Back App Chairs
Before we discuss the Back App in detail, let’s see if we can get a little back ground as to why these rather odd new conceptions are currently flooding the market place. There has been a lot of coverage in the media about the perils of sitting down for 10 hour days. One radio four show recently said that research showed that it could take years off your life. It makes sense really. The modern world where we work with computers and we all live urban lives, using cars, trains and buses to get around from one building to the next, only to sit down for hours on end when we get there is hardly the stuff of athletic dreams. There is no health practitioner commending the value of a passive life. Equally it is also true that most of us have very little choice. Our jobs are computer based; we don’t play football for a living. If we imagine what it must have been like before the advent of the technological revolution, and including the industrial revolution, most people had jobs that stretched their bodies to the maximum; either making things (very physical) or being a servant (extremely physical). Now a huge amount of us sit working at a desk in a contracted manor. As an alexander technique teacher I deal with the kind of tensions that arise from this seated position every day. The hips are a typical area where you see real contraction. I often refer to the space between the hips and thighs as the nutcracker because it gets so tight. Then there is the mouse. No doubt when this was invented it seemed like a very easy to use device that would in no way be labour intensive. Nothing could be further from the truth. I can tell how much a particular individual has used the mouse at work by the height of their raised shoulder and the level of contraction. If somebody turns up and it isn’t contracted there, I usually say something like, ‘Your shoulder is much better today.’ And they say, ‘I just had a week’s holiday.’ The mouse is so bad for the shoulders and general posture, it probably should be banned! Okay, so how can a chair, or in this case a stool, the Back App, help? In recent ergonomic developments it has been observed by osteopaths that sitting low down in the chair closes and contracts the hips. In my observation it also encourages the collapse of the trunk. The spine bends and the shoulders narrow. We then, as observed by F M Alexander, fix into position barely moving a muscle for hours on end. This is what causes the pain. Muscles are getting a very little use and start to atrophy. The Back App seat is set high. We are a sitting closer to a standing position which means we have avoided the nutcracker effect. The seat is designed like a saddle which opens the thighs and therefore the hips and really encourages the freedom back into the hips. The problem with a lot of people is they are too tight in the hips and generally not interested in dancing to Motown, which I recommend as a brilliant way to sort out tight hips, back to the Back App. The unique aspect of this chair is the ball. Hidden at the base it is adjustable and creates a predetermined instability that just keeps you moving all day long. It is an exercise chair. And a very logical one at that; if the chair is stable and fixed, that is how we end up stable, but entirely fixed with hardly any moving parts and therefore muscles that are simply wasting away. On the other hand if the chair wobbles, it isn’t just fun (and it is fun, a lot of fun) that instability gets those muscles moving and exercising while we work. It is now very much as if we had not sat in an office all day but had been out and about having lots of exercise and fun. If you put the ball at its most wobbly don’t bother trying to work you are now on a bucking bronco, which is really good exercise. Okay calm down now back to work, just a slight adjustment and just a gentle wobble keeps you gently in motion whilst you type and data input and make calls and so on. This has the added bonus that you are now, as research from University of Limerick (Ireland), University of Leuven (Belgium) and University of Perth (Australia) suggests going to suffer much less back pain. So what are you waiting for a free trial of the Back App awaits, just call 020 7485 2264 and we can arrange something that will surely change your life for the better.