Free Rollin’ About The Office

Last week we talked about how important it is to take them time to clean your office chair regularly and to make sure the small maintenance jobs are done at least about every six months. These things can seriously and severely increase the life of your office chair. Refer back to last week’s post if you need a refresher.

Even if you do a pretty good job of wiping down your office chair and tightening the screws and bolts that keep it together, many people forget to clean a very important part of their chair, the wheels. Office chairs with wheels are a lifesaver and can help you maintain appropriate posture when moving and reaching about your office. Nothing is quite as annoying as a chair that has useless wheels. You know what I am talking about, you sit down and go to roll over to the other side of the desk and the wheels catch and you try to wiggle it over anyways but your efforts are pointless.

Most often, wheels start catching and not moving smoothly because they are dirty. They might just need a good wipe down or you may need to take some time to remove any built up hair or strings that those wheels picked up as you wheeled your chair around the office.

The thing is, you found the perfect office chair and it is equipped with wheels, so why would you not take the time to ensure proper movement and ability? Here are a few tips to help you keep your chair rolling and your wheels happy.

First, you should take the time to check your wheels for anything large enough to impact movement regularly, probably every other week or so. It is easier to remove smaller amounts of hair or a few strings instead of a garble of things that has built up over months. This will help your chair stay moving freely and smoothly.

Second, it can be a great idea to wipe down the wheels with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust that is beginning to build up and impact the range of mobility as well. Simply lay your chair over on its side and wipe the wheels one at a time by spinning the wheel slowly while wiping about the grime.

Taking the few moments to do these simple and easy tasks will help your office chair last longer and keep you from experiencing the frustrating moments when your wheels catch and you can’t move about the way you want! It will also help you not have to purchase new parts or even a new chair as often!

Reasons You Need A Massage Chair

Massage chairs have been around for decades. They took a while to catch on after being introduced initially, but have become more popular through the years, and for good reason. There are many potential physical and mental health benefits of having and using an at home massage chair. With advancing technology and better quality chairs being made today, there is hardly a reason to skip out on this incredible addition to your home!

Stress Reduction

That is right, owning and using a massage chair can reduce the amount of stress you feel, benefiting you mentally and physically. Massage chairs are typically known for their resemblance to Shiatsu or Swedish massage techniques. Shiatsu is more about releasing tension in the body while Swedish massage is about enhancing the body’s circulation. Both help with your overall health and wellness. When you use your massage chair regularly to relieve tension and stress in your body, it allows the body to stop overcompensating for the stressed muscles and will help you feel more balanced, relaxed, and increase mobility.

Induces Healing

Proper healing of the body has to do with healthy and proper blood flow to injured areas. When your body is tight and not allowing the right amount of blood flow to different areas, this can reduce or prevent healing from taking place. Using massage chairs to loosen up your muscles and increase circulation to adequate and proper levels, you are helping your body to be able to heal itself from the injuries it sustains.

Relaxation

When you think of relaxing, who doesn’t picture a serene spa with trickling water fountains, soft music, and a good massage to loosen up the tension your body has been gathering up for months? The good news is you can experience this type of relaxation and experience a massage right at home when you have a massage chair. Being able to relax and de-stress will help you feel better, accomplish more, and be happier. There is some evidence that massage chairs can actually induce the release of endorphins in the brain. Not only do endorphins make you feel good, they can help strengthen your immune system.
With so many great benefits of owning and using a massage chair, how can you resist? Now that you are convinced, we are excited to help you find the perfect chair that fits in your budget and meets the needs that you have for your chair. Shop our collection today and contact us with any questions you may have! 

Using The Correct Posture For Sitting And Typing

We often reference the ‘proper sitting and typing posture’ because we all know there is a correct way to do it, but how many of us actually practice it? There is a strong bet that many of us practice detrimental habits when it comes to screen time and typing. How many of us work while sitting in bed or with our laptops on our laps while we look down at the screen? Do you actually know how to hold your wrists and elbows? What about how tall your chair should be compared to your monitor?

To start things off, you are going to need the proper chair to support healthy sitting and typing. Choose an ergonomic chair that supports the natural curve of your spine and is adjustable in height to make sure you can sit at a height level with your monitor to alleviate any neck strain from looking up or down all day at the monitor.

Keep your shoulders relaxed and and rest against your chair to support your back and spine properly. Sit up straight to avoid adding stress or strain to your back muscles. Keep your feet flat on the floor, make sure to feel comfortable doing so to ease any lower back strain. Get a foot rest if you cannot comfortably keep your feet flat on the floor while working.

