Rest your back. Seat backs should have both a height-adjustable lumbar support to fit the curve of your lower back snugly and a tilt feature that allows you to move easily while being supported at all positions. Hedge says chairs with headrests also are helpful for people who need to reduce neck and shoulder strain.

Support your arms. Be sure your chair’s armrests are adjustable and set so forearms are supported when elbows are bent at 90 degrees and wrists are straight.

Get control. A chair should have adjustments for seat height, seat tilt, backrest height and tilt, and armrest positions – and you should be able to easily reach and adjust all levers. 

Try before you buy. Visit stores and sit in many chairs before buying.

Helpful Products

Bodybilt Ergonomic Office Chairs can be customized to your body type and size. ergo4me.com

Steelcase’s Think Office Chair has a flexible back and seat flexors that conform to your body shape and provide suspension-like seating. steelcase.com

The FitBALL Exercise Ball Chair combines the cushiness of an exercise ball with the mobility and stability of an office chair. gaiam.com  

A 3M Adjustable Monitor Stand can be stacked to raise the top of a monitor to eye level – the proper height. Each stand is 1-1/2 inches high and supports monitors up to 21 inches or 80 pounds. staples.com

Height and Angle FootRester adjusts to support feet and legs as you change body positions, improving seated posture and comfort. workriteergo.com

The VisionVu 18DC Document Holder keeps papers in both a vertical position between the keyboard and monitor, and a horizontal position to the side of the monitor, allowing you to hold your head upright. vuryte.com

Staples’ One-Touch Stapler is self-standing and provides staple-gun power with just a touch. staples.com  

 

Learn about office and workplace products that received the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Commendation.