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Ever Thought: "Boy that looks complicated!" May 26 2015

Hello everyone, hope you had a pleasant and family oriented Memorial Day weekend. Today, we are pleased to be sending our second newsletter of 2015 to bring some news that we are very excited to pass along to you for the first time here. In addition to the new and exciting products that we now have available on our website, today we are announcing our new Installation Services program.
 
Over the last six months we have found that many of our customers are interested in securing help with the assembly, placement and/or installation of the products they buy through Backcare Basics. Typically, our chairs are simple and quick to put together. But with the introduction of our sit-to-stand desks, having the option for installation assistance is essential. To help with this currently, one but only one, of BCB’s sit-to-stand desks is delivered fully assembled. Most, except for the Humanscale Float, require electrical connections to be completed along with the attachment of the mechanisms for raising and lowering the work surface.

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This becomes especially important to our growing list of business clients who purchase products in larger quantities and broader functionality. Multiple chairs and desks might require delivery to a few new facilities or a company may require just the temporary expertise and manpower to get an installation project done expeditiously. In either case, Backcare Basics can now help with this for both consumers and businesses virtually anywhere in the continental United States.
 
We present this new service to our customers as a result of having formed these relationships through our association with a network of furniture assembly specialists. It is these specialist relationships that allow us to bring this service to our clients. From simple to complex projects you are now able to arrange hands on help through BackCareBasics.com. We will make sure that all the parts and pieces end up just as you visualized they would with no muss, no fuss. 


Up The Sitting Game March 26 2015

Gear Patrol, a wonderful site that speaks 'gear' from Caribbean Island secret get aways (featuring lovely Saba most recently) to yes, office chairs, recently ran a 'Top 10' report and one of our ergonomic chairs made the list. No, it was not a 'thousand dollar' chair but one that we sell for under $200. Check it out here . These people saw the word value in the chairs equation.

Hard to fault, fits just about every application and body type, affordable and good looking. What's not to like? In stock and can also be made up with an all mesh seat, vinyl seat for industrial applications as well as custom fabrics. Shown above is the all mesh version shipped free $219 all in!


Designing Healthy Work Environments March 19 2015

We think our friends at Humanscale are quite adept at designing office furnishings that promote wellness in the workplace. If you would like to read a short 'white paper' please click here and bring yourself up to speed in terms of what you should be looking for in workplace ergonomics. It's short and to the point!

Being an authorized Humanscale e-commerce retailer the staff at BackCare Basics can assist you in all genres of seating, ergonomic accessories, standing desks and other ergonomic furnishings.

Don't be shy. Contact us today. We are here to help you and like our name implies your back! 800.858.8987 M-F 9-5 Eastern.

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Papa's Standing Desk March 11 2015

Among the proponents of standing up while you work was of course one the greatest writers of all time Ernest Hemingway. 'Papa' would stand up at his 'standing desk' to write as well as type. Here is an excerpt about his personal workspace and habits:

“In Ernest’s room there was a large desk covered with stacks of letters, magazines, and newspaper clippings, a small sack of carnivores’ teeth, two unwound clocks, shoehorns, an unfilled pen in an onyx holder, a wood carved zebra, wart hog, rhino and lion in single file, and a wide-assortment of souvenirs, mementos and good luck charms. He never worked at the desk. Instead, he used a stand up work place he had fashioned out of a bookcase near his bed. His portable typewriter was snugged in there and papers were spread along the top of the bookcase on either side of it. He used a reading board for longhand writing.” 

Back Care Basics offers modern day sit stand desks in a variety of prices and configurations. We would be glad to discuss all of this with you if you have questions. Please contact us by phone at 800-858-8987 or by e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 


Ballo Chair From Humanscale March 09 2015

The Ballo from Humanscale is one of the most unique ways to sit actively that we have seen in a long time. These stools are great for collaboration settings, lounges, break rooms or a short term guest chair. Some folks have even bought them to use as a full time desk chair. Considered an active sitting chair, its actually good for your posture and health. No slouching here and no falling asleep!

The tilt and slight bounce engage the legs, the core, and all the way up the spine. The domed shape opens hip angles for improved circulation and alignment. Very easy to carry around. Even arrives inflated!

Check it out along with tons of product details and pricing. Back Care Basics is an authorized Humanscale retailer and we are here to answer any of your questions


The Elusive Kneeling Chair March 07 2015

Dying to try a kneeling chair out before you take the plunge? Would you really like to test out the Varier ThatSit or the Varier Gravity? Well if you are Boston, Massachusetts based you can visit the Varier factory showroom in nearby Needham to see just about every Varier model. You can test the chairs. Pick up a brochure and look at the special order swatches that we have in our library. Just call us or email us to set an appointment time that works best for you. We can arrange a time and date to meet you there.

Not nearby? Call us or email us with any questions. If you do buy a chair through Back Care Basics and it does not work out our easy and hassle free return policy makes it a breeze. Kneeling chairs and our Move Stools are easy to ship and are packaged in small dimensioned cartons so shipping costs are minimal should it not work out for you. Returns on these products rarely happen and this is why we encourage shoppers to buy and try the Varier chair that they think will work for them. If it does not, we are here to help you sort it out.

We look forward to hearing from you real soon!


How to Beat Cabin Fever March 01 2015

So far up here in Boston, Massachusetts we have had the second snowiest winter ever with 102" of that fluffy white stuff. In fact, there is only another 5" required to top the all time greatest annual regional snow fall on modern record. Cabin fever is setting in!

If you live anywhere in this region, or maybe elsewhere for that matter, you might be spending a lot of time sitting at your desk and messing about on the web (when your not out shoveling). If you are sitting, not shoveling that is, be sure to check out our many ergonomic seating models and active sitting products to help you through the winter blahs.

At Back Care Basics this March, you can enjoy a complimentary coupon to be applied against any purchase on any of our hundreds of products. Simply sign up for our emails and promotions and you will get 5% off your next order. You can use it on any of our accessories, sit to stand desks, kneeling chairs, motion seating or general office seating. All chairs and stools Ship Free. Another bonus point.

