The Cockpit Concept
A pilot has a cockpit designed for maximum efficiency and accessibility.
Your office workspace needs the same carefully designed and customized cockpit for injury prevention, comfort and productivity.
Keys to the Cockpit:
- Neutral Posture – described as the natural and relaxed position for the human body.
- Movement & Intuitive Engagement – adding regular movement into your routine.
- Seating Questions
- How many hours a day are you in a seated position?
- Are you feeling pain as the day progresses? If so, where is the pain (neck, wrists, low back, etc.)?
- What is it about your current chair that makes you feel a new one may be needed?
- Do both of your feet rest comfortably on the floor?
- Seating Recommendations (OSHA)
- Seat – The seat pan should be:
- Height and depth adjustable
- Padded with rounded “waterfall” edge
- Wide enough to accommodate the majority of hip sizes
- If the seat cannot be lowered (for example, if it would make the keyboard or monitor too high), use a footrest for stability
- Base – The chair should have:
- Strong, five-legged base for stability
- Casters appropriate for the flooring in workstation
- Back Rest – A back rest should have:
- Height adjustable lumbar support so it will fit the lower back
- Adjustments that allows user to recline at least 15 degrees from vertical
- Seat depth adjustment to allow users to sit with their backs against the back rest without the front edge of the seat pan contacting the back of the knee. (Particularly important if chair will have multiple users)
- Arm Rests – Arm rests should:
- Support most of the lower arm and allow the upper arm to remain close to the torso
- Support your arms without interfering with chair positioning
- Made of a soft material and have rounded edges
- Seat – The seat pan should be:
Lifeform meets and exceeds all of these recommendations!
Other Cockpit Questions:
Input Device Questions
- What kind of keyboard and mouse are you using now?
- Are you feeling pain? If so, where (neck, wrist, shoulders, etc.)?
- Which hand do you use for “mousing”?
- Consider your workstation, where are your keyboard and mouse positioned now
- Are you feeling pain in your neck or shoulders?
- Any problems with your vision or eye strain (dry eyes, blurry vision, headaches, etc.?)
- Do you wear bifocals, progressives or computer glasses?
- Consider your workstation, where is your monitor positioned now?
- Are you having problems with your vision or eye strain?
- Any glare on your computer screen?
- Are there windows near your work area?
- Are you currently using a desk lamp?
Desk/Work Surface Questions
- How are you spending most of your time at the desk (on phone, looking at computer, reading paperwork, etc.)?
- Are you feeling pain in your low back, neck or shoulders?
- Do you frequently reach for your phone, binders or other items throughout the day?
- Consider your workstation, how high is your desk?
Core-flex Technology – An innovation that is changing the way we sit.
Sedentary behaviour – which usually means sitting or lying down while awake – has been linked to a shorter lifespan and a wide range of medical problems. Studies show any time you get moving, you’re improving your chances for good health.
“Recent studies show that adults, on average, spend more than half their waking hours in sedentary activities (primarily prolonged sitting).”
As published in Br J Sports Med by researchers: N. Owen, A. Bauman, W. Brown.
The human body is designed to be in motion. Movement provides a multitude of health benefits including increased circulation, a healthy metabolism and relief from cramped muscles in the back, neck and shoulders. The effect of this is better posture and often improved productivity. Yet those who work in office environments have little choice – they are usually confined to a small area in front of a computer.
Recognizing this, Lifeform has pioneered the Core-flex technology – which allows movement while sitting. Lifeform’s Core-flex chairs are designed for motion.
Core-flex’s Patented Technology adds a small range of natural motion to stimulate core muscles, improve comfort and increase circulation. Its design is based on extensive research that found people naturally shift their weight from one leg to the other to avoid core muscle exhaustion, even when standing still. By introducing a natural, therapeutic motion into the act of sitting, Core-flex keeps your blood flowing, your back strong and your body healthy.