These days, people are flocking to Google for answers to questions like “What are the best chairs for sitting all day?” and “What’s the best home office chair?” What’s behind all the interest in where to plant one’s behind? –COVID-19, of course. Volatile infection rates here in the D.C. area continue to increase the number of people working from home. And beginning September 8, all Fairfax County public schools will hold classes completely online. The whole family is searching for a comfortable chair.
It’s an excellent idea, according to Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm, board-certified podiatrist here at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. Let’s face it – you and your kids are going to be spending hours every day on the computer. How you’re positioned for all those hours can mean the difference between maintaining a spring in your step and desperately wishing you had a chiropractor in the family. For maximum comfort, invest in a height-adjustable, supportive desk chair. Look for one that’s “ergonomic.”
An ergonomic chair promotes healthy feet
An ergonomic chair promotes healthy body mechanics. It properly supports your back, hips, and legs. Compare and contrast this to sitting on a deep-cushioned couch with your feet propped on a coffee table for hours. Or sitting on your bed, hunched over a laptop. These are recipes for muscle tension throughout your body.
Consider for a moment; the tension is in the center of your lower back. It can affect the way you walk, causing knee or foot problems. Conversely, pain in your feet can cause an abnormal gait and cause hip problems. These body parts are all interconnected, and having an ergonomic chair will help keep all of them working smoothly and pain-free.
If you’ve got the budget and enough space, set up more than one area with supportive chairs for each student and home worker. Your body will thank you – during these COVID times and beyond. For more information and expert advice about foot health, contact us at our podiatry office in Centreville, Virginia, at (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.