Most people still do not really know how to choose a proper chair. That is why they usually follow traditional rules, which are mostly based on technical specifications and prices. Almost nobody actually considers the potential health consequences of using such a chair. Will it really stop the back ache, or, quite opposite, will it cause it? Most ergonomic chair retailers do not realize how a prolonged use of these chairs can impact the health of their customers. As a result, their purchases are based on technical details, design and price. Back pain, fatigue, lack of focus at work and many other problems caused by prolonged sitting are the consequences of using an ill-fitted chair.
While searching for a proper chair you may stumble upon a few commonly used terms such as: office chairs, ergonomic chairs, health chairs. The approach of their producers to product marking (branding) is often somewhat relaxed, which may cause an even greater confusion to inexperienced consumers. That is why we have prepared two charts for you, which can be of help in determining the type of chair that will be most suitable for your needs.
You will find more specific descriptions of listed types of chairs in the links in the left column menu. This will help you with their clear identification.
Recommended sitting time during the day
|1-2 hrs||3-4 hrs||5-12 hrs|
|Office Chairs||Appropriate||Inappropriate||Inappropriate||Zero or almost zero|
(for people with a healthy back)
|Inappropriate||Body adjusts to the chair|
| Health Chairs
(seat on a spring)
|Ideal||Ideal||Ideal||Chair adjusts to your body|
Health effects of prolonged daily sitting
The following chart describes the health effects accompanying daily sitting (8 hrs or more including periodical breaks) on particular types of chairs:
|Health effects|| Pelvis mobility*
|Scoliosis||Slipped disc||Back pain|
|Health Chairs (seat on a spring)||Prevent||No threat||Stop||Very good
*Pelvis mobility: During daily sitting most of the movements is done to the sides. We also move forward, above the desk. Every such move begins from the pelvis (core). That is why its mobility is a very important criterion when choosing a chair. Our body will not stay in a single position for long and rather makes us move and wriggle, change the angle of our core. If, however, the mobility of pelvis is not possible, it causes the occurrence of "popping" in the lower back and hips. This is quite damaging to the overall health of our spine and intervertebral discs.
At this point, you know which chair is most suitable for your needs. We have yet to discuss the technical differences between various types of chairs and ways of recognizing which is which. Please continue to the left column menu containing links to the above listed types of chairs, including their sometimes cloudy specifications, in other words the classification of office chairs, ergonomic chairs, and health chairs. Please take a look at the simple visualization of how the movable seat works and a more specific comparison of ergonomic chairs and chairs with movable seats from the viewpoint of health benefits and effects of sitting on them on one's spine.