Optimal Chair Setup: Prevent Spinal Injury

Correct seating posture is an essential ingredient to preventing spinal injury and fatigue.

The basic features of a good chair are :

  1. Height adjustable
  2. Pelvic tilt on seat
  3. Lumbar support

Consider the following for optimum chair setup :

  • Adjust the height of your chair such that your knees are level or just below hip height and that your feet are flat on the floor.
  • If your seat has a pelvic tilt, this should be set to a slight forward incline to promote a natural inward lower back curve.
  • Move the lumbar support so that it fits snuggly into the curve of your lower back. This will help to prevent lumbar strain and helps to maintain a straight spine and neck whilst seated.
  • Never sit with your legs crossed! Crossing at the ankles is a preferable alternative.
  • Elbows and forearms should be level with the desk height.

For more information regarding injury prevention or to arrange a biomechanical assessment of your spine contact one of the physiotherapists at Jubilee Sports Physiotherapy.

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