While we have seen many images this winter of this insane amount of snow, here are a few that stood out for me. One in suburban Boston (yes those are cars and was taken after the first dump and it's worse now) and the other at a local marina just south of us. Yes salt water does freeze if its cold enough! Last shot is a snow farm to process the snow.




 

 

 


Varier Kneeling Chair February 28 2015

 In the course of the average day we have the chance to use lots of different chairs here at Back Care Basics. When working remotely, or away from the office, I use the Varier kneeling chair with a back known worldwide as the Variable. Available both with and without the back stem its a spectacular way to sit actively. Mine happens to have that upright back piece. Shoppers ask if its truly functional and I explain 'yes' go for it if the budget allows. The standard Variable without the back is excellent as well. If you are curious, most of the Variables that we sell are 'sans' back but its a nice little ad on and I like it. 

The Variable is a high quality piece of furniture from Norway built to last a lifetime. Its easy to move around your home or office workspace. We know one lady from Colorado that ended up buying four to place in the various rooms of her home. We finally asked her what she was doing with them all and she told us that she originally bought one and carried it all over the house. Then she ordered a second one and then she finally gave up and bought two more so she had one in each of her favorite spaces. Yeah, that's how much people love these things! It is light and easy to move around not to mention the comfort and support that it spins off.

Have a question? Like to talk to someone about the benefits of a kneeling chair? Please call us at 800.858.8987 or email us. Start sitting actively its just better for you.


Big & Tall Office Chairs Are Here To Stay February 27 2015

Did you know that 'most' office chairs unless tagged as Big & Tall are weight rated for users only up to 250 pounds? Some in fact are only rated to 200 pounds and I hate to tell you that they are very common in the 'big box' stores so beware. Did you wonder why some of your chairs in your facility would keep breaking down? The weight of the user could have something to do with it. 

Next time check out our Big & Tall and 24/7 Rated chair selections so you can avoid those problems and give your staff member or yourself a chair that fits and is properly engineered. Even aside from these specially rated chairs, Back Care Basics only selects models that have at least 250 pound class ratings that also carry excellent factory warranties.

Back Care Basics has many chairs in these special classes that range in price from affordable to well just simply exotic. Check out this Global Concorde chair in full leather as an example. Yes this is what we call a 'lifetime office chair'!

But don't let this pricing scare you, we also have an enormously popular chair like this high intensity Big and Tall model in stock and ready to go. Yup, a wide spectrum in price so likely we have one that will be right for you. You can call us at 800.858.8987 or email us with any questions that might have. Back Care Basics is here to help you.

 


Who Sits in Humanscale Chairs Anyway? February 25 2015

Some of us were sad to see the HBO series The Newsroom wrap up its final season last December. Being very chair oriented here at Back Care Basics we had fun watching the cast sit in Humanscale chairs during all three seasons.

Here is a shot of Alison Pill in her green mesh with silver trim, Humanscale Liberty chair. One of our favorite designs. Also one of our favorite cast members.

HBO The Newsroom cast member Alison Pill in her Liberty Chair

Please check out the Liberty chair here . Back Care Basics just rolled out a Quick Ship program of all the popular models. Custom produced for you in 5-7 days! If you need a special textile or leather call or email us and we will supply you with a special price quote and textile samples. 

Humanscale is truly a wonderful chair that works for just about anyone. Sliding seat pans, body conforming mesh backs and one of the nicest lines of any office chair on the market.

Curious about other Humanscale models? Please click here to see the entire line including Ergo Tools and Sit Stand desking products.

Feel free to call 800.858.8987 to speak to one of our associates. Back Care Basics is an authorized Humanscale reseller.


Stylish Sit-to-Stand Desk Sets for Your Workspace November 03 2014

The latest ergonomic functionality & style!

Backcare Basics has teamed up with the newest manufacturer of sit/stand desks ... Upstanding Designs of New England. We are happy to introduce what we believe to be the most ergonomically functional and stylish desk and stool combination that we have ever seen. And, we've done it at a price that usually buys the desk alone. 

            

We have been waiting for quite some time to pair up our Move Stool with the appropriate sit/stand desk. Basically, we did not see the mating of present industrial designed desks with the stylish functionality of the Varier stool very appealing for the money. The stylish Move Stool provides many body positioning options when an adjustable height desk is set to a standing height; a feature which is particularly appealing to the ergonomists we speak with. The Move Stool allows for "perching" while working at elevated desk heights and is as infinitely adjustable as this well thought out desk design itself. With the introduction of the Metropolitan Desk we discovered the best combination of style and functionality to match the capabilities of a great ergonomic stool and decided to offer this economical Desk-Stool Set option to our clients. 

A Boston Globe article, published today, offers some great insight into the benefits of varying positions while at work vs. sitting or standing exclusively for long periods of time. Here are a couple of insightful excerpts ...

"More than a dozen studies conducted over the past decade suggest that too much sitting leads to more disability as we age, doubles the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and could even shorten our lifespan. For example, Harvard researchers found in a February study involving more than 92,000 women that the more time participants spent sitting at work, driving, or watching TV, the greater their risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, or strokes."

"Such news may have contributed to a 50 percent rise in the sales of standing desks over the past year as more companies invest in them for their employees." The article states.

And ... “Standing all day isn’t the answer,” said Alan Hedge, a design and ergonomics professor at Cornell University. “That’s where we were 100 years ago, and we needed to develop chairs to prevent curvature of the spine, backaches, and varicose veins.”

A hot topic today? I'll say, but we at Backcare Basics have been working to help folks get into the correct positions at work and play for many years. Active Sitting is delivered by virtually all the products we sell for office and home but the Metropolitan Desk and the Move Stool may be the perfect solution to helping sit/standers assume many many different positions while providing the flexibility of moving on the job.

