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The Good Posture Blog

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Good Vs. Bad Sitting Posture Chair Tester Approved by Jerry Porter, DC

I made this video of a good vs. bad sitting posture chair tester (wow, what a mouthful!) as a quick visual aid. Many of my patients over the years have paid me to fix things that could have been prevented EASILY by just paying better attention to where they were sitting. When this happens often enough then I know that I need a better way of explaining it.

I got this chair tester idea from a very good video that was over 10 minutes long but mine has the essence of it and it's only one minute.

Sorry about the shoddy looking seat cushion at the end of the video but it was all I had nearby. This one is about 10 years old, and while I don't want to part with it, you can get a new one by clicking here.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Side Sleepers Are Now Happy Campers!

Self-inflating camping mat
Last week someone asked me to recommend a camping mattress or pad to them. I came up with a few ideas but nothing that was really satisfactory. Then, when I was in Costco I saw these camping pads, and they jogged my memory.

About 2 years ago I was at a seminar in Chicago. A doctor brought in this self-inflating pad that was about 1 inch thick. I thought there was NO WAY this would work for side sleeping.  I was very pleasantly made wrong.

I'm not a small guy and I was fully supported by it when I was laying on my side.

Looking at Costco's website I saw that the mat wasn't listed but I did find a similar one at Amazon.com, ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self-Inflating Air Pad (Steel Blue, Short MC). It's a bit thicker and got great reviews.

Happy camping!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

You Can Have Good Sitting Posture with Outdoor Furniture

Figure 1
Figure 2
I have made a lot of money on this kind of chair (Figure 1). It definitely isn't good for sitting posture. I know it’s probably comfortable when you’re sitting on it but, I also know that you’ll pay for it later with back pain, neck pain, or a headache.

Good sitting posture requires that your hips are a bit higher than your knees. Try one of these pop-out camping chairs (Figure 2) instead. It’s my go-to chair for camping, watching sports, or just sitting on the deck. It’s high enough that when I sit on it my hips stay up above my knees. Picnic Time Portable Folding Sports Chair, Black, at Amazon.com

Figure 3

For chairs like this patio chair (Figures 3,4), place a wedge shaped seat cushion on it to get your hips higher in back. Just be sure the cushion is firm and not soft like a sponge.  You can put your regular cushion on top to cover to cover the seat cushion.