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The Benefits of Ergonomic Desk Footrests

Most office desks & workstations are not outfitted with ergonomic footrests. This often-overlooked accessory has many health benefits that you may not know you’re missing. Yes, a comfortable office chair is the first step to keeping your legs and back from strain, but resting your feet on the floor or allowing them to dangle all day can also cause pain or circulation problems.

A good footrest has two components: it keeps your feet at a comfortable angle (to reduce stress on the knees) and keeps your feet off the floor (to avoid pinching nerves in the legs and improve circulation. Your body is meant for motion, not 8 hours of sitting still, so many models also have a rocking element or rollers to keep your legs moving and avoid fatigue. The result is a posture and motion similar to driving a car, and will help you remain more alert and pain-free at work.

BSN62881   Business Source Adjustable Footrest Non-skid – 17.8″ x 14.0″ x 3.8″ – Gray, Black

  • Footrest is ergonomically designed to reduce muscle strain and fatigue
  • Design allows height adjustment
  • Footrest features a rubber surface with nonskid grip
  • Overall dimensions: 17-3/4″ W x 14″ D x 3-3/4″ H; Black
The footrest showcased above is a popular basic model, but EON has many types of footrests including those with heating/cooling or foot massaging elements. Whatever your preference, we can help you find a footrest that will make a difference to your health and comfort.  To browse them all you can find “Furniture Accessories” under the Furniture tab of our online store.

Adjusting Your Office Chair

If you’ve felt too intimidated by the many levers and dials underneath your desk chair to adjust it properly, you may be sacrificing the best posture and position that will keep your back pain free after sitting for hours. According to the American Chiropractic Association, giving your chair the proper height adjustment can spare you from a load of problems. A chair that’s too low can cause lower-back pain, carpal-tunnel syndrome and rotator-cuff strain in the shoulder. A chair that’s too high can lead to what’s called Golfer’s Elbow—pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow. Here are some tips for adjusting your seat to the ergonomic position that best suits you.

It’s as easy as standing up. Stand in front of your chair, adjust the height so the highest point of the seat (when in the horizontal position) is just below your knee cap. When you sit down, your feet should be flat on the floor, with your knees at a 90° angle, the ideal lower body position for sitting down at a desk.

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Adjusting your chair height is also a great way to check up on the ergonomics of the rest of your workstation.

If you can’t fit your legs under the desktop (you should have enough room to comfortably cross your legs at the knees) or there is not enough space to move them freely, your desk is too low for you. Put it on risers, or invest in a desk that’s the proper height.

If you can sit comfortably but you have to raise your arms to reach the keyboard or work surface, your workstation is too high. Find a way to lower your worksurface (a keyboard tray might help). Alternatively, you can adjust the chair height so your elbows are the same height as your desk and use a footrest high enough so you can lay your feet flat.

If everything else is comfortable but your computer screen has you craning your neck up, down, forward or backward to see it properly you may need to adjust the placement of your monitor. The best way to do this is with an adjustable monitor arm if your brand of monitor does not rotate in all directions.

If the adjustment levers on your chair do not seem to work you may be using them incorrectly. You can contact EON for help with your office furniture if you are having problems. Our team of furniture experts know how everything is constructed and adjusted. For more chair adjustment tips you can visit this informative blog as well: http://www.sitbetter.com/blog/office-chairs/how-to-properly-adjust-an-office-chair-with-basic-adjustments