We bought a few office chairs recently for our house. Almost every family member, other than our toddler, uses office chairs when doing homework or paperwork at home, sitting at different table heights, and for a different period of time. When we were searching for new office chairs we ended up buying a few, and also picking up a few at a garage sale. Some of the chairs we got ended up not particular comfortable for our needs. This week I received a Soft&Care Seat Cushion Orthopedic Memory Foam and Lumbar Support Pillow, and tried it on a few chairs in our house to check if the seating experience can be improved. Check out my blog post to see what I have found.
There are several points that need to be taken into account when getting a new office chair. I used to try to find the most ergonomic option I could find for myself, and my old chair was a state of the art model, though purchased used, it worked so well for me to ensure that I didn’t have any back issues or posture problems on top of what I already had anyway. When I bought my old chair, I trusted the model, the way it looked, and I seriously needed it. There was a period in my life when I didn’t use a good chair, and the height of the chair I used was incorrect, so much so that I ended up suffering from a lot of neck problems, and had to use physiotherapy for a few months to get me to be feeling normal again. Once I adjusted the way I sat, and started using a proper chair, everything normalized, so I have learned on my own experience how important it is to have a good ergonomic position when you are typing something for hours on end. If you are not comfortable when typing, you will start suffering, and your healthcare costs will definitely mount.
So, as a resume, try not to spare money on your chair, and get something comfortable for yourself if you can.
This is so true in theory.
But what is the reality? The reality is that when you go to a store that sells office chairs, you may end up being attracted to only those chairs that say that they are for sitting on them no more than 2-3 hours. Or, worse yet, you may pick up a few chairs at a garage sale like we did without actually knowing anything about their comfort level, how long they are supposed to be used, and whether they are even ergonomic at all. We figured since someone already used them, they couldn’t be that bad, right?
So, then what is a way to still stay within budget, buy the chairs that you like, and that will work with your home decor, and still not end up suffering from never ending back pain? What to you do if you actually have to use your kitchen chair for your office chair for a while, and how can you fix or deal with the already existing back problems that you suffer from?
I have been testing Soft&Care Seat Cushion Orthopedic Memory Foam and Lumbar Support Pillow on the chairs that we are still using at home, but that are not perfectly ergonomic and make sitting on them uncomfortable. The existing back discomfort is substantially improved from sitting on a cushion, and leaning on the back pillow instead of our usual heavy wires of the kitchen chair we use in one of our rooms.
Here is what I like about this product:
- the cushions stay secured in place without constantly falling off or slipping. The lumbar support pillow stays in place due to elastic straps at the back. The seat cushion has a non-slip rubber bottom and helps it stay in place.
- the comfort level is amazing from both the seat cushion and the lumbar support pillow. They are so soft, and it feels like you are sitting on a cloud. Helps to relieve the stress of working in your office chair for hours.
- the back pain is improved and really makes a difference. These Soft&Care Seat Cushion Orthopedic Memory Foam and Lumbar Support Pillow remind me why memory foam products are so popular these days for people suffering from back discomfort.
- the products are so easy to clean – they come with a velour zippered cover that can be easily removed and washed.
I have used a similar cushion seat before made by a different company. This seems like an improved product since it is actually a set of two here – so you just need one purchase of this one product getting both a lumbar support pillow and a seat cushion, instead of making two purchases, or getting one product or the other.
Great that this product can be purchased on Amazon here – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01I76ELYO
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