It is important to keep your arms close to your side and they should be at about a ninety degree angle when using a properly positioned keyboard. Use the armrests on your chair to relax your arms when you are not using the computer or let them rest on them at a ninety degree angle while typing.

The keyboard may have supports for your wrists but they are not meant to be used all the time. To avoid injury and keep your wrists healthy do your best to get in the habit of keeping them in a neutral position instead of having them bent a lot. Rest your wrists in between typing to keep them from getting tired.

Keyboards often come with a feature that allows you to change the height and angle of the keyboard in relation to your wrists. Some people like a flat keyboard and others like it to be angled upwards. Find the most comfortable position for you by experimenting with a few options and choose your favorite. You want to be comfortable while working.

Taking care of your body is extremely important, even in an office setting, there are many injuries that can be avoided by taking the time to learn proper techniques and then implementing those into your daily work.

Staying Focused: Tips For Productive Work Days (Pt. 1)

We all know that feeling when you are sitting there at work with a million things to do and no desire to do them. Every ding of a new email, someone walking by, a peek at all our social media accounts, playing with the paper clips all suddenly seem like much better options…anything to avoid actually doing that project that is just not calling your name right now.

Since it is our job, we all know that we don’t actually get to just procrastinate the work forever. So here we compiled some good tips and ways to stay focused and crank through those not always thrilling tasks we are asked to do during our nine to five.

Get An Organized Work Station

This may sound repetitive and dull, but it really can do wonders. Take the time and effort to make sure that your work station is conducive to work and not distractions! Limit clutter on your desk and try to keep only the main things you need close at hand during work hours. Some people work better with a little bit of a messy desk, if that is you, try to work out a system that you like.

One thing that goes along with putting together an organized work station is your furniture. It is vital that you purchase a chair that is comfortable and supportive and works with your desk. Being uncomfortable or slowly losing feeling in your lower back is not going to help you stay focused. Find the right match for you!

Plan Ahead And Make A Schedule

This is a very good tip when it comes to having a lot of little things to get done that day. Make a list of everything you need to do and prioritize them. Cross them off as you accomplish them…this is surprisingly satisfying and will help keep you motivated to keep going.

Eat A Healthy Breakfast And Bring Some Snacks

Eating breakfast is a great way to fuel your morning, especially if it is full of healthy vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly. It is probably best to stay away from sugar filled toaster pastries or sugar coated cereals.

Bringing some snacks can be another good way to stay on task at work. When you start getting a little hungry it can be distracting. When this happens pull out your carrots, celery, or crackers and munch away while you keep working, or give yourself a five minute snack break.

Tune Out Distractions

If you are in a place that allows it, especially useful if you are working from home, wear headphones. This can help keep your mind on your task as it tunes out the noise from around you. Listen to music that helps you stay with what you are doing and isn’t itself distracting to you.

Negative Effects of Sitting For Long Periods (Pt. 1)

indexHaving an office job can be pretty hard on your body. Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to many adverse health effects we all want to avoid. You may have even heard sitting for too long be compared to smoking. The human body is made to move. When we deny our bodies of frequent movement, such as when we are sitting for our 9-5 job, we can literally measure the negative effects adding up.

Sitting for extended periods of time, or simply too much, can increase chances of many types of cancers. It has been linked to an increased likelihood of developing heart disease and other heart problems. You can even experience digestion problems that are linked with sitting for too long. Especially if you sit while eating and remain sitting after, you can prevent your digestive system from functioning properly. This can lead to bloating, heartburn or constipation.

You can also experience muscles atrophy in many of the muscles that are neglected while sitting. When you are standing and moving around many of the muscles in our bodies are engaged and used at least to a small extent. When you are sitting you don’t engage your abs, your glutes are neglected, and many muscles in your legs can begin to lose their muscle strength. This is not an immediate effect but if you are sitting for hours a day, you will begin to lose that muscle definition and strength.

Sitting is also a concern for our bodies because most people do not know how to sit with good posture. Having bad posture can lead to aches and pains throughout our bodies. The head, neck and shoulders are one common complaint because many people sit forward to look at a computer screen or stress their shoulders and neck trying to hold a phone between their head and shoulders many times a day.

Back pain is nearly synonymous with having a desk job. While sitting, the disks in your back are compressed. This is not what they are made for. The disks in your spine are meant to expand and move with your body’s natural movements. After not being used for long periods of time everyday for many weeks or months the disks in your back can actually lose their ability to be flexible and move which causes even more back pain and more problems with posture and sitting.

