Rather than giving you a lengthy and detailed write-up on what ergonomics is I will just keep it very simple: Ergonomics is what can make work easier.
And if you’re talking about ergonomic furniture this means furniture that is designed so that every-day work such as working on a computer will be less strain full and less painful.
For me as a writer, switching my comfy yet old leather desk chair for a new ergonomic chair made a huge difference. (Comfortable doesn’t necessarily always mean its optimal for our health!). While I suffered from back pains previously those are now almost completely gone ever since I replaced my chair.
So what’s the difference between a modern ergonomic chair and a old one?
You can usually spot ergonomic furniture because it allows that you can adjust it in many different ways. As compared to a normal desk chair you’re able to adjust the back rest, you can tilt the chair and of course you can adjust it in height. And since you can adjust it however you want it means that it will promote and support a healthy seating position and you won’t have to bend or reach that often. And if you work long hours like I do a good ergonomic desk chair this will make a big difference!
In my opinion, a high quality ergonomic chair is more than worth it, nothing is more valuable than our health. Trying to save money by getting bargain office furniture doesn’t make a lot of sense!
You can read more about ergonomics and how it will be beneficial here on Wikipedia.