Sit Down, Suck It In, Improve Back Pain On The Gaiam BalanceBall® Chair
If you have chronic back pain, there is a chair that can help you.
Almost everyone is familiar with how great balance balls can be in helping with back pain. I did try to use one of these big balance balls as a chair at one time, but every time I got up from my desk, the darn thing rolled away. Once it even rolled away while I was sitting down on it, and I hit the floor so hard I thought my butt was broken.
So, I'm glad to see that now there's at least something to hold the ball still. But the BalanceBall® Chair by Gaiam is meant to do much more.
Developed and patented by a chiropractor, Dr. Randy Weinzoff, the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair has an adjustable back support that keeps you from slouching. You have to tuck that tummy under, straighten your spine, and keep perfect seated posture. The chair claims to relieve aching back, legs, and arms syndrome. Folks who have used the Ball Chair do seem pretty happy with the product.
But in order to benefit from the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair, you need to be between 5-feet and 5-feet 11-inches tall so that you don't sit too high or too low at your desk. You can weigh up to 300 pounds, however. I personally have tried it and thought it was a bit awkward to use as an everyday chair but when I felt back pain, it was a great way to reduce stress on my back and give it some relief.
Here are the specific dimensions:
- Chair Dimensions: 21"W x 31"H x 22"D; 13 lbs.
- The height of the back of the chair is 2 feet tall.
- The base measures 20" wide from one side of the wheels to the other.
- When the exercise ball is inflated and on the chair, seat height is about 23".
- The base of the chair is 6" off the ground.
The Gaiam Balance Ball Chair comes with an inflatable ball a pump. And naturally, you can use the ball as an exercise ball when you're not sitting on it. If you are interested in other items that can help with back pain, check out my article on the Ten Best Inexpensive Gadgets To Help With Back Pain.
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Originally published June 2009 and updated May 2015.