What’s Special about an Office Chair?

Office Chairs are pretty great. Their like the Ferrari to the horse-drawn carriage. The two items share the same in function, you sit in them, you go places, you park it, you get out. The devil is in the details though.

A regular chair does precisely what it is designed to do, and it does a fine job of it. You sit in it, and that’s your activity. No problem. That’s not what you’re doing in an office chair though.

When you go to your office, the point is to work, and if you’ve ever tried sitting in a regular chair after using even a low quality office chair for an extended period of time, you’ll notice some significant downsides.

A regular chair doesn’t move, so you are CONSTANTLY adjusting your position.

To work on your desk, or even to reach across it, you need the chair scooted in all the way. This means you can’t get up without scooting backward, so you’re doing that awkward little dance every time you need to stand or sit back down.

If the chair is the wrong height, then that’s just tough for you. If it’s too high, then you won’t be able to scoot in properly, and you’ll be bending forward past your knees to do anything. If it’s too low, then you have to raise your arms to an awkwardly high position that will cause your shoulders, upper back, and neck to seize into tight and painful knots, all just so you can use the desk.

You cannot turn left or right, and have a hard time leaning either way, making it difficult to reach the sides of your desk.

The inevitable consequence of this is that you simply will not adjust your chair for every movement you need to make, and so you will instead compensate with your body, by leaning forward in a way that compromises your posture and causes short term pain and long term medical problems.

That’s why office desk chairs come with wheels and swivels. Being able to scoot out and in and side to side, and being able to turn your chair to face different directions without having to engage in seriously awkward movements has a significant impact on your willingness to make those adjustments.

That is very important, because those minor adjustments are the things that allow you to maintain proper good posture and avoid the painful consequences to come from your body’s natural compensation for bad posture, which is mostly seized up muscles and a bent spine.

It also helps that you can raise and lower the chair. While an adjustable desk might also be necessary for very tall or short people, the height adjustable office chair allows most people to use the standard height desk in a way that doesn’t hurt them.

The moral of the story? Appreciate your desk chair. There is a lot of thought and engineering put into those things, to make sure that you can have a tolerable, pain-free work experience.

What Office Chair is Right for YOU?

Choosing your office chair is kind of a big deal isn’t it? I know the only thought going through your mind right now is, “…nope!”. But you’re definitely wrong.
Think about it for a second. You spend 8 hours a day sitting in that chair. That makes it pretty much as big a deal as your bed, with the one MAJOR difference that your boss and coworkers don’t see your bed.
You need to impress!

Get those style points! Sure, ergonomics matter a lot. If you ignore it, your spine and joints will stiffen up and so will your muscles, until you’re eventually disabled, but let’s be honest and recognize that we just aren’t all that practical.

Let’s examine some chairs with personality!

The Tall One

Think high desk. Super tall, glaring down your glasses at the horde of inferior worker ants below you as they bustle by under your imperious gaze.

You might not be the one with the fancy title and a corner office, but this tall chair lets everyone in the office know that you’re the one who people know they need to impress.

 

The Godfather

You ARE the boss. You sit in your comfortable cushioned leather chair while gazing into the middle distance, contemplating the future of your minions.

Everyone wonders whether you’re mulling layoffs or expansion, and even though they never see it, they wonder if you are hiding a glass of whiskey and a cigar.
The Visitor

This chair doesn’t roll. This is to make sure that anyone who visits your office understands that they do not have freedom here. You do. It is your domain.

Whether they are there to get fired or demand some kind of work from you, it’s important to let them know that they are in no position to make demands or otherwise assert themselves in your presence.

Place a few of these stacking chairs in your office to give the illusion of choice, without supplying any actual choice.

The Worker Bee

You don’t like attention. You don’t want anyone to notice you or fire you, and you want to get your work done and go home without getting pulled into any meetings. This computer chair is for you.

Let’s be crushingly honest about the situation for a moment and understand, you’ll be spending WAY more time in your office chair than you ever will with your kids or your friends.

Would you let your boss assign your your friends and some kids to parent? No?

Well then why would you let them assign you your work accommodation for 8 hours a day for the rest of your life? It basically makes no sense.

Life is soul crushing enough without that kind of Orwellian workplace authoritarianism. You don’t have to submit to that kind of thing. This is America! Well, I’m writing from America, I don’t know where you are. I bet you probably do have the freedom to get your own office chair though.

