Dr Brock Walker has helped develop ergonomic seating technology for winning Indy 500 racers, NASA and our own designs from Herman Miller. The way he describes the body’s movements is refreshingly simple: it’s basically an interconnected series of levers and pulleys. It’s the perfect in-sync communication between the parts of your body that control all movement. This chain of events takes place even when you’re sitting and your body is adjusting and moving in small ways you may not notice if you’re concentrating on your play. When all of the muscles and connections are engaged, you can redistribute energy from your feet to your head in an Anatomical Loop™. Your own personal “Loop” allows your body to react and perform at a high and healthy level, so you can showcase your talent while you play. When they're not connected and acting separately, they're weaker.
Gaming chairs that are not engineered for a supported ergonomic posture sever the connection between our upper and lower body. When you slouch in these chairs, the Anatomical Loop™ connection is disengaged at the pelvis, in a sense, “powering down” your own momentum and performance. You have to sit upright with an S-shaped posture, with your feet on the floor, head forward, to increase energy from your toes to your brain.
“What we’re really trying to do, and why this will help gamers, is we want to design a way to increase the human performance, and the strength and the endurance and the reaction time of the gamer. And we want to do it without getting in the way. That's a big deal. Because most of the solutions that people have, get in the way of how your body wants to perform,” says Dr Brock Walker.
Ergonomic gaming gear supports and activates your posture, puts you in a prime position to unlock your Loop, and helps guard against long-term health effects like “gamer's neck” or disc herniation – a risk if you’re unconsciously craning your neck one way or another or leaning in to view your monitor for extended periods of play without the support of your spine.