 


This One Chair Does It All & Eliminates SLS July 16 2014

 We don't often get on a soapbox about the beauty of a chair but this one's an exception. The Varier Gravity balans chair is not only a wonder to behold but it goes a long way towards totally eliminating SLS. Readers of our "BCB Updates" blog will remember our home grown acronym for "Stagnant Long-Term Sitting" which others have called the "Sitting Disease".

The sitter never stagnates in this chair! The Gravity balans four positions takes the user from the kneeling chair working position to the zero gravity position where the legs are elevated above the heart. This range of motion and the ability to move while sitting is unexcelled. But as they say a picture is worth a thousand words but this video tells it all. 

Check out the details at: http://goo.gl/3MKV6W 


Active Sitting Video from Varier July 07 2014

Here's a quick review of Varier's Active Sitting approach to movement while sitting.


One of Our Favorites Returns - BodyBilt Ergonomic Chairs July 04 2014

As you may remember Backcare Basics has been around since 1988. Since our founding we have seen manufacturers come and go. Ergonomic chair producers are many but not all have stood the test of time. One of those who has is ErgoGenesis, the manufacturer of BodyBilt ergonomic chairs. We are pleased to announce that BodyBilt is back on Backcare Basics' web store.

Also established in 1988, ErgoGenesis manufactures BodyBilt ergonomic seating and accessories for use in the office, home, laboratory, industrial settings, or wherever there exists a need for comfortable, ergonomically-designed seating. BodyBilt chairs are created by applying space-age designs to chair components to emulate the same stress-free posture assumed by the body in a weightless environment.

BodyBilt chair designs have brought recognition to ErgoGenesis as being a leader in the ergonomic seating industry. BodyBilt chairs are present in many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies such as the Pentagon, Department of the Navy and the Internal Revenue Service, providing their workers with high quality, long lasting ergonomic seating. 

ErgoGenesis’ BodyBilt products have also been cited in several national publications as being superior ergonomic chairs relative to others available on the market today. Every BodyBilt chair shown on our website is friendly to the environment, very well equipped and available for quick shipment from Backcare Basics ....and is manufactured in the company's facility in Navasota, Texas. 

To celebrate the return of BodyBilt to our webstore we are delighted to offer exclusive pricing to our newsletter subscribers. For a limited time only you can purchase your BodyBilt chair for a total of 46% off our list price! Use the checkout code: BodyBilt0714 for and additional 10% off our already low price.


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Varier Move Stool - Learn From This Video July 02 2014


Automatic Ergonomic Chair Adjustments Are Here! June 12 2014

Ergonomically correct sitting posture is great for your body while you work or play. We all seem to acknowledge that quite easily, but few of us have chairs that help us with achieving that posture. Some people think that perfect ergonomic sitting solutions might only be achieved by purchasing customized chairs that are specifically tailored to fit your body. This might, in fact, be the best physical solution but it certainly isn’t the best financial solution to better sitting posture. A custom designed chair made to fit a single body doesn’t adapt to multiple users well or to body changes of the sitter for that matter. The result has been for manufacturers to make office chairs with as many adjustments as possible to accommodate different user body types. The advantage of this approach allows the manufacturer to mass-produce chairs at lower cost resulting in a more reasonable selling price and wider appeal to customers in the marketplace.

 However, what we have found over the time we have been in the business of making people more comfortable and less prone to having back issues while sitting, is that the majority of the people using highly adjustable chairs do not take the time to understand how to use them.  So like many other industries, advancing technology is helping to make chairs available that include automatic adjustments requiring little or no user intervention be effective.

Sound familiar? The extreme of this is Google’s new autonomous or driverless car. We never thought we’d see it but, in the long run, the more things can be done properly for us automatically, the higher the value of the item in question to the people using it. This is particularly true for chairs. Simple and automatic is always a good combination. Automated ergonomic technology is starting to appear today.

Global Total Office, one of Backcare Basics’ long-standing partners, is leading the way when it comes to automating chair adjustability at very affordable prices. Not long ago we introduced Global’s Loover task chair and, more recently, the Vion; two chairs that automate chair back tilt tensioning by using Global’s Weight Sensing technology. These chairs are the first of their kind and both do it with style that works for most environments.

Why is this an important step in ergonomic progress? Simply because ergonomists agree that our body should maintain an “open” angle between our laps and chests when sitting, a very important aspect of ergonomically correct sitting. And, having the ability to lean back in our chairs allows for movement accomplishing another recommended ergonomic benefit. But what is the right amount of tilt? Well that depends on a number of things including the weight of the sitter. Global’s Weight Sensing Synchro-Tilt mechanism knows that answer simply by “feeling” the weight on the seat and reacting to it differently for varying loads.

 This recently introduced mechanism by Global allows for the backrest to recline at a faster rate than the seat, increasing the angle between your torso and thighs. The force it takes to accomplish this is automatically sensed by the new design so no manual adjustment by the sitter is required. Another benefit of this technology is that it allows for you to rock comfortably, without heavy pushing thus reducing muscle fatigue while moving as recommended by the experts.

Like what you’ve read? Here are the 10% discount codes for the Loover (LOOVER0614) and Vion (VION0614) Weight Sensing Task Chairs referenced above. Enter these codes at checkout, they will be available for our BCB Updates readers through June 30, 2014.


Are you sitting down? Read This! May 30 2014

We all constantly hear about what we should be doing regarding our daily activity level in order to become healthier and live longer. However, an article in USA Today in March of this year sites a study that makes some startling discoveries in one respect but basically it hangs some real danger signs on being sedentary that really drive the message home.

Nanci Hellmich of USA Today writes about the Kaiser Permanente study conducted by one of their Senior Scientists, Deborah Rohm Young, dealing with the effects of being sedentary in our work and leisure activities.

Here are the story highlights:

  • Men who sit five or more hours a day have an increased risk of heart failure
  • Those who exercise very little are also at greater risk
  • The bottom line: Sit less, move more and try to meet federal guidelines 

This is definitely recommended reading, click here to read the facts that are presented and the conclusions drawn.

