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3 of the Best Ergonomic Wobble & Sit Stand Work Stools

So if you have managed to click on this page, I am going to take an educated guess and say that you have some interest in purchasing an ergonomic sit stand stool and if that is the case, then I will also assume that you know what they are.

With that out of the way, I will make this post short, sweet and to the point, because I kind of have a habit of writing pretty long posts around 2000 words+ like my rundown of the best ergonomic office chairs for under $300.

If you are in a hurry then feel free to scroll down to the actual reviews and see what I think are the 3 best ergonomic sit stand stools.

However for those interested in the reasons behind this post, you can start here…

Very Quick Intro…

You may be wondering why I am even writing a post about such an obscure thing?

Well it is for the very reason that you have taken the time to search for the best sit stand stool you can find, that I am writing this post for you.

Here’s the deal:

Part of the reason behind Ergonomic Health is to get lots of information about various types of ergonomic products, information and research etc, all in one place that you find the thing you are after.

So to that end I have decided to take away all of the tedious research for you and just deliver the information to you in a nice, jargon free way.

I understand that ergonomics is a bit of an opaque subject, but as you know, it is too important to our overall health that it should not be overlooked.

Therefore Ergonomic Health tries to make things a bit easier to digest and help to get to what you want.

These wobble chairs are generally meant for the office and the reason one may consider purchasing this  item, is purely beuase if you are sitting behind a desk in front of a computer for long periods of time, chances are high you will alter your back shape resulting in an unwanted issues such as forward head posture or poor blood circulation.

Things To Look For When Considering An Ergo Sit Stand Work Stool

  • The best kind sit stand stool is adjustable.
    • They can fit many different body shapes and sizes, but also should bend to your relative position and afford a degree of flexibility.
  • Freedom to move around easily.
    • Quite similar to the adjustability point, but more specifically they should have a bit of a “bounce” that helps you to get up easily from it. They should take the weight of your body while still providing free movement.
  • It should make use of quality materials.
    • Most decent, long lasting and most importantly, ergonomically correct stools, will use high quality sit stand stools parts which ensure long life and make sure they remain firmly planted to the ground.

Ergonomic Sit Stand Stools: 3 Of The Best Wobble Chairs

Wobble Stool By Uncaged Ergonomics

For those of you that just want a sit stand stool that just works

The Wobble Stool is a good looking stool that ticks all the right boxes.

Its features include:

22-33 inch, incremental adjustments which can help to facilitate movement while sitting as well as a triangular saddle seat that has rounded edges for improved comfort.

However in my opinion, 2 of the best and unique features are its rounded base that lets the stool “move” with you, and its strong rubber base that helps it stick to the ground.

Positives include:

  • Compact and takes up little space.
  • Simple to adjust the elevation with the hydraulic raise post.
  • Simple to maneuver around… you can tilt it and change positions easily.
  • Easy assembly straight out of the box with very few parts to put together, (a big plus for someone like me who just wants to get things up and running!).
  • Helps to strengthen core and leg mobility by promoting good posture.
  • Wobble free thanks to its clever base, which also means that it stays in position.
Vestil CPRO

If cost is an issue but you don't want to compromise on quality

The Vestil CPRO is great compromise of quality and affordability.

Don’t let the word compromise put you off though because it really is a great chair.

Some positives are:

  • Portable; easy to take to and from your place of work, i.e. you can use it in your office and then take it back home to use it in your home.
  • Very quick to adjust the height and also very easy. No pinched fingers or having to bring out power tools just to get it to fit to you!
  • Ergonomically sound.
  • Can fold up for easy portability and storage

From reading through other peoples reviews and checking around the internet, it seems that this is a very popular sit stand stool for astronomers.

However it is very flexible and is suited to a wide range of environments.

Muvman Basic

Money is no object...I want only the best!

This is a very good ergo sit stand and work wobble stool for most any environment, excellent in fact.

You  might be wondering:

What do you actually get?

Well I am going to let Muvman do the talking because I don’t think I could put it any better:

“Featuring one of the most versatile pneumatic lifts in the category, a strong, supportive base, plus a bold design that’s not only stylish but practical, the Muvman stool is an exciting new active seating option.

…The plush microfiber seat isn’t just great looking, it adds friction to keep you secure on the seat while you lean forward. The front edge of the seat is flexible and adaptable. Other flat-front seats tend to impede the blood circulation behind the legs, but Muvman’s unique anti-pressure-point-design alleviates undue pressure. If you’re more used to a saddle seat, simply rotate the seat forty-five degrees and use the corner as a saddle. How’s that for adaptable? What’s more, the seat’s slight arch keeps your pelvis upright, supporting the natural S-shape curve of the spine.

Another thoughtful feature of the seat design is the ergo handle on the back of the seat. This practical grip makes taking Muvman to a colleague’s desk or to another room simple and convenient.

Muvman’s pneumatic lift is one of the most versatile in the industry. Not only is the height range adjustment one of the best in the category (20″-33″ seat height on the standard, and 23.5″ – 36″ on the tall lift), it also has the unique ability to tilt 360° while the base remains flat on the ground thanks to the spring strut in the baseplate. The innovative, patented flexzone® technology allows the lift to move freely but securely in the base. The strut positions the pneumatic lift at a 4° forward tilt so that your hips remain limber and healthy at all seat heights.”

(NOTE: This description is directly from the manufacturer and not from Ergonomic Health)

So there you go, lots of words like plush and bold and versatile!

Let me level with you:

This is a great chair, really.

However, I haven’t put it as the winner because of some specific reasons.

We have spoken with some of the owners who say it’s great and the product is sound with many things that make it superior to the other stools on this list.

But if you really just want the best of all worlds, from price to comfort to ease of use, then the ergo Work Wobble Stool at the top of the post is my recommendation.

So What Is the Conclusion here?

All of the models listed above are brilliant and do the job that you want them to do without any fuss.

Moreover, you will be very happy all of them.

However there can only be 1 winner and only 1 that I would recommend and buy for myself.

For me, the Wobble Stool by Uncaged Ergonomics is the clear winner.

It sits in a nice sweet spot between being affordable, but also uncompromising on quality of materials and unique features.

My favorite part is the hard wearing, rubberized ball base, which gives freedom of movement as well as keeping you firmly stuck to the ground.

From speaking with others who actually use sit stand stools on a daily basis, it is clear to me that these are the 2 most important aspects that they look for.

The Best Massage Chair Reviews of 2017

Well that seems to be the question I keep getting literally 1’s of times over the past week, “What is thee best massage chair of 2017?”

OK, so it is not really a question that I get asked the most; that question is what is the best affordable ergonomic chair? 

Well seeing as I have already answered that one, I thought I would answer the question of the best massage seat that money can buy.

This is in part because I want to help everyone who emails me, and partly because I am in  place called Udon Thani, Thailand with my wife and got to test an amazing Sanyo massage chair.

This particular reflexology seat was really fantastic; seriously amazing, but I will not be using it for this review because after s bit of digging around; I found out that this particular stool is an Asia specific (regional) massage chair and most of my loyal readers come from the good Ol’ USA.

In order to help you decide on the best reflexology recliner for your aching bones; I will review 3 of the top rated massage chairs available.

Here’s the deal

I know that most of my readers are either interested in the best that money can buy, or just want something that does its job without breaking the bank and as a result, I will show you the best affordable relaxing stool, the best average priced relaxation chair and then the best overall reflexology chair that money can buy.

Now:

I must pre warn you that because Ergonomic Health takes reviewing very seriously and I don’t want to offer you just any old, cheap and nasty products.

I have done a lot of research to find you the best massage chairs in a range of prices, but from this research I have found that you just cannot buy a decent reflexology chair for cheap.

You can buy the cheap sub-priced, electric massage things that you just throw onto any random chair, but in my experience, these things can do more harm than good.

This means that the “affordable” recliner I review is still priced quite highly. However this means that you are getting a great massage recliner that will last, ease your muscles, correct your posture and get you feeling relaxed for a long time!

