3 Office Chairs to Offer Your Employees Who Suffer from Back Pain
Statistics show employees who constantly deal with persistent lower back pain will miss more work time and may even be less productive when working. As an employer, this could put a damper on your business operations and even make your healthcare costs increase significantly. You have plenty of options to help your employees manage their back pain. You could incorporate various employee wellness programs to incentivize them or even do something as simple as provide them with a different office chair to support their back and promote better spine health. Here are three options for office chairs you may consider adding to the office for your employees.
Exercise Ball Chair
The exercise ball chair has gained a significant amount of popularity over the last several months. Since the body naturally makes adjustments in order to maintain balance, the core and lower back are almost always engaged. Plus, since there usually isn’t a backrest on an exercise ball chair, there’s no opportunity for the person to slouch or have poor posture. It can take some getting used to, but encouraging employees who have persistent lower back pain to try it out can benefit them tremendously in the long run.
Adjustable Kneeling Chair
Kneeling chairs are becoming common in office spaces as well. The seat itself has a slight forward angle to naturally shift your body weight more towards the knees. This position takes some force off of the lower back and puts the spine in more of a natural position. Getting a kneeling chair with adjustability features can help employees find the right position so they are comfortable throughout the day. Employees should start slow by using the kneeling chair for a couple hours throughout the day and working their way up to longer times, since it can be a very different feeling at first.
A standing desk is also popular for people dealing with persistent lower back pain. Standing typically means your core is engaged more and people tend to maintain better posture in the standing position. Employers typically have better results when they have standings desks that can be adjusted to different heights, as employees tend to want to stand for part of the day and sit for other parts. This flexibility can promote active spine care habits by allowing employees to move around a little more and potentially incorporate stretching as they are standing.
At DBC Active Spine Care®, one of our main goals is to help employers keep their healthcare costs as low as possible. When you incorporate one of our employee wellness programs, you may be surprised at how many employees actually participate in it. Our program is tailored to your employees who suffer from back pain and other physical ailments, and it’s our mission to help them live and work pain free. Be sure to contact us to see what programs may work best for your organization.