Why Chairs Are So Uncomfortable

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Why Are Chairs So Uncomfortable

What is the point of sitting in a chair if it isn’t comfortable? It’s likely that as you sit there reading this article, you are seated on an uncomfortable chair. Well, don’t worry because we have some great tips for making your work experience more enjoyable! These detailed steps will help make sure that your chairs are always comfy and cosy. You deserve to be comfortable when at work after all – what else is there?

As a general rule, most uncomfortable chairs are not adjustable for seat height, seat depth, tilt, 4D armrests, adjustable headrests, or lumbar support. As a result, you won’t be able to sit properly with adequate weight distribution for a proper posture.

An uncomfortable chair can be the biggest distraction during the working day, according to my 30 years of clinical experience as a chiropractor and ergonomic adviser. A poorly designed chair will not only make the workday more difficult, but it will also put stress on the back and condition the body.

woman sitting uncomfortably

How to Increase Comfort When Sitting

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  • A preventative measure is to move around every 20 minutes.  
  • It is recommended to have lumbar support.  
  • The ground should be flat under your feet.
  • Your hips should be higher than your knees. 
  • Also, if your chair’s width is increased, it may work well. Typically, ergonomic chairs are adjustable in depth. Three fingers are the closest a person can get to the edge of a seated seat.
  • Sitting and standing alternately can relieve symptoms. 

Comfortable Chairs Need These Features

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To Make an Office Chair More Comfortable, the Following Requirements Must Be Met:

  • A height-adjustable seat. If your chair cannot go low enough or high enough, you may need to replace the gas shock.
  • Capable of tilting forward. For chairs that are missing this feature, a wedge can be installed. The seat’s back should be thick enough for your hips to remain above your knees.
  • Ensure you have the right seat depth. A large surface area has fewer pressure points as a rule. You should be able to separate your knees and seat edge with two to three fingers.
  • The back is supported.  The lower back should always be supported by ergonomic chairs. The lumbar spine curves inwards when it is occupied for a long time without support. The result is a slouching posture and a strain on the lower spine.

What if My Chair Doesn’t Have These Features?

It’s so simple! By using a wedge, you’ll be able to better align the upper body and legs. The cushions also pull the pelvis forward and pull the spine inward. In this way, you’ll be able to reduce spinal stress, feel more stable, and sit upright without overwhelming your joints or discs.

Providing Comfort with a Posture Wedge Cushion

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Car Posture Wedge Should Have These Features:

  • An appropriate foam. Natural latex provides the ultimate in comfort, resilience, and alignment
  • Latex foam should be layered twice. Seats are cushioned twice and padded to relieve pressure and provide support
  • There is a shape to it. When you sit, wedge cushions create ergonomic contours that help maintain good posture. 
  • Tilt Angle. About 8-13 degrees slope
  • Based Foam Layer. Foundation of foam (plus 96 kg/m3)
  • There is a foam top on it. The top layer of the posture cushion consists of a comfort layer (much softer latex foam).
  • The use of memory foam is not advisable.  Because of their incompliance with back pain, they would not be suitable for me. Latex, which comes from tree sap, has a greater springiness (resilience); memory foam bottoms out, traps heat and can contain toxic chemicals.

Takeaway

If you’re unsure of how to make your office chair more comfortable, we’ve got 11 steps for you. We know that sitting at a desk all day can be uncomfortable and tiring – but don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to keep yourself supported while still being able to enjoy the workday.

These tips will help ensure that your chairs always feel cozy enough so you can focus on what matters most – getting things done! Have any questions about this ergonomic information? Visit our blog where we have even more useful guidance on making sure your offices are as comfy as possible.

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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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