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what are you sitting on?

got inspired by the 'what are you sleeping on' thread.

my back is killing me lately and I know it's from bad posture, especially behind my computer (i.e. 8h a day minimum).
I'm not interested in tips about exercises, back schools or the lot, I just would like to know what all you people in the same computer/office ridden lifestyle are sitting on and if it's any good. I'm up for investing in a chair that will save my back, but am kind of lost amidst the orthopedic seating options galore.

So, what are u sitting on? Is it increasing your quality of life? if so, any tips on finding it in the Zürich area are very welcome too.

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Old 04.10.2007, 15:55
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Re: what are you sitting on?

This old thread may interest you: Where can I buy expensive office chairs?
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Old 04.10.2007, 16:03
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Re: what are you sitting on?

Honestly, if you're aren't sitting with correct posture, stretching or getting up every 20 minutes or so to move around the best chair in the world isn't going to help you.

But I know you didn't want to hear that so I'll shut up now.

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got inspired by the 'what are you sleeping on' thread.

my back is killing me lately and I know it's from bad posture, especially behind my computer (i.e. 8h a day minimum).
I'm not interested in tips about exercises, back schools or the lot, I just would like to know what all you people in the same computer/office ridden lifestyle are sitting on and if it's any good. I'm up for investing in a chair that will save my back, but am kind of lost amidst the orthopedic seating options galore.

So, what are u sitting on? Is it increasing your quality of life? if so, any tips on finding it in the Zürich area are very welcome too.

cheers!
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Re: what are you sitting on?

Daily do 9 hours in the Zurich office on a Giroflex and 8 hours in my other office on a Sitag. My preference is for the Sitag.
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Honestly, if you're aren't sitting with correct posture, stretching or getting up every 20 minutes or so to move around the best chair in the world isn't going to help you.

But I know you didn't want to hear that so I'll shut up now.
The best chair in the world actually helps make sure your posture is right and then you do not need to be getting up every 20 minutes or so to move around and therefore it quickly repays the large investment...
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Re: what are you sitting on?

Which in the case of my ball, was not very much...

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Old 04.10.2007, 16:23
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Re: what are you sitting on?

I was going to mention the metrosexual character of those sitting balls, but between this and the Mandarina Duck thread, I think the point is taken...
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If you have met me, I think you will be in no doubts as to my orientation.

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I was going to mention the metrosexual character of those sitting balls, but between this and the Mandarina Duck thread, I think the point is taken...
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Re: what are you sitting on?

A friend of mine who works from home as a web designer had the exact same problem with posture, hunched shoulders, back pains etc. He invested in a product which is basically little support struts that go under the corner of the monitor to elevate it to a point where you no longer round your back to look at it...I'll try and find where he told me about it one sec...

brb...

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I'm wondering if anyone makes any changes to everyday habits to prevent imbalances, such as selection of chairs (lumbar spine support), eye level monitors to prevent hunching, (for those who work in offices) and changes to sleeping habits, such as lying on the side (on the arms) to prevent long term stretch resulting in imbalance.

My shoulders were hammered as most are aware, but I found sleeping on my back (as opposed to the side) was beneficial in bringing my shoulders back, alongside the wall shoulder girdle stretch and general pulling movements.

I invensted in a 3M monitor stand, since I sit at a desk 9 hours per day. I originally had my monitor on my desk, but I realised I was looking down at it forcing kyphosis. Raising the monitor by a mere inch seemed un-natural so I increased the height of the stand by 2 inches every 2 weeks with the introduction of an added peice of interlocking leg to each of the four corners. Each increase in height was very uncomfortable, though I've used up all three legs now and the monitor is at a level that seemed totally insane previously. It was like looking at the sky, but now it seems natural and my monitor without the stand would be impossible to work with...


http://www.twinsupply.com/proddetail.asp?prod=MMMMS80B


Are there any concious decisions you make to avoid un-necessary stress / stretching?

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Re: what are you sitting on?

I dunno, Richard. How's about you buy me a fancy chair and I'll let you know if it really makes a difference.

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Re: what are you sitting on?

I have added a couple of commas to aid comprehension...

How did you correct your spelling of "by" without the edit being visible ? We should be told.

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you by me , a fancy chair, and I'll let you know if it really makes a difference.
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Re: what are you sitting on?

On eof the problems is that if you are an employee or work at client sites, you have little control over the quality of chairs, monitors or other facilities. As a consultant you are likely to work long hours with few breaks, which can exacerbate the problem.

I agree its worth spending money on good chairs, but the bean-counters are in charge of procurement...

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Re: what are you sitting on?

In which case, plenty of external rotations (cuban or otherwise), hyperextensions and sub occipital stretches will help to minimise the problematic impact of such scenarios
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I'm perched on one of these...
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Re: what are you sitting on?

lunchtime swimming does the trick. Which is just as well, as I cant begin to understand what a sub occipital stretch is.

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In which case, plenty of external rotations (cuban or otherwise), hyperextensions and sub occipital stretches will help to minimise the problematic impact of such scenarios
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If you have met me, I think you will be in no doubts as to my orientation.

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Dave, I haven't met you & therefore reserve the right to have doubts regards your inclinations ...
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Cool. Where can I get one ? Ideal for spinning around the office workstation an impromptu guitar sessions. Of course the dont take up so much space in the office as the Dr.No chairs either...

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lunchtime swimming does the trick. Which is just as well, as I cant begin to understand what a sub occipital stretch is.

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Quite literally, a pain in the neck

http://bedfordchiro.ca/articles/Neck%20Exercises.htm

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lunchtime swimming does the trick. Which is just as well, as I cant begin to understand what a sub occipital stretch is.

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ok, you've gained some credibility with this one: no lunchtime swimmer could be metrosexual.

lunchtime swimmers of the world unite!

my colleague has a swopper and I've always looked at it quite warily, but maybe I should give it a try while he's on vacation. tx for the tip!
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I dunno, Richard. How's about you buy me a fancy chair and I'll let you know if it really makes a difference.
At least that would be one way to look deeply into those feline eyes Sorry going for another cold shower.
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