid gamer. His father has mentioned to me many times how often his son sat in that chair and played those games and how long the hours were that he spent barely moving at all. With long hours in front of a video game system like that and no real motion of fluidity in the chair that he was sitting in, as an ergonomist, I could not help myself and had to say something.

This was very unhealthy behavior. Motion, when seated, is critical to proper blood flow and body health as well as putting less strain on one muscle or joint from forcing the body to work long hours without moving. After observing his son for several minutes and watching how he moved and placed his neck and torso, it became apparent which type of chair would be best recommended for this type of video game play. Having sold ergonomic office chairs and furniture for over 10 years now, it is easy for me to remember that different types of tasks require different styles of seating positions.

The task at hand was video games with a controller and pushing buttons using a repetivie motion while holding the control in front of the body. Since he was a kid, he wasn’t going to want to spend a ton of money on something overly ergonomic and just wanted to find something that was comfortable for long hours and didn’t leave him wanting to stretch every ten minutes due to muscle tension. I recommended a Posture Knee Kneeling office chair model that seemed absolutely perfect for his task.

Unlike your standard task chair, a posture knee chair works by taking more of your weight on your knees by resting them on a seperate cushion, which lets you sit in just the right position to keep the natural S curve to your spine and keep your muscles and back relaxed. These types of chairs are unique in how one is seated in them and definetely take some getting use to but rave reviews appear from all of my loyal posture knee customers monthly.

Kneeling chairs, which found their beginnings when back pain sufferes were looking for some way to change the conventional computer task chair and find a way to alleviate the tension placed on the spine and lumbar. They have become more and more popular these days with the long hours many employees are working in front of the computer and at their desks. When watching my friend’s son the other day, it also became more and more obvious to me that posture knee chairs would also work well for video gamers and people who enjoy spending that time in front of their system.

Posture knee models are easy to find online and are not a high priced option. You can find them for the price of your average task office chair, even for under a hundred dollars on sites like eBay online. This low price and great chair allows the user to try out a new type of chair without having to break the pocketbook. Try shopping around online as there are many different posture knee chairs out there in colors, styles an shapes.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

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Office Chairs Online, Time to get Ordering to Ship Early for Christmas

When it comes to the holiday season, every one seems busier and busier as the end of December approaches. By mid December, that precarious time for holiday shipments to arrive on time, buyers are in a rush to just click on the button and pay now to get it shipped in time without having to pay outrageous fees. When it comes to presents that can really keep them remebering you throughout the year and a good gift to keep the receiver comfortable all year, why not consider an ergonomic office chair.

I gave my friend an office chair for Christmas just last year. I have been selling office furniture for years now and had an extra traditional leather bankers office chair sitting in the box, brand new in the back form a return. The customer had not liked the burgundy color once it arrived and at Sit On This Ergonomics, my eBay Store, we feature a 15-day guarantee, so hence I have chairs from time to time just sitting around the office or even my garage if space seems limited. Suddenly, it seemed the perfect gift when I heard him mention the need for one.

He had been complaining about having re-organized his office workspace including painting, buying a new desk and new wall hangings and carpet. It all looked so nice and professional, but of course he had failed to order a new office chair and his old shabby task chair looked about 10 times worse with all of the fresh style all around. Christmas was only weeks away and needless to say, I have no patience and I arrived at his doorstep in a couple of days with a bow and a new chair and well, I won’t mention where I put the bow or how “good” of friends we were at the time but he did enjoy that chair.

The point of this silly story is that for weeks if not months I got calls from him from the office exclaiming how comfortable he was and how happy he was with his new chair. He is a larger sized man, over 6 feet tall and has always had trouble finding an office chair to fit his height. The model of chair that I had given him had a tall cylinder and was similar in design to those that you would see featured in a typical Hollywood film when viewing the Oval Office of the White House or an executive office suite full of lawyers. A traditional leather chair with button tufting, pillow top and wood arms and casters, this chair was large and built to last. And it fit his body frame and type well, and the style of his new office interior, how could I go wrong?

I had given a ton of gifts that Christmas and yet this one in particular was the one that I heard about not only the most times but also for quite a long time. It is nice when giving of yourself, especially during the holiday season when it seems necessary no matter what to give, to find that the person who has received your gift has appreciated the thought and found enjoyment. Finding the right present for that hard to buy relative or office employee can be no harder than finding the right office chair to order online and have shipped directly to the office where the person has the most need. With how easy it can be and with all of the deals online and office chair sellers on sites such as eBay, it is time to start finding the right office chair for your gift recipient.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

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Ergonomics and Your Spine

When seated in front of a computer for long hours of the day, it is hard to remember to keep the proper posture without practice. Ergonomics can help your body health, relieve back pain and help your all over productivity in the office workplace. Any company with an eye to the future and the knowledge that computers and technology are taking over our business environment, these companies would know to invest in the “accessories” and training that go along with such technology.

