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Upper back pain, need to buy a new computer chair – any suggestions?

January 23rd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
gloop05 asked:

My current computer chair is crap and I have to buy a new one.

My problem is that I slouch forward when I sit, causing upper back pain.

Can anyone tell me what the best type of chair is? I’m thinking of either leather or Mesh/Aeron.

Would a built in head pillow be beneficial?



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  1. kurticus1024
    January 26th, 2009 at 07:38 | #1

    i do the same thing

    i have 120 year old oak chair

    it belonged to my great great uncle but isn’t that comfortable

    go to Staples, sit in a few chairs, you could get a good one for $80 to $150

  2. sunflare63
    January 27th, 2009 at 13:06 | #2

    The best chair is probably your kitchen chair .
    Put a pillow under your butt and sit up straight.
    Use ice bottles on the pain…instant relief after 10 min.

  3. stallion1948_lloyd
    January 28th, 2009 at 17:10 | #3

    get a office chair.they recline and has padded seat and arms,and they swivel.very confortable.i wish i had 1.

  4. The First Dragon
    February 1st, 2009 at 04:08 | #4

    Try a chair with adjustable arms as well as adjustable seat height. Some kind of lumbar support might help, even tho your pain is upper back.
    Also you might benefit from an adjustable footrest.
    Try these out in the store and see whether they relieve stress in your back.

  5. steviewag
    February 1st, 2009 at 18:31 | #5

    Upper back pain is eased by support of the cervical/thoracic spine, so one of those Obus Formes with the small detachable pillow (velcroed) would be appropriate for your problem. At around $70.00, if this is not covered by your insurance, you may want to try one out prior to buying. Don’t slouch. Keep the end of your butt against the back of the chair. Get a padded and/or ergonomic (curved) keyboard. Proper shoes are essential; they are your foundation for the way you carry yourself, and your gait, and ultimately affect your back. Orthotics may help. You should have a computer gait analysis: you walk on a designated area and a monitor determines your flaws in walking, and you are assessed for uniquely made orthotics. You may benefit from ibuprophen in its anti-inflammatory capacity, but root out the causes of back pain first. Do ROM (range of motion) exercises to maintain your capacity of movement and to limber muscles (lightly at first). Do warming up and cooling down exercises and light ROM stretches prior to and following repetitive actions, inactivity (sitting at computer) or strenuous activity. My source is: Been there, done that, been taught that.

  6. Mac Attack
    February 2nd, 2009 at 06:14 | #6

    Ergonomically designed chairs are great.

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