The Benefits of Using a Footrest



A footrest may not seem like a primary ergonomic accessory, but it does provide significant ergonomic benefit. An ergonomic footrest can ease leg problems and lessen lower back issues. And back problems are one of the main reasons for lost productivity in the workplace, so a footrest should be included in your budget for an ergonomic workstation.

Posture
Your hips should be slightly higher than your knees. Don’t keep your feet flat on the floor but move them around often. Use a footrest if there is pressure on the back of the legs or if the feet are not resting on the floor. The footrest should be adjustable and should support the entire foot.

Movement Improves Circulation
Rocking footrests or footrests with built-in massage balls promote movement, which can help increase circulation problems that result from long periods of inactivity such as blood clots. You should change your position as frequently as possible by adjusting your hips, moving your feet, lifting your arms and just slightly altering your posture continuously during your work day. You should also take frequent breaks ? say for 10 minutes every hour - and have a good stretch.

Position of Feet
Feet should never dangle, unsupported from the floor or a footrest. A footrest is a good idea for shorter people and can be used to support some leg weight.

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