Ergonomics is the name of the study of efficiency in the workplace. It’s basically a study of what can be done to boost better performance and keep health at an optimum level. Besides keeping your employees safe and healthy, office ergonomics have many other benefits for the office. Some of them include an increase in productivity, reduced costs, safety culture, improvement in employee management, work quality and similar.
At the forefront of ergonomic products are ergonomic office chairs. Ergonomic chairs promote good posture and are designed to reduce the amount of strain caused on the body’s pressure points. This type of chair is especially beneficial to people who already suffer from back pain, head or shoulders pain and eye strain. They’re ideal for those who work in an office setting for several hours a day, as they relieve the body of stress and discomfort. There are various types of ergonomic office chairs, all their designs provide unique sitting options, and the most popular types are the ergonomic ball chair, which is an active sitting chair, and the knee chair, which includes support to knees.
The ergonomic ball chair, as aforementioned, is an active sitting chair which promotes active sitting, meaning, the body can’t sump in the chair, but instead you need to maintain balance by concentrating on keeping your spine aligned while utilizing the core muscles. This helps sustain proper posture and can be of significant benefit to people who have to sit for long periods or people who experience back trouble which makes sitting very uncomfortable. These chairs are often made of two parts: a frame with wheels where the ball fits, and an inflatable ball. Having the ball selection raised off the floor can provide better stability.
Most active sitting ball chairs feature supportive armrests as well as a hand pump to control ball inflation. This type of ball is height-adjustable and is for all body weights to contour to different desk elevations. The ball comes in two different types: a fully round ball and an egg shaped ball. Both types require a bit of adjustment, especially if the user isn’t comfortable with the balancing aspect of these chairs.
An ergonomic knee chair has the user’s weight generally distributed between two pads so the weight is not placed entirely on the knees. A back pad can also be included as part of the design to allow the user to lean back. These elements can be adjusted in angle and height in order to accommodate the user. This is important as different users have varying preferences for the steepness of kneeling, so it may become uncomfortable if it’s not set at the right height. This type of ergonomic chairs is intended for office settings and it is available in a wide array of materials, colours and designs.