Ergonomics at the desk is now a must for a healthy working life. Because orthopedic sitting prevents back problems on the one hand. On the other hand, orthopedic sitting alleviates existing back problems. But how does orthopedic sitting work? And: What should you look out for when buying new office furniture?
Sitting correctly orthopedically is a must
There are exactly two kinds of people. Some people sit a lot, others sit a lot. We sit with breakfast coffee, in front of the computer in the office and in front of the television in the evening. As soon as we have to stand at the checkout in the supermarket or on the train, we get excited. We have to admit, contrite, that sitting too much hurts your back. However, doctors are still arguing about how to sit correctly and, above all, healthy orthopedically. In recent years, orthopedic surgeons have moved away from the canon that only straight upright sitting is healthy. The new creed is: Always keep moving and change your sitting position as often as possible. True to the motto, the next sitting posture is the best.
Not all orthopedic sitting is the same as orthopedic sitting
Sitting in motion must be practiced. Moving while sitting may initially be unfamiliar and exhausting for the untrained core muscles. Seating furniture that forces the different sitting positions, encourages the body to sit in motion, supports the back and pelvis and moves with the movement is therefore helpful. A back-friendly chair should therefore be ergonomically shaped in such a way that the spine is orthopedically supported when sitting in a casual, dynamic manner. However, many armchairs are far too low, the seat is too deep, the upholstery is too soft. Anyone who sinks into the sofa may initially find it wonderfully comfortable. However, orthopedic surgeons clasp their hands above their heads. Because such armchairs make it difficult to move, long periods of sitting on the couch often end up with a stiff back.
Correct orthopedic sitting - what matters
Sitting for eight to twelve hours a day in the office is not uncommon these days. That is why orthopedically and ergonomically correct sitting is a decisive factor and increases the quality of life enormously. For this reason, office chairs should be tailored to optimized seating ergonomics. Two-part, movable back cushions should support the spine in different sitting positions. The distance between width, height and depth should be adjustable individually. The seat should also automatically adjust to the backrest depending on the inclination. Ergonomically shaped supports and wedge cushions can help to compensate for the disadvantages of existing upholstered furniture or chairs that are not very back-friendly. And firmly upholstered armchairs with a sufficient seat height are ideal for the lounge area in the break room. The backrest should support the back at least up to the shoulders and be padded with a lumbar support in the lumbar spine area.