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How to sit at a desk properly

by Back2


Posted on 11th December 2015


In this post we explain how you should set-up your office chair so that you are able to sit correctly and improve both your comfort and productivity.

Seat Height Adjustment

1. Adjust seat height so that your hips are higher than your knees with your feet firmly on the floor or footrest.

2. Do not lower your chair to suit your desk height, adjust your desk height if possible.

3. A footrest is to be used if the chair height has to be raised to meet the desk and your feet cannot reach the ground.

How to sit at a desk properly - Seat Height problem
How to sit at a desk properly - seat height solution

 

Seat Depth Adjustment

Needed to accommodate thigh length and enable you to sit back into the chair to gain support from the backrest.

Leave a gap of about the width of your fist between your knee and the front of the seat.

How to sit at a desk properly - Seat Depth problem
How to sit at a desk properly - Seat Depth Solution

 

Seat Forward Tilt

Rotates the pelvis forward which encourages the spine into an upright posture.

Make sure the chair is raised high enough to allow the seat to tilt forward.

A forward tilt may not be suitable for certain conditions, ask our physiotherapist for advice.

How to sit at a desk properly - Seat Tilt Problem
How to sit at a desk properly - Seat Tilt Solution

 

Backrest Height Adjustment

The height of the lumbar curve differs from person to person, so adjust height to support your individual body shape with the lumbar support sitting in a supportive position.

How to sit at a desk properly - Backrest Height Problem
How to sit at a desk properly - Backrest Height Solution

 

Free Float and Reclining Mechanism

Movement is an important part of preventing musculo-skeletal disorders.

By taking the opportunity to recline in your chair (talking on phone, etc), disc pressure is greatly reduced.

We recommend that you do not lock your chair.

How to sit at a desk properly - Free Float Problem
How to sit at a desk properly - Free Float Solution

 

Height Adjustable Armrests

Adjust height so that elbows are supported but with shoulders relaxed.

Armrest depth should not prevent you from sitting close to your desk.

How to sit at a desk properly - Adjustable Armrests Problem
How to sit at a desk properly - Adjustable Armrests Solution

 

Utilise a Headrest

Useful in a reclined position to allow your neck and shoulder muscles to relax.

Adjust height and depth to support you at the base of your skull.

How to sit at a desk properly - Headrest Problem
How to sit at a desk properly - Headrest Solution

 


Posted in on 11th December 2015 by Back2.