Most people never think about safety, when sitting in an ergonomic chair. However, safety is an important area to consider, because of the risks inherent in movement. If you're moving incorrectly, this may cause an injury to your skeletal joints, or the ergonomic chair itself may not be safe for movement.

The most important safety issue to remember, when sitting in an ergonomic chair; is the chair is never secure on the floor. The chair is fitted with casters, which means the chair will roll, when transferring out of the chair. There is a danger of falls without locking castors, when getting out of an ergonomic chair.

Locking castors are available on my website for all chairs, which will be discussed in another article. The ergonomic chair is not only unsafe, because of casters that don't lock; but the seat can also move with a swivel device. This presents another danger, as there needs to be a locking device for securing the seat, before transferring out of the chair.

Most people use the chair armrests for getting out of the ergonomic chair. The danger here is that the chair will move backwards and you will end up on the floor, without locking castors. If you are in the category of Big or Tall, then you are going to be in even more trouble trying to get up from the floor.
There is a safer way to get off the floor by yourself, but you need to be aware of the safety issues, before purchasing an ergonomic chair.

To get up out of an ergonomic chair, without using the armrests is better; because it will encourage safer movements, increase your balance mechanism and help increase your tolerance for easier movements in your body:

• You first need to come forward towards the front of the seat, by moving each pelvic bone forward, until you are near the front of your seat. Make sure that your feet are firmly placed on the floor, back behind the position of your knees. If you can raise your seat higher even better, for ease of getting out.

• Now lean forward from the hips and clasp both hands in front of you, stretching them out.

Your body weight should now be forward, so that as you continue to lean forward more, your buttocks will rise out of the seat and you can straighten your legs, until you are in a standing position.

• If you are still having difficulty getting out of the chair, using with this method. Try using a rocking action that will roll your body forward, until you are able to stand up out of the chair. It will take a lot of patience and work, but you need to be able to do this in other transfer activities such as getting out of bed and off the toilet. So do try practicing this, as it will help your movements become easier.

Transferring safely from an ergonomic chair is an important concern for safe functional transfer activity. This is because the ergonomic chair is not stable, due to the casters fitted to the chair and also the swivel action of the seat, makes for unsafe sitting stability.

Learning to stand independently of the chair is important without using the armrests, particularly when you are in the Big and Tall category; because you have the potential to fall by putting too much weight on the armrests for safe transfers. Transferring out from an ergonomic chair should be a dynamic transfer movement to improve your overall balance mechanism; which will facilitate further active movements in your body which will respond to in a purposeful manner.

Safety is an important issue to consider in an ergonomic chair, when movement occurs in performing productive activities. If the chair has moving part, without locking mechanism there are potential danger in falls or other injuries.

Author's Bio: 

The author, Gail McGonigal is a qualified Occupational Therapist, with a Master's degree in Health Promotion. Gail has had experience of back pain from a painful postural scoliosis in her spine. Gail is a baby boomer, who has cured her own back deformity. She wants to help your back pain through her company called Active Living Solutions Ltd. http://www.activelivingsolutions.net. Her focus is not disability, but purposeful activity with comfortable and safe ergonomic daily living products that improve quality in living. Gail wants to show you how she overcame her back problems, using purposeful activity for improving her quality of life. Gail uses her professional knowledge, expertise and guidance, through comfortable and ergonomic daily living products for helping you.

Gail is starting out by selling strong and secure ergonomic chairs for mainly Big and Tall people http://www.activelivingsolutions.net/big-and-tall-chairs.html to improve their safety and quality of lives, leading towards better health. Gail is offering a free "Therapeutic Active Living Plan" with each chair, so that inactive people will learn to gradually increase their functional activity without pain and misery. Her plan provides a therapeutic approach, for improving quality of life.