Our friends at Varier Furniture know all to well about sedentary sitting. We call it "SLS" (Sedentary Long-term Sitting). Varier provides a great line of active sitting chairs for work and play and great illustrations like this one. They also point out that: "Research has linked too much sitting to increased risk of type 2 diabetes and death from cancer, heart disease and stroke". Again, click on the image below to read the details for yourself.

 

See our Active Sitting page for just a few of the solutions carried by Backcare Basics.


Standing Desks. A New Idea? I Think Not. May 22 2014

Did you know that Winston Churchill worked while standing at an elevated desk?

            

Certainly this is proof of the old adage that "what goes around comes around" and "that some things old are new again". Today, heeding the advice of the ergonomic community, people are using the appropriately named Sit/Stand desk to stay moving while at work. Statistics show that the more people are able to move freely while sitting, standing or "perching" at their workstation, the more productive they become. Of course, the major benefit ends up to be that those who move while working do not experience the back pain that long-term stagnant sitting causes.

While Churchill's desk was fixed at a specific height, today the adjustable desk has allowed us to choose what height we would like to work at at any time. These desks can be used at the "traditional" seated height to as high as 46" which presents another problem to solve. That is "Do I need more than one height chair at my desk?" The answer is emphatically, NO! The addition of an adjustable sit/stand/perch stool can do it all. So, unlike Mr. Churchill's standing-only desk we now have variable height desks and chairs for even more ways to stay comfortable while working. Statistics are telling us that the average office worker sits for, on average, 9 hours each day which certainly contributes to the growing problem of obesity around the world. And certainly not good.

But if each of us took a page from Mr. Churchill's book and focused on standing for 3 of those 9 hours instead, we would burn additional calories due to increased heart rates and body movement. In fact, some calculations say as much as 8 lbs. annually could be shed from just that one minor change in our working habits. And, I believe we all know that a healthier workforce is a more productive workforce and great for business no matter what field you're in.

Let us know your thoughts on whether you think your team could benefit from using adjustable workstations and seating in your environment. We love to work with those that do think they might to help assess and ensure that the best selections are made at the most economical prices within budgets. Everyone wants value for the dollars spent, especially in business.

 


New to Kneeling Chairs? - Learn the Benefits in This Video April 18 2014

Varier Furniture, one of our favorite partners, not only invented the Variable balans kneeling chair, it has been manufacturing the highest quality original and additional designs that offer the benefits of #activesitting for over 35 years.

Varier has recently been producing short, entertaining and educational videos on #activesitting. This one gets down to the description of the balans concept benefits to you and your back. 


Five sitting positions that cause back pain. April 17 2014

How many of the five affect you? Check Out These Common Issues That Cause Back Pain!!

#1 - Rounded Shoulders - If you're slouching, that puts stress on your lower back, you overuse those muscles, then you become fatigued and have soreness and discomfort. So your childhood advice from grownups is still correct (maybe more so) today … “shoulders back”.

#2 - Head Forward - Your head should be directly over your shoulders when you sit or stand. This puts the spine into a “stress free” natural position whether seated or standing.

#3 - Hunch-backing - No “hunching”, the back should be straight and resting against a traditional chair’s back to provide support to the lower curve of the back, or lumbar area. With backless chairs, like many kneelers, the spine is automatically adjusted to the assure correct back positioning for optimum comfort.

#4 - Poor Feet Positions - When sitting in a “traditionally” designed office chair, it should be adjusted to position your knees slightly lower than the hips, and your feet should be able to rest on the floor or foot stool. With kneeling chairs this is not necessary as the “open angle” formed between the upper torso and your thighs promotes free blood flow throughout your body quite naturally. 

#5 - Stagnant Long-Term Sitting (SLS) - Move, move, move - Just as important as proper positioning, experts say, is getting up and walking every 20 to 30 minutes for about five minutes. Movement increases blood flow and oxygen to muscles that have been holding the body in one position and helps refresh them.

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How one easy sitting change can make you more productive. April 10 2014

Let’s face it, you’re going to have to change something to combat the negative effects of sitting in one place for extended periods of time. The experts say that we should get up and change our posture, stretch and generally take a break to exercise to mitigate back pain. All great ideas but, I don’t know about you, when I’m on a roll and producing good results for what I’m doing at the time I DO NOT want to be interrupted by anyone or anything, especially taking exercise, that interferes with my productivity.

But, what if you and I could do both AT THE SAME TIME? We can and I have done so by simply changing to a chair that moves while I’m in it. And better yet, I don’t have to do anything consciously to make it happen. The key is working on a chair that moves when your body moves. So rather than getting one that puts you into one “ideal” position, active sitting chairs respond to your body’s movement which comes naturally as we “fidget” or reposition ourselves for whatever reason while we’re in it.

There are a ton of different “solutions” that manufacturers have come up with that are so called perfect but, the truth is, there is no one magical design that works for everyone. However, that being said, I have found that active sitting stools come as close to a being a universal solution as any we've seen so far. Why? Simply put they are adjustable for height, lean in the direction you need to go without the need to alter its settings, rotate and “glide” from place to place easily. With this kind of flexibility these stools allow us all to remain moving while seated.

So whether you choose a stool on casters, one with an inverted “dome” base design or one with a moveable joint base design you can be mobile while also being able to “lean” into your work with ease. Active sitting stools can also be the only chair you need when working at a sit/stand desk which many of us do today.

Click on the photo above to see even more active sitting stools.

Why Active Sitting Helps Almost Everyone Who Practices It! April 06 2014

We have all become quite sedentary. Humans are the consummate spectators who sit at their desks, sit at their workbenches, sit at sporting events, sit while driving and mostly sit at public functions. Then we go home and sit some more. "Active sitting” helps to counteract the negative effects of “Stagnant Long-Term Sitting”. “SLS” has become a very large part of everyday living and it’s evident whether we are at work or play. 

