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How much damage is your Office Chair causing?

Posted by Will Dixon on

Office Chair Blog

The last thing that might come to mind when you have back or shoulder pain is the way your workstation is set up. But, it turns out that your aches and pains may well be linked to your office chair.

Sitting in the wrong chair for hours on end can do substantial damage to your back, neck, and shoulders. The office chair you thought was the most comfortable thing next to your bed, may actually be bad for your health.

If you've spot flaws in your office chair or, if you sit on a chair similar to one of the below, perhaps it's time to chat to your boss about getting a new one from OFAI before you do some serious damage to your health.


The Armless Lumbar Puncture

1. The Armless Lumbar Puncture

What's wrong with this chair?

- No lumbar (lower back) support, resulting in poor posture and back pain

- No padding on seat, resulting in pressure on the discs of the lower back

- Fixed backrest, which doesn't allow for the position of the backrest to be adjusted. This will put strain on the back muscles


The Dead Executive

2. The Dead Executive

What's wrong with this chair?

- No lumbar (lower back) support, resulting in poor posture and back pain

- Fixed armrests may get in the way of the desk, so you may end up perching on the end of the seat. This puts pressure through your lower back as the thighs and the back aren't supported


The Milkmaid's Stool

3. The Milkmaid's Stool

What's wrong with this chair?

- A hard seat places pressure on the discs of the lower back

- No back support, resulting in bad posture and a tired back

- It's not height adjustable, so you will need to reach up to the desk, resulting in shoulder tension


The Dining Disaster

4. The Dining Disaster

What's wrong with this chair?

- The backrest is hard and cannot be adjusted, so you won't get sufficient back support, resulting in lower back pain

- No height adjustability will result in upper shoulder tension as you constantly need to reach up to the desk if the chair is too low for you

- Hard back rest will put pressure on the spine

- No wheels/castors means no movement, leading to muscle strain


The Big Deceiver

5. The Big Deceiver

What's wrong with this chair?

- The backrest is concave in the lumbar area (i.e. moves away from the back and doesn't give any lumbar support); this will result in poor posture and lack of support for the spine

- The armrests are fixed and get in the way of the desk, so you might end up perching on the edge of the seat

- You can see in the picture that this person uses books as a footrest. These aren't stable, which may put strain on the hips.


We offer a wide variety of ergonomic seating options to help you create a functional and comfortable workspace. Shop the range today or if you aren't sure what you need, please contact us and we can advise based on your situation and requirements.

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