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Find the Right Office Chair

By Rachel Carver

Whether you work remotely, follow a hybrid schedule, or go to the office each day, a good office chair is essential to your health. Too much sitting in the wrong chair can cause shoulder, neck, and lower back pain.

Reaching up toward your keyboard can affect your wrists. Sitting too high can affect your hips and knees. And looking down at your computer monitor can strain your neck.

If any of this pain or discomfort sounds familiar, it's time to visit The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your neighborhood. As licensed medical practitioners, chiropractors are trained to find the root cause of your pain. A safe, natural, and drug-free spinal adjustment can relieve your symptoms and get you back to your life.

In addition to visiting the chiropractor, The Joint team recommends using an ergonomic office chair for comfort and less pain. Here are some things to look for in an ergonomic office chair.

Adjustable Height

Your chair needs to fit you. While seated, your thighs should be horizontal to the floor. Your computer monitor should be even with your eyes. Choose a chair with a pneumatic adjustment lever that allows you to raise or lower the seat.

Adjustable Backrest

Your chair's backrest also needs to move to fit you correctly. Make sure the back rest can be moved backward or forward. If possible, find a chair with a locking mechanism for the backrest. You want it to stay in the same position until you move it.

Good Lumbar Support

Your office chair should match the natural curve of your back. Sitting with a slight arch will keep your posture in good shape as the day progresses. Too much slouching can flatten the back's natural curve and strain the lower spine.

Adjustable Armrests

Adjustable armrests can take some of the strain off of your neck and shoulders. Make sure the armrests can move up and down. Some can even move in and out, giving you more flexibility in your position. Good armrests can also prevent slouching.

If you're back in the office with an older chair, consider asking your employer for an upgrade. If you plan to continue working remotely, invest in a quality ergonomic chair. Your back and joints will thank you.

Using a quality office chair will decrease your pain and discomfort risk. For more tips, ask your friends at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you during your next visit. They can give you some pointers based on your unique circumstances.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Baton Rouge, La.

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