Are Gaming Chairs Worth It? Chiropractor Tells Truth

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Are Gaming Chairs Worth It?

You may be thinking that gaming chairs are a waste of money or are they actually worth the investment?  Gaming chairs have been on the market for about a decade and have recently grown in popularity. They come with several features such as sound systems, lumbar pillows, and durability to name a few. If you’re looking for a fun replacement from your office chair or want something you can use while playing video games, you will need to read this first.

As a general rule, a gaming chair is generally not intended to be ergonomic. When choosing a good one, be sure to do your research first and choose wisely. Some gaming chairs may have features such as adjustable height and lumbar support.

In my thirty years of experience as a chiropractor, I can tell you everything you need to know about gaming chairs, and then I can explain how to choose the most appropriate chair for your needs. I have been able to mitigate the discomfort you have experienced with back pain like you in the past. Thus, you would do yourself a favour by reading this article and obtaining the assistance you need.

Facts About Gaming Chairs

  • Gaming chairs are a relatively new product in the gaming industry 
  • They have been around for about 10 years, but they were not widely available until recently 
  • The first company to offer them was Steelcase with their “Chair One” model 
  • Other companies that make gaming chairs include DXRacer, Vertagear, and Arozzi 
  • There is no universally accepted definition of what makes a chair “gaming,” but some features common to many models are: adjustable armrests and headrests; high back support; ergonomic design; and built-in speakers or headphone jack

Office Chairs vs Gaming Chairs

It’s a question that is often posed by people who are looking to purchase their first office chair. The first step for answering this question is understanding what differentiates these two chairs.

First, there are a few different styles of office chair. Executive chairs offer the most support for your spine and feature an ergonomic design that is tailored to reduce pressure on your lower back. Office task chairs have a slimmer profile but still, provide lumbar support and comfort in all-day sitting positions.

Gaming chairs are different from office chairs because they are designed for gaming and typically lack features like lumbar support, seat angle tilt, seat depth adjustability, etc.  But heck, they can come with built-in speakers or headphone jacks so who cares if your new chair may be causing irreparable damage to your back?

Both office chairs and gaming chairs have pros that the other doesn’t offer, so it is important to research what features you’re looking for before making your decision.

Is It Worth Buying a Gaming Chair?

You may be wondering if it’s worth buying a gaming chair. Gaming chairs are typically more expensive than regular office or home chairs, but gaming chairs come in many different cool colours, so it’s gotta be worth more because of that feature alone!

Premium ergonomic office chairs are usually ergonomically designed to offer maximum comfort and support for your back and neck, while gaming chairs…..OK, I’m at a loss of something good to say about gaming chairs.

Oh yes, they also tend to include features like built-in speakers which provide high-quality sound without taking up any desk space with speakers or headphones, as well as integrated control panels so you can adjust volume without needing an extra remote.

Here’s a video review I made on PewDiePie’s gaming chair.

A Chiropractors View on Gaming Chairs

My 30 years of experience treating back pain makes me unable to recommend gaming chairs. Here’s why: The body complacently adapts to pretty much any chair you put at its disposal. Long-term use, however, can result in digestive problems, heart disease, chronic pain, etc.

The pain and soreness you feel from prolonged gaming cannot be alleviated by stretching afterwards.  Exercise alone will not be able to reverse the effects of poor posture, according to numerous studies.

The strain on your body may be hidden at first, but over time, incorrect posture will gradually cause damage to your body. As a result, you may develop many health problems that aren’t even directly related to your chair, for example, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, etc.

Do Gaming Chairs Make a Difference?

Gaming chairs are marketed as offering a higher level of comfort while playing video games. We are also told that they provide more support for the back and neck, which is important if you spend hours at a time in front of your computer or TV screen. Other features not generally included are adjustable ergonomic lumbar support, adjustable armrests, and adjustable armrests for better control and manoeuvrability when gaming.

young woman on gaming chair

Some gamers find that they can’t play longer because they get more tired with their new gaming chair. Perhaps this is because gaming chairs usually have a one-size-fits-all approach to ergonomics? The chairs are especially unpopular with people who suffer from chronic back pain or discomfort due to sitting all day long on hard office furniture.

Why Are Gaming Chairs Bad?

Does anyone really think that a gaming chair is a great idea for someone who sits at their desk all day? The seat provides little support, and the backrest has a little padding to keep your spine aligned. They are really not appropriate for those who spend much of their time on their feet or moving around. Gaming chairs are also bad if you have back problems because the quality of these chairs may exacerbate your symptoms rather than help relieve them.

speakers in gaming chair

Are Gaming Chairs With Speakers Worth It? 

Gaming chairs are becoming more and more popular, but they’re not the right choice for everyone. We want to help you make an informed decision about whether or not this is the best option for your needs.

Gaming Chair with Speakers Checklist

  • Do I have enough room in my home? 
  • What type of games do I play most often? 
  • How much money am I willing to spend on a new piece of furniture? 
  • Will it be difficult to get up from my seat after playing games for hours at a time? 
  • Am I comfortable sitting in one place without moving around too much while playing video games? 
  • Is there someone else who will also be using this chair (i.e., spouse, child)? 
  • Is listening to music while playing video games or watching movies/TV shows on my computer or tablet device your only concern? If you answered yes, then purchasing a gaming chair may be worth it! 

 Why Chair Speakers are a Bad Idea

Honestly, I dislike seats that have speakers. Rather than spending your extra cash on a gimmicky chair speaker set, save it for an ergonomic chair. Furthermore, chairs with speakers are not a good idea, because they’re not comfortable, you can’t hear those around you, and they’re distracting. It should offer full sensory stimulation and shouldn’t distract you from your work.

chair speakers bad

A proper chair should be designed to be ergonomic and comfortable so that you can enjoy sitting in it for hours on end without any discomfort or pain. It also has an adjustable backrest so that if you need to stand up, the chair will automatically adjust itself accordingly. And there’s no sound coming from anywhere but right in front of you – perfect for those who want peace and quiet!

What Makes a Good Gaming Chair?

Purchasing a decent ergonomic chair is more than just a seat, it’s an investment in your health and well-being. Your chair should be ergonomically designed to support your back, neck, and spine while you sit comfortably for hours on end. They should offer different sizes so that no matter what size you are or how tall you are, there will be a chair that fits you perfectly.

good gaming chair

Gaming should be fun – not painful! A good gaming chair, in my opinion, is nonexistent. Remember, your chair can make all the difference between feeling great after playing or being sore from sitting too long with poor posture. Consider taking care of your body so that when it comes time to game again tomorrow morning (or tonight), all systems go!

Takeaway

Gaming chairs might be a new and exciting trend, but ultimately we believe that they are not worth it. I have 30 years of chiropractic experience treating back pain and can’t recommend gaming chairs to those with an active lifestyle because the body complacently adapts to pretty much any chair you put at its disposal.

Long-term use could result in digestive problems, heart disease, chronic pain; all these things cannot be alleviated by stretching or exercise alone according to numerous studies. For the most useful guidance on ergonomic information visit our blog

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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Founder

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

 

Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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