Healthy sitting in the workplace

We spend most of our daily lives sitting down – from the moment we step into the car to start the daily commute, throughout the day spent concentrating at our desk, to an evening spent relaxing on the sofa. The consequences of this lifestyle on the health of our backs can be alarming: A third of Germans aged between 35 and 50 suffer from chronic back pain. Circulation problems, muscular pain and headaches are also common complaints.

The link between sitting and general well-being is much more complex than we think.

 

The spine and its effects on the rest of the body

The spine is the central supporting element in the human body. The intervertebral discs act as cushions between the 24 vertebrae, enabling our bodies to turn, bend, lean and absorb impact.

What happens if we don't move around enough? If our intervertebral discs don't get enough movement, they wear prematurely, which can result in slipped discs or arthrosis in the vertebrae. These kinds of complaints can affect the entire body, as they impair the nerve cords between the vertebrae.

Irritation in the nerves around the cervical spine often causes:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • High blood pressure
  • Earache

Irritation in the nerves around the thoracic spine often causes:

  • Heart complaints
  • Exacerbation of asthma and bronchitis symptoms
  • Stomach complaints

Irritation in the nerves around the lumbar spine often causes:

  • Constipation
  • Impotence
  • Prostate complaints

30%

of all sickness-related absences from work are caused by muscular and
skeletal complaints.

Sitting in a rigid, fixed position damages the back

80,000:

The number of hours an office worker will typically spend seated over their lifetime.

Sitting in a rigid, fixed position damages the back

When we sit, our pelvis tilts backwards and our spinal column moves out of its healthy S-shape and becomes rounded. We experience this posture as comfortable, as it relieves strain on our back and stomach muscles.

However, it also places strain on only one side of our intervertebral discs – and results in an undersupply of nutrients to the discs. This passive seated posture can often cause tension, blood stasis, a lack of concentration and headaches.

100 kg:

The load that our spinal column bears when we are standing up

Sitting for relief

Our intervertebral discs not only help to keep our spinal column moving – they also bear the majority of the load of our body, absorbing up to 90 kg when sitting upright and up to 100 kg when we are standing. By changing posture frequently, you work and then relieve your intervertebral discs, which encourages nutrients to flow and helps stimulate the circulation – in turn boosting your concentration and performance.

The mechanisms of your chair should be designed to promote natural movement and to support the health of your intervertebral discs.

1

chair for many users.

Svenstol® – Your gateway to healthy sitting

An ergonomic office chair is an essential part of the control centre set-up. As the chair will be used by different people, it must be individually adjustable. The user will typically spend around 30% more time sitting in a control centre setting than in an office, so the chair must provide higher levels of comfort. It must also promote active sitting to enable the user to maintain their concentration – even if the task at hand requires little physical movement.

The Svenstol® is the right choice for your workplace. It helps you to keep your seated posture balanced: With a sufficiently high and wide backrest, lumbar support (point 1) and an adjustable seat tilt angle (point 2), your pelvis tilts upwards and the spinal column extends. The mechanism (point 6) activates your posture and promotes concentration.

Whether you're tall, short, stocky or slim – Svenstol® provides healthy and comfortable seating for almost all body shapes and sizes. When sitting for longer periods, the cushioning (point 3) protects your muscles, sit bones and nerves. The seat height (point 4) can be adjusted to ergonomically optimise your individual posture. Positioning the armrests correctly (point 5) also helps to relieve strain on the muscles in your back.