Let’s face it, work usually takes up most of the days of most people, with some of us spending up to 12 hours a day sitting. Regardless of whether you work sitting 4 hours a day or 10 hours a day, you have probably experienced some form of discomfort while working. While it can sometimes be expensive to relieve work-related back pain related injuries, as this can usually only be remedied with an ergonomic office chair, leg pain relief is a simpler and less expensive problem.
Do you ever feel like your legs are uncomfortable sitting in your office chair? Maybe they feel heavy, or maybe you feel the irritating feeling that your legs are asleep. This pain can eventually turn into numbness and penetrate your thighs, creating a distracting and uncomfortable work environment. Fortunately, most leg pain that occurs at work can be easily relieved by simply adjusting your current office chair.
Leg pain can be attributed to a number of different factors related to your office chair. For this reason, it is important to determine which factors affect your circumstances. The first common culprit may be that your chair is not set at the correct height for your legs. This is a common problem that occurs with smaller or larger people. However, it can affect anyone whose chair height is not set correctly. You should be able to keep your feet firmly on the floor or on a footrest with your knees bent at a 90 ° angle. If your chair cannot be properly adjusted to you, you should look for a small office chair when you are smaller, or a large and tall office chair when you are taller. These special chairs have been specially developed for users who do not fit into the typical shape of an office chair. Higher quality and more ergonomic manufacturers offer alternative size gas lifts so that users who find that a standard gas lift is not advisable for them can get the correct seat height adjustment.
To determine the seat height you need to sit comfortably without having leg pain, you need to take some simple measurements. First measure from the floor to the inside of your knee without shoes. After this measurement, check whether your chair moves slightly up or down from the floor to the top of the seat. If your chair can reach this height, you should be able to find your ideal setting. If your chair is too short or too high, you should buy another office chair that allows this height adjustment.
If you still feel the pain persist after adjusting your seat height, other culprits may be insufficient seat depth or poor quality foam on the seat cushion. The depth of the seat is critical as it determines how much coverage your thighs get when you sit. A chair with a seat depth that is too short does not provide the support needed to sit comfortably for hours. If a seat depth is too long, this can interrupt the blood flow to your legs and protrude into the back of your kneecaps. You may also race forward and sit in an unnatural position, causing back pain. If your seat depth is not where you need it and you don’t have a slider to pull your seat out when a longer depth is required, you may only be able to buy a new office chair. The same applies to a cheap office chair, the seat foam of which has been flattened or deteriorated through use.
If you find that you are in the market for a new chair, make sure you measure the measurements above to make sure your chair meets your needs. Most online retailers provide all of the information needed to ensure that you are choosing the right chair, including the depth and height of the chair. If you cannot find this information, be sure to ask a customer service representative before ordering. When trying to determine the quality of a chair’s foam, the manufacturer’s warranty is a good place to start. Most high-quality manufacturers have at least 5 years warranty on the seat foam of their chair. Above all, make sure that you are not sitting on a stuck chair, such as a dining room chair or a meeting chair, as you not only have leg pain, but also back pain.