A Nottingham Trent University student recently unveiled an office chair that deters office workers from slouching, focusing on improving their overall health and wellbeing.
The Anti-Slouching Chair
MA Product Design student Meining Jang, 23, made “The Mroo” to help desk-bound workers better their posture and circulation.
The foundation of the chair is its seat base, which is set on a curved axis to permit hip movement of up to 25 degrees and replicates the movement of walking.
The Mroo also offers a forward tilt that improves posture and decreases pressure on the lower back, which is said to help elevate a person’s confidence and mood.
“Research shows that an unhealthy posture caused by prolonged sitting can cause lower back problems, and chronic pain can cause negative feelings such as nervousness, irritability and disappointment,” says Meining, who’s studying in the university’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.
According to Meining, an unhealthy posture can manifest in a way that negatively affects a person’s quality of life. She adds that when people sit for eight hours a day (which isn’t recommended) they need to feel comfortable, and their office furnishings can play a role in contributing to their wellbeing.
An office is generally considered a hazard-free work zone, but research supports that musculoskeletal disorders are a real health risk in this environment.
What This Means
According to Meining, a well-constructed chair, like The Mroo, can help relieve the pain linked to these problems, reduce spinal stress, increase working productivity, and improve psychological health.
Meining’s chair will be featured in a showcase of work from postgraduate design students from the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.