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Dennis Nicholls

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I hate secretary chairs. I suppose the pc term now is task chairs. I own one like this.

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I don't like to dwell on this, but I had 7 operations in 2018-2019 and have been slowly recovering. I've had bad lower back pain and have had to walk mostly with a cane. Physical therapy didn't help much, neither did going to the gym - which COVID prevents anyway. My condition had me sit in front of the computer for too many hours a day.

Finally I noticed the pain was worse standing up from the chair pictured above. As an experiment, I switched out the secretary chair for a regular, 4 legged kitchen table chair without casters.

In less than a week my lower back pain ceased. It has not returned.

It turns out that those swiveling chairs on casters are a known problem for back aches. Numerous medical journal articles testify to this, e.g. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2524705/ . The full article is behind a paywall but the abstract tells the tale.

I'm posting this now as my discovery may help other people.
 

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