You Sit More Than You Sleep

Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between sitting for long periods of time and lower back pain. In the U.S. alone, about 96 million individuals suffer from chronic to mild back pain. While in turn, 79% of the United States work force sits for 8 hours each day.
What does this mean in the grand scheme? This quick, animated TED Ed video helps explain.
The office is an incubator for lower back pain and back problems. Thus by manipulating ergonomics and creating an office chair that supports the lower back (sacral-pelvic region) properly we can work toward eliminating lower back problems caused by excessive sitting and inactivity while working.
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In 2000, Herman Miller‘s PostureFit, an important, patented ergonomic feature, was developed. With a goal of supporting the lower back through comfort, working with the body for natural movement and lumbar control, Herman Miller’s engineers teamed with Dr. Brock Walker (a back care specialist with patents in ergonomics and biomechanics) and Bill Stumpf (a co-designer of the Aeron chair). With Stumpf’s expertise in design, Dr. Walker’s knowledge in back care and pelvic alignment and Herman Miller’s knowledgeable engineers, the team set out to implement an ergonomic feature that aligned the pelvis with the spine and supported the lower back. The design of the Aeron Chair with PostureFit was the result.
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When Herman Miller’s Aeron Chair hit the market, it demanded attention. It was unlike the bulky, foam padded office chairs seen on the market. The Aeron chair was sleek, contoured, sophisticated and enhanced ergonomically. To this day the Aeron Chair is the best selling Office Chair on the market.
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PostureFit technologies can be found within every Herman Miller Task Chair including the Aeron, Mirra 2, Celle, Embody and SAYL chairs. Through sleek contours and curvature, these Task chairs work to promote natural spinal alignment and muscle balance even when the user is in upright or forward leaning positions.
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Did you know that back pain is the number one reason people miss work and will be the number one cause for permanent disability for more than 80 million baby boomers in the next two decades? Investing in lumbar support, natural spine alignment and overall comfort can help us to avoid the high costs of back pain down the road.
Experience Herman Miller’s ergonomic PostureFit feature for yourself through the Try-A-Chair program. It makes it easy for you to test out a new Herman Miller office chair for not just a few minutes, but for a week, month or longer to familiarize yourself with the chair and see how it fits your body, your work, and your space. A quick visit to Intereum‘s showroom can help you get started!
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Sitting Better + Seeing Better = Working Better

December’s issue of Contract magazine displayed a Brand Report Awareness Survey where 355 Contract magazine subscribers responded to questions for 32 different product categories.

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Herman Miller was voted number one in the category ‘Brands That Inspire You,’ as well as number one in ‘Ergonomic Seating.’  We take pride in the decades of innovation and health-positive design Herman Miller continues to lead with. Ultimately, as a Certified Herman Miller Dealer, we know our customers are getting the best products to make work environments of all shapes and sizes a happy, healthy, and efficient place to spend those working hours.

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A detail that deserves some attention about what makes Herman Miller seating number one in ergonomics boils down to the innovation of PostureFit. This fundamental design addition is part of what makes each chair so comfortable to sit in, even for hours and hours on end. PostureFit supports the way your pelvis tilts naturally forward, keeping your spine aligned to avoid back pain.

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Consider treating your body to the benefits of a great ergonomic chair this year. And to help, Herman Miller is offering a savings through their Productivity Bundle with the purchase of the high performing Aeron Chair and Flute Light. Offering the two items together gives you the proper work tools for positively impacting your health and productivity. So here is the perfect bundle to help you sit better, see better, and work better.  This offer is good through May 31, 2013, so be sure to get your orders in before then.

And if you find yourself wanting to go the extra mile with ergonomics remember that we have our very own Ergonomic Specialist and Try-A-Chair program for those that want to test drive some ergonomic seating!