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Ergonomie

Ergonomics

the Greek word "ergo"=labor and "nomoi"=natural laws. It is a scientific discipline dedicated to analyzing the rules and methods needed to adjust working conditions according to the physical and mental needs of humans. According to the requirements of physiology and psychology of work to protect life and promote the healthiest development of the human being. In other words, the goal is to adapt the work environment to the physical and social needs of people. In our case, it is the chair which, thanks to the shape of seat and other components, makes us sit upright and thus prevent curvature of the spine.

Why is it important to sit properly?

Many people sit for up to 12 hours a day. We sit at work, at home, at the cinema or at dinner. Most of this time we sit in a single position and we overload our spine and the rest of the musculoskeletal system. The spinal discs suffer from extreme pressure, compressing the internal organs and tension is created in the spine and neck. Let's look at it in more detail.

Correct sitting = dynamic sitting i.e. sitting when we often change our position and the mechanism of a chair is constantly adapting and supporting important parts of our body.

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Incorrect sitting

  • a rigid position that strains the musculoskeletal system
  • neck and shoulder pain
  • headaches
  • back, spine and hip pain
  • joint pain
  • poor blood circulation to the limbs
  • compression of the internal organs in the pelvic region
  • restricted breathing
  • enormous pressure on the spinal discs and increase stiffness of the spine
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Correct sitting

  • dynamic seating that allows proper posture
  • support for lumbar spine and neck
  • saves inter-vertebral muscles and discs
  • activates muscles
  • prevents back pain and degenerative changes in the spine
  • relieves headaches and neck pain
  • helps blood circulation to the limbs

Many people sit for up to 15 hours a day

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Proper setting of our working environment

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How to sit properly?

We have been dealing with ergonomics in RIM for two decades. We are interested in the movement possibilities of the human body, according to which we create seating furniture to support healthy sitting which activates the lumbar system and back muscles.

Healthy seating = dynamic seating. What is it? Simply put, our chairs are equipped with a mechanism where you can adjust the backrest pressure yourself, ensuring that the chair responds to the movement of your body. As a result, it adapts to every working position, protects the vertebrae and activates the spine and muscles of the body when sitting. It is the complete opposite of the rigid position we often stay in for hours in ordinary chairs.

ERGONOMICS IN OFFICES

Many people spend up to 10 hours a day in the office or at their desk. Therefore, the office should meet the needs of our body. You will then avoid back pain, stress on the musculoskeletal system, headaches and joint pain or poor blood circulation to the limbs.

How to equip an office ergonomically?

1. Carefully selected office chair

A chair for healthy sitting should support dynamic seating, follow the shape of your back, have height-adjustable backrest, seat and armrest, be able to adapt to your weight and responds to the movement of your body. The chair is an essential part of the office that you should pay the most attention to.

2. Setup in office and desk adjustment

When working at the computer, it is necessary to monitor the position of your shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists and hands. Too high a desk will force you to lift your shoulders and arms, creating an acute angle at the elbows, forcing the wrists up. Your desk should be at a height to keep a comfortable 90° angle at your knees and elbows. Generally, the height of your desk should be approximately 70 cm from the floor. The top of the screen should be at your eye level when sitting upright. Never place the screen or keyboard so that you have to turn your head or torso towards it.

3. Changing work position in the office

Height-adjustable desks that allow changing the working positions are an ideal option. Changing the positions relieve your spine and musculoskeletal system. Furthermore, modern offices are equipped with zones with ergonomically designed armchairs and sofas that allow you to change the environment and work in a different position. And do not forget to do short exercises during working hours. You refresh your mind and stretch stiff muscles and spine.

SMART SITTING

The technology of sensors placed in a working office chair to sense how the chair is used and improve user's ergonomic comfort.

One could say that there is nothing easier than sitting. We could sit before we could walk and it was not necessary to think about it. But have you ever realized that you sit for twelve hours a day, most of them in a single stiff position?

In addition to the ergonomics of sitting, we started to focus on Smart Sitting technology at RIM. These are sensors placed in a working office chair that sense how the chair is used. They can alert the user that they are sitting too long, evaluate the utilization and the time spent in the chair.

Users benefits

  • connectivity of chair with application in your phone
  • measured time spend in chair
  • notification for long period of sitting
  • detecting of sitting position/stress on the body
  • application providing the ideal setting of chair
  • tips for in office stretching

Investors benefits

  • monitoring of time spent at the workplace
  • the time using your workplace
  • the ways users behave (using the synchronous mechanism, breaks at work, stress on the body etc.)
  • ergonomic parameters of the office (setup in office and working aids)
  • connectivity of chair with application in your PC recording responses from pressure and gyroscope sensors

EXERCISE WITH US

NECK

PUSHING HEAD BACKWARDS

Sit upright and comfortably, do not lean your back on the backrest. Place one hand under your chin and push up gently. Hold this position for 5 seconds and then relax. Repeat five times.

STRETCHING HEAD TO THE SIDE

Sit upright and comfortably, do not lean your back on the backrest. Gently bend your head to the left then place your left hand on your right temple and slowly pull your head to the left shoulder. Hold the position for 5 seconds then relax. Repeat on the other side. Repeat the exercise three times.

PALMS AND WRISTS

STRETCHING I.

Sit upright and comfortably, do not lean your back on the backrest. Press hands together in front of your chest, elbows at shoulder level. Spread your fingers and gently turn the forearm towards the body. Hold the position for 5 seconds and then relax. Repeat five times.

STRETCHING II.

Sit upright and comfortably, do not lean your back on the backrest. Put one hand horizontally in front of you, straighten the palm and bend your fingers down. Use your other hand to stretch fingers. Relax after 5 seconds. Repeat with the other hand. Repeat the exercise five times.

SHOULDERS

STRETCHING

Sit upright and comfortably, do not lean your back on the backrest. Raise one hand and try to reach as high as possible with your fingers extended. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then relax and repeat with other hand. Repeat the exercise five times.

YOGA POSE

Sit upright and comfortably, do not lean your back on the backrest. Raise both hands sideways to the level of your shoulders. Place one hand behind your neck and the other behind your back. Hold this position for 5 seconds and try to join both hands, then change hands. Repeat the exercise five times.

TORSO

BENDING

Sit upright and comfortably on the edge of a chair. Do not lean your back on the backrest. Place your palms on the back of your neck, shoulders facing sideways. Bend your torso forward while squeezing elbows towards you as if to place them between your knees. Hold this position for 10 seconds then straighten your back and put hands on your knees. Repeat 5 times.

TORSO ROTATION

Sit upright and comfortably on the edge of a chair. Do not lean your back on the backrest. Place your palms on the back of your neck, elbows apart. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Rotate the torso to the left while the elbows are still apart. Stay in this position for 5 seconds. Return to the original upright position and place your hands on your knees. Repeat it on the other side. Repeat the exercise 5 times.