The study of ergonomics has taught us that human beings aren’t designed to stay in one position for prolonged periods of time. Prolonged lack of movement can lead to back pain and other musculoskeletal discomforts. Poor posture—a common habit with desk jockeys—makes the discomfort even worse. Most of us sit with our pelvises pulled too far to the rear, putting pressure on our vertebral discs and distorting the lumbar lordosis (or natural curve of the spine). Maintaining good posture depends on a strong core and an open hip angle, and standard office seating does not promote either.
Effects of a Weak Core
Why does a weak core make us vulnerable to back pain and other musculoskeletal problems? According to Harvard Health, our upper and lower bodies are connected by the core muscles. The core supports the spine and connects to muscles in the back, arms, legs, and abdomen. If the core muscles are not strong, using any of the connected muscle groups becomes more difficult, and may be painful. Even balance can be negatively affected by a weak core. If you’ve spent a significant period of time at a sedentary desk job, you’ve probably noticed your body growing weaker and muscles becoming sore.
How an Ergonomic Desk Stool Helps Your Core
The good news is that ergonomic design can help your core become stronger. An ergonomic desk stool like the Wobble Stool, for instance, is an effective remedy for both static positioning and developing core strength. An adjustable-height stool that you can tilt and swivel lets you position yourself at an open hip angle, twist using your abs, and rock around the office clock. You’ll be able to build core strength and improve posture in the course of your normal work day, lessening the likelihood of musculoskeletal pain.
If you have questions about the Wobble Stool or other ergonomic products that can help you and your employees, please call or chat with us for assistance.