headrest orthopedic chair

6 Features to look out for in a good Orthopaedic chair

1. The Adjustable Headrest

Supports the back of the head and the upper neck, reducing tension in the shoulders and upper torso. To accommodate various users the height and angle of the headrest should also be adjustable

2. The Adjustable Arms

Armrests help to reduce tension in the upper body and allow the shoulders to relax.The arms of an orthopaedic chair should be adjustable in 3 dimensions to allow the user to place their forearms in the most comfortable position. Soft padding on the arms is also necessary for added comfort.

3. The Adjustable Lumbar Support

Support to the lower back is an essential part of what makes an orthopaedic chair. It prevents slumping and reduces stress to the spine and hips. An adjustable backrest should allow the user to align the curve of the chair with spine.

4. The Materials

A good ergonomic chair uses the best mesh and fabrics. Due the climate in East Africa, it is essential the material allows the users back to breathe instead of sweat, choosing a mesh chair really enhances comfort for the user. Seat padding should be moderate not too hard that it causes pain and not to soft that it’s not firm to support the user.

5. The Adjustable Seat Depth

Good orthopaedic chairs come with a seat sliding depth adjustment mechanism to allow the user to align their body to allow the back and upper leg to be at 90° which is gives the optimum comfort level. Whether you are tall or short you can always adjust the depth to your most comfortable position. 

6. The Adjustable Seat Height

The optimum seat height is whereby the user is able to place both his/her feet flat on the ground while seated. The back, upper leg and lower leg should all be at 90°. Therefore a good orthopaedic chair should have an adjustable seat height that the user can either lower or increase the height to their desired position.

Stay safe and work from home!

YOUR HOME SETUP

There are key things to bear in mind while working when organizing your workspace.

-Be conscious about your seating. Your back will never forgive you for using a dining chair! Good chairs should support your back while allowing you to adjust your seat height.


-The work surface of your desk should be stable and not wobbly. A good desk should be designed in such a way to allow for mobility. Lastly if your budget allows, look into good quality height adjustable desks to allow better posture especially at home.


-Minimize clutter by having cabinets to put away unnecessary items on your desk, as studies have shown most people find clutter to be distracting hence a negative impact on productivity.

TIPS TO EFFECTIVELY WORK FROM HOME

-Get up! Dress up! Show up! – have a regular sleeping routine that ensures you wake up energized and motivated. Also, wear something different to what you slept in and avoid working in your bedroom, this creates a mental shift from ‘rest time’ to ‘work time’. You can even wear your work attire!


-Have predefined work hours to help your family get used to the hours when you’re available to spend time with them and when you’re not. If you’re having trouble focusing on tasks online without getting sidetracked, you may consider downloading apps or browser plugins that may help minimize that.


-Beat procrastination! Clearly map out your day to help to get tasks done and preventing being sidetracked.

YOUR HEALTH

-Sleep is directly proportional to productivity. Sleeping better at night can help you feel more energized during the day and can help you accomplish tasks more effectively.


-Fitness – short of there being a lockdown at time of writing this, it’s essential to get out in nature and go for a run or walk whilst practicing social distancing. A daily dose of Vitamin D will do your immunity good. You can also stay active in your home by doing home exercises.


-Nutrition – In order to keep your system in check, it’s important to have a well-balanced diet and there are plenty of resources to help you out. Key tip is to plan your meals in advance, perhapswhen planning your work commitments.

Quick tips on working from home

Always ensure that your work area has enough lighting. In addition to that, try to find an area of your house that has minimum distractions. Keep a routine and most importantly, get some sun.

How to be more productive working from home

Being productive is a function of will power, however there is a lot you can do. For example, ensure your diet is healthy, try to exercise and cut back on smart phone time