One of the biggest problems with working a desk job all day is that, eventually, you get tired and you start to slump, lean over or slouch. Office furniture and accessories that are conducive to poor posture do not help matters either. If you find that you are making a few too many visits to your chiropractor for back and spinal problems, you may want to take a second look at your office. Here are three pieces of office furniture and accessories that encourage better posture and spinal health.
Balance Ball Chairs
The biggest advantage to balance ball chairs is that you can bring your own yoga/pilates ball to work. You do not have to utilize the ball that comes with many of these office chairs, nor should you. The perfect height and inflation of a balance ball is the same whether you use it in your exercise class or you use it as part of this postural support chair at work. When you have and use a balance ball chair, you are forced to use proper posture. (You sit up straight with both feet on the floor in front of you.) The lower lumbar support keeps your lower back in proper alignment as well.
Adjustable Height Desks and Cubicles
There are some desks and cubicles that can be adjusted for height. This is especially helpful to your spine and posture when you are very petite or exceptionally tall and the standard height of an office desk or countertop space of a cubicle is too high or too low for you. Being able to adjust desks and cubicles to fit the height needs of yourself and your employees means there will be fewer complaints about back and neck pain because everyone will be able to sit comfortably and correctly at their desks.
Ergonomic Keyboards and Platforms for Monitors
Ergonomic keyboards are not just for proper wrist and hand placement for typing. They also contribute to proper placement of the elbows and arms without increasing fatigue, which means your elbows will not sag and pull your shoulders, wrists and hands down with them. Platforms for your computer monitors are quite helpful as well. The problem with many monitors at work is that they are frequently below eye level, which means that you and all of the other employees have to slouch to read your screens. The platforms elevate your monitors just enough so that the screens are at eye level and no one hurts their spines or posture trying to read their monitors.
As you consider how to best promote a healthy posture, take the time to look into suitable office furniture and accessories.