Office Ergonomics: Why You Need a Memory Foam Seat Cushion
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Did you know that 25% of Americans sit for more than 8 hours per day? Sitting for prolonger periods has been linked to a number of illnesses, back pain, and spine issues, and has even been identified as the fourth leading risk factor of death.
If you work in an office, there isn’t a whole lot you can do about the number of hours you sit. However, there is something you can do about the way you sit.
And the key to this could be a memory foam seat cushion.
Memory foam office chair cushions are very effective at providing enhanced, tailored support while improving weight distribution, circulation, and more.
If you work a 9-5 in front of a computer or at a desk, you need to know about these benefits and how they could help you. Read on to find out all the advantages associated with memory foam office chair cushions, and why you need to try one asap.
A MEMORY FOAM SEAT CUSHION WILL DECREASE PRESSURE ON YOUR HIPS, SPINE, AND COCCYX
The reason why memory foam makes for one of the best office chair cushion types is it reduces pressure.
When you sit in a chair, your hips, legs, bum, and coccyx take most of the pressure of your body weight. The pressure is concentrated in these areas, and over time can reduce blood flow, result in pain, and cause strain to the spine.
Reducing this pressure is one way to reduce the negative effects of sitting.
Research has shown that memory foam causes the least mean pressure on the body compared to other cushion types. This makes sense when you think of how a memory foam cushion reacts to being sat on.
When you sit on a memory foam seat cushion, it yields under you. However, it does not squash flat like most other foams and cushion types do. This means that the pressure on your skin and body is reduced.
Besides reducing pressure, memory foam seat cushions also distribute pressure better than regular foam. Thanks to its unique properties, memory foam molds to your shape. By hugging to your form memory foam can provide even and distributed support.
MEMORY FOAM SEAT CUSHIONS CAN IMPROVE CIRCULATION
Decreased circulation is one of the many detrimental effects of sitting for too long.
As one’s weight presses down onto the chair, this cuts off blood flow and restricts blood vessels in the thighs and buttocks. To add to this, remaining stationery also slows down one’s heart rate, which means that one’s blood flow slows even further.
Impacted circulation can lead to a whole host of issues. These include constipation, a lack of energy, swollen legs, varicose/spider veins, and even blood clots. If you are suffering from nerve pain, sluggish circulation can be particularly dangerous.
To improve circulation while working in a seated position it’s recommended that one takes regular breaks and moves around. However, this is not always possible.
Fortunately, memory foam seat cushions can help.
Because memory foam decreases and distributes pressure more evenly, this can decrease blood vessel compression. While you still need to make a point of getting up and moving during work hours—a memory foam seat cushion is an easy way to support your circulation. Especially during those days when deadlines are looming or you’re locked into video calls and conferences.
USING AN ERGONOMIC SEAT CUSHION WILL IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE
Unfortunately, most office seating is unergonomic. While you can adjust seating height, that’s generally about it.
The majority of office chairs do not provide any customized support for your back. Because of this, they invariably cause you to slouch forward, or sprawl backward.
As you most probably know, neither of these positions is going to do your back any favors. Fortunately, if your chair is making you into a sloucher or sprawler, you can put a stop to this with a good memory foam office chair cushion.
Memory foam office chair inserts are designed to give you enhanced lumbar support. By creating even pressure distribution, molding to your form, and making you more comfortable, memory foam seat cushions cause one to maintain better posture, without even having to think about it.
MEMORY FOAM SEAT INSERTS CAN REDUCE PAIN
Is sitting in your office chair causing you pain? Quite likely.
Sitting is a common cause of bad pain. Seated positions place strain on the on one’s disks. This can impact the vertebrae and result in pain.
Another way that sitting can cause back pain is through sore muscles. Hunching over a keyboard can easily trigger sore neck and shoulder muscles.
Prolonged sitting can also cause significant pain to one’s tail bone. If your tail bone rests on your chair when you sit, over time this can cause pain and sensitivity.
Lastly, if you sit with most of your weight supported by your feet, you may also develop pain in your feet and ankles from the pressure.
If you are experiencing pain, you may find that memory foam cushioning might offer some relief. By taking the pressure off inflamed areas and improving your posture, a memory foam seat cushion might not only make you more comfortable but also be able to target the underlying cause of your pain.
If you are experiencing back, or coccyx pain, we recommend you try a memory foam seat and backrestcombo setup. Take note that our memory foam office cushions feature a special cut out specifically designed to provide relief for your coccyx.
If your feet and ankles are what’s causing the pain, then take a look at a good memory foam footrest pillow. These will cushion your feet by reducing and distributing any pressure.
