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About six months ago I changed from a very active on-my-feet-all-day job to being sat behind a desk five days a week. Aside from increased boredom, one side effect that I wasn't expecting was a really painful back.
I'm not sure whether it comes down to poor posture in general on my behalf, or if just sitting at a desk is painful for everyone when they're not used to it, but I really did suffer quite severely with pain in my lumbar region.
I was in a supermarket a month or so ago and heard a promotional advert about this product on one of the JML TVs. It caught my attention and I thought it was a great idea. I didn't want to fork out for it without knowing it would work (because I'm cheap), so I came home and read some reviews. I thought it sounded good, and luckily I managed to find one on Amazon for less than £3 including postage - absolutely brilliant value.
The idea is that this is a shaped support for the lower regions of your back. It rests against the back of your chair and can be used in the office, in the car for long drives, or around the home anywhere. It follows the shape of your back as it bends in the bottom of an s shape at the end of your spine, and it provides much firmer support than just a normal chair - particularly when most people (myself included!) aren't comfortable sitting direct and straight back against a chair.
It works a treat. It provides really great support, and eases back pain immediately. So long as you remember to lean back onto it, and to allow it to support you, it's brilliant. The only problem I've experienced with it comes from the crappy, cheap chair my office has provided me with! There's a rather large gap between the base and the back cushions, and I find that the back rest can be pushed down into this. Surprisingly this position is actually quite comfortable anyway, but it's not as supportive on my back as it should be and the pain can return.
I'm really pleased with the product. I haven't had it long enough to really comment on its hardiness, but I've had it long enough to feel its effect. I'm no longer going home from work with a sore back, nor am I waking up with one. I 100% believe that the improvement is down to this back support - it's cheap, almost obvious in design, but really, really works!
OK, I admit it - for years I've had a terrible posture when sitting in a chair at my desk. I've tried to bring the back of the chair right up to try and make me sit more upright, but I still found myself slouching. And then as I got older, I started to get a lower back pain, which just seemed to get more and more aggravated the longer I sat in the chair.
Eventually I saw my doctor about it and after a few questions and an examination, we sort of deduced that it could be being caused by the way I was sitting in my chair at my desk. Hence, he suggested getting some form of back support for my chair that would force me to sit upright and adopt a better posture. I spoke with the Health and Safety people at work and they suggested getting one of these JML back support systems.
I've often seen these things advertised on the Shopping Channels on TV, and I always thought that were just another solution gimmick that was trying to find a problem. But taking my doctor's advice, I ended up buying 2 of them (one for home, one for work) from Amazon for £5.99 each.
At first sight these supports do seem to be a little strange. You've got this weird shaped springy framework supporting a mesh panel across it with some little strange spheres across the middle of the mesh. Very lightweight yet arguably stylish, the idea is that you attach it to the back of your chair on the upright bit, where fitment is a breeze because you only have to slip the assembly over the back and slide it down, and the attached elastic straps hold it in position.
When fitted to the chair, it does look like it will be very uncomfortable because it does seem to stick quite a way forward from the back of the chair. But when you sit down against it, it is actually formed and shaped to fit around the lower part of your back. At first I found I had to adjust it slightly by sliding it up and down the back of the chair to make sure that it was in the right position, and I found myself sitting in what I thought was a slightly strange position.
You sit on the chair as normal with your bum towards the back of the chair. The support then seems to push your lower back forward, and moving up, your upper back arches over the support and back onto the rear support of your chair. So your spine is then supported in a more natural position, and the sides of the support come slightly round your sides to provide some lateral support to ensure that you are held and maintain the correct posture.
The support isn't rigidly solid and does have a degree of springiness to it, which adds to the comfort factor that it provides. You do actually find yourself sitting more upright than you normally would, and with the support fitted, it is almost impossible to slouch in your chair (I have tried and it definitely isn't comfortable for any duration!!) But sticking with it, what I have found over time is that I haven't suffered with my lower back pain as much as I did. It becomes more natural to sit in the upright position, which has now got to such an extent that it almost feels unnatural to sit in an ordinary office chair without a back support.
Now the support has a mesh panel on the back which is meant to allow more air flow across your back and allow you to be more comfortable. I suppose it must do that to a certain extent, but I can't say that I have really noticed any major difference. A further additional feature is the numerous raised spheres across the centre of the panel which are there to massage your back with what they call an 'extra special massage'. OK, sit back against them and you can feel them against your back, but do they make a really pleasurable and special experience? To me, not really.
