According to the British Heart Foundation, adults of working age in England spend an average of 9.5 hours a day sat at their desks.

What’s more, the Centre for Spinal Disorders claims that back and neck injuries continue to be the number one cause of all work-related injuries, even though most are preventable. One of the main ways in which you can help stop such injuries occurring in the first place is through proper positioning.

As we’ve discussed before, experts agree that there is a correct seating position that puts less stress and strain on your body. Your head should be up, with your eyesight falling onto the top third of your screen, and ensuring your spine is erect.

Let’s take a few moments to do four quick checks on your current seating position…

1. Neck

Do you suffer from a stiff neck while seated? Check your chair has a headrest that supports your head when you’re in reclined positions as this will help to relieve stress within the neck muscles.

2. Arms

To be in the correct seating position, your wrists need to be straight with your elbows positioned at a 90-degree angle. Having arm rests that fold down or are adjustable will help you sit closer to your work station, putting less strain on your arms and shoulders.

3. Back

Do you sit slumped over your desk? Does your back start to ache as the day goes on? If so, you may be lacking lumber support in your lower back to help you sit up straight.

4. Legs

Do you find yourself constantly and restlessly moving your feet and legs all day? Do you cross, uncross, and then cross your legs again in attempt to get comfortable? Position your chair so your feet can rest on the floor, allowing blood to circulate properly – it’s the poor circulation that keeps you fidgeting all day.

Kerr’s new Orthopaedica range of ergonomically responsive task seating is perfect for today’s busy commercial environments. Why not contact the team today to arrange a free local demonstration?

Sources:
https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-matters-magazine/activity/sitting-down
http://www.nj-cmd.com/center-for-spinal-disorders/conditions/center-spinal-disorders-work-related-injuries/
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/is-sitting-really-the-new-smoking-an-in-depth-discussion-with-the-experts/

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