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I'm starting to get worried about my posture working at my desk. I'm not conscientious enough to make this happen myself though - I just don't remember to keep good posture. I'm looking into buying a simple back/shoulder brace. Here is one that I've found that seems OK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005H3NKYI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=ucmbread-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005H3NKYI

My question is: are there any recommendations for solving this problem? I'm looking for something that, if worn, I can wear without it being noticeable, and comfortable to wear for long periods of time (like an entire work day.) I'm open to other suggestions too - I know very little about ergonomics :)

asked Jan 09 '12 at 19:26

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How do you know you have bad posture? Is it causing symptoms like back pain or RSI? If you feeling comfortable and can work without any pain or strain, I would argue you don't have to subscribe to someone else's idea of good posture. Assuming you work with a computer the best devices for good posture is an ergonomic chair, a desk/chair that is height adjusted so that you can sit right at the edge of the desk and rest your forearm flat on the desk surface and a keyboard right where you can rest your palms on. The chair that works really well for me is the Steelcase Think.

2 years, 3 months ago
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Thank you everyone for the thoughtful responses!

@Wing: I don't know if my posture is notably bad, because I've never been evaluated by a specialist. Both parents have at times through my youth told me to stop slouching; I think it's fair to say that I slouch, and my 'comfort' position at my desk involves shifting my weight off-kilter and also slouching forward a bit. Just feel like it's probably not a good habit to have!

Sometimes when I sit for a while I feel the need to crack my back, like there's "pressure" building up. Could be psychological though. Don't really have much to go on.

2 years, 3 months ago
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  1. A mirror next to you

  2. A standing desk. I just had a craftsman make me a beauty combo desk and bookshelf and it's womderful

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answered Jan 15 '12 at 21:43

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Thai massage.

Conscious efforts to correct my posture created muscle soreness. Same result with a Balans chair. Rolfing helped a little. Then I retired, moved to Thailand and eventually found a masseuse who knew her craft, knew anatomy and was willing to put in the hard work. She transformed my body. My anterior pelvic tilt is gone. The lesser problems of hunched shoulders and carrying my head forward instead on top of my spinal column are almost gone. When I get up and start walking, if I fall into my old posture habit it just feels wrong and I correct it. I am far more flexible than at any time I can remember.

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answered Jan 15 '12 at 22:56

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I have friends with very positive experience using the Spinalis chairs. They mimic the therapy ball. http://www.spinalis.com/

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answered Jan 16 '12 at 00:58

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I displaced a disc in my back years ago and used a device called a 'Backfriend' which was a huge help to my recovery. It is a moulded backrest and seat which can be placed on a chair (or I guess anywhere you need to sit) to provide far better support and help you to maintain good posture. In my situation I used it in a lot of different places: driving, flying, on buses, trains etc. but also on an office chair when working at a desk. My longer term solution was to get an office chair from a specialist supplier which provided good lumbar support and had a seat section which sloped forward slightly (which I believe encourages good spinal curvature) and also could pivot as I moved back and forward. My chair is made by a Danish company, Rabami, and looks like it is an old model (789) which has now been superceded. I can recommend both these products as an aid to good sitting posture - but for a portable, flexible, cheao and effective solution, the Backfriend certainly ears a place as a 'Cool Tool'

Backfriend: http://www.medesign.co.uk/shop/backfriend.php

Rabami chairs: http://www.rbmfurniture.com/products/segments/office-chairs/

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answered Jan 16 '12 at 02:04

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I've been using the TruComfort back support for the past 15 years (you can Google it; when I try to include the link here my comment gets trapped as spam). It's a simple hard-foam straight support for your back that can be used with any chair, including a car seat. I use it currently with a Steelcase Leap chair; the Leap itself (and the Herman Miller Aeron chair I had before it) doesn't provide anything like the support of the TruComfort device. My Alexander Technique teacher recommended the TruComfort device, as it helps promote a neutral posture. It looks uncomfortable, and probably is if you're not starting out with good posture.

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answered Jan 16 '12 at 06:17

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A Jewish grandmother.

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answered Jan 16 '12 at 22:15

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What worked for me: tai chi... like the other long-term solutions suggested here, it's a committment to self-care alongside everything else I'd like to have in my life...

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answered Jan 17 '12 at 10:50

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answered Oct 09 '12 at 11:00

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Posture Corrector Mobile App

After years of all day sitting in front of computer for work it started to show it’s bad impact on my posture. I did lot of research to correct my posture. I found lot of things on the market for that reason. Having all the belts, gadgets etc. did not help! Then found out real and important thing for better posture is being aware of it.

App Store

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/posture-corrector/id446997673

Google Play (Free)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sss.posture.activity

Amazon App Store (Free)

http://amzn.com/B005DAZ3B8

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answered Dec 11 '12 at 10:53

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