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Even if you think that the desk chair in your office is quite comfortable, sitting for long periods of time could still be causing permanent damage to your back, shoulders, and other parts of your body. Most people think that sitting in a desk chair is the most comfortable way to work, but in fact, it can be painfully uncomfortable due to ergonomic issues. Sitting too much during the work day is currently considered one of the greatest health issues in the United States because of the number of people it affects and the degree to which it can influence ones health.

 

What does this mean? The way you work should be reconsidered: with minor adjustments you may be able to sit comfortably all day long, avoid painful diseases, such as arthritis, and improve your mood.

 

If You Must Sit...

 

First of all, try to stand up at work as much as possible, whether that means standing at an adjustable desk or walking to the break room. Whenever you're seated, make sure that you're doing so in an ergonomic computer chair.

 

It's also important that, whether standing or sitting, you make sure you are maintaining a healthy posture. When sitting, you should sit as close as possible to the desk with your upper arms parallel to your spine and your lower arms perpendicular. Your hands should be resting on the work surface comfortably. You should be able to adjust your desk higher or lower until your elbows achieve an optimal 90 degrees. Your knees should also be bent at a 90 degree angle, despite the short term comfort of kicking up your heels. You should practice maintaining this posture for as long as possible, and stand up to stretch when you find yourself getting uncomfortable.

 

Standing is Best

 

It is strongly recommended that you also have an adjustable work desk, which allows you to stand up and work for at least part of the day. This allows you to not only develop a keen awareness of your posture, but there are also studies that suggest workers achieve greater efficiency when they are standing up.

 

Standing up also prevents ankle swelling, something that even otherwise healthy people can suffer from when they sit for long periods of time. Swelling can occur simply from sitting in a chair that is higher than optimal, and that’s why an adjustable standing desk is an attractive option. Of course, when paired with one of the best ergonomic office chairs on the market, it's an even more effective work set-up.

 

Shopping for new office furniture? Check out the selection of premium adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs here, at Biomorph.

0 Comments | Posted in Ergonomic chairs By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

You may already be feeling the general aches and pains of working at a computer all day, but it's important to take steps to avoid the potentially serious physical injuries that are so commonly related to poor posture and desk use. Unless you're using an adjustable desk and have sourced the best ergonomic chair for your physical and occupational needs, there's a good chance you're lacking in the good posture department.

You may start out sitting up straight, with feet firmly planted on the floor, arms bent at the elbows and resting comfortably at your sides, but as you get caught up in what you're working on, it's easy to forget about posture and, before you know it, you're slouched over your computer keyboard and your muscles, joints and productivity pay the price.

These are some of the most common posture related injuries sustained by computer users, like yourself:

Hand & Arm Repetitive Stress Injuries

Using the same muscles and tendons in your hands, arms and elbows, day in day out, can certainly take its toll. Add poor posture to repeatedly using those same parts of the body and you can wind up with stiffness, aching and even numbness. Here are some ways to alleviate the stress put on your hands and arms while working at a computer:

  • don't pound on the keyboard but type as lightly as you can
  • try to avoid long stretches of typing to give your hands and arms a break
  • keep your computer mouse at the same height as your keyboard (and make sure your keyboard is in the best possible position for good posture)
  • move the mouse using your whole arm, not just your wrist

Shoulder, Back & Neck Pain/Injury

Combine sitting for long periods of time with a less-than-ideal workstation and bad posture and you're setting yourself up for neck, back and shoulder strain. With poor posture comes poor circulation, which can cause muscles, joints and tendons to become stiff and sore.

Above all else, working at an adjustable desk with the best ergonomic chair for the task at hand is the way to minimize stress on these parts of the body. Add regular movement and stretching to a workstation that's designed to promote good posture and you will be well on your way to a healthy, more productive way of working.

Take a major step as far as your health is concerned and improve your workstation once and for all. Browse the selection of high quality office furniture from Biomorph now and find the  adjustable desk and ergonomic chair that are missing from your office. 

0 Comments | Posted in Ergonomic chairs By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

In addition to an adjustable desk, choosing to buy an ergonomic office chair is one of the best decisions you can make for your health and productivity, if you're one of the many people around the world who work at a desk for several hours each day. Knowing how to choose between the ergonomic desk chairs that are available, however, may be a little less obvious. Today's post will provide some helpful pointers that are meant to simplify your search.