But, for the price, I can live with the mesh and the spheres probably just being gimmicks, because the support itself is brilliant. I've now got 2, and want to buy a third one soon to put in the car (hence, it is on the Christmas list!!!)
In summary, where I initially thought that this was just another JML gimmick, it is in fact a very useful and beneficial product that has alleviated my lower back pain. So considering the benefits achieved for the price, you just cannot go wrong.
So a 5 star recommendation from me.
A few weeks ago I was in Focus picking up cat litter when I heard one of those promotional TV's they have in shops mention something about sitting and back pain so I wandered over to investigate. I have immense problems with sitting due to back pain so found myself hanging off every word on the TV. The item being described was the JML Sit Right Back Support and there just happened to be one left so I immediately picked it up while I listened more. I'd seen the Sit Right before on a shopping channel but I seem to think the price was way higher than the one I now had in my hand, it cost just £5.99.
The Sit Right is covered in a cardboard sleeve and tells us it is lightweight, has a mesh type frame for good air circulation and plastic nodules to massage the back. The plastic nodules are dubious and I think this would have been just fine without them. The Sit Right is going to be the most use for people who sit with too much flexion of the spine, you can spot these people because they look slumped when they sit. Too much flexion of the spine is one of the quickest ways to damage the disks in your back so should be avoided.
Over the years I've corrected the way I sit so I haven't sat with too much flexion for a long time but I still tend to lean towards a flat lumbar area whereas we should all have a nice gentle inward curve of the lumbar area (called lordosis) and then a nice gentle outward curve of the thoracic spine (called kyphosis) so being a bit flat in the lumbar area will disrupt the curve in the upper back and the next curve in the neck too. This device seemed ideal and a great way to not have to put too much effort into your sitting posture. Devices like this are great because they help our brains get used to the correct posture, faulty postures are deemed normal to our brains if we do them for long enough so correcting it any way possible will help the right way to sit become the normal sensation instead.
The Sit Right has vertical strips of strong elastic in between the chair and the device and a horizontal strip of elastic that goes around the back of the chair so it should stay put. The frame is light metal with a material mesh on it with the plastic support area in the centre. If you think about chairs that boast built in lumbar support then think about how we are all different shapes and sizes you can quickly see the problem, fixed lumbar support in one place isn't going to be in the right place for everyone. The Sit Right eliminates this problem because you can place it where you need it.
I first used it in the car, in the passenger side of someone else's car, where there is no lumbar support. Usually I just take a rolled up towel and slide that behind me but I wanted to try this out. While it does support me in the car it does have a degree of flexibility so isn't rigid and this felt odd because with each brake or corner I felt like I was moving. It does move a bit which isn't ideal for car use but it isn't so alarming it doesn't help, it just takes some getting used to. At home I use this on a dining chair, I'm using it right now in fact, and it stops me from gradually slumping into slight flexion as my muscles get tired so it's excellent in chairs that don't involve movement. It can also be used in office chairs so would be excellent for office workers.
Initially I wondered if the plastic nodules would bother me but they are only about 5 mm each and I don't really feel them. I often feel like I'm archng my back when I use this because I'm used to thinking a flat lumbar area is the right position, it isn't, so all this does is place me in the correct position. Anyone who's ever done pilates will know about neutral spine and this is what the Sit Right sets out to do. Over time using the Sit Right will re-educate the brain to know what neutral spine feels like which is very helpful because it transfers over into daily life given time and stops faulty posture. People who slump into flexion are going to have weak muscles in the back so using this constantly will help to slightly shorten and strengthen those although additional exercise is advised. It's actually a very, very clever idea but I'm told it isn't a new thing as someone pointed out they had one decades ago that was slightly less modern but the same concept. I'm actually thinking about buying one of these for my brother who constantly sits with a flexed spine and has back pain from doing so.
For me it's very useful to help with sitting, it doesn't completely get rid of the pain I feel with sitting but it helps with posture and my hypermobile and painful back can use all the help it can get. The Sit Right is washable, just wipe with a damp cloth. It also has a one year guarantee so if it breaks you just contact JML on 0800 781 7831 to discuss it. These seem to be available in a variety of places, I notice Amazon have them right now too and for anyone who slumps into a flexed posture when they sit the Sit Right will prevent you being able to do that as long as you sit right back in your seat, if you sit forwards away from the support you can still slump so avoid that!
