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    My point was, anything that is hyped, or not, can be crap in someone's eyes. Even books.
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    Yep I know, like most products... You have to sift through the crap to get to the gold..

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    Most importatly. Sit with your feet, both of them, on the ground (flat if possible) - it will be uncomfortable until you are used to it - a lot of back pain is caused by sliding 1 leg under you while you sit

    You will want lower back support, if your chair back is straight, try a small pillow or towel folded

    See a chiropractor, he may give you alternate advice to what the doctors have suggested and at less than half the price
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    Quote Originally Posted by JunkMale View Post
    Companys use science to market products all the time. DO you really believe that anti-age wrinle creams work? That your shampoo can nourish your hair? Ergonomic chairs cure back problems?
    I dunno, but I do know that even the first day I started this job I HATED this chair and had pretty big problems from the start. The chair ends right at my shoulderblades and just digs right into them. Whereas my slightly better chair at home is... slightly better. And my uncle has some fancy high-backed executive computer chair and I can sit at his house and screw around on his computer for hours... but he's rich and I would bet his chair cost a lot.

    I think, when you're right on the cusp, a decent chair can matter a lot. Whether ergonomic chairs specifically actually work, well... I don't buy into marketing hype, that's why I'm trying to get real opinions from real people, though I don't seem to run into anyone who ever actually tried one.

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    Have you tried any strength training? I think people tend to notice their posture improve and their aches and pains start to go away after a few weeks of strength training--particularly upper body and core training.

    I can't verify this with personal experience--no time for lifting these days ... But, I think this is a pretty tried and true mantra.
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    Wink over size ergonomic chairs

    Interesting discussion,
    XVSzero, there is a store called "Relax the back" almost everywhere in the country. Just check their website, relaxtheback.com. You can find ergonomicaly designed chairs for any height, up to 7'. Ergonomic chairs can surely solve a lot of back and neck problems, they are not limited to chairs, they also carry knee chairs, inversion tables, zero gravity chairs, lumbar supports and all sort of bed wedges.
    One more thing, you can try in these stores all sorts of massage chairs, including the latest "Sogno +", dreamwave massage chair.
    My experience is that you should take care of your spine now, wether you have back/neck pain or not

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    Ergonomic chairs are those huge chairs with adjustable armrests and backrests. These features are necessary for your health, as well as comfort. Changing the angle and height of the backs of these chairs will help your posture and prevent back aches. Lowering or raising the armrests will be a great relief later in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xvszero View Post
    I dunno, but I do know that even the first day I started this job I HATED this chair and had pretty big problems from the start. The chair ends right at my shoulderblades and just digs right into them. Whereas my slightly better chair at home is... slightly better. And my uncle has some fancy high-backed executive computer chair and I can sit at his house and screw around on his computer for hours... but he's rich and I would bet his chair cost a lot.

    I think, when you're right on the cusp, a decent chair can matter a lot. Whether ergonomic chairs specifically actually work, well... I don't buy into marketing hype, that's why I'm trying to get real opinions from real people, though I don't seem to run into anyone who ever actually tried one.

    The main points have been touched upon and these are simple and cheap.

    The problem with chairs are that they are often bought with no thought in mind of the desk that they are being used with.

    Arm rests, as any physiotherapist will tell you (like mine did) will tell you that these are a major cause of back problems. You should support your upper body by the spine and not in your arms by resting them on the arm rest.

    When your sat in your desk chair, if it is adjusted to your needs correctly so that you are sat with feet flat on the floor and the desk is unconfortable, then the issue is with your desk and not the chair.

    The main point I am making is that education is all it takes and if your back problems you feel are from your chair, you will be sorly mistaken, speak to a physiotherapist about it and you will find out what I am saying is spot on.

    For me, this is a open and shut case, if you read here : http://www.backpainexpert.co.uk/Physiotherapy.html : http://www.sydneyphysiotherapist.com...iotherapy.html : http://physio-net.com/reference/comm...s/backpain.htm are amongst the few top reults I got for physiotherapy for back problems and http://www.spine-health.com/wellness...duce-back-pain : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7568948.stm : http://www.cure-back-pain.org/bad-po...back-pain.html were found looking under posture for back problems

    You have a whole resource at your finger tips and the answer is in one the links and not a new desk chair.

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    Check out some of these chairs. The Berkshire Executive saved my back and my wallet at $200 compared to the Herman Miller $800 chairs. It's really worth it.

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