In essence, an ‘ergonomic chair’ is a chair that fits you:
There are many variations of these factors, which is why there are so many different types of chair!
In our opinion, whilst a ‘good’ ergonomic chair should promote variation in postures and movement, it doesn’t always run true that every chair should do this. Some people suffer from vertigo and find that movement in a chair can cause problems. An ‘ergonomic’ chair for them may be something that is completely static! Some people have prosthetic limbs and needs a static posture to prevent pressure pain or rubbing. Some people may need a bariatric chair that is static to support them without fear of imbalance.
So if you are out there looking for a chair to help with back pain, or a petit chair because “all of the other chairs are too big”, we would advise you to seek advice! The world of ergonomic chairs is vast. There will be a chair out there to suit you, it is just a matter of getting the best advice you can to make sure it is right for you.
You may find some of the articles on this site helpful in your search, but we would always advise speaking to someone in person.