Office Ergonomics (A Look at Your Office Chair)

Ergonomics is the study of peoples’ efficiency in their working environment.  If you work primarily in an office setting and spend much of your time working in front of a computer it is important to take a look at our work station setup.  Looking at your chair, monitor, keyboard/mouse, and desktop are all important to decrease your risk of aches and pains and to prevent injury.

Here are several items to consider in regards to your office chair:

  • Seat height should allow for your feet to rest on the floor with your knees bent 90-110 degrees.
  • The center point of the hip should be at or slightly higher than the knees when sitting.
  • Your office chair should have lumbar support to promote lumbar (low back) curvature.
  • Your office chair should have adjustable or removable armrests so that your shoulders can hang freely and your elbows are at 90 degrees.
  • Your office chair should pivot to allow you to square up to work and not twist to reach work.
  • Seat depth should allow for 2-4 inches of clearance to the back of the knees.
  • Their should be no obstructions under your desk.
  • Keep in mind that most office chairs accommodate 95% of the population (5’ to 6’2” height and up to 300 or 340 lbs).  If you are outside of this group you may need special considerations.
  • Consider the use of a stand-up desk to decrease the amount of time sitting and encourage more frequent changing of body position.

Dustin Eslinger, MA, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer
Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.

October 10th, 2018

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