With that out of the way, let’s get to it…

Best Massage Chair Under $1,000

OK, so this one is actually the “budget” massager stool, but like said previously; there is not such thing as a cheap electric massage recliner, unless you really don’t care about the quality.

Human Touch iJoy-2580 Massage Chair

  • 3 auto massage programs
  • Built in control panel
  • Power recline
  • Removable massage softening pad
  • Removable massage softening pad
  • Auxiliary power outlet

Pros & Cons

Pros

​Excellent value

Great looking

Lots of configuration options

Removable options

Cons

Doesn't go all the way down to your hips and tail bone

Sits very close to the floor, so may be difficult for older people to get out of

Not so comfortable if used as a normal chair

What Are The Benefits Of A Massage Chair?

In order to answer this, you first need to understand how they work:

Massage therapy Techniques

Currently, the most effective reflexology techniques that electric reflexology stools are designed to to involve the eponymous Shiatsu and Swedish styles.

Shiatsu massage tends make use of:

  • Pressing
  • Sweeping
  • Patting
  • Rolling
  • Rotating  

The defining quality of Shiatsu is its focus on releasing tension around specific locations of the body.

Swedish reflexology mainly involve long gliding strokes and kneading.

This type of message aims at fostering proper and strong blood circulation.

What is the bottom line?

Well, a mechanical substitute can never reproduce the exact feeling of human touch.

However, the more these companies invest in research, the more designers have been able to closely approximate the necessary factors in an electric reflexology recliner.

In my opinion, the main benefits of a reflexology chair lie in the fact that you can use it whenever you want to without having to worry about cost or traveling to and from a masseuse parlor.

Best Massager Chair Under $1,500

Osaki OS-1000 Reclining Massage Chair

  • Power rollers are used to relax muscle stress, reducing fatigue and rejuvenating the mind and body
  • Improves flexibity. mobility and posture of the legs
  • Reduces soreness and ache fasten, relax stiff muscles and soften thick layers of fatty deposits, stimulate nerves and stressed muscles
  • Easy to follow install video
  • 1 year limited warranty – which includes full coverage of all parts for 1 year

Pros & Cons

Pros

1 Full Year Warranty

Free installation video

Total of 20 airbags to massage your arms & legs

​Modern contemporary style

Cons

Warranty doesn't include labor

Quite large so make sure to measure first!

Not so comfortable if used as a normal chair

History of the Electric Message Chair

The shiatsu massage chair was first introduced on the consumer market during the late 1980’s.

Intended to emulate the motions and techniques of a real masseuse, the objective of top rated electric massager stool was to relieve stress & tension, as well as alleviating back ache, (especially in the lumbar region).

Although message seats were initially slow-moving and didn’t catch on at the speed of some other consumer goods; after a decade or possibly even longer, interest in the technology increased massively spurring competitors to strive to create the best models and research into more advanced technology.

Top Rated Reflexology Seat Over $6,000 | For Those Who Don't Need To Ask For The Price Of Things!

Inada Sogno Dreamwave Massage Chair

  • The absolute best that you can buy. [Full Stop]!
  • The broadest rubdown coverage available more reflexology coverage (over 1,200 square inches) than any other massage armchair recliner in the world
  • Proprietary inada dream wave technology a gentle, undulating figure, 8 motion that mimics how a relaxation therapists balances the body during a shiatsu reflexology session
  • Proprietary and most capable and complete stretch function you’ll find offers extension and flexion and gentle rotational stretching of the shoulders, mid-back and hips
  • Proprietary youth session a more gentle rubdown session specially designed for younger users (14+) allows people of all generations to enjoy the healing benefits of the sogno dream wave massager chair
  • Healthcare programs eight pre-programmed reflexology sequences including revolutionary morning and nighttime programs perfected by inada

Pros & Cons

Pros

Built by Japanese engineers and shiatsu massage experts

8 pre-programmed, healthcare settings & morning and night feature

Very high quality, long lasting build

​Modern contemporary style

Cons

Might not recline enough for some people

Quite large so make sure to measure first!

Expensive...really expensive!​

What Is The Most Expensive Massage Chair?

The priciest reflexology chair I could find in this consumer reports research, was the Apex AP-PRO Regent 4D.

At just over $7,500, this was the costliest chair that I found that non celebrity people actually bought.

According to the marketing material:

The AP-Pro Regent massage chair is APEX's flagship massage chair model and is dressed with latest innovations in massage chair technology. The chair is engineered by the top Japanese designers in the industry. The chair comes equipped with “4D” deep pressure massage rollers that protrude 3.5″ into your back, a body scan, an innovative heating element, 31 expansive airbags, 11 auto programs, memory compatibility, following arm massagers and more!

http://massagechairdeals.com/shop/massage-chairs/apex-ap-pro-regent-4d-massage-chair

Apex

Apes AP-PRO Regent 4D

  • 4D Roller Technology
  • Innovative Blanket Heat Technology
  • Computer Body Scan
  • Heated Foot Massager
  • 31 Airbags
  • Memory Capability
  • “Deep Spot” Function
  • Five Roller Intensities
  • 11 Auto Programs
  • Transforms Into Traditional Chair
  • Adjustable Leg Ottman
  • MP3 Compatible

Summary

So there you have my best electric reflexology recliner reviews for 2016.

I have included both the Pros and Cons for each seat in order that you can get a fuller understanding of what they are really about.

I can say without a doubt that the IInada Sogno Dreamwave Reflexology chair is the best massager chair out there right now and will be for some time.

However, its cost is somewhat prohibitive for most people (including myself). 

If money is not so much of an issue and you want only the best; then the Inada Sogno Dreamwave Electric Massage Chair & Recliner is the one to go for.

If you are on a bit more of a budget, then the Human Touch massager recliner is going to be a great option to relieve your weary bones.

As always, I encourage you to ask me questions and comment below so you can let everyone else know how you get on or if you wish to correct some information on this page.

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What Is The Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper: 3 Of The Most Popular

If you are looking for the best memory foam mattress topper reviews, you are in the right place.

I will run through what I think is the best rated memory foam mattress topper by reviewing 3 of the best ones available right now.

To do this, I will briefly describe the different options available and how a memory foam mattress topper can be so good for your sleep, especially if you have bad back pain. 

Some key points I will cover throughout this rundown will include:

  • Are affordable memory foam toppers good for your back?
  • Are the top rated memory foam toppers any good, are they worth the investment?
  • How long do popular memory foam toppers last?

So without further ado, let’s start with the best best rated memory foam mattress topper.

Review of the Top Rated Memory Foam Mattress Toppers:

Sleep Joy Ventilated

Breathable, open cell ViscO2 ventilated memory foam mattress topper

 

Formula uses plant-based ingredients

 

Provides comfort and pressure relief to reduce tossing and turning

 

Spot clean only, do not machine wash or dry

 

100% Polyurethane (hypoallergenic)

Lucid Linenspa 2" Ventilated

2″ premium memory foam mattress topper, 3-year warranty

 

Ventilated to increase air flow for a soothing sleeping temperature

 

Lucid memory foam formula offers superior comfort and pressure relief

 

Open cell technology prevents lasting body impressions

 

1″ shorter on all sides to ensure your sheets still fit over your original mattress and the topper

Cloud9 3 Inch 100% Visco Elastic

20 Year Limited Warranty Direct From Cloud9 Bedding

 

Exclusive formula makes you feel like you are floating on CLOUD9, sailing forth into a sea of dreams

 

Made in the USA, does not contain any toxic ingredients, new foam odors will dissipate if aired out.

Are These Products Good For Your Back?

The 2 issues that people frequently ask me about are:

  1. Does a memory foam topper help you if you suffer from back pain?
  2. Are memory foam toppers bad for your back if there is nothing wrong?

Here’s the deal:

If you already suffer with a bad back; you should be careful when investing in a top rated mattress topper to be certain it has very good support on their reviews. 

