Optimal Chair Setup

Are you sitting in your work chair correctly?

Why this matters:

Ideally, you should be switching between sitting and standing every hour.  If you’re moving that frequently you can worry less about your posture. Sitting position matters more when you have to spend more time in one spot. 

You can spend thousands of dollars on the optimal chair, but if it isn’t set up for you correctly, then you’re just wasting your money.

Pain with sitting can often be caused by what is called a postural dysfunction. It’s like holding onto a plank for an hour. It doesn’t hurt initially but after a few minutes it starts to become problematic. But what if we put a cushion under your chest and thighs? Then the plank isn’t so hard. The same goes when sitting in a chair. The great news is that you probably don’t need to go out and buy a new one.

Action steps:

Here’s the optimal chair setup- Hips and knees bent at 90 degrees. This means that the chair needs to be low or high enough to create right angles at that joint. There should be two to three fingers width distance between the front of your chair and the back of your knee. This means that you have to sit either deeper or more shallow in your chair.

These two simple changes can help you tolerate sitting for longer periods of time.

Do you need more help navigating your recovery? Book your free call with us this week to discuss a plan of action for you.


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