All of this inactivity takes its toll on our bodies in so many ways. SLS, the lack of movement while sitting, has been linked to a number of serious health issues like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. At least one well known healthcare provider   points out that it believes SLS to be more dangerous to humans than smoking. So, quite simply, the answer is to find ways to keep our bodies in motion during extended periods of sitting. Staying in motion is healthier for us all. Medical experts agree that any one of the long list of active sitting benefits can make any and everyone healthier.

So here’s the extensive list of why active sitting benefits almost everyone:

  • Promotes Overall Natural Body Movement 
  • Allows for Continuous and Automatic Exercising of Muscles
  • Strengthens Core and Abdominal Muscles 
  • Improves Posture to a More Natural Upright Position
  • Reduces Pressure on Vertebral Disks, Reducing Back Pain
  • Eliminates Un-Natural Hunched Back Posture 
  • Prevents Tension in Neck and Shoulders 
  • Ensures and Enhances Deep Breathing Improving Oxygen Levels
  • Increases the Circulation of Blood to the Lower Extremities 
Which ones will benefit you the most?
 
 

Always Moving, It's Called Active Sitting April 04 2014

We are pleased to let folks know that we are continuing to add products to our site that offer the ability to enable movement while working in a seated position.

Backcare Basic's philosophy is that what's good for you doesn't have to be tasteless, plain or lacking stylish design. Today there are solutions to the stagnant sitting issues that many of us have that are engineered to not only assist in maintaining the correct posture for your back but to also look good. Whether they appear to be "traditionally" designed and look familiar ... 

or truly different looking ...  

   

... the chairs we offer have been vetted to be the most functionally effective at reducing the pain of stagnant sitting when working for extended periods of time.

The important thing for the user is that they can depend on getting the best solutions that are available when buying from Backcare Basics. We've been around since 1988 in the business of back pain care, relief and, most importantly, prevention.

So whether your choice is for the traditional look or the new and unique looks that technology advances are allowing us to design with today, you'll find the best of the best on our site. Backcare Basics' management prides itself on not having that "hardware store" look of many sites that present as many products as possible with the hope of appealing to as large an audience as possible. We specialize in offering well vetted products that are high quality, well built and, in our opinion, stylishly designed to appeal to those who appreciate the somewhat unique.

Keep tuning into our site as we are constantly on the lookout for great new offerings like the Swopper and Muvman as well as the fantastic products like those from Varier that we have been bringing to our customers for many years.

 

 


Active Sitting Basics Video March 09 2014

 

Here's another super informative, quick and easy to view video about active sitting. Ergonomists from around the world agree that movement is the best thing for your body and stagnant sitting for long periods of time is harmful in many ways. Whether you are conscious about your body and want to prevent back pain, whether you are in need to relieve current back problems or whether you are simply looking for a good chair that provides true relaxation, Varier offers a large range of products that suit your needs. Backcare Basics has offered Varier's kneeling chairs since the product, and now many products, were introduced to the United States' market. We continue to support these products and have many followers who have benefited from the use of these chairs. Check out the variety we carry at our kneeling chair page and the Move Stools which is one of our best sellers and the mobile version of the Move that Tilts which now allows even greater movement while sitting.


Great New Stool, Great Intro Deal February 12 2014

So we're really happy to be the first retailer in the United States to be offering the new OneLeg Ergonomic Stool from Denmark. A simple but effective product at a low cost that just works well and is one of those "why didn't I think of that" items that has the ability to make us all more comfortable when working on projects and chores that take us down to floor or ground level.

And, it fits right into the latest rage in ergonomics...active sitting. In this case this little gem allows the sitter to move in place (rocking or leaning is easy) and rotate to reach out of the way spots where your tools or work might be. It is lightweight so its portability is outstanding and it can be used indoors or out for a myriad of applications. Its construction is formed from UV resistant polyethylene so it is virtually going to last forever.

In accordance with our celebration of this introduction we are offering our special offer which can be seen at https://2A19D2.campgn5.com/OneLeg-Offer

We're sure you'll be impressed with this little stool which is priced ($69) to be able to be owned by everyone. Let us know what you think and if we can answer any questions, email us at info@backcarebasics.com.


Fun Facts About Snow January 24 2014

Six Facts About Snow That You May Not Have Known

FACT #1: 1 inch of rain is equivalent to about 10 inches of snow. The difference comes from the air trapped in snow ice crystals and the density of the snow.

FACT #2: The lighter and fluffier the snow the faster it melts.

FACT #3: The largest snowflake recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records fell at Fort Keogh, Montana in 1887 and was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

FACT #4: A snowstorm becomes a blizzard when visibility is less than 1/4 mile and the storm continues for more than 3 hours with winds of 35+ mph.

FACT #5: The largest amount of snow recorded in one year was 1140 inches. It was recorded in Mt. Baker ski area in Washington in 1998-1999. That is about 95 feet of snow in one year!

FACT #6:Stampede Pass in the state of Washington averages 430 inches of snow per year. No wonder it's known as the snow capital of the United States!


Active Sitting Short Subject Video December 27 2013

 

This is an animated short that addresses the health risks associated with too much sitting, and why adding activity and movement to your work day is important. It introduces the concept of active sitting. 
 
As we mentioned in a previous post here, when we attended the Ergonomic Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas at the beginning of December, all we kept hearing about was that movement while sitting and exercising regularly make the difference to assure a healthy body. Backcare Basics has been a proponent of #activesitting since its founding in 1988. So we think we can help our clients to choose the right sitting solution for their needs be it at work or at home. Especially when it comes to Varier's line of active sitting chairs.
 
Visit our site regularly for new ideas at: Backcare Basics and get the scoop on the latest products for #activesitting.

