Ergonomic Set Up: Tip 1/5 – Adjusting the backrest

6.08.2013

Following on from yesterdays blog – as promised here is the first of 5 simple tips on how to feel more comfortable when working at your desk.

Tip 1: Adjusting the backrest of the chair

> First Unknown copymake sure that your backrest is positioned so your trunk is upright.

> It is important to understand that our backs are not actually straight instead they have a slight ¬†‘s’ shaped curve.

> One of the major curves in our spine is in lower back region (or lumbar area).

> The lower curve section of the backrest on the chair should be positioned in line with the curve in your lower back.

> Obviously everyone is built differently, some with long torsos, some with a small curve in their backs and some with a larger more pronounced curve in their backs.

> It is important that the backrest is raised or lowered depending on your stature.

> Chairs will usually either be a ratchet system which means you need to lift the backrest of the chair to the highest position, let the it fall down to the bottom level and then gradually lift the backrest up until it clicks into the right position.

> Other chairs will have a lever or nob at the base of the backrest which allows you to loosen the backrest and raise the backrest into position and then once the correct height is achieved, the screw is tightened again.

> It may be beneficial to do this with a colleague so that they can assist you to achieve the right position that is comfortable for you.

> If you feel like you are being pushed forward, it is likely that the lumbar curve of the backrest is positioned too low and pushing into your bottom rather than fitting into the curve of your lower back.

> Be patient as it might take a few adjustments before you get it in the right position, but once you do you will notice the difference as your back muscles will begin to relax.

 

Stay tuned tomorrow for your next tip on how to adjust your workstation and feel more comfortable at your desk.

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