Every year, about 70 million hospital visits and 130 million healthcare contacts, including emergency room, outpatient, and inpatient visits, are attributed to musculoskeletal problems in the United States.

FREMONT, CA: Employees spend at least 8 hours a day at their workstations across the country; thus, workplace furniture significantly impacts employee health and productivity. Ergonomic workstations have become even more critical during the pandemic and post-pandemic periods when many people work from home on most days.

Sitting, as they say, seems to be the new smoking, with prolonged sitting causing a slew of health issues, notably chronic ailments like musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Consider the dangers of working all day reclined on the couch, hunched over the computer to fulfill business deadlines.While the position may feel comfortable at first, knots in the neck and back may develop down the road. In addition, desk occupations are hazardous to one's long-term health, particularly in a society where so many people, including myself, suffer from forwarding Head Posture (FHP) and Upper-Crossed Syndrome (UCS) as a result of our obsession with our phones.

Every year, about 70 million hospital visits and 130 million healthcare contacts, including emergency room, outpatient, and inpatient visits, are attributed to musculoskeletal problems in the United States.

Poor working conditions, then, impair employee health and diminish employee productivity and raise healthcare expenses – all of which are undesirable measures for any company.As a result, employers are beginning to reconsider work and how it affects employee health and productivity; simultaneously, they are redesigning work patterns to fit into the new normal.

Ergonomics! It is the buzzword that business executives should concentrate on to increase staff productivity in the new normal. Workstations, where people spend nearly all of their working hours, should encourage rather than hinder productivity. An ergonomic workstation allows users to sit comfortably in a natural position while using the computer without hunching over or stoop.

An ergonomic desk allows users to comfortably lay their hands on the desk with their elbows angled at around 90 degrees to the worktop. If their elbows get inclined at more than 90 degrees to the desk, users may need to elevate the desk or lower the chair; if their elbows get oriented at less than 90 degrees to the desk, users should lower the desk or raise the chair.On the other hand, sitting at a work desk that is too high might cause the muscles and joints to overstretch to compensate for the wrong posture. As a result, the muscles may become sore and tight after a while.

The thighs will stay parallel to the floor, and the feet will be flat on the floor if users sit on an ergonomic chair. An ergonomic chair also offers lumbar support, relieving tension on the lower back muscles and protecting the lumbar spine's natural curvature. In addition, it allows users to sit up straight, preventing overstretching of the spine muscles.Remember to maintain the chair's backrest unlocked to qualify for free upper-body movement.

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