I've worked from home for 6 years. Through my process, I've spent more than $1000 in office chairs and desks only to experience constant pain in the back.
After getting suggestions from my physio, I found a $30 setup that literally took the pain away.
My colleagues laugh in disbelief when I show them what my "chair" looks like.
An Expensive Setup to No Avail
At first, I used a few different types of office chairs. Most of them very standard, like the one shown below.
Spent hundreds of $$$. And with all of them, I had constant discomfort and pain in my back, shoulders, and neck.
Then I tried a standup desk. With a lever to adjust height, like the one shown below.
Paid at least some $300 for it. But standing up during most of the day didn't work for me. Although it helped to stop the upper body pain, I started having occasional pain in my knees and feet.
The $30 Setup
Then, my physio recommended my current setup. At first, I frowned, like most people would when I reveal the setup.
But I quickly felt better and better as discomfort stopped. Now I wouldn't trade this $30 setup for any chair in the world.
I've been using a $15 yoga ball as a chair for 3 years now. Never had those pains again.
*The image above is just an example of the posture you get, and it is not me in the photo.
I've been using an American football (half deflated) as a foot rest. Best combo ever.
I get a better posture on my back (from sitting on the yoga ball), but a better posture on my feet with the American football. And I'm still flexible to move and turn a bit.
The point is, an expensive setup might give you the aesthetic pleasure. For most people, it'll honestly be a struggle with discomfort.
The purpose of my setup is to give me the comfort I need while working. Yes, it might not look so neat and beautiful, but it doesn't cause me pains I don't need.
Hope this tip helps you get rid of those WFH pains. Thank me later.
(Disclaimer: I'm not a healthcare professional nor is any of this medical advice. It's simply something that worked for me. Try at your own discretion, the cost of trying is quite low anyway.)
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