Optimise your chair when working from home

Sitting uncomfortably at your desk at work can lead to you developing work related upper limb disorders (WRULD’s) or spinal pain which can be tricky to shift once aggravated.

Many patients we see think the chair is often the culprit but it isn’t always the case. We have found that as long as your chair has all the basic functions recommended by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) it is actually more about how you set up and use the chair you have that really counts!

Here are our 5 top tips for getting the best from your office chair:

1. Adjust the seat height so your elbows are at 90 degrees when using your computer – if your feet no longer touch the floor comfortably then invest in a foot stool.
2. Check the height of the backrest suits your stature! The built in lumbar support should sit in the arch of your lower back and the top of the back rest should be level or higher than your shoulder blades.
3. Position yourself right into the back of the chair so you can make full use of the backrest and support.
4. Pull your seat in nice and close to the desk to avoid ‘perching’ on the front of the seat.
5. Fix the backrest in position during typing and clicking activities but change it to free flow movement when you are talking on the phone, to colleagues or thinking of the next big idea!

For more information on what basic functions all office chairs should have and why workstation assessments are required then visit the HSE’s website here.

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