Why It's Important to Find the Right Ergonomic Office Chair

When you sit for extended periods of time in the wrong chair, it doesn't take long for small aches and stiffness to evolve into more serious and even permanent injuries. People who sit in poorly designed chairs instead of quality ergonomic desk chairs are more susceptible to circulation problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and the list goes on. Taking the time to find the best ergonomic chair for your specific work needs will pay off in more ways than one both now and in the future.

What to Look for in a Desk Chair

Above all else, you want a chair that allows you to adjust its various parts or components. The more you're able to customize your chair to suit your size and shape, the more comfortable and productive the workspace.

The Height of the Seat: You need to be able to plant your feet firmly on the floor, with your legs bent at a 90̊ angle at the knees.

The Depth of the Seat: When a chair is too deep, it can restrict circulation in your legs. Ideally, you want to be able to fit your fist between the back of your calf and the front edge of the seat. Some ergonomic desk chairs will allow you to adjust the seat depth by moving the backrest forward or backward.

Back Support: Back support, and specifically lumbar support, is crucial in a quality desk chair. You should look for a chair with a lumbar support that can be made to fit snuggly into the curve of your back, reducing the opportunity for you to slump forward in your seat.

Adjustable Recline: Look for a chair that will allow you to adjust the recline on the backrest so that you can shift your weight in the seat for optimal comfort.

Armrests that Move: It's important that you be able to move the armrests up or down so that no matter the height of your work surface, your arms can be kept at a 90̊ angle and the palms of your hands can rest on the work surface.

Of course, an ergonomic chair that's paired with a poorly designed desk or table will limit the effectiveness of your workstation. For the best possible work set-up, a carefully selected ergonomic chair paired with an adjustable desk is the way to go.

Are you ready to discover the benefits of working in the most healthful and comfortable way possible?  Browse the selection of premium ergonomic office furniture in our product line.   

0 Comments | Posted in Ergonomic chairs By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

When you sit at a desk all day at work, you're risking a great deal more than just a stiff neck or a sore rear end. Reports that emerged in 2012 show that sitting all day can cause the development of chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and even morbid obesity. In order to combat these issues, there are a number of things that you can do, such as working at an ergonomic standing desk and practicing yoga. The movements and stretches that are performed during yoga not only promote greater flexibility, but they can also ease tension and help you to improve the flow of oxygen to the body.

Yoga Works All Parts of the Body

While an ergonomic standing desk will help you maintain a greater sense of movement and flexibility during your work day, practicing yoga will help you work out the kinks in your back, neck, and legs that you did pick up during those eight hours at the office. Yoga is a great solution to the problems that are often caused by prolonged sitting, and by doing a number of different positions each night after work, you can work different parts of the body that  may be affected. The arms, legs, hands, hips, and even your wrists and fingers are all involved in a variety of yoga moves, and many of them are simple to perform. You do not have to be an expert to try these moves, but you should be careful and start off slowly.

Yoga Moves That Combat Prolonged Sitting

While there are a number of yoga moves that you can do, there are some that are particularly good for your body if you must sit for long periods or if you don't have access to an ergonomic standing desk. Some moves, such as the mountain pose, the fish pose, and the bound angle pose can stretch the back muscles, open up airways that may become cramped from leaning forward over a desk all day, and stretch and open the hips to relieve back and sciatica pain. When you first attempt these moves, don't rush; yoga is all about relaxation and a focus on what your body is doing, not how fast you can achieve it. Some moves, such as slow neck stretches, can even be performed during the day when you take a break in your office.

Enhancing Your Yoga with Furniture from Biomorph

Call us today at 888-302-DESK to learn more about how an ergonomic standing desk can be part of a healthy office regimen that includes ergonomic awareness and yoga. We have a large variety of desks, chairs, and other office equipment that will contribute to a healthier work environment so that you feel energized and alert throughout your work day. Our furniture, when combined with healthy lifestyle choices such as yoga, will help you to maintain a healthy mind and body, no matter where you work or what demands you face on a daily basis.

0 Comments | Posted in Ergonomic chairs By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

Regardless of your occupation, if you sit more than six hours a day, recent studies have shown that this can have a negative impact on your health and even shorten your life. A sedentary lifestyle that includes eight hours or more of sitting for a job greatly increases the chances of developing a number of chronic illnesses, even if you exercise regularly. If your job includes a great deal of sitting, particularly in non-ergonomic chairs, you may be shortening your life without even being aware of it.

