Setting Your Desk to the Correct Height

April 09, 2018

Setting Desk to Right Height

One of the biggest things we see with customers, is that their desk is not suited for their height. This happens a lot because let’s face it … our employers aren’t going to buy a new desk for every new employee, or have it moved every time you get a promotion. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the desk you are working at, is at the height that you need it to be, or that you make other adjustments to suit your height.
There are many different ergonomists out there that will tell you everything needs to be set so that you have a 90-90-90-degree angle everywhere. Well, unfortunately for them, research is starting to prove that theory wrong. When we sit with everything at 90 degrees, we are locking up our joints and shortening the muscles and ligaments that surround and support it. We are also starting to learn that really the key to optimal health is just simply to get moving. That’s why your best option is to have a desk and office chair, that allow you to make SIMPLE adjustments in order to allow you to constantly change your position.
Typically, you would want your desk at a height so that when you are writing or typing, your shoulders can remain in a dropped, and relaxed position. If your desk is too high, you will end up hiking and tensing up your shoulders, and if it is too low, you will be hunching forward. Here is a good way to test the height of your desk.

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Step 1: While remaining in your chair, push away from your desk to give yourself some space.
Step 2: Now that you have space, re-adjust yourself so that you have an upright, and correct posture. To do this, line up your ears, shoulders, elbows, and hips all in one straight line.
Step 3: Pretend there is a keyboard in front of you, and raise your hands to it. Remember – you don’t want to be reaching forward for that keyboard. Once you raise your hands, re-visit your posture, are your elbows still at the side of your body, remaining in line? Or are they way in front of you? If they are still at the side of your body, great!
Step 4: RELAX the shoulders! Chances are, when you raised your hands up, your shoulders immediately tensed up out of habit. Let them drop and relax. Now, this doesn’t mean slouch, it just means relax those muscles in the upper neck!
Step 5: Now that we are in the correct position, hold it there and roll back into your desk. Were you able to place your hands at your keyboard without re-adjusting? If not, you will need to make some adjustments!Here are some simple ways to make those adjustments without buying a whole new desk!

Perfect Desk Height 

Desk too tall?

  • Try raising your chair to a taller height, and placing a book or block under your feet so that you can maintain flat feet on the “floor”
Desk too short?
  • See if your maintenance department can add some blocks of wood to the bottom of your desk legs to raise it up!
  • Or, add an adjustable table top (bonus: then you will get to stand, too!)
Give it a try and see how it makes you feel!

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About CoreChair

Introduction to the CoreChair

Patrick's Story

With a degree in Kinesiology, the study of human body movement, Patrick has committed his personal life to an active and healthy lifestyle and pursued solutions to optimize this among others. 

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Patrick's initial success was the development of a company that focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of specialized seating solutions for non ambulatory persons dependent on wheelchairs for mobility. Special Health Systems Ltd., was considered a leader in this field in North America as well as other global centers prior to the sale of this company in 1995 to US based Invacare Corporation. 
After the sale of this company, Patrick pursued many other entrepreneurial ventures that ranged from agricultural to philanthropic opportunities, but was drawn back to his passion to create solutions that would address physical challenges experienced by everyday people.
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With the emerging awareness on the perils of sedentary lifestyle coupled with the musculoskeletal damage incurred by desk jockeys, Harrison was inspired by the number of persons who intuitively sought activity in their day at the office by taking an exercise ball to replace their traditional office chair.
Thus he began what became a 7 plus year project to create what is best described as a disruptive innovation by developing an active sitting chair that is now commercially known as CoreChair. 
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Aware that human nature and the resistance to change is the biggest challenge that we all face, Patrick collaborated with Centers of Excellence such as the University of Waterloo, Mayo Clinic, Cornell University and others, to validate the efficacy of this design. 
In parallel, Patrick sought practical input from clinicians, health experts and everyday people to gain feedback on the design evolution to ensure a comfortable and effective solution. 
The result is a very high quality seating solution that challenges traditional doctrine of healthy workplace environments, with attention to detail on every day needs and value to those who use it. 

Our Core Design

The vision of CoreChair is to offer the world’s healthiest, ergonomic and therapeutic office chair. Paying little mind to convention or tradition, we chose to focus on you, the sitter. Our tech innovation focuses on optimal posture through core stabilization and movement that mobilizes key joints most affected by sitting. We made our seat highly sculpted to relieve pressure points, prevent sliding and deliver comfort. It works in conjunction with the low back, stabilizing the pelvis to optimize your sitting posture, reduce back pain and prevent slumping at your desk. Many of us are actively seeking therapeutic remedies to help reduce our back pain. Prolonged static sitting in traditional chairs (even high end ergonomic chairs) can result in uncomfortable back strain and lack of movement. Invest in your health with an innovative seating solution designed to harmonize your personal movement with your chair.




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