Slight Soreness From Prolonged Sitting

SpongebobFan1994

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I bought a computer chair from Staples about a year ago, and I've noticed recently that my butt begins to feel sore after sitting on it for about an hour. It normally feels fine when I sit on it at first, so I'm guessing there's something wrong with the cushioning in the seat itself. I got a 4 year warranty on it (only because the one I had before this was a piece of crap from Walmart), so should I contact customer service about it? Also, are there any stretches I can use to relieve the pain?
 
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Alexzee

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From your description it sounds like your chair doesn't have enough memory foam in it.

I've had the same computer chair that I purchased form IKEA about 10 years ago.
I can still sit in this chair for hours at a time with just a little bit of a stiff back.

My drafting chair I can sit in that for 3 hours or more and have no pain at all.

Both of the chairs I have I paid pretty close to $200.00 for.
It's been my experience that you really do get what you pay for.

FWIW I looked at chairs for about 3 weeks until I found one with good reviews and very few complaints.

I recommend one of these drafting chairs that are adjustable:


For pain relief put your foot up on a table or counter top with your leg straight and reach for your toes and hold that for about 10 seconds to stretch. OR> stand up straight with your feet shoulder length apart and bend at the hips and reach for your toes.

*** Don't touch all the way to the floor unless you are naturally that flexible.***

***As soon as you feel a pull in the muscles stop and hold what you have.***
 

SpongebobFan1994

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From your description it sounds like your chair doesn't have enough memory foam in it.

I've had the same computer chair that I purchased form IKEA about 10 years ago.
I can still sit in this chair for hours at a time with just a little bit of a stiff back.

My drafting chair I can sit in that for 3 hours or more and have no pain at all.

Both of the chairs I have I paid pretty close to $200.00 for.
It's been my experience that you really do get what you pay for.

FWIW I looked at chairs for about 3 weeks until I found one with good reviews and very few complaints.

I recommend one of these drafting chairs that are adjustable:


For pain relief put your foot up on a table or counter top with your leg straight and reach for your toes and hold that for about 10 seconds to stretch. OR> stand up straight with your feet shoulder length apart and bend at the hips and reach for your toes.

*** Don't touch all the way to the floor unless you are naturally that flexible.***

***As soon as you feel a pull in the muscles stop and hold what you have.***
What you said about getting what you paid for is true. I spent roughly $100 on it. Its unfortunate that trying to get a high quality product, without breaking the bank, puts everyone between a rock and hard place.

I'll contact customer service about it and see if they can come out and fix or replace it.

Thanks for the tip about pain relief (I'll try to be careful with that).
 

Alexzee

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What you said about getting what you paid for is true. I spent roughly $100 on it. Its unfortunate that trying to get a high quality product, without breaking the bank, puts everyone between a rock and hard place.

I'll contact customer service about it and see if they can come out and fix or replace it.

Thanks for the tip about pain relief (I'll try to be careful with that).
You're Welcome

Good luck-:)
 

f33dm3bits

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I bought one of these a some years ago, expensive but worth the money and better than my office chair at work.
 

KGIII

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My favorite computing chair is one I bought like 20+ years ago. I don't even recall who made it, but it's a leather affair like one would see in a boardroom. I'd call it 'stupidly expensive', but it has held up all these years with little sign of wear even though it has had a ton of use. It was low four-figures when I bought it in the late 90s (maybe early 00s), though I got a deal on it at an auction as it had been destined to go to a company that had failed.

I strongly suspect it'll last the rest of my life. As mentioned, and at least in this case, you do get what you paid for. I rub some leather treatment into it every now and again and, if it squeaks, I hit it with some white lithium grease. It has had a ton of use over the years, though I am not in it at the moment.
 

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I bought a pretty expensive *gaming* chair. Not because it was a gaming chair, but because it had the features I wanted and I could get it in all black rather than those bright flashy colors.

That said, the seat foam is pretty stiff and they said that was on purpose for proper support. Yeah, well. That support hurts, so I bought a memory foam cushion, but that was just as hard. I ended up buying this gel cushion and it has a waffle or almost swiss cheese structure and made all the difference in the world.

Good luck, I know it can be literally a pain in the @ss.
 

Alexzee

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Did you get the chance to call Staples?
 

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Oh, a lot of it is also how you sit. There's a right and wrong way for sitting and other tasks. Every six months or so, we'd pull in an ergonomic specialist and they'd go over everything from sitting to how you positioned and used your mouse/keyboard. They had sets of exercises and stretches for the employees to do. It was a measurable benefit to doing so as it lowered the rate of people getting RSIs. Things like breaks and stretching were mandated, regular chairs had adequate lumbar support, mouse pads had wrist wrests, and stuff like that.

Ergonomics was a moving target with constant improvements. I assume that's still true.
 

Alexzee

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Since you have a warranty maybe under that warranty they will send you a brand new chair?
If not request it.
 
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