Nearly half of all Americans experience back pain at some time in their lives. Making matters worse, most back specialists blame that pain on poor posture while sitting down. Not only that, but many doctors believe that the way we sit can cause early death. In fact, they call it the “new smoking.”
The human body was designed to be upright, with our spine forming a natural “S” shape. Unfortunately, modern life means most of us spend the dominant number of our daylight hours sitting down, slumped in front of a computer or television screen. Our shoulders are slouched and our spines are curved in an unnatural “C” shape. Fortunately, modern science is working to help us with this by providing a large number of accessories that many of us buy to make our computer chairs not only less destructive to our backs, but more comfortable as well. Here’s a list of the top 10 products which are frequently bought together with computer chairs.
Regardless of your plight, there is a seat back cushion available to soothe you. Seat back cushions are available that are made of practically any materials, shape, size, and description you can imagine. Further, they can be purchased with heaters, massage features, and practically anything else you would need to make your chair more comfortable as well as therapeutic. The newest watchword for computer chair cushions is memory foam, which fits itself to the user’s body, making it more comfortable as well as more ergonomically correct.
The same above can be applied to seat bottom cushions, and even with combinations thereof. As a result, if you only want one or the other, as well as a combination of the two, it’s yours for the asking, or purchasing.
Just as is the case for the numerous pads available on the market, foot rests in a practically infinite variety are available. Footrests can be purchased that can be raised, lowered, and even provide varying degrees of slant for different feet. This slant can affect the angle you sit in your chair, bringing your hips and knees to a neutral position, but also causing your tailbone to flex, so many of them come with wedges that adjust to the comfort of your tailbone. They can even be purchased that can give you a massage and instead of sitting on the floor, they can be suspended from the back of a desk. Cold? There are even those that will warm your feet too.
The power of good armrests should never be underestimated since they not only provide great comfort for your arms, but they also provide support to the shoulders and much of the upper back. As a result, armrests can be purchased that can be adjusted in any number of levels as well as degrees of slant. This ensures greater chances of achieving a good ergonomic fit.
Neck rests for office chairs are problematic, since many office chairs don’t offer head and neck rests. The good news with this is that with today’s neck rests a chair that was not formerly equipped with one now can be. Brackets that can be purchased for specific chairs or adapted for a variety of chairs are available, and the different colors and materials they are made of make them match many different types of chairs.
As anyone who has been in an office lately can testify, ergonomics is the new watchword, which can make things more difficult when everything accompanying an office chair doesn’t work together properly. As a result, many chairs are purchased with new pads to provide an ergonomic boost to the way we sit at our computers. These pads are not only for the use of the keyboard but for the mouse as well.
Again, in an effort to make all of the components of a desk environment more ergonomically compatible, many offices have adapted computer chairs for their workers use with a variety of different types of wheels and casters for use on the bottom of their legs. These are used to raise, lower, allow movement, or prohibit that movement as the situation demands. These options also make it possible to create less wear and tear on carpets and floors.
As anyone who has ever sat at a desk can testify, sometimes there just isn’t enough space on the surface, so there is often a need for additional space in the form of side trays and other attachments. Enter the accessory business, which makes a number of different attachments that can attach to your chair to give you added space for a book, tablet, or other similar device. It should also be noted that these tablet tables come in a variety of shapes, sizes and configurations to accommodate different needs.
Whether it’s for use with your armrest tray or to provide light that shines undisturbed over your shoulder, an armrest tray light is becoming a popular option for those who use computer chairs. And since chairs are moved, making connections to power outlets difficult, many of them come with battery power supplies as well.
If your back or seat is in a good position, but perhaps you need just a little more support, wedges are made in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to give you just a little more boost wherever you might need it.
Contrary to what most people believe, doctors say that most back problems are caused by inactivity instead of activity. It’s for this reason that many of the office furniture industry centers on solving and/or preventing these types of problems. The good news in this is that not only is there a wide and growing variety of these problem-solving products available, but the assortment is growing all of the time. As a result, there can be little doubt that as computer workers continue to grow in numbers, there’s a good chance that their physical problems will also increase, but to be helped by the products being made available by their manufacturers.