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JENSHAINES Posts: 9,271
5/18/13 10:38 A

Thanks so much, Sheryl. I guess my next stage is research to a place I can go and try various chairs.

And that's why I sit so straight, too - much more comfortable!

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,361
5/18/13 10:24 A

I've had back surgery for 2 herniated discs
An ergonomic desk chair is a definite plus...sitting for a desk job is very hard on the back. The support these chairs give you really helps. But there is no one chair for everyone. You have to try and fit the one best suited for your height, weight, and back. The only way to do that is to sit in them and feel if they give you the support you need where you need it.
And I did not slouch in my back would not allow it (too painful)...the chair helped me sit straighter.

I would also recommend buying an inflatable back pillow for traveling. They weigh next to nothing and pack nicely...and when you go somewhere, they are easy to use. (theater, car, transportation...). You simply inflate it just far enough to give you the support you need.

good luck..speedy recovery

JENSHAINES Posts: 9,271
5/18/13 9:55 A

Archimedes - thank you for the advice - it's greatly appreciated! I actually sit ramrod straight, and I'm in PT for the back and do PT and strength training daily. I also DO sit on a stability ball when supervised, but am not cleared to do that alone yet. I had both an IT band and sciatic nerve injury and am still healing from that. I should have mentioned that in my original post - my apologies!

CM - I am my employer. ;-) It's a good place to be, but again, that's part of why I want to keep costs down. I'll look for a place in our area, our office supply places tend to be big box stores and not very helpful in terms of selection. I may have to look the next time I'm in Chicago or Toronto. Thanks so much for the help! Again, greatly appreciated!

- Jen

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
5/18/13 7:56 A

will your employer pay for an assessment?
It could be that both your chair and your desk height need adjustment, height-wise.

Definitely look for a chair with good lumbar support, and a great deal of adjustable things.
If you can - go to a place that sells them, and find a knowledgeable staff who will let you try and show you how to adjust them.

I only had a few options, based on where I live, so I'm not convinced I've gotten the BEST I could; but it most certainly is better than the barely-adjustable one I had previously.

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5/18/13 6:06 A

Hey, Jen ! You may not need a chair. You may just need to be more conscious of your posture while you sit.

I see this all the time. I've worked in computers for years. So, I see how people sit and regularly slouch at their desks. Some people do use a stability ball as a chair because it forces them to sit up tall. Stability balls lack good lumbar support. So, I wouldn't want you to sit on one at a desk all day. However, I am going to encourage you to buy one to use at home. Sit on one for 5-10 minutes a day in order to learn how to sit up straight.

How do you sit at your desk now ? If you're slouching, you're going to have to learn up sit up. shoulders over your hips. your spine in neutral position. pull your shoulders back and open up your chest. If you can improve your posture while sitting, you'll save yourself money on that chair.

I'll be honest, I do see people spending lots of money on those ergonomic chairs and what do they do ? They slouch in it. Try to be more conscious of sitting up nice and tall. Remember how your mom told you not to slouch ? Okay, listen to mom because she was right. People need to stop slouching when they sit.

Another thing I'm going to recommend is that you engage in some strength training. do you do any ST now ? If not, time to start. Increasing lean muscle in your back will not only improve your posture, it will help reduce any back aches you have. Many back problems can be traced back to poor posture as well as lack as lean muscle. I found that when I started strength training, my posture improved too.

So, think about adding some strength training to your exercise routine. And consider getting a stability ball to practice sitting up straight. like I said, 5-10 minutes of sitting on a ball a day 4-5 times a week is fine. Once you learn to sit up straight, you won't need to sit on the ball.

JENSHAINES Posts: 9,271
5/18/13 5:46 A

Thanks, Knuckles - I've thought of that. The problem for me now is that, due to an earlier injury, I'm supposed to keep my hips really, really stable, and I don't think a balance ball would be the best choice right now. I appreciate the suggestion, though!

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,083
5/18/13 5:30 A

I use a huge balance ball as my desk chair. don't think it would work for what you are looking for though

JENSHAINES Posts: 9,271
5/18/13 5:25 A

Hi Everyone,
I sit on and off throughout my day, and the bulk of my work takes place sitting in my desk chair. It's not giving me the support I need and my knees are hurting. Does anyone have a recommendation for a solid-support, ergonomic desk chair that's not off the charts in terms of price? I'd be VERY grateful!!!

- Jen emoticon

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