Why Sitting is Unhealthy

Even if you're an active person, exercise isn't a cure-all when it comes to sitting for long periods during the day without breaks. In fact, if you sit for more than eight hours a day, any exercise that you do won't reverse the effects of the prolonged sitting. There are several reasons for this, but according to a Medical Daily article, one of the biggest reasons is because human bodies are not built to remain in a fixed position for hours on end, particularly if that position impedes blood flow to the legs. Unless you use ergonomic chairs at your workstation, prolonged sitting can cause swelling in the legs and feet, chronic back pain, and even kidney problems.

Sitting Often Contributes to Chronic Illness

The studies conducted on prolonged sitting have revealed some shocking facts that may surprise you. For example, if you have a desk job that requires you to sit for hours on end, you run a greater risk of developing chronic illnesses that may shorten your life, such as heart disease, diabetes, nerve damage, and obesity. Ergonomic chairs will help a great deal by allowing you to sit with the optimum comfort and correct posture, but it's also important that you take breaks every hour as well. One of the biggest negative consequences of these chronic illnesses is that once you develop them, they are difficult or even impossible to reverse. Not only can these diseases shorten your life, but they will also cost thousands of dollars in medical treatment as well. To avoid this possibility, ask your employer to provide you with ergonomic chairs and opportunities to take a break from sitting at least once every 45 to 60 minutes.

Biomorph Can Help

For ergonomic chairs, desks, and other quality office furniture that can help prevent physical problems that stem from prolonged sitting, come visit Biomorph's showroom in the heart of New York City at 11 Broadway, New York. We have a wide selection of ergonomic office furniture and can help you choose chairs, desks, and other equipment that's tailor made to your own specific needs. If you must sit for your job, you don't have to suffer or risk your health to do so, and our affordable products will help you avoid the health issues that come from poor posture and inferior chairs. Visit us today and discover a way to better health through ergonomics.

0 Comments | Posted in Ergonomic chairs By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

If you sit at a desk all day for your job, you may be alarmed to know that studies conducted last year by the University of Sydney and published via The Washington Post show that not only is sitting all day for your job detrimental to your health, but it could actually be deadly. The study showed that people under the age of 45 who sit for their jobs are 15 percent more likely to die from a number of causes, and that this number nearly triples for people over the age of 45. Many companies are becoming more aware of these alarming statistics and are turning to ergonomic furniture to help their employees remain healthy.

Prolonged Sitting: Myth vs. Fact

You might believe that sitting at your desk all day isn't bad for you as long as you take regular breaks and exercise every day, but the studies that were done by the University of Sydney show that doing these things didn't affect their statistics. Even those who sit at their desks and don't feel as if they're uncomfortable are still at great risk for joint pain, chronic back pain, and other ailments. Over the course of the study, nearly seven percent of office workers who were being polled died (over a course of four years,) but it is unclear what their risk factors were. Even if you're not overweight and are in good health, the older you get, the higher these risk factors are for you, even if there's nothing physically wrong with you at present. The best solution to the problem is to stop sitting so much, and ergonomic furniture can help.

What Are the Risks?

Over 200,000 people were polled for the University of Sydney study, and among the risks that came from prolonged sitting included conditions and illnesses that affect every part of the body. Some of these risks are tied to obesity, which can actually increase the likelihood of other health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, breathing problems, and even neurological problems. However, the introduction of ergonomic furniture can help reduce the risk of developing these problems and contribute to longer lives. Some of this furniture includes standing desks, which allow you to work at your station without having to sit all day. When you sit less, you're healthier overall. Ergonomic furniture also comes in a wide variety of styles to suit any body type, so no matter if you're short or tall, you will be able to find a unit that fits you comfortably.

Discover a Healthier Way to Work

Whether you work from home or out of an office and sit all day, you can reduce your risk of premature death and a number of deadly illnesses by purchasing ergonomic furniture from Biomorphdesk.com. Call us today at 888-302-DESK, or log onto our website to shop our complete line of computer furniture 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your job shouldn't have to be the death of you, and Biomorph can help you discover a healthier way to work, each and every day.

0 Comments | Posted in Ergonomic chairs By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

Often, when people go shopping for a computer chair, they go in search of the most comfortable computer chair without really knowing what kind of chair will provide its owner with long-lasting comfort for years to come. There’s no doubt about it, if you work at a desk for any length of time, you should be using an ergonomic chair. Here’s why:

There are many reasons its smart to invest in an ergonomic chair, such as one from the top of the line selection of HAG and Humanscale chairs offered at the Biomorph showroom in NYC. The first of which is that nothing can compare to an ergonomic chair, when it comes to comfort. Designed according to the principles of ergonomics that allow individual users to achieve the most comfortable fit possible, anyone who uses a desk owes it to themselves—and their bodies—to invest in a HAG or Humanscale chair.

