I had the worst back pain and stress levels at work until I bought an ergonomic office chair at beverlyhillschairs.com. Before I had tried everything from yoga balls to a standing desk but nothing has proven as effective as an ergonomic office chair. Although they might be a little pricey, Beverly Hills chairs offered them at the lowest prices I could find.
The wheelchair does have about a 2 inch pad for the seat, and I use it with the foot rests, which takes the pressure off of my lower back. The back rest pressure is just below my waist, and above the major metal hardware in my spine. Frankly, the most comfortable position is lying down with my back tilted on a pillow so I'm not lying flat.
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SANDYJAS - that chair wouldn't be any good for me - you can't adjust the height at the back and it doesn't have a lumbar support. When I was trialed for supports for in my car (Bum support and Back support) I was given a firm Bum one to sit on - I couldn't even last more than a couple minutes without having to get off it. The PAIN it caused. I had a few to trial and had to put them in order of preference, and write comments about how I found each one. That hard one was way at the bottom of the list with nothing good to say and a lot of bad. I ended up being provided with Obus Forme bum and back supports.
When our Accident Compensation was buying a chair for me, I was told to go and try a variety to see what fitted me best. I did this. Some shops told me that "this chair" is recommended for your type of pain but they were often very uncomfortable for me. I tried a few and found one that is ideal for me. My suggestion is that the part you sit on NEEDS to be fitted to you. Not too short from front to back, but not too long, either. When you sit on it, your tush needs to be at the back of the seat; the front of the seat should be long enough that it is not too far short of the crook of your knee. It also needs to be wide enough that you aren't overlapping the sides. The back needs to be adjustable height with a lumbar support so that the support fits into the right place on YOU. The back should be slightly curved so fit in with the contour of your back, side-to-side. The chair itself needs to be adjustable height so that your knees are at right-angles when your feet are on the floor OR on a foot raiser. Make sure that there is a reasonable amount of padding in the seat and back - a lot, particularly the cheap ones, have very little.
After another accident, an OT came to me and amongst other things, checked my chair and that I had it adjusted properly for me, AND that I was sitting in it properly!
Good luck with your quest! Let us know how you get on.
Have any of you switched your office chair and found relief from severe low back pain? I have SI joint dysfunction and pars defect in L5 and have a hard time sitting at work. Are these expensive chairs worth it?
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