There are few things worse for the back than to sit in front of a computer screen all day, typing away. Since you’re probably reading this from one such screen at work right now, we imagine you agree. Do you like the chair you’re on? Is it comfortable? Ergonomic? The $500 Optimal Posture Office Chair you see above looks kind of strange, but it just might make your corporate servitude just a little less painful.
Developed with doctors from the Wooridul Spine Hospital, the chair has a chest rest that provides support as you lean in toward a keyboard or desk, preventing back strain caused by hunching over. The rest swivels 180° for use as a backrest that shifts the shoulders back and chest outward, encouraging the curved, proper posture that reduces back strain. The seat’s pelvis support has a gentle forward slope that shifts the pelvis forward and raises the buttocks above the knees, resulting in semi-standing posture that discourages slouching—a major cause of back discomfort.
So the way to go about this is to submit a request to your HR or Facilities Management department. Tell them you’re suffering from lumbago or some such terrible back affliction, and that you’d feel as snug as a bug in a rug if you get to sit in this for a change.