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ask: Has anyone tried BackJoy Back support seat to help with posture and back pain?

By Barbsplace
 
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Lately, I've sat at my computer more than usual (3 hrs. at a time) and I've developed low back pain for which I've been wearing a support wrap... but now I'm having stomach discomfort, I think from wearing the wrap. I just ordered BackJoy which is a small thingy you sit on... it costs a fortune, so I hope it works. Has anyone tried it? My hubby insists my main problem is lack of exercise, and he's probably right... but I haven't felt up to doing much of anything physical.

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Barbsplace

I got the BackJoy seat today, and so far, I like it... I sit more in a forward position and my back feels okay. I will say, however,
that the seat is rather small... I'm a size 10 and don't have a "huge" backside, but I think "one size does not fit all" in this case.

February 10, 2010 - 1:54pm
Alison Beaver

I have not used this, and just read that it is supposed to help you with your posture and proper sitting. I noticed it sells for about $50, which does not seem unreasonable.

My husband sits at his computer most of the day and into the evening, and just bought a Herman Miller ergonomic chair ($800), and it is worth every penny (talk about a small fortune!)

A few other ideas for you:
- Have you had your workspace evaluated by an ergonomic specialist? Sure, we all need to exercise more (as your husband said), but there are real and serious/chronic injuries that can occur overtime if using a computer that is not ergonomically correct for you personally. This includes everything from the height of your computer monitor, how your neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, back, legs and feet are aligned with the monitor, keyboard, chair, desk and floor.
- Foot stools can also provide relief for lower back pain when sitting at the computer for long hours at a time

If it is not feasible for an ergonomic specialist to evalute your workspace, you can do it yourself, using these sites:
- OSHA Ergonomic Solutions
- CDC Ergonomic Workstations
- NY State University: Ergonomic Workstation Guidelines

Many larger companies provide ergonomic workstations, because enough research has been conducted that shows a link between some common repetitive use injuries to workstation, and it is much cheaper to prevent these injuries (that start out as soreness or pain) than to treat an actual injury.

Of course, there are many companies selling their ergonomic products, and depending on the amount of your disposable income to buy all of these "needed" products, versus evaluate your workspace and make necessary adjustments, is your call. Some products are legit and needed; others may not be.

I am interested to hear if anyone has used the BackJoy product, and I am also interested to hear if you have evaluated your entire workspace (OSHA link has a picture of the ideal posture and measurements), so that you can eliminate other possible causes of back pain. Your back pain may not be derived from your chair, as it could be another part of your workstation causing backpain (neck tense or leaning forward, feet not touching floor, etc.).

Good luck, and let us know what you learn, and if you make any ergonomic adjustments! I think it is well worth it!

February 2, 2010 - 2:11pm
Barbsplace (reply to Alison Beaver)

I sincerely appreciate your prompt response and will follow some of your suggestions!! Thank you. The BackJoy seemed like a good idea, altho it was not a wise decision to have my hubby order it as a Valentine gift... He was bombarded with sales pitches and found the least expensive version of this product cost $150 (S/H included). Apparently it's quite hard and uncomfortable unless you get the higher quality, softer model. Meanwhile, I will try the $10 test product for 30 days... then if approved, they charge his card. He didn't like their attitude which he can blame on me... LOL!! I must admit, I've had my share of credit card scams and was afraid of ordering on line. I have an interesting story to tell the group at a later time. Again, many thanks for the good advice!! I'll keep you all posted!

February 2, 2010 - 4:59pm
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