How do I Choose the Best Orthopedic Chair?

Sherry Holetzky

An orthopedic chair may be required for health purposes or to prevent health problems. Those who sit for several consecutive hours may notice a vast improvement in their overall well-being simply by changing to a high quality, well-designed chair. Even if it is not due to health concerns, an orthopedic chair may be an important choice, simply for the comfort value.

A good orthopedic chair may help properly support the spine and alleviate back pain.
A good orthopedic chair may help properly support the spine and alleviate back pain.

Appropriate support allows for better posture, circulation, and comfort. To choose an orthopedic chair that is right for you, begin by examining the different styles. For some, it goes beyond back support and a high back with a headrest that provides neck support is preferable. Others may be just as comfortable with a standard seat back.

The seat height is also important and should be suitable to ensure that both feet rest comfortably on the floor when sitting tall and straight. It should be adjustable. Aside from the height of the seat, the size, including the depth and width of the seat, is also an important consideration when choosing an orthopedic chair.

An orthopedic chair should offer the correct fit for one’s body size. There should be some “wiggle room,” or in other words, a bit of space between the hips, thighs, buttocks, and the armrests of the chair. The front of the seat should not touch the back of the legs when in a normal sitting position.

An orthopedic chair may also offer adjustable parts and include controls to raise or lower the seat or the armrests. Different styles may also allow for changing the incline or slant of the chair. Any such controls should be easily within reach while sitting as well as being simple to maneuver.

Sitting is the key element of choosing an orthopedic chair. Do not be shy about sitting in a chair you are considering purchasing. In fact, one should sit for more than just a few seconds. Sit straight, recline, use the controls to make adjustments, see how easy it to turn or move in the chair without creating strain.

Make sure the chair is sturdy. If it feels like it leans to one side or may tip, try another orthopedic chair. While one style or brand may cost more than another, the investment may be well worth it for the sake of comfort and good health. It makes sense to take some time and shop around for a quality orthopedic chair, rather than having to replace it soon or worse yet, sit in an uncomfortable chair.

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