Any recommendations for chairs?

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Any recommendations for chairs?

Postby masaone1 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:53 pm

I have been experiencing pain/numbness in the buttocks and hamstrings whenever I am seated for a short period of time. Does anyone have any recommendations for chairs that can reduce the pain. Thank you Dean for your book. The pain in the lower buttocks and hamstrings is finally subsiding!

Postby redshoes » Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:26 pm

Like you I have been looking. I found a balance ball chair in the Giam catalog and also an inversion machine. I have read the inversion machine works for some folks tho it is a bit expensive. These things may be available on eBay but it's good to know prices and what you want before you shop there.
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Postby randolph » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:12 am

Hi Masaone1

During my recovery from sciatica, I made some pretty simple and cheap accommodations to deal with the pain of sitting, since I assumed the problem would be a temporary one.

Going out to eat, for instance, I brought a pillow with me to soften the hard chairs that restaurants invariably seem to provide for you to sit on.

Sitting on the edge of the chair with perfect posture, rather than sitting all the way back in the chair, also seemed to help.

The first few months, I even set the computer down on the floor so I wouldn't have to sit down to use it. I could alternate kneeling or sitting cross legged or lying on my sides, in front of the keypad/monitor. Some folks find the kneeling chair helpful. I didn't.

For several months, I didn't eat at the dinner table with the family, and ate on the floor, picnic style (I can see this might be a problem if you have certain pets) ... and sometimes they (the people ... not the pets) would join me on the floor .... which was a fun change for everybody!

Driving was a real challenge (especially since that's how I make my living). Some products are made to help (others have mentioned them in previous posts); but again, I survived with some pretty simple, temporary accommodations.

Eventually, you'll be back to sitting normal again.

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Postby cygnet » Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:36 am


I bought a McKenzie lumbar roll - the kind that looks like a cylinder and has an elastic strap to attach it to an office chair. I bring it with me everywhere - restaurants, movie theaters, the subway - anywhere where I'll be sitting down. It has helped quite a bit. It keeps your spine in a healthy position when you're sitting and prevents slouching.

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