Orthopedic backrest!

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Does anyone use such a thing. I have recently started working for myself at home. I have a very comfy chair, but comfortable is not always ideal when your sitting in something for 10-12 hours. I do take breaks, but I also train at the gym a lot so my muscles could do with some support.

I have started to develop two problems, lower back ache that is radiating down my leg, which I then support with pillows and pain radiates through my shoulder.

I am clearly not sitting correctly, and I need something desperately before I do some damage, but I know nothing about the appropriate cushioning.
I know I can easily buy such a cushion on Ebay but will I be buying a lemon.

Alternatively are there certain type of chairs designed for prolonged periods of sitting, that don't cost in excess of £100.
Thanks
 
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You want an angled seat cushion.

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Well...it's an oversimplification of course as everyone is different and has different reasons for pain but the simple answer is when you sit at an office chair it puts your back into a slumped position.

It's not designed to be like that, it's designed to have a slight bend in it, putting a wedge cushion on your chair makes you sit up straight putting your back into it's correct position.

Office posture chairs do the same thing but cost more, I have had back problems for years and have a chair where I can move all sorts, it has a seat tilt function which does the same job, puts my back in it's correct alignment.
 
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I should add you are absolutely correct about doing something before you do some damage. I used to sit slumped all the time and simply reaching down one day I put my back out, no slipped discs or anything as drastic, I just pulled something which made my whole back spasm and lock up, I was laid on the floor on my front in agony not able to move position because of the pain.

It's created a weak point ever since so I do have to be careful with it, some very simple actions and even dawdling rather than walking quickly can make it hurt 10+ years after initially damaging it. Thankfully most of the time I am pain free now, except for the occasional sciatic pain down my leg.

Your back (as with the rest of your health I suppose) really is something you take completely for granted until something goes wrong.
 
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Thighs parallel to the floor, femurs anyway, so the upper leg will appear to slope down.

If you're really intersted in posture, get yourself a gymball and sit on it, or a saddle seat, that should certainly encourage good posture, as you said comfort is not the same as support.
 
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Very good point with the gym ball, just sitting on one works your core muscles to balance yourself and that helps to support your back.
 
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