When searching for a good one, should keep an eye out for its foam density.

High quality and affordable toppers will have a density of at least 4 pounds (4 lbs) and in some cases up to 5 pounds (5 lbs). To find more ergonomic products go here: www.ergonomichealthhq.com

A foam density of at least 4 pounds should be a minimum starting point for you if you are specifically looking for one to help your back, and 5 or more being even better.

As for the next question, is foam bad for you if your back is fine?

Well the short answer is yes!

You will not have problems if you get the right one, but you must be aware that a memory foam mattress topper is only as good as the original mattress it lays on based on the reviews.

In order to ensure the mattress topper reviews will work as it is intended to do, you should already have a good mattress which the topper be used with.

If your mattress is getting older and looks like it has seen better days; a topper may not help you get a better nights sleep. If it is at that stage, you should seriously consider replacing the entire mattress.

For example, if your mattress is already worn out and sagging in the center, the mattress topper will also sag.

It’s a waste of money to invest in just a memory foam mattress topper, because the topper will adapt to the underlying mattress!

Are They Worth The Investment?

I think I can safely assume that if you are looking at an article related to top rated, popular and affordable memory foam toppers reviews ; you probably want memory foam… just at an affordable price.

Stand alone memory foam mattresses are expensive and can sometimes run into the big numbers! This is a lot of money when you could just get yourself a topper.

As I mentioned earlier:

A quality topper is good to help alleviate back pain when sleeping, but it is also suitable for the following:

  1. You possess a good mattress already but it’s hard and you want to soften it up with a good topper.
  2. You have a sofa bed (the type that folds up), but the mattress provided leaves a lot to the imagination! Using a good foam topper on top will help to make it more comfortable and will earn you many brownie points from guests that stay over.
  3. You do not have a sofa bed, but often cater for outside guests and need an extra mattress you can simply throw on to the ground as a makeshift bed.
  4. Do you go camping or own an RV? Well a memory foam mattress topper can make you more comfortable when in the great outdoors. Who says camping has to mean discomfort!
  5. If either yourself or your children are in college and stay in a dorm room, you can get one as a going away gift. Believe me, I have spent  3 years in on a dormitory mattress, and it wasn’t fun. I wish I knew about these things before I went!
  6. You can take it with you on the highway when traveling and put it on top of the hotel or motel mattress. Great for you travelling sales folks out there 😉

How Long Do Memory Foam Toppers Last?

If you decide to buy cheap or affordable, budget-friendly product (under $40 realistically), you’ll be lucky to get a couple years from it.

Poor quality memory foam will begin to lose its support. Basically, you will start to see over time, that the cheap foam stops expanding out and the indentations of your body remain in place. This is  bad thing that happens with poor quality mattress toppers and any bad quality memory foam mattress in general.

However, the best and most popular memory foam mattress topper can last up to at least 10 years if you take care of it.

An affordable topper that has up to 5 pounds with a thicker density will usually last longer than ones that are less dense, so keep that in mind.

To Sum Up

If you are looking to get the best memory foam mattress topper for the best budget-friendly price, you can’t go wrong with the ones I have reviewed here.

However, please be aware that you must check for the exact type that you need or want.

As usual, please leave any comments below and I will get back to you. If you have any questions in regards to the reviews that you would like me answer personally, then please feel free to use the contact page at the footer.

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Ergonomic Living Room Furniture: Top Reclining Lounge Chairs, Couches & Sofas

Ergonomic living room furniture can be beautiful you know!

When you think of ergonomic furniture, perhaps pictures of ugly office chairs come to mind? They did for me when I started this site.

But after a while and some research, I found that there is stylish ergo living room furniture available, that not only looks great in your home; but also provides plenty of comfort.

In fact, there are many different kinds of ergonomic living room furniture that can be said to help to relieve all kinds of health issues or even just make you less tired. For example living room lounge chairs, sofas and couches with lumbar support can help to improve your posture which in turn has a whole raft of spillover health benefits.

Let’s look at the numerous benefits associated with using ergonomic furniture in your home, as well as 5 of the top products you should definitely consider using in your own home.

Find out a possible cause of your ergonomic issues here

Benefits of Ergonomic Living Room Furniture

Ergonomic Living Room Furniture Can Look Great

Ergonomic Living Room Furniture Can Look Great

Designed to meet the demands of the increasing number of people suffering from back pain and posture problems, ergo furniture like couches, reclining sofas and lounge seats were almost only seen in office settings when it was first introduced.

However, as people began to realize how beneficial and comfortable this type of furniture was, designers started applying the same principles to livingroom furniture.

If you have never considered using ergonomic furniture in your home, its numerous benefits may make you think differently.

Benefits include:

  • Decreased Back Pain

If you constantly struggle with back pain, there is a good chance that you are, unknowingly, slouching down in your high chair. This stretches your discs and spinal ligaments.

Sitting in a comfortable sofa or chair maximizes back support, while also ensuring you maintain good back posture. This decreases aggravation to your spine and reduces back pain.

  • Improved Health

By improving your posture, ergonomic furniture also improves your health. When your posture is aligned high and correctly, your body and back works more efficiently.

For example; good high posture facilitates breathing properly, which enhances your thinking ability. The more air you are getting, the more oxygen goes to your brain and other vital organs supplying much needed, fresh nutrients to your entire body.

Poor posture can also neck, joint, and back pain, as well as poor circulation because it can put too much strain on a part of the body.

When you opt for ergonomically designed living room furniture, your improved posture prevents allows strain to be evenly distributed throughout your body. This allows the body to enter a state of synergy

  • Improved Sleep

When you are constantly suffering from back and neck pain, it can be almost impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Opting for orthopedic and ergonomic furniture will help relieve the discomfort so you are finally able to fall asleep quickly and stay comfortably asleep.

Not that you know all ergonomically designed living room furniture has to offer, it is time to look at 5 of the top selling livingroom options currently on the market, including some beautiful leather living room furniture sets:

Here Are The Top 4 Products :

Ergonomic Deluxe Massage Recliner La-Z-Boy Chair

Ergonomic Deluxe Massage Recliner La-Z-Boy Chair
Well…no living room would be complete without the eponymous La-Z Boy!

Not only does this leather recliner look and feel amazing, but it also includes a number of features that you are sure to enjoy, such as:

  • 8 vibrating massage nodes with different levels of intensity, with a heating option.
  • Adjustable backrest that reclines and a leg rest that can be outstretched.
  • Includes 2 cup holders, as well as a spot for magazines, books, and remotes.
  • Easy to use remote control makes changing massage and heating modes simple.

You can also check out my Best Massage Chair Reviews to find out which ones are truly the best!

Looking for an office chair?: http://www.ergonomichealthhq.com/best-office-desk-chairs/

Constructed from high impact plastic, these chairs feature a comfort formed back and contoured or reclining seat/couch with waterfall front. As a result, they are incredibly comfortable and durable.

Additionally, they are relatively inexpensive and available in a wide array of coloring including black, various shades of blue, and white.

Oslo Collection Swivel Recliner and Ottomon in Cobblestone Leather with a Walnut Finish

Oslo Collection Swivel Recliner and Ottomon in Cobblestone Leather with a Walnut Finish Classic Palisander Plywood Lounge Chair & Ottoman is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves modern and contemporary furniture; this chair and ottoman set is upholstered in Top-Grain leather and accented with a stunning Walnut wood finish frame. It will fit into any type of living room; modern and traditional.

It’s designed to offer maximum spinal support with its fully upholstered memory foam mattress topper, and does a full 360 degree parameter swivel for a stable setting and adjustable reclining back. Although it is a tad expensive, this cheap and high-rated chair and ottoman not only feature an ergonomic, usable and orthopedic design, but they are also statement pieces that will catch the eye of anyone who visits your home. In other words; they look really cool and stylish!

