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Realise the risks of poor posture

If you work in an office, sitting down all day is part and parcel of your job. You may get up to venture to the bathroom or wander to a colleague's desk to have a chat about last nights football (or Eastenders, whichever you prefer) but the vast majority of your time will be confined to a desk and a chair.

That is why it is so important to invest wisely in office chairs. An incorrect posture can have ramifications on your health, even more so when you consider than office workers will be seated for at least 8 hours of the day. Shoulder pain, neck ache, headaches, digestive problems, breathing difficulties and many more are symptoms that could be related to how you sit at your work desk.

Investing in office chairs that can improve posture is becoming an absolute necessity for businesses. Chairs that have a level seating surface and a back that can help keep spines straight rather than curved will improve posture and minimise the health risks involved in sitting for extended periods of time. Characteristics of inadequate chairs include seats that are too soft, too deep and exaggerate the curvature of the spine.

However, the chairs cannot do all of the work. Having both wrists on the desk, sitting up straight and having both feet lay firmly on the floor instead of tucked in underneath the chair are solid methods of improving posture. Prolonged periods of sitting in a poor position is detrimental to your health, not just in the short term, but the long term too. You may be at risk of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), an injury that is difficult to treat. In many cases, the sufferer not only has to suspend working on a PC, but also change jobs. In a hi-tech world where many businesses rely on computer, this is a scenario that nobody should find themselves in.

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