In order to use anything properly and produce the desired results, training is required. Same applies to your office furniture, including your desk, computer, office chair, office seating and of course keyboard. All things on your desk should be adjusted to be used ergonomically and wisely to get the most satisfying and productive work experience. Most importantly when working in front of a computer for long hours is your office chair.

Your office chair is critical to your comfort and being able to position the rest of your workspace properly is dependent upon your chair being adjustable to your body type. Not every chair fits every person and each user should take into consideration many different factors when picking his or her office chair. Each task at hand also presents another type of need when it comes to styles and mechanisms on an office chair.

A doctor has different needs when it comes to seating than does the standard computer analyst. Although each type of profession, whether doctor or analyst, requires an ergonomic chair, the type of construction of that chair and the mechanisms required for the tasks at hand would differ. A doctor would find a stool with an adjustable height level of more than average to compensate for the differing heights of tables. The same doctor would also find an armless office chair easier to use for range of motion when diagnosing patients. However, a computer technician spending long hours at the desk would require a model of office chair with arms and more ergonomic mechanisms such as lumbar support and knee tilt adjustment to help the body compensate for the long hours spent seated.

When picking your office chair, consider ergonomics and positioning as the key elements instead of being drawn in by a certain “Style” or “name brand” high end model chair that turns out to not work for your particular needs. When shopping for an office chair, keep in mind or make a list of the most important things in your office chair and the things that you desire and this should help you to pick the right office chair for your situation and ergonomics.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

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Ergonomics & Workers Compensation Claims

The amount of workers compensation claims stemming from improper ergonomics in the workplace is staggering. With employees spending more and more time in front of the computer and with the long hours worked in some professions, it is now wonder that RSI’s have increased.

Repetitive stress injuries or RSI’s are now commonplace terms in the H.R. departments in most large corporations. These human resource employees are stuck filling out countless forms and paperwork for each of these employees claims, not to mention the countless amounts of money poured in from the “would be profits” of the company to pay these claims.

Prevention can be the key to paying less when it comes to workers compensation claims. NO company is free from fear of these types of injuries and we are not even talking about just our average office employees anymore. Hairstylists, cooks, massage therapists and such are also prime targets for Repetitive stress injuries because of the repetitive motion required by their everyday tasks at the office.

Spending the money to adjust your office environment by ordering new office chairs, office furniture and investing in employee training in the use of proper ergonomics and positioning is key to eliminating these workers compensation claims. This can eliminate the need for loss of employee time and money spent on huge insurance premiums when it to claims made because of improper ergonomics.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

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Ergonomic Office Chairs Can Help Relieve Work Tension

When sitting in an office chair for long hours, it is no wonder when returning home from work, your body would feel the tension and pressures from the day. Ergonomic office chairs and learning how to sit ergonomically and position your body correctly can be a terrific solution to tension. Workplace productivity in any company is a worry for the upper management and people held responsible when the work doesn’t get done.

Sitting correctly and learning to position you body, relieves tension and can help employees to not only work better but harder. Studies done recently have shown how much more productive an office can become as a result of a “facelift” in the ergonomic department. The employees receive new equipment and learn how to position it and use it properly for the tasks at hand and have recorded how different they feel at the end of the work day and how much more they seem to have gotten done when comfortable in their work environment.

Workplace communication is important when it comes to ergonomics and training all workplace employees how to sit and work properly. The amounts of workers compensation claims stemming from RSI’s (repetitive stress injuries) has skyrocketed recently as the number of hours worked has risen and more and more employers are dependent upon their employees sitting in front of a computer. The amounts of money in insurance premiums and paying such claims is one that can be avoided for most business if proper ergonomics were installed into the building.

Many businesses are jumping on the bandwagon and realizing that not only can money be saved in claims from practicing ergonomics in the office, but ergonomics also help to increase productivity and keep your employees at work, instead of at home on leave for “carpal tunnel” surgery or some other common ergonomic mishap. Save money for your company and find a great way to make your employees more productive by using ergonomics in your office and reap the benefits.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

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