 


10 Ways to Relax During Holiday Season Stress December 20 2013

Take a deep breath. It’s December and you know what that means. In a few short weeks, it’ll be madness trying to get everything done. From holiday shopping lists to home entertaining, we know that your schedule will be filled with things to do and all different kinds of stressors. Not to worry though. BackcareBasics.com is here to help you make the most of the holiday season with some stress-reducing tips that can make you feel pampered before the holiday rush.

Follow any or all of these 10 tips for a stress-free December:

  1. Make time every day to relax. When we get caught up in the madness of the holidays, it can be easy to neglect ourselves. Don’t let that happen. Instead, schedule time for yourself.
  2. Breathe deeply, especially when you feel the stress getting to you. If you’re waiting in a long checkout line with 10 million things racing through your head, just stop. Breathe. Don’t worry – you’ll get it all done.
  3. Practice stretching frequently to avoid muscle tension brought on by holiday stress.
  4. Get a massage. Not only will it keep you feeling loose, but in many cases, you can save big when you book your appointment before the holidays. Many spas offer specials throughout the month of November.
  5. After a long day of preparing meals, baking cookies, or wrapping gifts, make some time to unwind in your favorite relaxation chair, complete with a Bucky Hot & Cold BodyWrap or Bucky Hot & Cold NeckWrap. It’s the only way to soothe those aching muscles.
  6. Get enough sleep. When you’re rushing around to get everything done, it can be easy to skip on much needed sleep. Don’t make the sacrifice. Lack of sleep can lower your immunity, cause fatigue, and leave you feeling, well, blah.
  7. Spend time with those you love, doing the things you love. Just because you have a busy schedule doesn’t mean that you have to give up what makes you happiest. Take time to laugh and smile. It makes such a difference.
  8. Work comfortably, drive comfortably, and sit comfortably by using a seat cushion that provides ample back support. It’ll definitely reduce those aches that leave you feeling exhausted by November’s end.
  9. Make time to exercise. It’ll reduce stress and leave you feeling energized. Plus, it’s a great way to boost your metabolism and lose weight before all of the holiday temptations arrive.
  10. Use scents to feel relaxed. Whether it’s through fragrant lotions, aromatherapy candles, or even the smell of fresh baked holiday cookies, you can use the power of scent to soothe your mind and your aching body. Just remember to stop and breath deep.

Active Searching??? December 11 2013

Courtesy of our friends at Varier Furniture. Thank you!


Ergonomics Exposition - Las Vegas December 09 2013

We just returned from attending The National Ergonomics Conference & Exposition held in Las Vegas last week and it was phenomenal.

We go to learn what's new in the field of ergonomics and see the new products that are available as a result of the research and development that is being done by universities and corporations from around the world. The new products that are shown cover the waterfront and typically one can see the trends that are in favor at any given time. There are those items and services that are "in vogue" and others that are just plain make sense items over the long term. From furniture to clothing and everything in between we search for those items that are not fads but rather sensible approaches that one can use to prevent, relieve and relax the stress and strain that your body experiences while at work or play. As you'll recall one of our favorites is #activesitting.

The caveat that we at Backcare Basics use to truly differentiate ourselves from the competition is that we search for products, particularly those that can be used at work and at home, that are not only highly functional but stylish as well. We have always taken the road less traveled, i.e. BCB was one of the first to offer the Varier Furniture product line in the United States. Varier is one of those companies that very early in their history recognized that the furniture they made should be attractive to look at as well as good for the body's use over long periods of work or play. So rather than being one of the "hardware stores" of ergonomics we choose to offer the best of the best products that offer both attractive styling and features that will benefit your body and be functional for many years to come.

As we have mentioned in prior blog posts focus on superior products with style is the BCB mission that we believe suits our clients the best. To that end, be sure to stop by regularly to see what's new at BCB. We made some pretty interesting discoveries at The National Ergonomics Conference & Exposition last week and we're anxious to share them with you in the near future.


Varier Gravity Special Offer November 11 2013

Here's something you don't see very often. That is, one great Norwegian chair company offering an incentive of another iconic Norwegian blanket weaver free with the purchase of a Varier Gravity recliner.

It's a result of this year being the 30th anniversary of the Gravity's introduction. Yes, this very modern and functional piece of art has been around, virtually unchanged, for thirty years. Those of us who have been in one are blown away by the comfort afforded by the various positions this chair is capable of. From working position as a kneeling chair with a back to the zero gravity reclined position for relaxation, this chair does it all.

Take a look at the chair and this phenomenal offer that has never been done before.Visit http://backcarebasics.com/products/varier-gravity-balans-multi-purpose-chair for the details and how to take advantage of this fantastic offer.


Talk About Active Sitting October 10 2013

Move Stool on WheelsSo what do you think? The Move Stool from Varier has always been a great seller with its "dished" base and now, with the addition of the Move Stool on Wheels, it is about to become more versatile than ever.

Our recent blog postings have referred to SLS (Stagnant Long-Term Sitting) as something to be avoided as movement or #activesitting makes for healthier bodies. With the new Move Stool on Wheels that allows the sitter to roll around as well as tilt while never having to leave the chair, there's more mobility and more comfort in the work place.

Look for our website posting announcing the availability of the Move Stool on Wheels shortly. It is expected to arrive in the U.S. this December so our posting on the Backcare Basics website will be up soon. This will enable pre-orders to be placed and assure rapid delivery of the sure to be hot item in Varier's line of #activesitting products at the time of its introduction here in the states.


SLS is Everywhere but Solutions are NOT!! September 19 2013

If you’ve been following our blog you know that our focus is on what we call   #activesitting as a solution to “Stagnant Long-Term Sitting” affects. Many solutions have been offered but few have succeeded in helping with eliminating the negative affects of SLS.

 For example, way back in the ‘60s, IBM advertised to the press that their top executives were fond of using stand-up desks. The claim being, of course, that standing vs. sitting kept the user more alert while encouraging change of position and, therefore, maintain comfort. Great idea, but standing too long is almost as bad as sitting too long and other solutions were eventually created.