When you choose a chair from our selection, you will not only find that it’s easier to sit for longer periods of time comfortably, but that you’re able to focus on your work, increasing your productivity, and you will be less distracted by how uncomfortable you are. Dozens of offices throughout NYC have already outfitted their offices with HAG and Humanscale chairs and are enjoying the improved productivity, as we speak.

Most computer or office furniture on the market today was not built to last and people find that after a few years they’re re-investing in a new chair or desk. All of the products offered at Biomorph, including our selection of chairs and desks, are built to last and composed of only the most durable and high-quality components. You will see and feel the difference when you choose Biomorph!

Coupling your ergonomic computer chair with an adjustable, sit to stand desk from Biomorph is the best way to achieve the ultimate in comfort for any work environment. Improve you health, your productivity and your happiness! Visit our NYC showroom or check out our selection online today.

0 Comments | Posted in Ergonomic chairs By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

Despite the fact that people spend several hours each week sitting at their desks or workstations at home or the office, far too many individuals give too little thought to the type of chair they use, and often resort to buying cheap, poorly made chairs that wear out quickly and are detrimental not only to their productivity but also to their health.

Just think about it; you spend more time sitting in the chair at your desk than you do in your car each week, and yet you don’t think twice about spending tens of thousands of dollars on a car. Why, then, when the right desk chair can and will improve your productivity and lower your risk of disease would you be so quick to settle for less than the best?

Biomorph is proud to be an accredited dealer for two of the most state-of-the-art ergonomic chair manufacturers: HAG and Humanscale. If you’re interested in improving your work environment—ten-fold—a high back ergonomic chair from either of these outstanding companies, paired with a Biomorph desk, will be a wise investment.  What’s more is that when you buy high back ergonomic chairs from Biomorph, you enjoy discounts not offered by other dealers.

If you’re ready to revolutionize the way you work, consider adding a top-quality, ergonomic chair to your home or workplace office. Call us at 888-302-DESK to learn more about the selection of HAG and Humanscale chairs offered at Biomorph, and the selection of colors and fabrics we carry.

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If you work at a desk, or are forced to sit for several hours each day, chances are you’ve experienced some amount of back pain. If you’re lucky, you’ve only experienced a small amount of stiffness, but for many people, back pain caused from too much sitting develops into serious and even long-term physical injury. If you’re in need of a solution to your aches and pains, or you’re interested in preventing these types of injuries, take a look at the selection of top quality, ergonomic chairs from HAG and Humanscale that are offered at Biomorph in the Financial District.

Ergonomic Chairs for Back Pain: Not Every Desk Chair was Created Equal

While many lower-end brands would claim to sell comfortable desk chairs, none can compete with the selection of chairs we offer, when it comes to comfort, durability and design. To put it simply, if it isn’t ergonomic, it won’t be comfortable.

The chairs from HAG or Humanscale truly are a cut above the rest, used by discerning customers around the world who would rather invest their money into something that will last a lifetime and protect their physical wellbeing, then spend money on poorly-made, ill designed chairs that fall apart and do little good for their physical health. If you or your employees use desks, you owe it to yourself and them to buy ergonomic chairs for back pain, or rather minimizing the risk of any posture-related physical injury, boosting productivity, and improving overall workplace morale.

Take a look at our selection of ergonomic chairs online or call us at 888-302-DESK to learn more about how an ergonomic chair from HAG or Humanscale will improve your work environment.

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It might be hard to imagine that something as simple as the chairs in your office could help boost your employees’ productivity, but it’s true: the best ergonomic office chairs can and will create a work environment that’s more conducive to getting work done efficiently and well.

When employees sit in office chairs that aren’t ergonomic, that is those chairs that can be easily adjusted and made to best fit the size and shape of the user so that they can move freely and naturally, discomfort leads to distraction and productivity falls by the wayside.

When you have ergonomic chairs for the people in your office, however, they can easily achieve the best or most comfortable working position, leading to better employee morale and productivity. Working from chairs and at desks that do not provide the best-possible fit can often cause physical injuries over the long-term. When employees have to take time from work to recover from these types of injuries, you and your business lose more time and money.

What’s more is that when your employees know you care enough about their health and well-being that you wish to reduce their long-term risk of working in ill-suited office furniture by opting for ergonomic chairs and desks, you may find that they demonstrate their gratitude not only by being more productive but also through their loyalty.

Do something positive for your work environment! Equip your office with ergonomic chairs and recoup your investment quickly through improved work efficiency and a positive workplace morale. Call 888-302-DESK to learn more.

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