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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:

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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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