If you’re one of the millions of Covid19 home office workers in the world, you will appreciate being able to sit comfortably for long hours at your desk.
The chair is the centre of your workstation. Everything pivots around it. To sit comfortably follow these 4 steps:
1. Elevate Your Chair to the correct Height
The first thing that you need to do is to set the height of your chair correctly. How do you know if your chair height is correct? It is not whether your feet touch the ground or not. If you use this as your guide, you are likely to set your chair too low, which will result in you shrugging your shoulders to reach your desk and your keyboard. Shrugging your shoulders for long periods at your desk puts you at a high risk of neck pain. Neck pain is very common among office workers and a low chair position in relation to one’s desk is one of the reasons why that this is so common.
So, to find the correct height for your chair, lean backwards against your backrest and elevate your chair until you are able to work at your desk and your keyboard with your shoulders relaxed. If your feet dangle, don’t lower your chair back again, rather get a footrest. If there is no money for a footrest, use some books or even reams of paper to support your feet. Don’t rest your feet on your chair base, this will strain your back. Also, don’t ignore it if your feet don’t firmly touch the ground. It makes a greater difference than you think to use a support for your feet, even if it’s only a slight elevation that is necessary for you to be comfortable at your desk.
2. Bring Your Chair Closer to Your Desk
You might also need to bring your chair close enough to your desk. You need to bring your chair a lot closer to your keyboard and desk than you think you do. If you don’t, you will find yourself leaning forwards away from your backrest, which can lead to lower back pain.
If the armrests are a problem and preventing you from bringing your chair close enough to your desk because they are fixed, get someone from maintenance to remove them. If you have adjustable armrests, first try to lower them, but if the correct height of your chair causes them to knock against your desk, then raise them slightly to slide just over your desk.
3. Incline Your Backrest Backwards to -8 Degrees:
Some people believe that if their chair is upright, they are sitting in good posture and sitting correctly. Good posture for the spine is maintaining the s-curve of the spine while reclined approximately -8 degrees.
Sitting too upright places higher loads on the spine than if it is reclined backwards. If you sit too upright, you will fatigue faster. Think about it, when you are tired from sitting for too long, you scoot your bum forwards in your chair and lean backwards. You naturally do this to offload the spine and rest. Recline your chair and set your desk around the reclined position to be comfortable.
4. If Your Chair has an Adjustable Backrest
If your chair has an adjustable backrest, you need to make sure that the curve of the backrest is placed in the small of your back. This is to ensure that the s-curve of your spine is supported while you sit for long periods at your desk to help reduce lower back pain through reducing loads on your spine.
So there you have it, 4 easy steps to sit more comfortably. Any comments or questions? Please let me know and I’d be happy to help.