When my friend took a job as an educational coordinator at a museum she did not realize how much work it would be. She also did not realize how minimal the amount of resources are available to government sponsored cultural institutions especially in these economically strapped times. Basic educational school supplies like paper, crayons, glue, scissors and more were all in frighteningly short supply.
The furniture in her office was completely shot, rotting wood, squeaky chairs, it was sad and disgusting. How was someone supposed to teach anyone anything under these conditions?! Well luckily my friend knew how to hunt for a bargain. She found a good cheap source of arts and craft supplies and affordable office furniture. These kids were going to get something out of this place if she had to spend her whole paycheck.
Many teachers and educators in various capacities have discovered an incredibly low budget when they arrive hoping to sculpt young minds. They enter into classrooms that are poorly maintained and stocked sparingly at best with educational school supplies. It is not their fault but they are left picking up the pieces of debris and trying to finagle an education out of it. It is noble work to say the least and the fact that many are shelling out their own money from already less than stellar paychecks is even more heart breaking. Teachers, good teachers anyway, are willing to work incredibly hard just to give a few kids a leg up. They are there to challenge kids the system might otherwise forget and try and build high quality young citizens.
Things are even worse for folks like my friend. These educators are trying to offer the extras that can take a good kid and turn he or she into a well rounded great kid with a diversity of experience and real sense of how to understand things. It is these exceptional young people that are reared on educational programs in parks and museums, public pools and local gyms. Some arts and craft supplies can really open up the education system in these situations, luckily these educators are willing to make the sacrifice required to acquire these supplies.
Discount office supply websites and places where an educator can get affordable office furniture are becoming more and more essential as the government attempts to cut financial corners wherever they can. Education it seems is always the first place to suffer. It is a potential catastrophe that luckily some fine people are trying to fight against. Here's hoping they win.
Style, look, feel, comfort, features, price, durability, and functions. These are all common factors a person would seek out and research when deciding on a new office chair purchase. While all the aforementioned factors are of great importance in the decision making process, perhaps the feature that should be most sought after most is the amount of support a chair is going to give you, especially when it comes to lumbar support. The lumbar region of the back, or more simply stated the lower back, is one of the most essential parts of your body that needs to be properly supported while seating in order to avoid long term health effects that can make working and sitting a real pain (literally). With that being said, it is important to be educated in the types of lumbar support offered in order to find the best kind of support for you and your body.
When analyzing the importance of lumbar support, it is important to first explain the importance of adopting the correct sitting position, an often overlooked but common contributing factor to back problems. Sitting right is simple, although it may seem like a chore at first always trying to remember to sit correctly. The lower back below the belt line must be as far back as possible, thus ensuring the lumbar gets the support and the back is maintained in a straight position. Lumbar support and correct sitting posture together, not individually, will give you good ergonomic comfort.
To illustrate, a good point of reference is statistics provided by the British Society for Rheumatology in a study conducted to understand the mechanics of the lumbar disc. When compared to the pressure on the lumbar disc in the standing position, unsupported sitting, which can be caused by the improper position or lack of lumbar support or both, increases the load by 40% on the disc. (On top of that, reclining, comparatively, reduces the strain by 70%).
There are two different kinds of lumbar supports which can be found on any ergonomically correct chair; active and passive. The difference between the two, simply put, is that passive is usually not adjustable, but built into the frame of the chair, while active is a standalone lumbar support that can be adjusted in a multitude of ways. While most would be quick to judge and assume active lumbar support is the way to go, this is not necessarily true. Passive lumbar can achieve the same amount of support as fully active if the chair has other ergonomic elements built in to adjust the chair such as a ratchet back or seat slider, for example. However, if these elements are not present, then an active lumbar support is the winner.
Adjust-ability is important when talking about lumbar, speaking in terms of an active support. While adjust-ability up and down is crucial because you can fit it to where your lumbar is, adjust-ability in and out is just as important, in that it regulates the pressure applied to your lumbar; the support strength, if you will. Four-way adjust-ability allows for the user to customize their office chair's lumbar support for their personal needs. Usually, four-way lumbar is a premium feature, but not one that should be overlooked.
Adjust-ability in passive lumbar support is rare, being as it is built into the frame of a chair, but certain office chairs incorporating passive support also include a seat slider and ratchet back, to allow for adjust-ability. Depending on your back problems, and on the amount of time you sit in your chair during the day, the support needed is a personal issue. Most chairs have built in passive lumbar, but if you feel stress on your back with that format, then try an active support for a while, or vice versa.