Ugh! My Teacher Was Right… (Inadvertently?)

When we are at school, we are told to stand or sit up straight, but seldom informed of its importance for our long term health, or how to adapt this into our working lives. It is only when you experience back pain that you start to pay attention to the protective effects of good posture and healthy exercise.

Knowing how to sit correctly when working is essential in ensuring that we do not put unnecessary pressure on our health and our backs. The long-term effects of poor posture can cause more than back pain; bodily systems such as digestion, elimination, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments, can all be effected. A person who has poor posture may often feel tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly.

Now, I’m not saying teachers are demanding that we sit up straight because they were thinking of our long term health, but they are definitely right, we do need a good posture. With the hours we spend in our chairs every day, overtime tension from poor posture will build up. Circulation, internal organs and back health are all affected with the back becoming sensitized and prone to injury. It is at this point that people seek answers to reduce pain, for ways to ensure a quick rehabilitation and to learn prevention strategies.

Why one to one advise is vital.


Corrigo therefore provide expert workstation consultations which vary from proactive teaching to assistance with a return to work following surgery. Our highly qualified ergonomists have an in-depth knowledge and experience of working with a wide variety of problems.

Tailored advise is provided, taking each individual’s back pain history into account, as well as checking any rehabilitation and exercise programs, to ensure a speedy recovery and return to full productivity. We aim to empower our clients to take responsibility for their issues by equipping them with the knowledge of how to work correctly.

Simple ergonomic tick box exercises are helpful in raising awareness and highlighting areas of concern, but not in ensuring effective adoption of strategies to get to the root of the problem. A one to one session ensures a deeper understanding of why workplace ergonomics is an important factor in ensuring long term back health. The aim is to enable you to be dynamic and poised rather than stiff and posed

This level of service is provided free with the purchase of every Corrigo chair, or is available separately as a workplace assessment consultation, assessing and adapting your existing equipment where possible.

Check your posture now – do you feel the spine is relaxed and lengthened or tense and compacted? Are you ‘standing’ on your hip bones?

For a quote and to book an ergonomic workstation assessment, contact us, or take advantage of our free consultation to discuss your business requirements.  We can provide ergonomic chairs for back painfibromyalgia office chairs, chairs for scoliosis, chairs for cocyx pain and more.

It’s all about balance


As part of our assessment process we are often asked about sit /stand solutions. Regularly recommended by physiotherapists as a tool in reducing long term back pain, it is all about balance and listening to your body. For those who feel that they are unable to take the recommended standing breaks from their work, a sit stand solution can help ensure that you can take breaks from sitting whilst continuing to be able to work. A quick and easy alternative to sit/stand desks is the Ergo Tron’s Work Fit. It allows you to adapt your existing desk to a sit/stand solution by simply placing the Ergo Tron’s Work Fit on to your desk top. This system then lifts your computer and keyboard straight up and down when you want to alternate from sitting and standing. In our view, Ergo Tron is the best provider of the desktop adaptor, including options for those with one screen or those with up to 4 screens. We are now approved suppliers of their product so if you are interested in trialling one in your workplace, do contact us for advise on to the best option for you.

Quick Actions For Better Posture.


  • For best posture practice, do these three movements. Roll your shoulders down and back, then pull your elbows back toward your back pants pockets (this presses your scapula up against your ribs, as though you were using them to push your heart up and out).
  • Stand on your entire foot. Most people stand with weight over their heels, causing your feet to become weak and turn in and increases stress on your weight-bearing joints (ankles, knees, hips and lower back). 
  • Whether standing or sitting, become ergonomically sound with your computer setup. Check your computer height and that your arms are in line with your desk.
  • Take a picture. Print photos of proper posture and put them up where you can see them easily, so you are reminded of how to sit correctly.
  • Move often and use all of your motion. Try and take a standing break of a few minutes at least every hour and even better, walk around for a bit.