Choosing the Right Chair

So, you’re wanting to get a new office chair, but you aren’t sure which one to get. While it’s fun & easy to just go online and buy the trendiest or least expensive option (after all, it’s just a chair, right?) that may not be the best idea. The average office worker spends anywhere from 6 to 10 hours a day sitting. That’s a long time. And, if you don’t have a chair that offers you the proper ergonomic support you need, all that sitting is going to take a toll on your back over time. (Say hello to regular chiropractor visits.) One of the best things you can do for yourself is invest in an office chair that gives the proper support for maintaining a healthy spine. Here are some key factors you’ll want to consider when buying an office chair: 1. Lumbar support. A good office chair should support the inward curve of your lumbar spine. Long periods of sitting without proper support often leads to slouching, which flattens the natural curve (this is not the curve we want to flatten!) and distresses the structures of the lower spine. Ideally, a good chair will allow you to adjust both the height and depth of the lumbar support so you get just the right fit for your body. 2. Proper seat width and depth. You want the depth of your seat to allow you to sit with your back against the backrest of your chair and still have about …