 The sit/stand desk is one of the solutions that either manually or electrically allows for desk height adjustment to accommodate the seated or standing positions of the user. The desk user stands upright, uses a stool or, in many instances, uses a second, normal height chair, making for a cluttered workspace. The best solution to this situation is to design a desk chair or stool that is height adjustable allowing for a single chair solution.

 In recognition of this trend, Backcare Basics has researched and found chairs and stools that supply vertical adjustment and allow free body movement for those using today’s sit/stand desk solutions. When a desk is in the standing position these chairs act more as a standing assistant than a sitting device and, in the lowered configuration, they also allow for comfort and movement there.

 In the photo above, you can see me positioned at an elevated sit/stand desk in a Varier Active, which is extremely comfortable at either the standard chair or elevated stool heights. You can find other options on our website as well and we’ll be covering those in future posts soon.

                                                                       


Stagnant, Long-Term Sitting (SLS) – It Hurts! September 09 2013

We’ve all experienced it! We’re working, studying, watching a movie or just plain reading and we get so engrossed in what we’re doing that we literally sit still for really long stretches of time without changing positions. Then, when we do finally move, we’re stiff and realize that we’ve been so sedentary that upon moving the aches and pains appear. That’s what results from SLS and we believe that we can prevent the likes of the pain caused by SLS through the adoption of a more active sitting environment.

Let’s face facts, we are predominantly a sitting society which means that chairs play a major role in how we deal with SLS. Chairs from the likes of Varier, who we mentioned in our previous post, are literally engineered to allow for the natural urge of the body to move and vary positions. All this is achieved while maintaining proper posture, another comforting attribute that lessens the pain and occurence of SLS.

Constant natural movement while seated has many benefits; it burns calories, strengthens muscles, nourishes the spine and prevents tension build up in back, neck and shoulders. All this while maintaining the spine in its natural and most comfortable curvature configuration. So remember that movement while sitting also increases blood flow and oxygen supply – resulting in improved concentration and and improved ability to focus. Most of all movement is the key to eliminating the effects of SLS.


Focus, Focus, Focus August 23 2013

     

Many of our recent website visitors have commented on the redesign of our site. It looks familiar but cleaner, it’s easier to search but most importantly we have adjusted our focus on fewer, more targeted products to comfort and soothe your back and body while at work and relaxation.

Pure and simple, Backcare Basics’ store and blog reflect our mission to help you create a more comfortable environment at home and work. We are laser focused on one of the biggest challenges out there: the elimination of stagnant, long-term sitting (SLS). 

We live in a society that no longer runs on a fixed work schedule. The result is that we are all working much longer than the traditional eight hours we once worked. For many of us this means endless hours of sitting at our desks pumping out the work we’re assigned for many more hours that we’re used to.

Research shows that your performance and productivity are directly impacted by your ability or inability to move. The more you can adjust your body’s position while working the less negative impact you will have on your body and the more positive impact you will have on your productivity.

So this is where our target products meet the challenge of reducing the effects of SLS. It is widely recognized that we all perform better at our desks and our jobs when we take frequent breaks, get up and stretch and, in short, move around. Now take a close look at the products we sell.

  • Variér chairs, for example. This manufacturer is the inventor of the well know kneeling chair. And, on further inspection, you will see that ALL Variér chairs incorporate the ability to “move around” while seated.

So as not to take up too much of your time on this post, our plan is to supply information and products on and on-going basis that allow our customers to beat the nasty affects that SLS imparts on all of us.

We’ll supply the information and the products that will eliminate SLS in your personal space, be it at home or in the office. Check out our blog frequently for more tips and tricks to battle SLS.

Thanks for reading and as always, we welcome your feedback. Drop us a note with your questions or comments.  We are here to help!

Mike


Try A Little Tenderness! July 26 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I can pass along from my experiences with pain. For me, there’s so much to say; where does one actually begin?! And then it hit me as I left an awesome massage session the other night, relaxed and ready to snuggle on the couch after a long day at work with a glass of wine (I know it should be water) and the remote (yes the remote!).

Let’s talk about what I’ve learned on how to best manage my pain.  I’ve had some real experience with this issue. I’ve had a broken foot, wrist, 5 broken toes (at once) and most recently a broken neck, not to mention over a dozen surgeries, including a hip replacement and two pretty serious bouts with Cancer, #cancer survivor. So I sort of know what I’m talking about on this topic.  I wish I could I tell you that I was a devotee of alternative medicine, a meticulous organic healthy diet and vigorous exercise.  I am not. 

I am a child of the 50s, from Italian heritage where exercise meant clearing the table and washing the dishes. I love great food and loathe formal exercise but I am physically active so that helps a lot. I am a great fan of traditional medicine.  I have had an army of medical professionals who absolutely have saved my life…more than once.  I believe nurses are angels without wings and that ER personnel are God’s gifts to mankind. I do however believe there is a place for alternative therapies. My bottom line is that you must find what works for you. Study everything you can. Learn about what ails you and what could work to make you feel better.

It’s important to treat the physical pain but don’t forget that the emotional pain can be just as debilitating. Be gentle with yourself. Follow your doctor’s orders and take your meds. Eat good food. Sleep well. Surround yourself with loving family and friends because laughter truly is the best medicine and strength comes from hope. When the physical pain needs attention, find things to make yourself comfortable; perhaps some hot or cold therapy, a cozy comfortable pillow, a really great supportive chair all of which you can find at backcarebasics.com and most importantly a hug and smile from someone you love…you’ll know where to find that.

Love and Hugs,

Luanne


Welcome to the New Backcare Basics July 18 2013

Those of you who visit the Backcare Basics website regularly might already have noticed that it has undergone a complete makeover. Our objective in doing so is to present our products and information to our customers in a more focused and understandable fashion. In addition, we have added a PayPal payment option to the many credit cards that we already accept for purchases made, thus adding another convenience that many have asked for in the recent past. 

You will note that each product is presented with simple and straightforward information that does not include frivolous facts but, rather, we are focusing on the presentation of benefits of the products displayed.