Flash Furniture Contemporary Black Leather soft Recliner & Ottoman

Flash Furniture Contemporary Black Leather soft Recliner & Ottoman
My grandfather actually used this chair before he passed away and he liked it. He had a knee replacement and found the ottoman to be just the right height to keep his leg elevated without pain. A really nice looking chair, the Flash is available in a really lovely, hard wearing leather that keeps its shape splendidly.

Constructed from top grain leather; it has both comfort and durability in mind.

Features include:

  • Recliner and ottoman set, 27-1/4-inch width by 29 39-inch depth by 37-1/2-inch height
  • Overstuffed padded chair and ottoman
  • Knob Adjusting Recliner
  • Swivel seat

Classic Palisander Plywood Lounge Chair & Ottoman

If you prefer an ergonomic living room chair with a design that blends traditionalism with modernism, this lounge Chair & Ottoman is exactly what you are looking for.

OK so this one is a bit of a wildcard here and I will say right now that it is a bit different to the others, but it truly is a worthwhile investment of you are serious about getting the right seat for your body.

  • Extremely comfortable chair
  • Aluminum frame; leather upholstery; foam padding; die-cast steel braces and stainless steel glides
  • 100% Premium top grain leather and 7-ply laminated veneer
  • The seat, backrest shells and armrests are joined using aluminum

To Sum Up

So if you are tired of suffering from back and neck pain, as well as a host of other physical elements; it is probably time to consider investing in some kind of high rated ergo living room furniture.

There is a wide selection to choose from that ranges from traditional to modern styles, as well as everything in between.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to shop!

P.s. One of our readers asked about finding products if you don’t find leather or faux leather acceptable, then I found a great resource you could check out: www.peta.org/living/humane-home/ethical-decor-vegan-sofas/

Or you can go back to Brian’s Spine Health HQ’s homepage.

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Top 5 Best Ergonomic Office Desk Chairs 2017 Edition (Updated)

Updated 2017 Edition

It seems that many folks think that an ergonomic seat has to cost the earth and so many end up not buying anything at all and carry on living in pain.

However, what if I told you that actually, ergonomic chairs do not have to be crazy expensive and you can find some really great ones out there!

In order to fully review them and find out which one I think is the best, I wrote this monster post so you can make a decision yourself.

I have personally reviewed what I think to be the best office stools of 2017 and in no particular order, with the winner at the end of the post.

You can also check out my list of some very lovely looking ergonomic living room furniture pieces.

So sit back and get ready for a super detailed post of the 5 best office stool reviews, including a wildcard at the end just for fun!

Below I will list some of the best ergonomic chairs according to my own criteria:

  • Functionality
    • Does it do what it is supposed to do?
    • What extra bells and whistles does it have?
    • Is it really an comfortable computer and office desk stool, or just a fancy normal computer desk seat?
  • Style
    • How does it look in an office setting
    • Does it look pretty or more like something you may get laughed at
    • Does it fit in with the aesthetic of your office
  • Durability
    • How strong is it?
    • What materials does it use?
    • Can it survive many years of extreme office desk use!?

They are in no particular order, except that the winner is at the bottom and the wildcard just after!, but otherwise you can just jump around.

Be Aware Of The Adjustability Of Ergonomic Office Desk Chairs

This is really very important because there is a sweet spot between having too few adjustment points which will render an ergo stool to merely a seat; but too many and you risk having weak points and reducing its durability. This idea is not that well known to most ordinary people (we have here an inside information!) but it is very important to have in your arsenal when you’re going off to buy an ergonomic office desk chair for your workplace. This will ensure that you get the most quality out of the furniture that you buy. 

Many affordable and cheap work stools are actually pretty good, they might not be the best but if you’re looking for quality along with the money that you put out, it’s definitely worth a try. So, if you want to view more of the most affordable products with the best quality that you can find on the internet. 

There is also the fact that no one really wants to mess around for too long, and let’s be honest, I suspect many of you just want to get a cheap desk stool, set to comfortable and then sit in it. Read this to find out more about Ergonomic Health’s sit-stand stool reviews.

Any usable product (unless industrial), that comes with an instruction manual longer than a phone book is too ridiculous.

First of all though, you should check out if you have any of these forward head posture symptoms as this might be a cause of your pain.

So with out further ado, let’s jump right into it!

So, Here is our Top 5 Products :

Functionality:

The Alera Elusion Series of ergonomic armchairs is actually a very well renown series and this one is no different.
With a nice array of features to get you going on your way to ergonomic bliss, you can be assured that you will have plenty of adjustable options to make your new ergonomic stool fit around you.
The one real stand out feature I think, is its use of a “waterfall edge”, which is a nice added touch.
It is easy to only think about ones neck and back when we consider comfortable desk seats.
But if we remember to ask ourselves, “what is an ergonomic injury?”, then we will get lots of answers including all the different parts of the body.
The Alera Elusion Series Mesh Mid-Back chair’s “waterfall edge” is something found on other office chairs out there.

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Style:
Not too dissimilar to the previous Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG Mid-Back Mesh Chair, including a mesh back for increased airflow and comfort.
I think it looks nice. Again it doesn’t set the design world on fire; but it does exactly what it sets out to do: be a usable computer office seat.
It will go equally nicely in a modern office desk or a home office behind a computer or a drawing board, whatever your profession may be.
Durability:
Like some of the other ergo office desk seats reviewed here, the Alera Elusion Series stool uses premium materials to keep it solid and help it to maintain its integrity; which is vitally important for ergonomic chairs.
It also has some strong padding in the seat to ensure that you will remain comfortable and not damage your back in many years.
This is actually true of all the seats in this mammoth review, but it is still worth mentioning because we are looking at different types of office seat here!
If you buy an expensive set of dining room stools, you sometimes find the padding getting softer over time and end up replacing them all (in my experience anyway).
With these stools, you will not have to replace the padding very often, if at all. And even if the padding goes after 5 years, you can always sell the actual seat on to someone else and get yourself a nice new one.
Bottom Line:
Very comfortable, decent amount of adjust ability and some nice extra added features thrown in to boot!
You will be hard pressed to find an ergonomic office stool this quality.

Functionality:

Wow, what a stool!

The Flash Furniture BL-X-5M-BK-GG seems to be quite the adjustable ergo seat.

With options to adjust many different aspects including:

  • Built-In Lumbar Support
  • Tilt Lock Mechanism
  • Tilt Tension Adjustment Knob
  • Swivel Seat
  • Pneumatic Seat Height Adjustment
  • Flip Up Arms

This is the stool for the tinkerer and obsessive alike, (both of those are me which is why I would put serious consideration into buying this one if I hadn’t SAYL Chair by Herman Miller – Official Retailer – Basic – Black.

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Style:

I don’t think that there is anything particularly stand out with the design here.

It looks good, not great. More like an above average office recliner, rather than a complex and good looking comfortable seat that will make your coworkers swoon, (I do not think many folks would swoon over an ergonomic seat, but there will be some!).

Bottom line, I would be more than happy to use this chair in my home office.

Durability:

With a heavy duty nylon base and dual wheel casters, you can be sure that it can withstand metal buttons on jeans and trousers.

To top it off, the base cushion also contains CA117 Fire Retardant Foam. 

Now I will level with you, I don’t know the ins and outs of fire retardant materials, but I would think that this can only be a good thing.

Bottom Line:

Good chair, hard wearing.

 

 

Functionality:

Wow.

OK, this is probably one of the most functional and durable ergonomic stools I have ever reviewed!

I will just give you a run through of some of its features, as described in its marketing material as received from their website:

  • Contemporary High Back Executive Swivel Office Seat
  • Pressurized Lumbar Support Knob
  • Triple Paddle Control Mechanism
  • Back Tilt Tension
  • Back Tilt Lock Paddle Control
  • Locking Tilt Paddle Control
  • Paddle Adjustable Pneumatic Seat Height Adjustment
  • Height Adjustable Padded Nylon Arms
  • Heavy Duty Nylon Base with Rigid End Caps
  • Dual Wheel Casters
  • Black “LeatherSoft” Upholstery. “LeatherSoft” is leather and polyurethane for added Softness and Durability
  • CA117 Fire Retardant Foam

(NOTE: All information directly from Flash Furniture)

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I am starting to see a pattern with Flash Furniture ergonomic office seats. One is that they are always very decent quality at incredible prices and secondly, they use very high quality materials and CA117 Fire Retardant Foam in most of their products.

