Human factors and ergonomics
Nature did not design the human body to sit still for long hours every day at work stations. We need movement, support and variation to work well.
Balanced Movement - with centre tilt
HÅG’s ergonomic philosophy is based on an understanding of the human body and its need to be in motion. That’s why the core of our chairs is the unique BalancedMovementMechanism™ that keeps you in balanced motion and encourages you to move your whole body without even thinking about it.
As balance is the best starting point for movement, our chairs have a centrally placed tilting point to keep you in balance and continuous motion.
The seat and backrest are linked together, which means that the seat front rises when you lean backwards, stimulating movement in the ankles, and lowers when you lean forward to work. These micromovements keep you alert and animated all day long.
This unique feature is something we call FootControlledMovement ™.
Our unique seating mechanism keeps the person sitting on a HÅG chair actively balancing and not just in suspended balance.
The chair follows the movement of your body whenever you move forwards and backwards and this, in turn, stimulates micro movements in your feet. This activates the circulation systems in your lower legs - the peripheral heart in the calf muscles - increasing your blood circulation like no other task chair does.
It keeps you feeling energized, fills you with well-being and lets you concentrate on your work.
Read more about HÅG balanced sitting concept
Designed for human performance
The human body is a miracle and with the right tools, it can achieve wonderful things.
All our chairs take into account the human body’s need to move and maintain an upright posture so that you breathe better. Our chairs are tools, crafted to keep you feeling at your best. In other words, they encourage active sitting and increase performance at work.
Getting good results
Our ergonomic philosophy is inspired by the human body - and based on the importance of movement, support and maintaining correct posture. An upright posture opens up the body, improves breathing and increases blood circulation while movements stimulate the muscles. This combination increases the flow of oxygen in your body, sharpening your focus and increasing your performance.
This philosophy is embodied in our 2PP or the Two-Point Principle. Each chair has two unique points placed near the pivotal points on the body - the hips and knees. The chair follows your natural movements and your feet always remain on the floor. Our lumbar support gives you constant support to help you feel and work better. Quite simply, our chairs are the right tools for the task.
Well-being and comfort
The ergonomic philosophy of RBM centers around the canteen and conference segment - that is, chairs and tables. Having good ergonomics is one of our differentiating factors and it is not something we compromise on. RBM products are comfortable to sit in, give support and a sense of well-being and help the people who use the furniture in canteen and conference settings remain attentive.
Important ergonomic aspects of RBM furniture:
Rounded shapes support and fit the body
Flexibility of materials
Easy to lift and stack
The shapes and contact surfaces are supportive and comfortable and suit most people who use our products. Our furniture delivers the best comfort in its segment.
The flexibility of our products can be found in the flexibility of the materials we use - e.g. in the backrest that lets you lean backwards.
Easy to handle
Our smart solutions mean that the furniture is easy to stack, handle and clean.
Ergonomics puts people at the centre. But what does this mean for the development of an ergonomic office chair? In other words, how do we embed ergonomics in the products at BMA Ergonomics? To understand where the Ergonomics part of BMA originates from, we need to journey back in time. BMA Ergonomics started in 1988 as Biomechanisch Adviesbureau. Eventually, after a couple of years, it became obvious to us that there were very few good ergonomic office chairs on the market. The decision to start manufacturing our own was easily made! And that’s exactly what we did. The transition from consultancy to developer / manufacturer was a fact!
Biomechanics involves the physiological system (the blood flow in muscles) and the mechanics (the forces which are exerted on the muscles and the skeleton). Through biomechanics we get valuable insight into the resilience of the human postural and musculoskeletal system. Therefore, we also know that the human body is not made for continuous static load.
Let’s try a little experiment: Hold out your arms straight in front of you. You won’t be able to hold this much longer than two or three minutes. Then it will start to hurt. Through the tightening of the muscle, the blood flow is no longer optimal. There is now fresh blood to supply oxygen to your muscles. Waste substances are no longer removed and remain in the muscle tissue. This leads to overacidification of the muscle, which leads to a cramp like pain. This in itself is not so bad. Once you move your arm the pain will disappear. But that’s exactly what is not happening when work in front of a computer. We don’t move enough, remain in a static position and ignore the developing pain. In the long run this leads to general lack of motion. We are trying to protect ourselves from the pain by not moving. Thus, we are doing exactly the opposite of what is good for us.
Working in a static posture and lack of exercise lead to insufficient blood flow and nutrition of our muscles. This may lead to chronic pain in the lower back or neck and shoulder area or can cause hernias or osteoarthritis. Precisely these complaints are the main causes of absenteeism at work. The majority of those problems can be avoided or solved through more movement at the workplace and the use of ergonomic furniture.