Computer programmers serve important roles in just about every industry these days, completing essential tasks in teams across all sectors and companies. With work life demands different from your typical office employees however, it’s important to consider factors like durability, versatility, and ergonomics when choosing supportive, quality furnishings. What are the physical demands on these valuable staffers, and how do you find the best chairs for your computer programmers?
A Day In The Life of a Programmer
Many people complain about physical discomfort after only a few hours seated daily, and this problem is compounded for computer programmers, who spend most of their work day in a chair, focused on a computer screen. Sitting for an extended period can wreak havoc on the body, so intelligent ergonomic support can help prevent eye, neck, and shoulder strain, and the development of back pain down the road. What ergonomic factors are most important in a supportive, quality desk chair?
From the ground up, the best quality desk chairs for computer programmers will be fully adjustable, so they can be formed to function as physical support and not just a place to take a seat.
- A mechanism for changing the chair height keeps the ankles and knees in-line with the hips, reducing strain and maintaining blood flow in the legs.
- Adjustable back support reduces strain and fatigue in the structures in the back.
- The ability to recline offers some range of motion and rest, reducing pressure on the spine and sitting bones.
- Chair mobility can be a factor at larger workstations; free movement can reduce stretching and straining to reach other keyboards or monitors, and can reduce eye strain by helping maintain the recommended arm’s length distance from the monitor.
Investing in a chair with supportive arm rests can alleviate a wide range of postural compromises that can lead to back pain. Without the rests, employees will typically use the smaller, supportive muscles in the upper back and shoulders to elevate the arms to the keyboard, and that can contribute to muscular tension, neck and back pain, and soft tissue strain, and even headaches. The Mayo Clinic suggests that positioning arm rests so that the wrists are straight, with hands at or below elbow level, can also reduce the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
While most people can maintain the natural lower back curve without support of a seatback for a while, our natural tendency after sitting for a long period is to slouch forward. This ends up straining the structures in the low back, and after months and years with a compromised posture, you could end up with lasting spinal changes and challenges, including herniated discs. Dr. John Triano, DC, Ph.D, suggests finding an office chair with an adjustable seatback that can be raised or lowered to better fit the user. “The seatbacks should be positioned so that the curve of the lower spine is supported by the curve in the back of the chair.”
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