Like I said in the previous Flash Furniture stool review, I am not entirely sure what the CA117 part means, but to quote the internet it is the official US Government authorized, non toxic fire retardant material.

I don’t think you can get a better seal of safety than from good old Uncle Sam.

Style:

I like the look of this chair.

I think that it is perfectly nice looking and can fit in easily to most settings.

For example, I work from home and so it doesn’t really matter what kind of recliner I have because no one will see it apart from me and some friends etc.

However, I still have a certain style of look to my place which I really want to keep and putting in something like the wildcard at the end, would really disrupt the whole thing I have going, (think old school library, but Ikea!)

The Flash Furniture High Back ergonomic armchair here would actually be a very nice addition to my room.

It will also fit very nicely into a normal office setting.

I mean the kind of office that most normal people like me and you work in (well not me any more but I have spent many years in a cubicle, believe me!), with partitions and tiny little kitchen rooms littered with novelty mugs :/

Durability:

This chair is made from some pretty tough stuff including very strong nylon, so it should last the course.

It also has dual wheels castors which basically means that it is less likely the wheels will fall off when wheeling it over uneven surfaces.

The one thing that would worry me slightly is the special “LeatherSoft” upholstery. It has been specially made for comfort and softness, but this could make it a little bit more likely to rip some time in the future.

On the other hand, Flash Furniture is a quality American brand that has been in the business for some time.

From the reviews of it, it seems that this chair is really sturdy with particular attention being given to the armrests and adjustable handles.

Bottom Line:

I think that the Flash Furniture High Back Leather Chair is more that worth it.

The fact that it looks good, is strong and sturdy, has many different options for getting it to fit you just right and usually sits at a discount; should give you plenty of reason to get out there invest in today for delivery usually tomorrow!

Product Description:

VIVA Office, the professional office furniture supplier, now provides a great variety of excellent office chairs including ergonomic desk chair, task chair, executive & managerial stool, and more.

With the combination of global intelligence, high quality material, reliable performance, and world class ergonomic design, VIVA keeps bringing best sitting experience to customers all over the world!

All VIVA office chairs have passed the BIFMA testing standards for all applicable features.

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Functionality:

With pneumatic seat height adjustment, lumbar support, back angle adjustment, tilt adjustable ability, position lock, adjustable armrest, waterfall edge, high weight bearing ability + More, the Viva Office Ergonomic Bonded Leather Executive and Managerial Office Chair has enough features to keep the most ardent ergonomics expert happy!

As I said right at the beginning, making sure to have to correct amount of adjustment points, without going overboard is the key to the best ergonomic seats.

The Viva High Back has pulled off this feat well within most peoples budget and added some very nice extras such as premium leather bonded with strong PVC.

 

Style:

Make no mistake, this chair is all about high quality and it looks like it means business.

It looks great and also that you could just sink into it. In fact I would use this kind of stool to watch a movie at home in ergonomic style!

I don’t know, but brushed metal and leather together just makes sense to me and looks fantastic.

Would this make a great addition to your work space? Well only you can answer that, but I do not think that there will be many places that this doesn’t fit in and make your colleges jealous!

Durability:

In comparison to the Flash Furniture ergonomic chairs in this review which contain a special type of leather called “LeatherSoft”; the Viva has leather bonded with strong, hard wearing PVC.

Now it may not be as soft, but it will might be able to last for a long time and be could be able to knock away most things you could throw at it.

Bottom Line:

This chair is one that I would highly consider buying my self if I was looking for one, but ultimately I would go for the Alera Elusion.

In all seriousness though, this is a fantastic stool that is usually an amazing investment for your work space.

Do yourself a good deed, treat your self and invest in comfort and you not regret it!

Functionality:

Like most of the seats on this post, the Whalen Furniture Astoria ergo office recliner features a decent amount of adjust ability.

With the all important lumbar support and padded armrests, this is definitely back and arm friendly.

Armrests are often overlooked when considering a comfortable seat, but it is really another important aspect you think about.

Ergonomic office chairs don’t only help to improve posture and back pain, they also help with many other things like protecting against trapped nerves, tennis elbow and the dreaded carpel tunnel syndrome.

the Whalen Furniture Astoria alleviates some of these problems with its padded armrests.

Another great feature is that the lumbar support is actually removable. This is important for times where ergonomics can sometimes get in the way, for example if you are slightly bigger or smaller than average.

Style:

Now then, this one is a bit of a decisive one. I think you either love it or hate it.

Me personally, I think that it is quite nice looking and kind of reminds me of my dads old office seat.

It also all depends on the type of office you are in, the job you have and what kind of style you have.

Would I buy this? Short answer: no I would not. This is not because I do not like it, but rather that I just don’t think that it would suit me or is my kind of look.

However, it still looks great and is a fantastic fit for someone in more of a professional setting; a lawyer or doctor perhaps?

This is on the higher end of the chairs in this list. However it is very good quality and with a premium leather and wood finish, it is very good value of features.

Durability:

With a strong, heavy construction and a smooth rolling wheelbase, the quality here is apparent and indicative of some rivals.

I think that this is seat that will last you a long time.

Bottom Line:

If you are sort of person who likes to buy once and replace not often, this is going to be a good choice for you.

From speaking with some of the owners of this seat, you will see that in terms of quality, Whalen Furniture is a very good, high quality American brand.

Best Ergonomic Office Computer Chair WILDCARD!

Thought I would just add this wildcard in because well, look at it! It’s an exercise ball on wheels for goodness sake.

Disclaimer: If anyone wants this or has already bought one, all comments are my own opinion and we can still be friends no matter how bonkers you may be!

Product Description:

The Evolution Chair truly is “the chair for optimum health” – according to their website.

For many years, healthcare professionals have utilized stability balls as tools to strengthen our core muscles, improve our balance, and facilitate good posture.

The Evolution Stool successfully combines these core-strengthening elements with the maneuverability and versatility of a rolling office chair.

The Evolution Seat reduces spinal compression to provide comfort for the user.

The rolling base offers increased stability, ease of movement and height adjust ability allowing you to obtain your ideal ergonomic position while seated.

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Functionality: 

It certainly seems that this ergonomic chair (ball chair, chair ball?) does a pretty good job at making one more comfortable at work.

With no back it also has the added benefit of working your abs and the muscles of your lower back, which is only a good thing.

It has a base with wheels so that you can move it about around the office and comes flat-packed that involves some construction.

But this is minimal and really on par with screwing in the wheels and blowing up the ball.

Style:

OK, I am going to be honest with you, I think this thing looks ridiculous!

I am really sorry if this is the stool you were looking for and this is really just my personal opinion.

The reason I say this is because just imagine having this at your office and bobbing up and down looking like a bit of an odd one!

To be entirely fair, all of the reviews of this stool point to it being a good one for lower back pain and it really forces you to sit upright.

However, there are many other out there that are just as good and are not so radical so as to make you stand out, (unless that is what you want?)

It also has to be noted here that although this is supposed to be a post about the best ergonomic chairs under a certain amount, I cannot endorse this chair in all good consciousness because although it meets the mark we set ourselves for this post, (exercise ball that you can get on its own, which has been placed onto the bottom of an average, non-ergonomic office chair!

If you really have your heart set on this stool, save yourself some money and just get the exercise ball!

It is cheaper and will do the exact same thing but be much friendlier on your pocket book.

Durability:

Like I have already said above, it is basically an exercise ball which in themselves are actually made of very thick, strong rubber.

