Blog Post Wed., Nov. 16, 2011
Number Crunching Momma Blog

Obusforme BackrestI recently was sent an ObusForme Lowback Backrest Support Cushion to review and it has gotten a lot of use and testing.  I sit at a computer for most of my day, unless I am in a meeting and then I am sitting too. I found this cushion made a huge difference to my posture while at my desk.  The adjustable lower lumbar support can be moved to fit where my back needs it the most. I found when I used the ObusForme there was decreased pressure on my back and my spine seemed to be aligned. The cushion conformed to my spine and I did not slouch in my chair as the day progressed.
It’s no secret that our daily routines at home, the office, and in the car can really wear down our bodies. Long drives and hard hours sitting at the computer can lead to serious discomfort and back pains. As a result, back pain has become the most common workplace illness and a leading cause of workplace absence. The good news is that back pain can be beat.

Improving back support is a great way to give your body a break and increase productivity and comfort. The newest line from ObusForme features a Lowback Backrest Support Cushion, which has been ergonomically designed to enhance back support for any chair in any workplace by reducing pressure and stress on the back and neck.

ObusForme Lowback Backrest Support’s Features:
  • Ergonomic design to reduce fatigue, back pain, shoulder tension, and strain on muscles
  • Lightweight and portable, turns any chair into an ergonomic seating system
  • Removable and adjustable lumbar pad offers customizable support option
  • Colour selection includes: burgundy, grey, navy, black, and taupe
I was also fortunate to ask some questions of Dr. Sender Deutsch Dr. Deutsch is a highly-regarded chiropractor who often works with clients to provide your readers with tips, workplace exercises, and product advice to beat the workplace blues and stay healthy and productive at work.

Q: I sit at a computer all day and was wondering if there anything I can do during the day to help my back. Any exercise for stretching that can be done as a proactive measure against back pain?

Dr. Deutsch:
Being proactive is definitely the way to go when caring for your back and body at work.  Stretches and short walks are the best way to prevent muscle and back injuries when spending the majority of your work day in front of the computer.

The best way to prevent back pain is to stand as often as possible and do the following stretches:
  • Micro-break stretch - stand up out of the chair, reach for the ceiling, then push for the ceiling with the hands, then fully and deeply inhale. This process should take about half a minute. Gentle and progressive extension of the lumbar spine is achieved dispelling the accumulated stresses.
  • Side neck stretch – standing upright, slowly drop your head to the left, trying to touch your left ear to your left shoulder, without elevating your shoulder to your ear.  Keep shoulders in a relaxed position and hold for approximately 30 seconds and repeat a few times on each side.
  • Hip flexor stretch – standing step one foot forward into a long lunge hip flexor stretch while keeping the spine tall.  Raise the opposite arm to the front leg overhead reaching up and over to the opposite side as high as you can.
  • Upper arm stretch – hold left elbow with right hand and gently pull elbow behind the head until you feel a stretch, hold for hold for approximately 30 seconds and repeat a few times on each side.  Repeat with the other arm and complete each stretch five times.
Another great way to prevent back injuries and strains at work is to ensure your workstation is ergonomically-friendly.  The ObusForme Lowback Backrest Support turns any chair into an ergonomically correct seating system and is designed to help reduce fatigue, back pain, shoulder tension by decreasing the strain and energy demands on the muscles by providing postural support to your spine.

Q: If my back starts to hurt from sitting all day what can I dowhat reactive measures are appropriate?

Dr. Deutsch: Go for a brisk walk and move as much as possible.  The worst thing you can do is lie down.  Motion equals lotion.  So keep moving and stretching as much as you can in pain relieving positions.  Use a heating pad, hot pack or take a hot bath with Epsom salts followed by some stretching your back into whatever position helps to alleviate the pain.  Seeking medical care from your chiropractor or physiotherapist is also important to get a proper diagnosis and prescription for the right treatment and exercises.  Also work on meditating and taking deep breaths to help relax the tissues.  You can also do self-massage on your back using a foam roller or tennis ball to help increase blood flow to the tissues.