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The Concept of Ergonomics

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What does the word 'Ergonomic' actually mean?


Medical Dictionary: The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.

What does an Ergonomic Computer Chair mean?

In broad terms, it implies that the chairs design is advanced to some extent, thereby assisting the operator to sit more efficiently, compared to a simple designed entry level chair.

Why do most computer chair retailers advertise their products as being 'ergonomic'?

Whether the chair is mildly, moderately or heavily ergonomic, it assists with the sale of the chair.

Is this advertising misleading?

Yes. The public are frequently purchasing chairs that are inappropriate for their spinal needs.

How do we assist the public, so that the term is not misused?

The computer chairs ergonomic value must be quantified. To assist consumers, Furniture for Backs has provided their computer chairs with an ergonomic rating.

The scale is as follows:

  • Very Low - 
  • Low - 
  • Moderate - 
  • High - 
  • Very High - 

Check out our range to see how we can make a difference

Best Mattress for Low Back Pain

Furniture for Backs is a successful & established company directed by Melbourne Chiropractor, Dr Michael Crane.The company specialises in recommending mattresses (and other products) for people suffering from health care complaints. These complaints will vary immensely, however around eighty percent of these customers suffer from low back pain. For many of these customers their low back pain is simply [...]

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How to set up a computer chair

Depending on how adjustable the computer chair is, will determine how effective the chair will be in complying with the operator’s body shape & posture. Seat pan tilt. Generally most operators will begin with the seat pan horizontalto the floor. If the chair allows, tilt seat pan backwards or slightly uphill, so thatfront of seat pan is marginally higher than back [...]

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The Benefits of highly ergonomic computer chairs

An ergonomically advanced computer chair, rated 4 or 5 stars, will improve your sitting posture. Its adjustability and support will allow the operator to maintain their natural spinal curves, which subsequently reduces spinal disc pressure.The operator will experience: Lengthier time periods of comfortReduction in fatigueImproved work efficiency, productivity and overall work qualityReduction in injury rates, e.g. back painReduced chance of early spinal degenerationLess worker absenteeismA happier, [...]

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Reasons for replacing your current Computer Chair

Below is a list of basic criteria to utilise in determining whether you require replacing your current computer chair.The chair does not appear to support you properlyThe chair is uncomfortableYou're experiencing symptoms when sitting such as headache, neck or low back painYour body is undergoing postural changes: e.g. Shoulders rounding and/or mid back hunchingThe seat pan or backrest is the incorrect size, [...]

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Choosing a Mattress

EASY DECISION... What size mattress & do you prefer a base or a bed with slats set up?HARDER DECISION… Which mattress do you buy?The decision is mainly comprised of a blend of the below four factors.1. You and /or your partner’s priorities.2. Budget: Limited or unlimited.3. Quality: Ranging from ‘Entry level’ through to ‘Premium level’.4. Clinical Aspect: Do you [...]

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Setting up your Desk, Computer & Accessories

Desk:If your desk is height adjustable (electric), then you’re in luck. The reality is that most desks are not height adjustable. Unless you’re an operator of average height you will have to compromise the chair seat pan height. Either down or up to establish an ideal desk height, which allow the forearms to sit naturally.For example: Shorter people may have [...]

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Choosing a Computer Chair…..

Purchasing the right computer chair has proved to be a challenging task for the community. Many people are regularly experiencing neck and low back pain with established postural problems, as a consequence of using an inappropriate chair.Statistics demonstrate that about 80% of office workers over a 5 year period will call a Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Osteopath or Massage Therapist to treat [...]

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Why purchase a great quality mattress?

The mattress is the most used piece of furniture in the household. In fact, one third of your entire life is spent lying on one. All health care professionals advocate that adults require around 8 hours of high quality sleep per night to maintain our wellbeing.Many people underestimate the value of high quality sleep for their wellbeing. Rest & [...]

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How many hours sleep do you need each night to remain healthy?

With sleep, experts will tell you that there is no "magic number." Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. While you may be at your absolute best sleeping seven hours a night, someone else may clearly need nine hours to have a happy, productive life.According to the National Institutes [...]

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