The bottom, wheeled section seems to be some kind of hard plastic which looks tough enough, but is cheap. Click here if you want to learn more about the ergonomic furniture.

Enough said I think!

Best Gaming Keyboard Reviews : Ergonomic Products Under $100 – 2017

What Is The Best Gaming Keyboard Under $100So you are wondering, “What is the best gaming keyboard under $100 in 2017?” and you just want to get something that will last you a long time, stay clicking like new and also has the right price, then you have come to the right place my friend.

Whether you’re a teenager or an adult with a family, having the best gaming keyboard is a critical piece in your arsenal in order to have the best gaming experience.

Picture the scene; you have just blown all your money on a intensely awesome rig that can give the Chinese something to sweat about, and you have also chosen a super fast, ergonomic gaming mouse that looks like a Lamborghini. But wait, oh crap the keyboard man, you are down to your last $100 and you need something good and quite possibly you want a mechanical gaming keyboard to get some real feedback.

You need a gaming keyboard that is easy to use and has all the important features you need.

Thanks to the internet there are so many gaming keyboards out there to choose from. Because of this, it might be really difficult for you to choose the wide variety of gaming keyboards out there. If you’re looking for the best gaming keyboard on a budget for 2015 then this is the right place for you. You, no longer have to spend hours on end looking for the right keyboard for you. I have hand selected the best gaming keyboards that are below $100 – so you can make an easy decision.

Read on fellow gamer…

For those of you too impatient to read this whole article, (you are a gamer after all with the titch reflexes of a highly tuned super gaming soldier), the winner and my serious recommendation for several reasons which you can find below, is:

CM Storm QuickFire TK

So what are the best gaming keyboards under $100, and why are they so great?

With 18 programmable G-keys (which allows you to program 54 functions!) the Logitech G510s is the most versatile gaming keyboard out there. It features a game panel LCD display which provides valuable gaming information such as…

  • Real time game stats
  • VOIP data
  • System/server information

Thanks to their multi-key input feature, you can press up to six moves at once in order to execute your moves with ease and precision. Another awesome feature is the hydrophobic coating which prevents sticky keys. You can relax and eat your oily foods while using this keyboard!

This keyboard even has keys in which you can mute your volume which is an amazing time saver.

The cons associated with this keyboard is that there have been reports of defective merchandise (this is rare though.) If this situation occurs then you can simply return it for a refund.

Selling for $76 on Amazon this keyboard is an amazing choice with the 4.5 out of 5 stars rating. This keyboard is specifically designed for hardcore gamers who play to win.

If you would like a keyboard that is durable (You can spill water on it and it will still survive!) and built to last; then the Razer BlackWidow Expert is for you. The keyboard has keys that light up in color and are customizable.

The keys feel great on your fingers and make a light sound when you type on them.

Increase in ease of typing, speed and accuracy can be achieved through this excellent keyboard.

One of the biggest features is the 5 programmable keyboards on the left side portion of the keyboard. This allows you to be more flexible with your gaming.

The cons associated with this keyboard is the sound it makes when you type on them. If you’re using this around other people – then you might find trouble among others. However, and this is a big however, the it makes is because it is a mechanical gaming keyboard which is kind of the holy grail of keyboards, (some would argue!), and this is really because of the feedback that it provides.

With a 4.5 star review on Amazon and less than $100 get your Razer BlackWidow Expert today!

Another high quality gaming keyboard under $100 that is probably worth much more to be honest; the Logitech G710+ is great for gamers who want faster and flawless precision with their games.

It features 6 programmable keys that allows you to perform 16 different functions at any given time. It also has dedicated media controls.

You can adjust things like volume with the simple click of a button. This increases the speed at which you play your games. The keyboard is built to last as it will last several years.

The cons associated with this product is that it won’t function well with Linux. If you are running Linux on your computer then this keyboard isn’t for you.

Having well designed layouts and controls this gorgeous keyboard can be bought for less than $100.
With a 4.3 out of 5 stars review on Amazon the Logitech G710+ is another great choice for your gaming needs.

If you would like to have a keyboard that isn’t just for gaming then this is the right one for you.

Thanks to being heavy; the keyboard will never move when you’re doing a lot of typing. Extremely responsive you will find that this item will be fluid and smooth as you do your gaming or typing.

It has highly customizable colors with each key having individual options for the colors and effects. You can set it up in a way where different keys have different colors.

It’s also been reported to reduce strain from overuse.

If you are on the computer for too long; then you no longer have to fear about the consequences of using this keyboard too much, A gaming bug bare!

The cons associated with this product is that there is a learning curve to getting used to the product. After a period of time the keys may start to stop working. So, unless you’re willing to take that risk then this keyboard isn’t for you.

With a 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon this keyboard is yet another option that you can consider for your needs.

With a solid construction and a nice clean simple look the CM Storm is yet another option for you.

It has customizable colors for the keys and offers “soft clicking.” The keyboard layout is unique as it integrates the number pad, arrow keys and other function keys which increases speed and accuracy.

It also boasts 7 shortcut keys and fully backlit keys with customizable brightness. It has a blue steel embedded into the back of the keyboard – which boosts stability and durability.

You also have a wide range of colors to choose from on the way your keyboard lights up. There’s blue switches with blue LED, green switches with green LED etc.

The cons associated with this product really isn’t a con if you know what you are doing. The keyboard comes with a variety of features that are unique to the keyboard. It’s recommended that you read the manual so you understand all the features and tricks associated with the CM Storm. There is a small learning curve to learning how the CM Storm works and operates, but this will ultimately result in increased usage and you as a very happy gamer!

Reported to feeling great on the fingers and with a sleek design the CM Storm is another great gaming keyboard for less than $100.

Reasons Why An Office Desk Exercise Equipment Is Not a Good Workout

Exercise equipment for the office

OK, so whilst I was researching about top rated exercise equipment for your office cubicle, I came to a realization:

They suck. Big time!

I was genuinely interested about seeing if some of the top rated products really work, but unfortunately I cannot with all good consciousness promote anything.

Click Here To Find Out Some Simple Exercises THat will Relieve Your Back Pain

So here is the thing:

There may be some top rated adjustable products out there that you can use whilst in the office or your cubicle, but to keep it nice & short and to the point… I have not found them yet.

If you came looking for an adjustable exercise equipment for the office cubicle that you hope will workout your abs while you work (paperwork), expand your lungs when writing reports or even fitness blast your quads as you are having a conference call with the big boss; then I am sorry to disappoint you.

But wait:

There is a silver lining here.

Whilst I will not promote any kind of ergo exercise gym equipment for your office cubicle, (unless as a joke that is…), I will give you much better alternatives about how to stay healthy when working in a small office cubicle.

Let me give you some background information first:

I am a bit of an health & fitness freak. I love it and I feel sluggish and weak when I do not exercise or workout in the gym.

In fact my borderline obsession with working out was what led me tenuously to creating this website.

You see I started working out with weights that were far too heavy for what I should have been using and damaged my knee in the process of a particularly heavy rear squat. If you want to find out more about ergonomic office stools for your workplace, click here: http://www.ergonomichealthhq.com/best-sit-stand-work-stools

It is this injury and various other, (not all from exercise) that led me to find out about ergonomics and ergo related things.

However I digress, so lets have a look at some things you can do that will really get your juices flowing and get you feeling happy and productive.

Do I Really Need Exercise Equipment For The Office?

Let me answer that question with another:

Is equipment really the be all and end all to get healthy and more importantly; what are your fitness goals?

If you work in an office or cubicle, and I am going to presume that you do seeing as you have read this far into a post about office fitness, then I think that you are after more energy in your day to day life, and also more flexibility; to stop being hunched over and pasty looking.

Let me break this post down then because it is going to be long:

  1. Why even top rated exercise gym equipment aimed at getting you fit is bull****.
  2. Easy ways to keep healthy when working 9-5 behind an office desk (this is from experience!).
  3. Some possible suggestions for top rated gym fitness equipment that works…if you really insist on buying something for your small cubicle.

