It is no secret that the pandemic has forced many of us to work from home. While some of us have found more ease and convenience while remote–saving time on a commute, maintaining a better work-life balance, saving money on office space–working from the comfort of our own homes presents its own specific challenges.
Namely, long hours spent on Zoom calls can be detrimental to our spine and posture health. Many of us experience chronic pain due to increased time spent sitting down. Ergonomic office furniture allows us to circumvent muscular pain–working more comfortably means working more productively.
Important To Take Note Of Our Posture
The difference between a regular four-legged chair and an ergonomic office chair is that ergonomic chairs can be adjusted to your ideal height. Chair height is important to productivity because the wrong elevation can lead to neck strain and tension headaches.
An ergonomic chair is one of the most essential pieces of comfortable office furniture. There are also other options like the standing desk.
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Another Innovation To Improve Office Productivity
Another innovation to improve office productivity and happiness is the ergonomic desk. Ergonomic desks, like chairs, allow for height adjustment. Workers are able to sit or stand at their desks. Although standing at your desk may seem foreign, it is shown to improve posture, blood flow, and even blood sugar.
In fact, Kimber DiVincenzo of Work-Fit cites a small study that shows standing after eating can reduce blood sugar spikes by 43%.
This is significant for those of us who experience a post-lunch energy dip. Ergonomic furniture encourages blood flow as well, which can make a world of difference for mood.
In pandemic times, it is especially important to take note of our posture. It is easy to get sucked in by our screens–even easier when we are active in a zoom call or meeting.
Because so much of our lives take place at our desks, we might not always realize the harm we are causing our back, spine, neck, and shoulders.
’” Essentially, Our Tense Necks
New York Presbyterian’s Health Matters site conducted an interview with Dr. Elan Goldwaser to discuss possible, more serious injuries that result from long periods of sitting. Dr. Goldwaser describes the significant effects that small, seemingly insignificant stresses on our bodies can cause: “
One of the bigger problems is that the discs between our lumbar vertebrae start to bulge, which usually becomes a chronic problem. When a disc bulges or even herniates, the muscles around it start to lock up to hold everything in place so we can’t damage it further. Which is fine if we don’t move, but that’s not what our bodies are made for…All these awkward stresses on the body are collectively called ‘biomechanical instability.
’” Essentially, our tense necks, weak hips, and other minuscule injuries begin to add up and erode our body composition and functionality.
Additionally, regularly sitting for long periods of time can make our metabolism drag–not only does this make us lethargic. but it can cause weight gain which only compounds our other physiological micro-injuries.
“Ergonomic” Refers To Human Engineering-
The word “ergonomic” refers to human engineering–how the body works. The more we know about how the body works, the more we can manipulate the objects around us to create more comfortable and higher-energy work environments.
This is especially important where work and deadlines are involved–the stress induced by work is only compounded when the body feels out of sort. Although we cannot always control our workload, we can alleviate some of this stress simply by where and how we work.