There are many benefits of owning a gaming chair. The first primary function is to support a neutral upright sitting posture for long periods of time. The second primary function is to offer mobility to the user while sitting in a stationary position. Finally the third primary function is for the cushioning of the lumbar spine. In this article I will discuss how to set up a gaming chair so that these benefits can be fully realized.
The main purpose of the gaming chair is to support the spine while you are sitting in one place for long periods of time. The legs should be positioned either side of the hips for the most comfortable and relaxed position. The seat height should be comfortable enough so that you can comfortably rest your elbows on the upholstery of the chairs. This is especially true for those of us with lower back problems or if we tend to slouch a lot while at work or home. We want our hips to be at a comfortable angle for optimal blood flow, so it is very important to get the right angle.
The third function is for the support of the lower back, which is prone to poor posture while sitting at a desk or computer for long hours. To relieve muscle strain the weight distribution should be even across both hips. You may find that one side of your legs feels better than the other, that is okay as long as the weight distribution is even across the hips.
The fourth and final benefit is the lumbar support. The base of the gaming chair should be about waist level with the backrest of the chair slightly higher than the hips. The legs should be at a 90 degree angle when you are sitting on the chair. The headrest should be positioned so that the bottom of the user’s nose is above the center of the backrest of the chair. The lumbar support should be about three to four inches lower than the hips to provide good lumbar alignment.
When you sit down in a gaming chair you should not have the weight centered over your lap. You should allow about a quarter to half inch of room for your thighs to stretch out and relax. If you sit with your knees straight and your back straight you will stretch your lower spine out and lengthen your spine. The added length will help to relieve any bad sitting posture and correct a number of poor sitting postures such as slouching, which is common in office chairs.
The fifth benefit is to make sure that your feet are planted firmly on the floor. People who spend most of their time in front of a computer monitor with their feet planted in front of a desk are those who will suffer from neck pain the most. It is much more comfortable to sit in a chair with your feet planted firmly on the ground. You will find that you have better posture and it is easier for you to stay in the proper position without straining your neck or back.