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Why real men (and women) do use footrests

Laboratory footrestAre you one of those people who, when the word footrest is mentioned, recoils at the mental image of an elderly person sitting with a tartan blanket over their legs? Well, that’s definitely not the sort of footrest we’re talking about here.

Footrests are an essential part of your office, industrial or laboratory workstation equipment. If you’re sitting working at a desk or a work bench, it’s vital you sit properly. Sitting with your legs crossed or slouching in your chair might seem comfortable and look laid-back, but your body won’t thank you for it – even in the short-term.

It’s not just your back that needs support. If your feet don’t sit flat on the floor when you’re sitting in the correct position, you need a footrest. This will help your circulation and reduce the strain on your lower back, hips and legs.

Footrests are regularly used by those sitting at desks, but their other applications are often forgotten or ignored. Many people spend their working days sitting on higher chairs or even stools, e.g. architects or designers sitting at large drawing boards, or staff in laboratories or in industrial settings working at benches. Dedicated, adjustable high level footrests have dual height features and a push button control. Made from heavy duty solid steel, they are custom-made for the toughest laboratory or industrial applications and will keep you sitting comfortably while you work.

Back pain is the third most common cause of long term sick leave in the UK. Back, neck and muscle pain (musculoskeletal) costs the economy around 30 million days in sick leave each year.

We go to the gym to keep fit, watch our diets and assiduously eat our five a day; we don’t walk out in front of moving cars, so why do we take unnecessary risks when we’re at work?

We’re used to people’s eyes rolling or glazing over in boredom when we bang on about posture and correct seating. But while you might be rolling your eyes today, you could be groaning in pain tomorrow and these are stresses and strains that can easily be avoided and a good supportive footrest is a must – wherever you work!

NB. Tartan blankets are not provided.

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