A MEMORY FOAM CHAIR CUSHION MAY GIVE YOU MORE ENERGY
The rule of thumb is that if you work in an office, it’s doubly important to maintain a regular exercise routine. This will help guard against the dangers of sitting all day.
However, after sitting all day, you may find you have no energy. Why is this? Surely the body would be craving some physical activity? It turns out that the impact sitting has on one’s circulation can directly cause your energy levels to plummet.
It works like this. Decreased circulation and activity slow down one’s metabolism. Because your metabolism controls the rate at which your body burns calories, a metabolism slump can make you feel tired.
One way to combat this is by improving your circulation at work through using a memory foam seat cushion. By allowing the blood in your legs to flow with less impediment, you can improve your circulation while sitting.
By doing that, you may find that at the end of the day, you don’t feel quite as beat, and are more motivated to hit the gym. Getting your gym sesh in will further improve your metabolism, which means, you’ll likely also have more energy at work the next day.
MEMORY FOAM CUSHIONS HAVE TEMPERATURE REGULATING CAPABILITIES
Does sitting still at your desk make you cold? Are you always wanting to turn the heat up?
If so, this is another area where a memory foam cushion might be able to help.
Thanks to it’s dense and insulating structure, memory foam absorbs and stores body heat. If you struggle with feeling cold at work, having a self-warming cushion cozying up your back and legs might be ideal.
On the other hand, there are also some of us who hate a hot seat. If you are someone who struggles with heat, we have some good news. Certain memory foam products are specifically formulated to give you an extra cool sit. That’s right!
The technology to look for is called gel infusion. Memory foam products that feature gel infusion do not have the heat-storing properties that regular memory foam cushions do. Instead, the gel increases heat release, to make sure that you stay cool all day long.
If you are after a cool seat, then be sure to check out some of our gel-infused ergonomic cushionsmade from memory foam.
MEMORY FOAM IS HYPOALLERGENIC
If you have allergen sensitivities, then you need to get on the memory foam train asap.
Because of its density, memory foam is a hypoallergenic material. Dust mites and other allergens (such as dust itself) have a very hard time penetrating memory foam.
Other cushioning materials, such as regular foam, are not like this. Instead, they can harbor colonies of dust mites and buildups of dust, mold, and other types of allergens.
Allergies are not fun, especially at the office. If you suffer from sensitivities to dust, pollen, or mites, do yourself a favor and ditch any regular foam insert cushions at the office for memory foam as soon as you can.
THERE’S NOTHING COMFIER THAN A MEMORY FOAM CHAIR CUSHION
There’s no getting around the fact that memory foam cushions make for great office ergonomics. And there’s also no getting around how comfy they are.
Memory foam combines the ultimate mixture of sink-ey softness with ultimate support. This makes them one of the comfiest inventions ever created.
Speaking of creation, did you know that memory foam was created by NASA? Yup! It was developed as space shuttle padding, designed to increase safety levels for crew members.
Not to be cute, but if memory foam can shield astronauts from crash landings and orbit entries—just think how incredibly cushioning the stuff is! We’d even go as far as to say that it might cushion you from the Monday morning blues.
MEMORY FOAM SEAT CUSHIONS ARE AFFORDABLE
While memory foam seat cushions come with a big list of benefits, they don’t come with a big price tag.
Although memory foam is typically more expensive than other foam materials, memory foam seat cushions are relatively affordable. This is thanks to their size. Investing in a memory foam seat cushion is a lot more attainable than buying an entire memory foam mattress because there is less foam in the product.
If you work a desk job, you will be able to get almost as many cushioned hours out of a memory foam cushion as you would a bed, at a fraction of the cost.
MEMORY FOAM CUSHIONS LAST FOR YEARS
Although an individual memory foam insert for your desk chair won’t run you much more than thirty bucks—it’ll last you for years.
High-quality memory foam products typically retain their bounce for up to seven years or more.
What’s more, our line of memory foam inserts come with a lifetime guarantee. This means that if anything happens to your memory foam seat cushion, the manufacturer will replace it free of charge.
It doesn’t get much better than that in the cushion department!
GET COMFIER AND HEALTHIER TODAY
If you work long hours from a desk chair, it is essential that you set up an ergonomically optimal workstation. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to do this is by investing in a memory foam seat cushion.
Memory foam cushions can improve your posture, reduce pressure on your body, improve circulation, reduce pain, and more. They are also hypoallergenic, don’t cost an arm and a leg, and will last you for years (or a lifetime if you buy from us).
If you are eager to get comfier and healthier while working a desk job, check our range of memory foam seat cushion products. If you have any questions about our products, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.