You can change your life (a little bit), by taking control of this one thing.

Ergonomic Office Chairs are Essential to the Workplace

Ergonomic Office Chair

Ergonomic Office Chair

The employee and employer will usually place a lot of value and emphasis on a good office chair. For the sake of their health, they know how important it is to have good posture and to do so; it will require the best ergonomic office chairs available and able to meet the needs of those who want to be productive each day. The employee is the person that helps to keep the company running. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the employer to ensure that comfortable seating be in place.

An Example

For example, let’s say you were hired by a company to fill the position that someone just vacated. Let’s say that person worked for the company over ten years and sat in the same office chair the entire time. You come along and the employer expects you to use the same office chair to produce the same quality of work or better. How would you deal with such a scenario? Because you have just been hired and you want to secure the job first, you wouldn’t immediately approach an employer indicating that you want a better office chair. However, instead, you would use the same chair, but after the probationary period, you can make your demands. This is especially true if you are uncomfortable with sitting in that particular office chair.

Much Needed Comfort

Ergonomic office chairs are ideal for employees because it offers comfort and the ability to adjust the chair to the way that works best for you. In an ergonomic chair, you are able to avoid back pain and any other discomfort or health issues that come with bad posture from a bad office chair. It is an asset to have one of these chairs in the office since it allows the employees to increase their productivity.

The Boss

If you are a manager or supervisor, you should also consider one of the ergonomic executive chairs for your office. As a manager, you, too, need to maintain good posture while working and that is what the ergonomic office chairs will do for you. While sitting at the computer or at a desk, it is important to have good seating because most people, even the boss, tend to curve the back in order to get work done. In addition, long work hours without much movement can cause fatigue, discomfort and pain in the back. Most employers are aware of this, but there are many who don’t do anything about it.

Conclusion

Ergonomic office chairs are an essential commodity to the workforce. The adjustment features are instrumental in helping employees enjoy comfort while working. Employees can use the tilt and swivel features to increase their comfort level. They can also adjust the arm rests, neck rest, seat depth, and back rest to recline when needed, rest the arm from typing and be seated with entire body receiving the necessary support it needs. If you are not sitting in an ergonomic office chair at work, it is time to go knocking on the manager’s door.

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Three Common Office Chair Problems

Desk_chairEspecially if you are an office worker and need to be as productive as possible during those long sitting shifts, having problems with your office chair is a major distraction. Chairs are meant to help, not hinder the very work we need them for. For some, much of the problem lies with not having an ergonomically sound office chair, but here are some common and easily addressed problems that employees often face with their office chairs.

Seat is Too High or Too Low

Most office chairs are made with the height of the “average” person in mind, which is roughly between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet tall. If you fall into this category, then your chair seat is probably about where you need it. However, this average manufacturing height can be a problem for those of us who are taller or shorter than average. Shorter workers have difficulty resting their feet flat on the floor, leading to pain in their legs and thighs. Taller workers have their feet on the floor, but their knees are bent into an upwards angle that quickly becomes uncomfortable.

Easy fixes for seat height problems is to get a more height suited chair, replace the gas lift with one that can go lower or higher as needed, or for shorter individuals to use a suitable foot rest with their office chair.

Falls Apart When You Lift It

Have you ever lifted up a chair only to have its base completely fall off or the top half come detached? Don’t worry; in most situations it’s fairly simple to remedy this problem. Usually this happens in newer chairs because the gas lift post is too loose and comes off as a result of not yet being firmly slotted into the bottom of the chair or base of the legs.

To fix, clean off the oil or grease present on the end of the post before putting the chair back together. With a firm grip on the chair, apply pressure downwards by sitting down hard a few times or using a knee to push down on the chair seat. Once the correct amount of pressure has been applied and they are wedged into place, the post and the base should engage into an interlocked fit and not fall apart any more.

Keeps Slowly Sinking When You Sit

This is an office chair problem nearly all of us has experienced at least once before, and is probably one of the most bothersome. Most of the time, your office chair will slowly sink due to a problem with the pneumatic lift or gas cylinder. To remedy an old, defective, or otherwise faulty gas lift, ordering a replacement is all it takes to restore your beloved office chair to working order.

If you’re sure it’s not due to age or a mechanical defect, then there are two other points to check. It might be sinking due to the weight of the sitter exceeding the recommended weight for that chair or because of a misaligned or damaged height adjustment lever.