Chair charades

Feb 05, 2013, 09:40 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

To avoid a bevy of health problems, The Guide suggests you ensure you are seated on the right chair at the workplace

Since you spend one third of your life at work, it figures that the kind of chair you sit in is quite important. A comfortable chair can help reduce stress and enable you to relax at work, relieve neck and shoulder aches and make you feel energised.

There are certain important criteria to be kept in mind while selecting a chair. The chair you choose should be according to the nature of work and the user. Different tasks require different postures and a chair should accommodate a full range of postures.

A comfortable chair gives support to the back and arm, offers maximum comfort, is durable and stylish. It should also suit the decor. Some points that you should keep in mind while buying a chair are the back support, height adjustability, comfortable armrests, chair wheels and a seat tilt.

Meenakshi Pandit, senior physiotherapist, Head of Physiotherapy department, Sancheti Hospital, comments on the importance of selecting the right chair: “If the chair is not in a correct position then it may cause a lot of health problems to the person. One can suffer from neck problems, spondylosis , vision problem or nasal problems as the blood flow will be impacted. One may also suffer from lower back pain, so having a proper chair in the office is very important for good health.”

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