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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.




 

 

 


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.


   We love to buy and sell American. Happy July 4th!


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.


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?
 
 

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.


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


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.