Why a Cubicle or Small Adjustable Workout Equipment Is Baloney

Firstly, you have to know how exercises and workouts work.

Now I am not going to insult your intelligence by going into too much detail when you either know already, or a quick google search will suffice… but I will give a brief summary.

In order to get the full benefits of proper adjustable exercise equipment, one thing is really most important over others:

You have to get your heart beating fast to pump the blood around your body.

Fresh blood = fresh oxygen rich, nutrient filled goodness that helps to flush away the old and in some cases toxic, blood.

It also means that your lungs are working hard and your heart is straining, (not too much though and I really must stress that you should check with your doctor first before starting any workout routine, and even then start slow.)

Your heart is a muscle and should be treated as such.

Do you really think that spending half your day sitting down using a piece of ergo gym exercise equipment “designed for the office or a small cubicle”, then eating your sandwich at lunch only to continue in the afternoon, can really do this?

Let me answer that for you:

No!

To be honest, I would say getting into some form of yoga in the mornings and/ or evenings is a better way to get in shape and completely free if you just check out YouTube. (That is a bit of a side step there but I have just started practicing yoga and truly, it’s great! Helps my knee too.)

OK so now that’s out of the way, how about the reasons behind why I think so strongly that an office ergo gym fitness exercise equipment is just not worth your hard earned money.

As I mentioned before:

You must get your heart beating to get some kind of benefit; and the machines, gadgets and gizmos aimed at the average office cubicle worker primarily exists to transfer your cash into the makers bank account.

Let me give you an example:

To lose weight or improve your blood circulation, you have to get your pulse rate up, and to get your heart rate up you must do work.

In an effective piece of home cardio equipment, there is a way of converting your work into heat somewhere inside device.

In a simple bike, it can be a brake pad scraping on a rim making the actual rim hot or the friction of the wheels on the ground etc.

In most modern exercise gym equipment there is a generator which turns your work into electricity that is then dumped into a resistive element which gets hot. Within these modern gadgets, the electrical resistance can be varied which changes the intensity of the workout.

You can see from the example of the desk bicycle machine above, that this device has no method of converting your work into heat.

To be completely honest with you; flapping your current arms would give you comparable gym workout to fitness machines like this one!

So let’s move onto point number 2:

How Can I Get Healthy When I Sit Behind A Desk For 8/ 9/ 10 Hours A Day?

However, I only recommend ergo products that I either use myself, I want to get or have reviewed myself, or that after considerable amounts of research I am happy to recommend and put my name to it.

However I am serious about fitness and health, ergonomic or otherwise, and serious about my readers health.

So when I say that you can get a decent office workout without spending any money, I hope that you believe me.

Better still:

The absolute best form of exercise you can do in the office that will have the biggest impact on your overall health, is the also the easiest and freeist (is that a word?) thing to do:

Stand up from your desk, step away, turn around and walk around the office.

Walking around your office is the best form of office exercise you can do

Yep, that’s it!

Do this magical, amazing thing every hour on the hour for at least 5 minutes and I promise you that you will start to feel the benefits after time.

If you can only do one thing, make it that one. Please, please, please believe me.

I do this all the time, and after about 3 weeks of starting this in my old job (will vary in time from person to person), I found myself with less back ache, more efficient breathing and better eyesight.

Better eyesight, I bet you didn’t think that would come from just getting away from your computer for a total of 40 minutes spread over an 8 hour day, did you?!

Well less time starting at a computer will help you to really refocus your wonderful, amazing and somewhat miraculous eyes, (they really deserve to be treated well, after all we are visual creatures).

Some other ways in which you can improve you health when working a desk job include:

  • Eating a healthy lunch
    • By making your own food to eat at lunch, you can ensure that you save money & keep healthy. The reason I have included this in a list of exercise options is because eating well is just as important as anything else.
  • Practice deep breathing
    • By learning how to breathe again, but this time properly, you will improve the efficiency of your heart and lungs and in fact all of your respiratory system. This will make you less tired and able to think better, i.e. make you become more productive.
  • Use the stairs and not the elevator
    • A few years ago, I used to work in an office block answering customer care call, and my office was 1 or 2 floors above the middle, (5th floor I think?). Anyway I made the change from taking the elevator in the morning, grasping my cup of coffee hoping that it would keep me awake, to climbing around 10 flights of stairs up and down. This gave me a great feeling in the morning ready to start the day, and and gave me more energy in the evenings when I had finished so that I could concentrate on others things back at home instead of just sitting on the couch watching TV.
  • Sit up straight all the time, and tense your bottom some of the time
    • OK so this sounds a bit weird, but by sitting up straight and consciously thinking about it, you will start to strengthen your core and improve the muscles deep in your spine. It is kind of hard to do at first and can be a bit painful so I would suggest to do it actively for maybe 20 minutes of every hour until you are comfortable enough to do it all the time (at home and work). Tensing your buttocks some of the time will help to move the blood around your body a bit more. When you sit for extended periods of time, your blood stats to pool and stagnate, so tensing just ensures that it gets moved along and stops loitering!
  • Maintain a workout routine at home
    • Not related to exercise equipment for the office, I know, but sometimes unrelated things make a big difference to each other. As I said before, by using the stairs in after work, I got more energy to do the things I wanted to do after work and for me, that meant working out. More exercise = more energy and feeling of power.

I will do another post about ergonomic exercises later, but you shouldn’t be worried about starting some kind of exercise. Just find something you enjoy and crack on with that.

I enjoy beating a punching bag for about 30 minutes 3 times a week and that could be enough for me. I am a bit obsessed with working out though so I do other things as well, but the point is you don’t have o go overboard.

You may find that by exercising at home, you will have a spill over effect into the office environment.

Think about that for a minute.

If you work out at home, your core will become stronger meaning that you start to sit upright and in a proper, ergonomic position. You will also learn overtime, to control your breathing meaning that you can expand your lungs and really get your blood moving when you are sitting down.

So You Just Read All of that But Still Want To Buy?

Really!

OK, if you really have your heart set on bring something into the office, the only thing that I am comfortable with suggesting is an exercise ball.

By sitting on an exercise ball at work, you will get quite a lot of benefits, with the biggest one being that you can take it home at the end of the day and carry on at home!

If you have read my post about 5 Best Ergonomic Chairs Under $300, you will notice a wildcard at the end. It looks odd and you might feel people looking at you if you bought it into work, but it is actually quite a good idea.

The reason that I didn’t recommend it as the best is because I think most of you just want a proper seat that  you feel comfortable sitting in.

So there you have it…an exercise ball.

That is all I am going to say about that for this section!

However, let me know in the comments if there is a piece of exercise equipment for the office cubicle that you have used and feel that it really helps.

To Sum it All Up

If you want to go ahead and invest a small amount in some of the things I mentioned, then by all means go ahead, but I will not endorse it here on Ergonomic Health. Visit our homepage at ergonomichealthhq.com.

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Can The Alexander Method Bring Back Pain Relief?

Can The Alexander Technique Bring Back Pain Relief

In order to answer this question, we first need to have an understanding of the Alexander Technique.

Only then can we know if it can bring back pain relief.

Firstly, I would like to make it known that I am in no way a medical practitioner or otherwise and have no official Alexander Method training.

However in order to get a better understanding of these things, I have done some extensive research and spent several days writing this post.

Woman teaching Alexander TechniqueIf you decide that you think the Alexander Technique can bring you some seriously needed back pain relief, then I would suggest checking out some other authority sites on the matter, and of course consulting with your physician first.

OK, so now that we have got that out of the way, I will say how I am going to set out his article.

I will begin with a brief introduction about what the method is, including the relationship between the method and ergonomics.

In this I will also talk about some of the criticisms that are leveled at this technique, the reason being that I want Brian’s Spine Health HQ to be an unbiased place that you can trust.

Then I will move on to ways in which the Alexander Technique can help to aid in back pain relief and other ailments with constant practice.

