Looking at a chair and seeing that it includes features that are beneficial is a fair assessment. That doesn’t mean the chairs are healthy, though – until you sit down and experience the chair for a prolonged period of time. When you do, your back and legs might not be quite ready for the load they’re carrying. That can cause pain and discomfort in your back as well as contribute to other symptoms such as carpal tunnel syndrome and similar and static sitting can also contribute to other health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and even certain kinds of cancer.
If your body assumes poor posture and is dealing with too much stress when you sit down, it will start making unhealthy changes that could be long-lasting. Sit too long at your desk and you will likely find yourself with aching muscles and a stiff back. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that 80 percent of Americans have had at least one significant issue of severe back pain or injury and over 25% suffer from low back pain and currently are seeking some form of therapeutic intervention.
Do you experience neck or back pain when you sit? What if we told you there’s a way to ensure this won’t happen in the future? In this article, we will explore healthy office chairs and also why they are such an important investment to purchase for work.
Is your chair killing you?
Suppose you have been suffering from a headache or extreme discomfort from sitting that is very distracting and has persisted for days, with no apparent solution. Chances are that this discomfort has occurred due to poor sitting posture and lack of movement. No matter how much you’ve exercised or how many different vitamins and supplements you have taken, it hasn’t made a difference. It would help if you had a chair that provides optimal postural support – which is why you came here – but there are many options. How do you know which one is right for you?
Millions of people sit all day long – from secretaries to lawyers, truck drivers to teachers. You see them everywhere. And many of them suffer from lower back pain as a result. They sit in chairs and spend hours on their feet daily without appropriate postural support. When they try to move around in other activities, they end up hurting themselves because the chair sometimes provides too much help or the wrong support and insufficient movement, so your body andbecomes weakened.
When seated for extended periods. We lose muscle tone, and our joints, muscles, and nervous system degenerate. This phenomena triggered investigations and headlines on how dangerous sitting can be to your overall health . In response to postural pain and potential injury associated with sitting, the advent of standing desks became an assumed healthier alternative. Similar research has determined that it doesn’t matter whether you sit or stand, proper posture is imperitive and movement is essential.
Regardless of where your work happens, sitting with an optimal posture is essential even if only 40% of one’s time is spent sitting. It is no small challenge as many people have found their chairs to be not only poorly designed but also killing their backs. In either scenario, one still needs to move. Movement is medicine.
When someone is seated posturally optimal and has an opportunity to introduce movement throughout their workday, they can expect to increase their circulation, hydrate their intervertebral discs, strengthen their core stabilizing muscles and enhance their cognitive ability. These have all been validated outcomes as a result of University studies conducted on the CoreChair.
Properties of ideal ergonomic office chair
A healthy computer chair is essential for any office. It will help you to work more efficiently. We must consider many things before buying a healthy chair for work, such as fit and function size, material, and much more. So here are some common properties to be considered before you purchase a healthy chair.
1. Seat width and depth
The seat depth of a chair is generally considered more important than its width. If the seat is too long, people will have to move their sit bones further forward, contributing to posterior pelvic tilt flattening of the lumbar spine, and mechanical back pain. Most manufacturers of conventional office chairs recommend a seat depth that allows the user to place two to three fingers between the main point of the seat and their knee. The purpose of this is to optimize pressure distribution across the sitting surface. The CoreChair design, with the sculpted seat, focuses on the user’s center of mass, to ensure that the pressure on the sit surface is distributed across the base of the pelvis and onto the hips and thighs. This shape diminishes the need to extend too far out on the thigh.
Seating specialists at CoreChair encourage people to sit with a more open hip angle, where their thighs slope downward toward their knees. As a result, the client sits more upright and balanced with their upper arms hanging relaxed at their side, similar to when they stand. The resulting position places the person slightly higher than a conventional chair but if the desk height is fixed, a shorter person may still benefit from foot support. Ideally, in either scenario, the user has a height adjustable desk surface that accommodates their ideal height chair, and, allows this surface to elevate and them to enjoy periods of their day standing. Ideally, the height of the chair should allow an individual to sit with their feet flat on the floor but more importantly, it should support the person so they will be optimally oriented to their work surface.
The CoreChair helps you sit with your hips, more open, which encourages more natural extension and balance of the spine. The sculpted seat distributes the body weight evenly over the sitting surface, so your legs feel comfortable and supported while you work. And with Core’s patented mechanical movement and weight distribution system, you sit in a natural curve that provides relief from pain and numbness that might otherwise be caused from a slumping pelvis.
2. Lumbar support
Lumbar supports are designed to help people with poor posture associated with posterior pelvic tilt by eliminating the symptoms of poor posture but not addressing the cause. If we assume an improper position and tilt our pelvis backward, this, in turn, causes our lumbar spine to flatten. Typically, most people have an inward curving lumbar spine (lordosis) when standing. When we sit, our upper legs bend to approximately 60 degrees of flexion at our hips, while our pelvis tilts back the additional 30 degrees it takes to assume a 90-degree sitting position.
The CoreChair aims to keep your pelvis in a healthy position by providing a sculpted seat surfaces, which encourage your sit bones to remain in their ideal place, and by supporting the area that includes the large bones at the back of your pelvis: the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone). It can prevent you from being tipped backward.
