25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Good for people with coccyx and lower back pain!,
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This chair is surprisingly comfortable, and has alleviated a great deal of my lower back pain and coccyx pain. It is easy to assemble, and reasonably sturdy. I've had a couple of physios recommend sitting on a Swiss ball instead of an office chair, but didn't find this a very practical option because a) my back still seemed to have a tendency to slump, even while sitting on the ball and b) the only way to move the ball is to roll it - in which case you have to stop sitting on it, or you'll roll off. With an office chair, you really want to just be able to push it whereever you want it to be. This design, having a back rest and casters, avoids those two problems, and I find it much better than a normal chair for sitting in
I'm giving it four stars rather than 5 because:
- the only way to adjust the seat height is to inflate the ball to a greater or lesser extent. I seem to be lucky in that the combined seat-ball height seems to be perfect for my desk / arm / leg length anyway, but I can see that if I were a different height (specifically, I am 5'2"), this might be a problem.
- the back rest is extremely difficult to adjust - very tight, and wants to spring back into place with great force. I needed my husband to hold it in place while I locked it, and even then we struggled. So, I really doubt that anyone could adjust the back rest while actually sitting on the chair. Which means that you just have to adjust and readjust by trial and error, and hope that you eventually get it right (I did in just three tries - hurrah!)
- I wonder how much of the benefit of sitting on a Swiss ball, in terms of toning your core muscles, is lost by having it on this stable platform? Yes, the chair is much more comfortable (at least, I find it to be so), but the reason physios recommend Swiss balls for sitting is that the instability means you have to work your core muscles. I'm not sure much core-toning is going on with this ball-chair, although they do make the claim in the product description. I don't know what kind of clinical evidence they have to back this up.
Despite the above, I still recommend this chair to anyone who finds it painful to sit in a normal office chair for extended periods - it is much more comfortable than any other chair I have tried (apart from a reclining stuffed easy chair, which isn't very practical for office work! :) )