Overall these are very lightweight, do provide good support in sitting and can be taken in cars, used at home or in the office. I do feel a bit self-conscious carrying it to the car with me but I can live with that for some support! A full 5 stars from me and highly recommended for anyone who needs support with sitting regardless of the chair.
When it comes to back pain sadly I am no stranger to it. I have been plagued with a spine problem for years now that will never be cured and then I have suffered terrible, crippling back pain and pains in all other regions of my body for a while ...a fact of which up until recently was put down to 'growing pains' although I'm 36 years old and in the past couple of weeks it looks like I may now need a disc removed and I'm undergoing all that being investigated.
Over the time I have suffered with this back problem I have tried my very best to alleviate my symptoms. I think I have now tried every prescription medicine under the sun for pain relief as well stuff, herbal and not so herbal to rub, spray on and lets not talk about the amount of vitamins and minerals I have read about and eaten...and all to pretty much no avail.
My friend spotted this 'Sit Right' Back Support System in Asda and bought it for me as a little treat. We go out in her car rather often and because I can't walk far due to my back and legs not working problems I am sat down alot and she felt this may help to stop putting so much pressure on my spine and back...nice thought eh? (thanks Lizbo!).
The 'Sit Right' comes with a cardboard, easy to pull off sleeve and on the front of that we are shown a photograph of a young woman using it and told that it is 'Sit Right' and that it is a JML product and as seen on tv. There is a picture of the mesh that makes up the back rest shown and we are told that it helps to keep us cool as it is ventilated and that it gives comfort and support, that you can use it on almost any seat and that it is ideal for work and/or the car and there is a hole through the front of this packaging allowing you to feel the support system through it and feel the nodes which provide the massaging effect that are on the centre of it. On the back of the sleeve we are told a bit more about the product and shown how it improves posture and contact details for JML are given.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Packaging:
By giving your back a little extra support, you could help improve your posture and enjoy more comfort in your seat. Simply slip 'Sit Right' over the back of you chair and you'll instantly feel the difference.
The spring cushion effect gives valuable support and added comfort, whilst the mesh grill acts as a vent to keep you cool. Raised nodes provide and extra special massage feature, so you go from seat to treat in no time at all. Stylish, lightweight and easy to use, 'Sit Right' from JML is the quick, cost effective comfort solution.
The Sit Right Itself:
It only comes in one colour and that is black and it's plastic pretty much all over apart from the edges being covered in a thick black material as is the centre part which are where the nodes are.
In appearance this is quite smart and not old fashioned and very, very light weight indeed making this brilliant for someone to lift and carry who does have pain, so I am impressed this has been well thought out. It's a sort of oval shape with the bottom of it being wider for the fuller part of your back and slimming down slightly to the top of it. At the back of it, there are two straps, both running from top to bottom to curve it rather alot and keep it in shape then there is one strap that is flexible though not loose that you pull over chairs. This does fit on most chairs though not really, really wide ones, but for most of the places I sit this does fit them (in the car being one of those places) and I'm impressed by just how simple it is to fit on and be secure. However I have found that where the strap doesn't fit I can still use this, I just place it there and it seems to stay put really rather well indeed.
What you get is mesh for the most of the 'Sit Right' which of course does keep you cool and it isn't itchy or scratchy or anything like that. To a large section to the middle of it you get rubbery, sticky outy modules that are very hard and not one bit flexible. According to people that have seen me with this it looks hard and uncomfortable and like some sort of masochistic sex toy but I assure that it isn't...it's much more useful though I wouldn't say that the nodules massage my back at all cos like I say they are not flexible and the 'Sit Right' doesn't move a jot once fixed in place.
What this does is makes you sit up straight, lifts the shoulders and I find I don't slouch which is particularly good when I'm sat at my computer for hours on end. It did take me a bit of getting used to, to sit properly but I do now feel like I put less pressure on my problem spine. I no longer get general upper back pain and my back problem is eased by sitting normally. I do find in the car though that I am pushed forward a little too much but again I can deal with that cos my pain is relieved!
I don't get hot and bothered using this, through I do need thickish clothing over the area the nodules touch me otherwise I can feel said nodules attacking me and they are not comfortable on naked skin really.
All in all I love my 'Sit Right'. The appearance of it is nice enough and doesn't make me feel old beyond my years due to its modern design and its lightweight. It seems to really help me and my back pain and I certainly suffer more when I don't use it and all in all this gets a huge thumbs up for me!