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Forced to sit at terrible desk - need help

kurimakkkurimak Posts: 1
edited 02/10/2015 - 8:11 AM in Lower Back Pain

I am a 6' tall 21-year old woman with mild scoliosis but no other medically diagnosed problems with my back. However, I am an undergraduate student who spends about 6 hours a day in these horrible, un-adjustable metal chair-desks in class. I can't adjust the height of my computer, the height of the seat, or anything...and it's all made out of metal, with no ergometric design whatsoever. It didn't bother me for a long time, but recently it has gradually escalated to a point where I cannot pay attention in class because I am simply in too much pain--lower back and neck in particular. I have tried changing my posture, but these chairs are slightly slanted so that if you sit up "straight", it's as if you're slightly leaning backward...I feel like I've tried everything, and I don't know what to do. Does anyone have experience with this? Are there any products, portable seat cushions, etc, that might help my situation? It needs to be something I can attach to these awful chairs, and that I can feasibly carry to campus and back.

Thanks for your help!


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    edited 02/10/2015 - 8:14 AM
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,522
    edited 02/10/2015 - 3:43 PM
    The bottom line, there is no perfect chair for the computer/desk environment. I spent many years on an ergonomic workforce to come up with the best workstation. There are some things that can be done to help, but the bottom line, is that the only solution is that you need to get up and walk around... Stretch, walk, stretch, for at least 10 minutes before going back to the 'chair'.

    That should be done every 60 minutes or so and never allowed to go beyond 90 minutes. Believe me I know. As a programmer, it would be easy for me to spend 4 or 5 hours straight on the computer. I paid the price for doing that.

    Now, it seems that you are in school , so I dont know how flexible they are in terms of you moving around. I would have a talk with the professor or someone to explain your situation. The best spot for you is at the back of the bus so to speak. This way you will not disturb others around you.

    There are cushions, rubber pads, etc that all can help. And they will, but nothing helps as much as the simply task of getting up and about.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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