3. Backrest. Does it need to be high?
People who prefer a reclined position may find that a taller back provides more support than a shorter one. A tall back allows the user to assume a lounge chair-like position, but you can also use it to stand up and move around. When choosing a back height, you should consider how much movement you need. Too much support can interfere with the natural movements that your spine is capable, including flexion, extension and rotation. While tall backs encourage a lounged sitting position, this excessive support leads toward muscle atrophy or weakening of the core stabilizing muscles.
Many people sit on the front edge of seat and try to maintain this ideal upright and balanced position without any support. It is difficult to sustain this position comfortably over time as it requires the user to constantly engage their core stabilizing muscles and these become fatigued and eventually, the user will collapse. Poor posture. Therefore, you’re forced to assume a slightly reclined position to allow them time to recover. CoreChair back support helps you to sit up straight and maintain the natural and balanced curve of your spine. This helps to keep you feeling more alert and energized while sitting, as previously described.
4. Seat material
The CoreChair Classic is durable, stretchy, and breathable. It’s made of materials best suited for sitting for long periods. The fabric should not be too slippery because this will encourage your sit bones to slide forward on the sitting surface and assume a poor sitting posture. The CoreChair Classic includes some texture to provide slight traction to prevent sliding on your sitting surface.
Are they really important for working?
All of us sit. For many of us, sitting is our primary activity. If you’re like most office workers or students, your chair and desk are probably not helping. Find out what is a healthy chair and when it is especially needed. A healthy chair can be used as an aid in daily life, improve posture and assist in pain reduction. However, not all chairs are created regarding a healthy lifestyle. A chair that is comfortable to sit in and has a stunning design is often considered more important than one with extra features but no health benefits.
Armrests are essential to improve the comfort of a person sitting at a computer when they assume a slightly reclined position. These are necessary in this sitting position because, when a person is reclined, they need to reach forward to their work surface. This requires constant engagement of the shoulders and upper back muscles which then necessitates the use of arm rests to recover and or reduce this strain. Arm rests can also be counterproductive if they are not appropriately adjusted or misused.
If people use their arms to support themselves, it can cause pain in their elbows and affect the position of one’s shoulders. The CoreChair helps you to achieve an upright and balanced position by encouraging an engaged upper body where the user’s upper rms hang naturally at your side, as when you stand.
When people are deciding which chairs to buy, they tend to focus on comfort, design, and price. But there is much more to it than just that. Rather than focusing on what your chair should do for you and your health, it’s worth considering if it does anything. Does it make you healthier? Or does it do more harm than good?
Swivels or pivot mechanisms are helpful for workstations that require looking and reaching in extreme directions from side to side or even behind. Swivels are much better than twisting your head, which can lead to muscle strain, back pain, and fatigue in your neck. You should use a swivel chair if you spend a lot of time at the office.
The CoreChair pivot mechanism allows natural and healthy movement of the critical joints in your hips, pelvis and spine. While reducing strain as described above, it also encourages natural movement of these joints and the soft tissues that embrace them. This movement stimulates muscle activity and blood flow and helps to hydrate the intervertebral discs.
Is the lumbar support best solution?
In most cases the introduction of a lumbar support is intended to provide extension in this area of the back that has become flattened as a result of the pelvis tilting posteriorly.
In these cases, the use of a lumbar support only addresses the symptoms and not the cause.
The CoreChair design focuses on the cause and combining the sculpted seat and the low back support, it promotes a more upright pelvis which in turn encourages more natural extension in this area and no need to place a support in the lumbar area.
Do you have enough movement activity with the chair?
By now, you most likely have seen or heard about the health benefits of movement — namely, walking and working out. But that’s not all that movement does for your body. Movement activity is needed for our joints to function properly. If you have joint issues, adding some activity is a great way to take care of it. Without enough movement activity with your chair, though, your joints won’t be able to do their job as they should. One of the best ways to live a long and healthy life is to maintain a healthy body. No one wants to get older, but our bodies do.
The trickiest part is that we generally feel more pain when we get older, which is why it’s important to keep those joints moving so they stay strong. The CoreChair Classic enables your body to move fluidly so that when you get up from your seat, it does not feel like you have been sitting for hours.
How is the CoreChair different from other healthy ergonomic office chairs?
Regarding chairs for your home or office, there are many things to consider besides the look and the general comfort and many benefits and drawbacks. Will you be using this chair for several years? Will you be using it for long periods or only occasionally? Is it comfortable enough that you would want to use it regularly?
A healthy chair should be comfortable, supportive, and ergonomic. It is an essential piece to one’s health and comfort. And that is why our CoreChair is a unique product specifically designed for fitness, wellness, and disease prevention. The CoreChair is different from other chairs on the market in several ways. The seat and back are built on a unique platform that provides ergonomic comfort yet allows easy adjustment to any position. And with a low profile design, this chair can accommodate any work environment, whether at home or in the office.
CoreChair is designed to make you look good first and foremost and feel even better.
If you’re looking for an ergonomic computer chair, you’ve come to the right place. We have a variety of options to choose from, and excellent customer support for your product and your general ergonomic needs.