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Have you spent too much time sitting in your office chair? The most important thing to remember to avoid chair-related back problems is that your chair sh­ares the burden of supporting your body weight with your back. The more of that load you give the chair, the less work your back has to do. In a way, you should think of chairs as having a specific fit. Goldilocks was onto something when she tried out all of the three bears' chairs until she found the perfect one. Like a pair of shoes that are too small for your feet will rub and cause blisters, a chair that isn't adjusted your body will promote back problems. To know whether a chair fits, here are a few rules from people who study sitting.

·  Feet should reach the floor

·  Five chair legs are better than four for added stability

·  Hips should be the same level or higher than the knees

·  Forearms ought to rest easily on the arm rests

·  Sit completely against the back of the chair.

 

I was able to say yes to 3 of 5 how about you?

 

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Rainer
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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

try finding a chair that fits when you 6'5" !

Apr 23, 2009 06:57 AM #1
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Dan Callahan
Callahan's Home Inspections - Casper, WY

I've learned that I avoid the chair related back aches by just working with a laptop laying in bed!!! Only kidding Scott! A very helpfull post. I was yes to 3 of 5 also.  

Apr 23, 2009 06:58 AM #2
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Casey Wright
WingWire - San Diego, CA

Agree completely...nothing improves productivity like a comfortable chair 

Apr 23, 2009 07:10 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

Well I say yes to all of them but I still fit the bill when I slouch which is one of the worst things I could probably do I try to get up ever 45 mins or so.

Apr 23, 2009 07:17 AM #4
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Andrew Chong
Realm Real Estate Professionals - Houston, TX

I just kneel on one knee and lean forward. That keeps my back straight and my head level with the screen. However, I don't recommend anyone try this. Good post.

Apr 23, 2009 08:14 AM #5
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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Good advice...we spend a lot of time at desks, in cars, sitting sitting sitting...important to care for our posture/our backs.

Apr 23, 2009 08:23 AM #6
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Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

I wonder how many back aches would be relieved by following these 5 steps.  Thanks for the advice.

Apr 23, 2009 08:47 AM #7
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Nannette Hilliard
Century 21 Zwygart Green County Real Estate - Monroe, WI
CDPE, ABR, CRS

Some say you should sit on an excercise ball.

Apr 23, 2009 12:46 PM #8
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Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Thanks for the 5 Tips.  I only made 2, I think I need to get a new chair!!!

Apr 23, 2009 06:40 PM #9
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