In addition, we have been working hard at pairing down the number of products in each of the categories we cover and, as a result, you will find only our "cream of the crop" products. These selections come from those we have offered over the many years that Backcare Basics has been in operation, as well as new and exciting products that we've discovered during our work in the field.

Please let us know of any comments, input or questions you may have about products, their availability or just general knowledge you'd like to get by sending an email to: info@backcarebasics.com.

We hope you visit us often and recommend others you know to do so as well.

Best Regards from the Backcare Basics staff.


Bucky Pillows: Buckwheat Pillows, Your Body Will Thank You! July 12 2013

We are all very familiar with the fact that not all pillows are created equal. Anyone who has suffered the ill effects of a lumpy hotel pillow or flat-as-a-pancake guest pillow at a friend’s house knows that the effects extend far beyond tossing and turning. The next day is usually accompanied by a stiff neck and bad mood at the very least! If the world of pillows was similar to that of a comic book, Bucky Pillows would be the superhero counterpart to the lumpy pillow villain. And whether you’re resting at home, or looking for a travel pillow to take along on a trip, there’s a superhero Bucky Pillow just for you.

Bucky Pillows for Bed

Luxury and therapy come together like never before with our large Bucky Bed Pillows. The Duo bed pillow brings two unique benefits that traditional pillows simply can’t match – they are filled with both buckwheat hulls and millet hulls. Buckwheat hulls allow air to circulate easily throughout the pillow, keeping you feeling dry and cool instead of experiencing the dreaded ‘hot head’ some pillows bring. Millet hulls bring comfortable, sturdy support for your head and neck without losing shape or going flat. Millet hulls also naturally contain silicic acid, which brings several important benefits to the body while you sleep. The silicic acid in millet hulls is released when warmed by your body heat, and can stimulate metabolism, improve your immune system, and relax away muscle pain. Not too shabby for a pillow! Add to that the hypo-allergenic nature of both millet and buckwheat hulls, and the easy-care design of the pillow as a whole, and you can see why so many people are sleeping with a smile on Bucky Pillows.

Bucky Pillows for Travel

Many of us have used a neck pillow before, whether as a passenger in a car, or on a bus, train or plane. And while most of the neck pillows I’ve personally experienced haven’t been terrible, certainly bringing more comfort than no pillow at all, they also haven’t been something I was in a hurry to use again. There’s the occasional stiff neck brought on by inadequate stuffing, and the hot and scratchy neck resulting from an inferior fabric or filling that doesn’t breathe. As a last minute purchase at an airport, generic neck pillows serve their purpose, but they aren’t something I would purchase with the expectations of excellence Bucky neck pillows always exceed!

BackcareBasics.com offers a superior selection of Bucky neck pillows to suit everyone’s style and preferences. Let’s take a look at 3 favorites…

• The Bucky U-Sleep Buckwheat Pillow makes a popular present that’s ready-to-give in a beautiful, eco-friendly canvas tote. The U-Sleep pillow helps maintain proper spinal alignment no matter the position you sleep in, and brings ideal support for reading – a big plus when traveling! This travel pillow is also stuffed with millet hulls, and can be easily cleaned for your next adventure.

• Did you think Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear? Common misconception! Fuzzy Wuzzy actually was and is a Bucky neck pillows, and a super soft neck pillow at that. A plush cover cradles your head and neck in pure, ‘liquid velvet’ luxury, making catching a nap or catching up on your favorite author a truly relaxing experience. There can be some bumps and snags on the way from Point A to Point B, but your travel pillow needn’t be one of them.

BackcareBasics.com also offers many other Bucky pillows and therapeutic treats, including lumbar pillows, hot and cold BodyWrap and NeckWrap, and Bucky Woopsies for bumps and bruises. We feel lucky to have found Bucky, and we’re sure you’ll feel the same way!


A Kneeling Chair Is Perfect Everywhere! July 01 2013

  

Upon first glance, a kneeling chair can look like a bit of an enigma. When we encounter people who have never seen one before, the concentrating eyebrows and cocked heads speak for them before they have a chance to ask, “But, how do you sit on it?” Luckily, confusion quickly melts into surprise as they discover that sometimes something different and unfamiliar is exactly what is in order.

We make no secret of the fact that we love kneeling chairs. We sell them, we use them, we tell strangers about them in grocery stores, and we’d surely sing their praises from a mountain top if we were asked. There’s no rocket science behind their construction, no magical motors or pixie dust involved. There is simply logic and an understanding and appreciation for how the human body works, moves, bends and sits. Sitting unto itself isn’t very complicated to the naked eye – we all do it dozens of times a day without a second thought. But much like breathing and blinking, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes when your body sits. A kneeling chair takes all of this into consideration, and is both supportive and reactive to the sitting person.

While a kneeling chair can certainly provide back pain relief, we encourage you not to think of them only in the realm of pain remediation. In fact, much like the many ergonomic office chairs we offer on our site, the benefits of a kneeler chair are for people of many ages, shapes and sizes who are looking to take better care of their bodies and prevent pain before it starts.

The body is an evolving, active and reactive thing; it is literally alive with changes, causes and effects. Ideally, it would prefer to be in motion – walking, lifting, bending and stretching. Our modern lives often don’t afford this ideal, as we are seemingly strapped to our desks for countless hours, regarding a trip to the water cooler as a mini-vacation. We can’t turn back the clock and go back to hunting and gathering, nor would the majority of us care to. But we can take advantage of such products as kneeling chairs to loosen the chains a little on our cubicle cave!

For as wonderful as kneeling chairs are for the office and home office, they are also a smart seating solution for just about anywhere in your home. Available in bright, fun colors, Varier kneeling chairs make a wonderful choice for children and adults alike. Many kids spend the better part of a day drawing, coloring, and having fun with crafts, usually while seated at a table. Kneeler chairs help ensure they are seated properly and securely so they can begin treating their backs right from the very beginning!