What is “ergonomics”?

Ergonomics seeks to fit the job to the person, rather than fit the person to the job, preventing injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Ergonomics is the science of designing products to work with the natural structure and functions of the human body, so that those products may be used to achieve the maximum comfort, safety and productivity.

What makes ergoCentric’s chairs ergonomic? Our office chairs fit the user’s body, as well as the user’s particular workstation and the tasks being performed by that user within their workstation. ergoCentric office chairs are uniquely able to live up to the designation of “ergonomic” because they are fully customizable in order to fit the user in every necessary dimension, and fully adjustable in every way in order to adapt to any workstation or required task. No other office chair manufacturer guarantees 100% fit.

Why is having a custom fitted ergonomic chair so important? An ergonomic chair should support the skeletal structure so that the muscular system doesn’t have to; it should remove stress from muscles and joints so that the body may perform tasks for extended periods of time without stress or exertion. When you sit in a chair that is not the correct size or is adjusted improperly, it is a false sense of support. You think that you are supported for the 8 hour duration that you are sitting, but really you are putting large amounts of stress on parts of the body which are not designed for that amount or duration of stress. In short, sitting in an improper chair adds more physical stress to your body than standing, which is the opposite of what you want while sitting.

The first and most important step in choosing a proper ergonomic chair is knowing what specific features to look for. It is important to choose a chair that functions and fits properly for the person using it, as well as the office environment it is to be used in.