The Chair Clinic
When it comes to office chair horror stories, Mercy Occupational Therapist Rick Pankiewicz and Mercy Ergonomics Physical Therapist Eric Weiskopf have seen it all. With stories of arm rests held together with Duct Tape, threadbare upholstery, wobbly chair legs and seat cushions pocked with eruptions of foam, the two of them have a collection of terrifying tales to make even Stephen King shudder. And, just like the doomed babysitter in every slasher film, the people using these broken down office chairs are setting themselves up for disaster. They just don't know it. “It’s similar to an old T-shirt,” Pankiewicz says. “The individual’s body gets used to it. [But] without back support, an individual will begin leaning forward at the waist, slump at the shoulders, and their head will move forward. As the day progresses, eye strain becomes an issue, and the above positioning becomes even more exaggerated.” Low back and neck discomfort soon follow. The problem is so prevalent that Mercy introduced its ergonomics and occupational therapy departments 15 years ago. You company’s HR department or even your own physician can connect you to Pankiewicz. You can find him at Mercy Therapy Services on West Kearney or call 417-520-5483.
Just remember, even the most comfortable chair—the one you would nap in if your co-workers weren’t watching—shouldn’t be your day-long resting place. “The key,” as Weiskopf explains, is “limiting how much time you spend in a chair.”
But if you’re stuck sitting at a desk for lengthy periods of time, there is good news. “In the last decade, many seating manufacturers have developed advanced ergonomic features,” Gorham says. “New products are being released that accommodate how workspace behavior is evolving.” Similar to standing desks, the classic chair is getting an upgrade with some much-needed lumbar support for back pains and seat pan sliders for height differences.
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