Ergonomics 8 April 2020

Sitting best in 6 steps

Whether you work from home or at the office, a good sitting posture is very important. It ensures working pleasantly and comfortably without back or neck problems. An ergonomically correct sitting posture can be achieved in 6 simple steps.

1. The ideal sitting height? Knees at an angle of 90 degrees

The height of your chair should be adjusted in order that your weight is distributed evenly over the seat and therefore also over your thighs. Avoid creating pressure points.
How do to do that concretely? Adjust your height so that your knees form an angle of 90 degrees. Both feet should be flat on the ground. Tip: Check this every day, because the desired seat height can change depending on your footwear. Think of heels or sports shoes.

2. Check your seat depth with your fists

You also have to make sure that your weight is distributed over the entire length of your legs. There should be no flattening or pressure points. As a result, you will suffer less from tired legs.
How to do that concretely? Put yourself as far back as possible against the backrest. If you can place a fist between the hollow of your knee and the seat, you are sitting well.

3. Pelvis forward through the pelvic-lumbar support

When you’re standing up, your pelvis is tilted forward. When you’re sitting, your pelvis tilts backwards. You should avoid that in order not to deform your spine. So create a good sitting posture by tilting your pelvis forward.
How to do that concretely? Adjust your backrest so that you can feel it push a little on your pelvis. Again, sit all the way back in your chair.

4. Let your arms rest on the armrests

Sitting is more stressful for your intervertebral discs than standing up, but that can be solved quickly. By using your armrests, you relieve your back.
How to do that concretely? Adjust your armrests in such a way that your arms really rest on the supports. Tip: If you work a lot on your computer and use the keyboard, it is best to turn your armrests inwards. Then they will follow the V-shape of your arms and provide them optimal support.

5. Dynamic sitting? Keep moving and swinging

Your office chair is now set, but you’re in a static sitting position. With the following tips you can also make dynamic use of your Drisag office chair.

If you have an office job, dynamic sitting is essential for your health. By continuously moving all the joints in your body, you avoid cramping your joints.
How to do that concretely? Adjust your office chair so that you can swing from front to back without too much effort. If you set it too heavy, you will still be sitting statically. If you adjust the chair too lightly, you’ll seem to fall backwards. So find the ideal balance.

6. Extra dynamic sitting? Tilting the seat

The backrest and seat move minimally to stimulate the forward tilting of the pelvis. In this way you avoid back complaints and sit ergonomically well.
How to do that concretely? By pulling the lever at the bottom left of the seat, you can activate this mechanism. Tip: use the last two steps carefully and do not block them so that you are always sitting dynamically. In the beginning this will always take some time to get used to, but after a few days you’ll be accustomed to this ergonomically good sitting posture without back or neck problems.

Your office chair is just one of the components of your workplace. With these 6 steps, it will be perfectly adjusted to you in no time.

Can’t follow these tips? Then consider a high-quality office chair from Drisag.

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