Background to this post

I understand just how disabling both acute and chronic back pain can be.

When I was younger my own mother had a slipped disc and had to have major surgery to fix it.

However even though it was technically a success, she has suffered with sporadic pain ever since and it is really horrible to see; especially when you want to help but there is really nothing you can do.

I think that if she had known about the method some time ago, she could have gained some back pain relief by practicing it.

Again, I just want to caution that the Alexander Technique is not the be all and end all to help soothe back pain and thinking carefully about how you live your life, including thinking about how sound ergonomics can also aid you.

Think of it more as a tool in box.

What is the Alexander Method?

Put simply, it is a method of teaching people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during their everyday activities.

Essentially it is an educational process with which one learns how to recognize and then correct certain types of movements that we pick up throughout life.

This is as a pose to relaxation techniques or forms of exercise such as Yoga or Pilates.

The purpose of the Alexander Technique is to help people unlearn bad physical habits and postures, and return to a state where you can realign your body into a more balanced state.

According to this authority site:

The method is a way of learning to move mindfully through life. The Alexander process shines a light on inefficient habits of movement and patterns of accumulated tension, which interferes with our innate ability to move easily and according to how we are designed.

The key principles of the method as stated by the NHS are:

  1. How you move, sit and stand affects how well you function
  2. The relationship of the head, neck and spine is fundamental to your ability to function optimally
  3. Becoming more mindful of the way you go about your daily activities is necessary to make changes and gain benefit
  4. The mind and body work together intimately as one, each constantly influencing the other

History of the Alexander Technique

Founder of the Alexander Technique

Frederick Matthias Alexander Source

The process was made invented by a Frederick Matthias Alexander who was a Shakespearean orator who developed voice loss during his performances.

After trying to find a physical problem by going to various doctors but finding none, he came to the conclusion that perhaps it was something he was doing to himself that was making him lose his voice.

He observed himself in multiple mirrors when practicing for plays which revealed that he was contracting his whole body in preparation for speaking.

He saw that by pulling the head backwards and downwards put unnecessary movement to normal postural, breathing and vocal mechanisms.

Alexander saw the results that this kind of active thinking brought and believed that his work could be applied to improve individual health and well being.

He refined his technique of self-observation and re-training to teach his discoveries to others.

He opened the very first school in the 1960’s due to increased interest, called The American Center for the Alexander Technique, in New York City.

Since then, it has become an established technique, even given some credence by some national health organizations.

How Does the Technique Relate to Ergonomics?

Good question.

The method is not a relaxation or medical product, it is a way of life.

Just like with ergonomics, you have to constantly think about how to carry yourself correctly, and what things you can do to help to reduce pain and increase comfort.

With the method you are rethinking the way in which you walk, speak, breathe and stand; always conscious about your posture.

This is very similar to ergonomics in the sense that you must always be aware of the things that are making your health suffer.

For example, if you are using a computer mouse all day and are starting to experience pain in your wrist and arm, you can think about a switch to an ergonomic mouse which will go some way to decreasing the discomfort.

Criticisms of the Alexander Method

As I said at the beginning, I want to include a section about some of the criticisms that the Alexander Technique faces.

I will list some of them and briefly explain them:

  • The method may not be suitable for certain people such as those with:
    • A specific spinal injury
    • Severe pain from a herniated (ruptured) disc
    • Severe spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine)
    • A fracture of the vertebrae (the bones in the spine)

This is because these are very specific injuries and any kind of physical movement could be detrimental. However that said, if you have spoken with your doctor and they agree, you could use this technique as part of a rehabilitation program.

  • There is a lot of work involved and it is not a quick program to master

I don’t think that this is really a criticism so to speak. However you should be aware that you will not cure all of your aches and pains over night; but rather through a long process of learning and practice.

  • There is no statutory regulation that exists for Alexander technique practitioners

This could be the biggest disparagement against it because vulnerable people could be taken advantage of by unqualified teachers.

However, and it is a big however, it is like many things health related, you just need to do your research. There exists many very reputable resources out their including authorities on the subject such as alextechexpress.com.

So these are some of the possible downsides; but you must really look at the bigger picture and always, always make sure to research for yourself.

For example, if you wanted to find out where to find reputable Alexander Technique centers or teachers in New York, a simple search engine query of “teachers Alexander Technique NYC” will bring up some good results which you could then contact to filter out the ones that don’t sound great.

The best thing of course would be to have a look at some of the websites that are authorities on the subject and they can direct you to where you should be going.

Who Can it Help?

How can the Alexander Technique help meThe process is a very option for those suffering acute and chronic back pain, but also has benefits for all sorts of other ailments.

Teachers of the method say that it can potentially improve the lives of types of people from young to old and unfit to healthy.

Senior citizens

It can be particularly helpful to elderly people, with evidence that it could help to improve balance and decrease clumsiness.

Of course, well designed, ergonomic products will also help to improve the stability of seniors in their everyday lives.

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Parkinson’s disease

For those with Parkinson’s disease, the method has shown to help them to make lifestyle changes that can help to relieve some physical issues surrounding the disease, but also the mental ones i.e. feeling helpless abut not being able to do things.

For people with Parkinson’s disease, studies have suggested that it may be able to:

  • Help the person perform everyday tasks more easily
  • Reduce depression
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Slow down the worsening of symptoms
  • Delay the need for increased medication

However in the interests of being as un-sensationalist as possible, these studies are not very big and not as well regarded as other clinical trials.

However, you have nothing to lose if you have Parkinson’s disease and want to try something different.

But again, you should speak to your doctor before trying the ergonomic method.

Asthma

There is no good evidence to suggest that it can help to improve asthma and you should be very careful about stopping any medications you may be on.

On the other hand, the Alexander Technique is all about thinking and changing the way you compose yourself in order to improve posture and breathing.

It could be a good technique to try and see if you get any results such as increased breathing capacity.

It could also be a way to alleviate stress related asthma for the very reasons listed above.

Back pain relief

Chronic back pain can be the result of many different factors such as:

  • Inactivity
  • Injury
  • Emotional stress
  • Flawed body mechanics
  • Compressed posture
  • Many other factors

It can be treated by the usual methods that we think of when we think of back pain, from massage and pain killers; to non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) or surgery.

These approaches are very valuable for back pain relief, but you should think of all of them as different tools you can use.

If you have something like my own mum had, a slipped disc, then of course surgery and powerful pain killers are going to have to be your first choice.

But the Alexander Technique can also be another tool in your toolbox for easing back pain.

It does this by helping you to perceive the cause of your back problem, and then helping you change your movement style via training from professional practitioners.

According to alexandertechnique.com:

The Alexander Technique is a proven method of self care that reduces pain, increases your mobility and provides long term relief.

It gives you an understanding of the body’s fundamental design and a way to move that will help you feel better, on your own… Through keen observation of the body’s dynamics in movement, [you] focus on how you move as you function.

Conclusion

If you have managed to read this far, I can only assume one of two things.

  • Either you are very interested in learning about the Alexander Technique which is fantastic because the more one can learn, the better we can all become.

If this is the case then I would thoroughly recommend heading on over to either ergonomics.com or alexandertechnique.com to find out lots more really great information about this technique.

  • Or, you have really quite horrid pain that you would like to get rid of.

Many folks, including my mum, would give anything a go to get back pain relief, and it certainly seems that the Alexander Technique can be a promising methods to help all kinds of health issues. If you want to learn more about Brian’s Spine Health HQ.

Just remember though that to get the full results from this technique, you must spend a fair amount of time learning and practicing it; but then spend your lifetime perfecting and refining it in order to really enjoy your life in comfort and happiness.


I really hoped that you enjoyed this post about the Alexander Technique and that it can bring you some results in pain management.

I would also like to thank Ergonomics.org and AlexanderTechnique.com for giving the inspiration and resources to write this post.

Please feel free to comment and give your own stories or suggestions in the section below.