As a "professional blogger", I'm sitting in front of a computer now more than I ever have in my life. I wish there was a more mobile way to do this job, for I'm already starting to experience some new injuries that I know are directly related to my computer time.
As a matter of fact, about six months ago, I completely threw my back out and was confined to the couch with a heating pad and a lot of pain medicine for three days. I still remember vividly what I was doing at the time of the injury. I was sitting in my office chair in front of my laptop and had just finished writing a post. I got up quickly to head downstairs so that I could start making dinner, when WHAM!, my lower back muscles spasmed violently and my back was officially done.
In talking to my doctor afterwards, she told me that it was probably my poor posture in my office chair coupled with the quick movement of getting up that caused my back muscles to spasm. The spasm was designed to protect my spine from any serious injury. Lesson learned...watch your posture in order to protect your back from injury. BackJoy Posture + is an orthopedic seat cushion designed to improve your life and health by improving your posture. Keep reading to learn more!
The BackJoy Posture + is a preventative everyday seat enhancement that helps people sit more comfortably and correctly, improving posture, strengthening core muscles and avoiding life-limiting back problems. BackJoy Posture + contains patented Applied Postural Science (APS) Technology that automatically tilts, cups and floats the pelvis upright so you can find your most balanced and comfortable posture.
The product facilitates Dynamic Sitting, automatically adapting to movements, to provide constant strain-free comfort and optimal posture. BackJoy Posture + is constructed with Advanced Core Material. This long-lasting durable material allows the device to not only retain its shape after long-term use, but allows Posture + to work on any surface, soft or hard. It's also designed for any person with a weight ranging from 120 pounds to 300 pounds.
You know how important your core is, but when you sit your core is not engaged. Posture + dynamically supports your pelvic floor to help engage your core. With natural support, you will feel comfortable, stronger and less fatigued after sitting for long periods of time. Thanks to the BackJoy Posture +, you can prevent and repair pain and injury, sit better, feel better and have more energy overall.
Personally, I was really surprised at just how well the BackJoy Posture + seat enhancement cushion worked. The key to remember when using it is that you must sit ON TOP of it. That means that the entire cushion should be under your bottom with your cheeks being cupped in the hollowed out region of the Posture +. In order to get the desired fit, you might have to move around a bit and adjust the Posture + until you use it a few times and understand how it should be positioned.
Once it's in the right place though, you'll know it for your spine will be perfectly straight without any extra effort on your part. As a matter of fact, once I was seated correctly on the Posture +, I experienced a lot of discomfort if I slouched forward. It was absolutely comfortable though to sit with good posture and so this is what I did. The BackJoy Posture + ensured that my posture was correct for a whole two hours while I wrote a blog post and it felt comfortable the entire time.
For some reason though, my husband who has had bad back problems for as long as I've known him, didn't think the Posture + did anything for him. He tried and tried to sit on top of it correctly and yet he claimed that he still wanted to slump his shoulders. Personally, I think my husband was being a tad impatient and if he would have adjusted himself a few more times on the seat, he would have found the "sweet spot" where his spine would have followed its natural curve instead of slumping forward painfully.
If you’re reading this hunched or slumped over in your chair, you're not alone...
According to Ken Baldwin, M.Ed., CPS, and Executive Director for the National Posture Institute, we spend most of our waking lives sitting, yet it is not a natural position for the human body. This leads to poor posture for many and back pain for an estimated 80% of Americans.
In honor of National Posture Month, make sure to read the following tips and tools from Baldwin and the National Posture Institute (NPI) to achieve perfect posture:
It Starts with You– Try NPI's 4 Weeks to Better Posture Program by incorporating these 4 Points of Posture into your daily life:
- Stand or Sit Tall
- Hold your Chest High & Create a 90° at Your Shoulders
- Retract Your Shoulder Blades
- Contract Your Abdominals
Get Support – Take advantage of the tools available to help you achieve proper posture, such as BackJoy Posture+, a preventative everyday seat enhancement that improves posture and strengthens core muscles.
Correct Your Cube – Subtle fixes can go a long way in the office environment. Start by adjusting the height of your office chair so that your hips are slightly higher than your knees; next shift your keyboard and computer monitor to be directly in front of you, with the monitor at eye level.
Disclosure: I received the Posture + in Red from BackJoy in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!