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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

What Do Ergonomic Chairs Offer Doctors

When searching for doctor chairs to use in offices and clinics, doctors have a lot of options to choose from such as adjustable chairs and plain, flat stools. Among the various options available, ergonomic chairs are often preferred. As doctors spend long periods of time while sitting, a lot of stress can build up as the weight of the upper body is transferred to the thighs and buttocks. 

Conventional chairs for doctors were not designed considering the mechanism of the body, and therefore, they can lead to discomfort in the form of back pain, neck pain, leg pain and pain in other areas of the body. Ergonomic chairs, on the other hand, have been manufactured after a lot of research going into the body’s posture while sitting and the causes of pain resulting from skeletal stress.

Here are some benefits that ergonomic chairs provide:

1.  Improves the posture of sitting


Whether doctors are preparing medical reports or examining patients, ergonomic chairs are going to improve the posture of sitting. The pressure exerted on the discs in spinal cord as in case of conventional chairs is reduced to a great extent as there’s natural support for the neck and back.

The upper body weight is easily transferred to the backrest through the tilt adjustment or reclines in the chair, which makes changes to the seat in relation with the floor.

2.  Reduces the chances of wrist and elbow pain

Due to the advancement of technology in the medical field, it’s now common for doctors to use different devices such as laptops, tablets and notebooks. However, doing so for a long period of time leads to stress on the elbows and wrists, which can lead to pain that can even become chronic with time.

Ergonomic chairs include armrests that can be adjusted in different positions in case of height and width along with soft padding that provides comfort to both elbows and wrists, making sure they’re being used in a proper posture.

3.  Forward working posture

The common sitting posture on a conventional chair leads to pressure and exertion on the back of the thighs, but with an ergonomic chair, there’s tilt adjustment which can be configured by doctors to sit a forward-working position.

This posture works well when patients are being examined, as it reduces the need to stand up or lean forward. The tilt adjustment also contains reasonable space between the front edge of the chair and the upper thighs.

4. Improves blood flow to the body

Traditional chairs in the clinic and office creates a posture that is static and  leads to stress in the body, which in turn prevents the proper circulation of the blood and even cause nerve damage in some cases.

Ergonomic chairs reduce these problems, thereby leading to less fatigue and improving blood circulation. All this comes together to increase productivity at the work place.

Conclusion

There’s a large range of ergonomic chairs to choose from such as with ergonomic medical stool, side chairs, desk chairs etc. They can also be custom build as each doctor has their own preferences in terms or whether they want one on the carpet or a hard floor. Custom build also allows the option of choosing different fabrics, diameter and height of the chair. The aim of the chair is to create the perfect balance while providing maximum comfort.

The above entry is a guest blog post.

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