Well it’s Backcare awareness week 7-11 October
Back pain is the second most common cause of long-term sickness in the UK, after stress.
About 7.6 million working days were lost due to work-related back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders from 2010 to 2011.
Which makes providing suitable working environments for your co-workers, employees and yourself so important?
Being a specialist in the furniture world I have had the pleasure of being shown on many occasions how to sit correctly and considering in school I mainly heard the words ‘Sit still’ and ‘stop fidgeting’ – what a pleasure it was when I found out I was right all along!
Don’t sit still!
It’s important to keep your body moving (fidgeting), so take a break and have a quick 5 minutes catch up meeting at the coffee machine, meet in the soft-seating casual breakout space or just go for a strut round the office to catch up on the gossip. (within reason of course)
To start make sure your chair has adjustable functions such as:
Height adjustment – this enables you to make the chair fit ‘YOU’. Place your feet flat on the ground and adjust the height of your chair so your legs are positioned slightly over 90 degrees.
You’re halfway there already!
Chair back lock – Push this lever up or down to make sure that the chair lock is OFF. We don’t need this! Your body is designed to move so keep it moving!
Below is a fantastic illustration that I found back in 2006, from the HSE website, which I printed off and kept safe in my box of random, interesting things; which shows that less strain is placed on the discs, associated muscles and tendons in a more relaxed sitting position.
Chair tension – Adjust the tension to fit ‘YOU’. Make sure your chair supports and moves with you at ease when you relax, lean forward to pick up the phone and grab the last Krispy Krème.
The rest is just right angles.
Arm rest – these are for supporting your elbows. If they hit your desk then adjust their height NOT your chair height.
The rest of your workstation should now be adjusted to fit the all important ‘YOU’. Monitors positioned at eye level, to avoid unnecessary strain on your neck; This is so important for laptop users in particular, when sitting for long periods of time! Invest in a laptop stand, docking station and monitor!
Find a task chair to ‘FIT YOU’—-> http://www.sagalgroup.co.uk/our-furniture/task-chairs