The term "ergonomics" is composed of the Greek words "ergon" for human work and "nomos" for law and order. Ergonomics deals among other things with the adaptation of technology and the working environment to the human being. The aim of ergonomics is to configure the living and working conditions of the human being to further the health of the human being while working and thus sustain the human being's general performance taking into account anatomical, physiological, psychological and physical aspects.
Numerous studies confirm the positive relationship between good working conditions and superior performance.
Whereas it was previously thought that there is ONE correct sitting posture, today we know that the human being is born to move and should optimally never assume permanent postures. If you are permitted to behave naturally, you never assume such postures, but slightly move all the time. When standing you shift the load from foot to foot, when sleeping you unconsciously move automatically and also when sitting your body has the urge to move even when you WANT to sit still, at a concert, for example. After just a few minutes you change your sitting position, cross your legs to the right and left, fold your arms, lean to one side and then the other...
That is why today dynamic sitting is considered to be the most natural way to sit and therefore the healthiest. Dynamic sitting means that you change your sitting position as often as possible. Sitting should permit you to move your body very slightly all the time. This has both a therapeutic and preventive effect on backache.
The constant changing of sitting posture and position keeps the spinal joints in motion and nourishes the intervertebral discs. By alternating your sitting posture, the intervertebral discs are not loaded on one side and are lubricated and nourished.
Frequent change of posture makes you sit up straight more often, you can breathe deeper and saturate the blood with oxygen. At the same time your muscles are better supplied with the oxygen-saturated blood, the movement activates the circulation throughout your entire body and this also improves your mental performance.
Focus on Sitting.
Since about 80% of the working day is spent sitting in the modern world, it is well worth considering what the optimum ergonomic conditions are in this area.
Conventional office chairs frequently have seat pans that lock your pelvis and provoke a hunchback posture when working. Backrests support the body in a corset sort of way and prevent muscles from remaining active and strong. The human being has to adapt to the chair/desk system - very often by adopting a "back-breaking" posture.
For a long time there was no alternative to this way of sitting. But this has changed substantially since the Swopper chair. The Swopper has revolutionised sitting. With an ingenious idea: three-dimensional flexibility. For sitting, this is unique in the world. The Swopper motion chair has reversed the principle of sitting to date: no longer do you have to adapt yourself to the seat - this seat adapts itself to you.
Forwards, backwards, sideways and up and down too. The Swopper chair not only encourages movement. It also supports movement. Studies confirm that on the Swopper you move twice as much as on conventional seats.
Whoever moves more is less often ill and less tired. The investment in healthy workplaces pays off quickly. This, too, has been confirmed by multiple studies.
Requirements for a healthy office chair:
The optimum office chair must primarily enable and encourage movement, in other words, provide for dynamic sitting. Modern office seats are designed to have a certain amount of play that has to be compensated constantly.
- Naturally loads and relieves your muscles and intervertebral discs.
- Enhances nourishment of the intervertebral discs.
- Ensures sufficient circulation of blood through the muscles.
- Prevents incorrect loading of the muscles and tension.
- Encourages concentration and performance.