What are the requirements for back-friendly office chairs? Back-friendly office chairs prevent lower back pain on the one hand, and on the other hand a back-friendly desk chair should alleviate existing back problems. In this category you will find back-friendly office chairs from HARA CHAIR that meet these requirements. Our specialist advisors will be happy to help you find the right office chair for your back.
Desk work, but back-friendly please
Back problems are one of the major widespread diseases. Many days off are caused by back problems. The economic effects are enormous. The reason: we sit too much, an average of six hours a day. The human body is more made for walking. The one-sided stress when sitting at a desk has consequences for health. The tense muscles pinch, the back hurts, especially the neck, shoulders and lumbar spine are particularly susceptible. After all, office workers who work an eight-hour day spend around 80.000 hours in a chair during their lifetime. Reason enough to choose your office armchair carefully.
The basics of back-friendly sitting
Office work is often anything but back-friendly. Statically wedged between the seat and the backrest, the spine usually does not have much room to move. The connective tissue becomes caked, the fasciae stick together, the muscles become inflamed, the back pulls and hurts. So it's all about an office chair that is easy on the back. In the following points, we will explain briefly and concisely how you can recognize an office chair that is easy on your back.
What is important in an office chair that is easy on the back? An office chair that is easy on the back should be as ergonomic as possible, i.e. it should be adapted to the individual body dimensions and adjusted to suit the back. In addition, a back-friendly office chair should encourage constant movement while sitting.
Who is a back-friendly office chair suitable for? Anyone who does a sedentary job for several hours every day benefits from an office chair that is easy on the back. In the case of back problems, such as after a herniated disc or a strong hollow back, office chairs that are easy on the back make sitting easier and alleviate existing complaints. But even healthy people use an office chair that is easy on the back, as it takes individual body size into account. The most important thing here is that an office chair can be individually adjusted.
And how do I have to adjust my office chair so that my back is spared while sitting?
Ground contact: The thighs and lower legs should form a right angle when sitting. It is best to have your feet loosely on the floor when sitting.
Seat area: The seat should be fully utilized when sitting. Ideally, there is still two to three fingers of space between the hollow of the knee and the front edge of the seat.
Backrest: The back has as direct contact as possible with the backrest. This should reach at least to the shoulder blades and be set in such a way that the upper rear pelvic area is effectively supported. This is the only way to keep your back straight when you lean against it.
Armrest: So that the muscles in the shoulders and arms do not become tense, the upper and lower arms also form a right angle if the armrests are correctly adjusted.
Attention, your back-friendly office chair should definitely have these two functions:
The lumbar support: The padded support in the lumbar spine area is gentle on the lower back. Also known as the lordosis support, the arched cushion in the backrest provides support for the lower back. Doctors call the natural S-curve in the lower spine lordosis. If this curvature is more pronounced, doctors speak of a hollow back. A backrest that is easy on the back should therefore always take into account and support this curvature in the lumbar spine.
A back-friendly, split seat: Flexible, movable seat modules are easy on the back because they enable moving sitting and thus keep the pelvis and spine mobile during office work. Because anyone who sits for several hours a day forces their musculoskeletal system into an unnatural, rigid posture. But the back needs movement. HARA STUHL recognized this deficit in sitting and developed the patented, split seat surface. This means that the office chairs from HARA STUHL enable dynamic sitting that is easy on the back.
Ergonomists generally recommend dynamic sitting. To take the strain off your back, you should change your sitting position as often as possible between leaning forward, upright and leaning back. Because a back-friendly office chair does not mean protection and comfort, but movement while sitting. As a result, the fasciae are loosened, the connective tissue better supplied with blood, the muscles remain relaxed and back problems are effectively prevented.
The models by HARA STUHL enable the principle of moving sitting through a two-part seat. This ergonomically adapts to the angle of the pool by moving vertically with every movement. This reduces the pressure on the pelvis and protects the back. The backrest from HARA STUHL also supports the backbone dynamically. The back cushions of the split backrest adapt to the back at the optimal angle. The intervertebral discs are spared and the cruciate ligaments relieved. A crooked posture and deformation of the spine are counteracted.
Back-friendly office chairs for long periods of sitting
The HARA STUHL models are specially designed for long periods of sitting in the office. The divided seat is integrated in all office chairs from HARA STUHL. Only the orthopedic back support differs. For example, the NIE and NWL models are not only equipped with a split seat but also with a split backrest. This is not the case with the ZEN-LS, ZEN and CAE models, whose closed backrests primarily provide effective support for the lumbar area. The HARA CHAIR model ZEN-LS even has an integrated upholstery. This lordosis support relieves the lumbar spine. The ZEN-LS model is particularly suitable for people with a light to strong hollow back or after a herniated disc. The ergonomic shapes of the ZEN and CAE models also support the loins as well as the shoulders and are very comfortable due to their padding. The CAE model, an executive chair, is ideal for tall and heavy people to sit on thanks to its wide seat, high backrest and stable construction.
Which model is "the" back-friendly office chair depends on your personal requirements. The body weight plays a role as well as the individual symptoms. If you have already had a herniated disc in the lumbar spine, you could benefit from a lumbar support. You can try for yourself at home with a rolled up towel or pillow whether you find the S-padding in the lower back comfortable.
Order your back-friendly office chair in the HARA STUHL online shop. Our staff will be happy to advise you and will contact you immediately by phone or email. Let us know your height and weight. And if you suffer from back problems, this information would also be relevant for choosing the right office chair.
We will check for you whether you have chosen the right HARA CHAIR model. We want to ensure that the model meets your ergonomic and orthopedic requirements. Only after a consultation will we send you your back-friendly office chair.