This week is National Back Week (3-9 Sept) and Dauphin are not only sharing some back saving tips with us, but giving one lucky Kim Gray reader an ergonomic office chair of their own. I think you’ll love the pink touch!
Consequences of poor seating
Firstly, research has revealed that backache is one of the major health factors influencing a person’s work performance and is responsible for a large percentage of lost working days. It is commonly known that pain makes a person tired and can significantly interfere with a person’s quality of life and general functioning. Experts estimate that we spend up to 80 000 hours seated the consequence of which can be: tension, headaches, backache, impaired digestion and concentration. Poor posture places tension in various parts of the body and reduces ones breathing capacity significantly.
The benefits of an ergonomic chair
Research by Dauphin shows that a seat tilt of up to -12° (a unique synchro feature in Dauphin’s chairs) is ideal as it allows the position of the pelvis, when sitting, to be similar to its position when standing and this helps to minimise strain on the user’s spinal column, thus creating the healthiest posture. Furthermore, this posture allows room for the lungs to expand to full capacity, which allows oxygen to flow freely to the brain and increase energy. Therefore, one way to potentially conquer tiredness is to address bad seating habits and ensure that you have a chair that is ergonomically sound.
Poor sitting position
Correct sitting position
10 tips for healthy sitting
1. Always place your feet flat on the floor.
2. Always maintain contact with the backrest.
3. Correct your bearing if you slide forwards on the seat.
4. Avoid extreme bending to one side whilst seated.
5. Only reach down to objects near the floor by bending forwards over the legs.
6. Do not cross your legs when sitting forwards.
7. Practise active, dynamic sitting as often as possible.
8. Train an upright posture without backrest every now and then, provided the chair has an automatic seat tilt adjustment.
9. When standing up and sitting down, always bring the centre of gravity for the extended upper part of the body over your knees.
10. Perform regular exercise at your workplace.
The Cosmos Operators Chair by Dauphin is fully adjustable and ergonomic. The backrest of the Dauphin Cosmos Operators Chair can be locked into four different positions, while the chair height can also be adjusted to ensure correct posture. A backrest tension adjustment feature ensures maximum back support and caters for various body weights. (The starting price is R2600.00)
Simply ‘Like’ this post and tell me which other chair you’d covet for your office from their site www.dauphin.co.za
Winner announced 21 September / open to S.A. only / winner has 30 days to claim prize ~ Good luck! x