Lower-back and neck complaints

Sitting is a major cause of back and neck complaints. The strain on our back is substantially greater when we are sitting than when we are standing or walking, for example. The normal lumbar curvature in the lower back flattens out (the hip is folded, and the back bulges), the natural distance between the vertebra is disturbed, and unequal pressure is brought to bear at the centre of the intervertebral discs. The three natural curvatures in our spinal column that provide for stability and mobility (namely at the level of the neck, the thoracic vertebra and the lumbar region) are subject to excess strain in the event of repeated incorrect postures, bending, twisted positions, and such like. Sitting is a static situation that hampers the circulation, reduces the blood irrigation of the tissues, and increases the risk of problems being caused. When the same sitting position is maintained for a long time, the visco-elastic material in our joint structures, discs, ligaments, cartilage, etc. undergo what may turn into a gradual but progressive change of shape. So a lot can go wrong. Since we have adopted an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, it should come as no surprise that 80% of the population suffers from lower-back complaints and/or neck complaints.

Ergonomic solutions

Nirwana has always been a pioneer in the field of ergonomic sitting solutions. Our products invite you to experience “agile sitting”, possibly with an open angle (tilted pelvis, lumbar lordosis), with a good support in every position, better blood irrigation, blood supply to the intervertebral discs, lubrication of the joints, etc. This leads to a long list of options.

  • the office chair: tilting mechanism with resistance regulation, free-float, adjustable sitting angle, neck support, etc.
  • assistance in sitting down/standing up: large hip angle, leg relief.
  • ergonomic handles.
  • saddle chairs: open angle in the case of higher/lower table.
  • knee chairs: open angle; tilting of pelvis.
  • balance chairs: open angle also when leaning forward.
  • sitting balls: from 45 to 75cm in diameter, agile sitting with an open angle.
  • simple aids and remedies: sitting wedges, lumbar supports, seat shells, foot- and arm-rests.
  • higher/lower tables (manual, electric), if desired with inclinable worktop.

The workstation

Choosing the best ergonomic solution is often a quest, the result of which depends to a large degree on the working conditions of the user and the correct use of the chair. For example: do you remain seated for long periods at a time or do you stand up at regular intervals, what is the height of your desk worktop (in relation to your build, for example), do you “sag”, can the height of your desk be adjusted, does your work mainly consist of reading and writing, PC work or a mixture?

There is no such thing as the optimal sitting position: “the best position is always the next one”, move and vary. Therefore Nirwana often offers a promotional package of, for example, an adjustable desk combined with one or two ergonomic chairs. This enables you to sit, stand and work in various positions and in a dynamic fashion. We will be happy to give you advice in our showroom or on appointment at your company premises.

Avoiding RSI in a trice:

Adverse static and repetitive muscle strain is often associated with use of a computer. This very often leads to RSI complaints (repetitive strain injury). Nirwana has ergonomic accessories that prevent excess joint and muscle strain: mice, keyboards, document holders, arm rests, etc.