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An Easy Fix for Better Posture and Less Back Pain

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Ever had back pain? Wish you had better posture? Most of us can probably say “yes” to at least one — if not both — of these questions. I myself am lucky enough to have never had back problems (knock on wood, yo!), but my posture isn’t the greatest. And seeing that I can sit for hours at a time — working, writing, watching most of Orange Is the New Black in one sitting — when we were offered the opportunity to try BackJoy Posture+, I had to give it a go. After all, my posture is in serious need of improving when I’m sitting (shoulder slump city, y’all!) — not to mention that Ryan has been battling some back issues in the gym lately.

Said to reduce back pain, engage your core, give you better posture and just make sitting more comfy, the Posture+ had a lot to live up to. Just looking at it, it looks pretty basic. Kind of like a cross between a stadium seat and Jason’s party mask (so many fun colors!), it’s made of a softer foam-like plastic that is pretty comfy to sit on. In order for it to work, you have to get it juuust in the right spot. But don’t worry, the Posture+ has a good detailed explanation with illustrations of how to get it in the right spot (plus video).

It took me all of three minutes to get mine situated and to feel the difference. It took Ryan even less time as he could feel the decreased pressure on his back immediately. You kind of sit up and on it, which slightly tilts your pelvis and gets you in a better sitting position that places less strain on your back. Sitting on it, you naturally sit up straighter, and I could feel my core and pelvic floor engaged more. Even my booty felt more active and happy.

While I stand a lot more nowadays at work due to my super-cool Varidesk (still loving it, by the way!), I like using this for when I am sitting. In fact, sitting without it feels weird now — I can feel the difference it makes in my alignment and posture. And I love that it’s light enough that you could take it anywhere. While I’m not sure I’d pack it into a football stadium or movie (although you certainly could!), I would totally take it for a long road trip.Β For just about $40, it’s a super low-cost fix for back pain (and way less scary than painkillers!).

Do you suffer from back pain or poor posture? —Jenn

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  1. Gemma B says:

    Oh my gods, I could use one of these. I’ve had back pain of some degree every day for the past four years, and have changed several things: more yoga from a back care program, heat pads, regular naps, my doctor, and now a personal trainer. I’ve tried to readjust my chair and table at work as best I can, but I still fall into bad habits from a lifetime of bad posture.

  2. Erin says:

    Ever since starting my job where I have to sit more than, I like. I have had some back pain. I would LOVE to win this!

  3. Back pain is the story of my life. In grade school I found out I had scoliosis and flat feet. Though most of the scoliosis is gone, my lower back doesn’t curve naturally. Combine this with poor posture, incredible lack of flexibility, and sitting for most of each day, and it is a recipe for disaster. Last year a mixture of a severely pulled hamstring and a strength training injury has left me with near constant back pain. I am trying out active release technique but it is two hours away, and the last posture exercises I tried ended up popping my shoulder out. Moral of the story, this bod has got some issues. I’m training for my fourth half this spring hopefully followed by a full, and it would be a dream to do it without back pain! If this isn’t convincing, I’m not sure what is! I would gladly be their success story. Whitney

  4. Jessica Z says:

    I suffer from both – I know poor posture contributes to back pain, but it is just so hard to remember to keep my shoulders pressed back and down – especially with added “weight” from my chest… ; )

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I have a bulging disk, which got better when I lost weight, but at 6.5 months pregnant, has started to give me trouble again! I also sit all day at my job as an RN educator for a busy hospice office! I would LOVE to try this!

  6. Tamara says:

    I have occasional back spasms… nothing serious, but pesky. I think my posture is decent, but it could use some improvement, especially when sitting.

  7. ruth says:

    My scoliosis was never treated when i was a child and now as i approach 40, its causing all sorts of back problems for me. Sitting at a desk all day doesn’t help eithet. Regular exercise and stretching do seem to help. I would live to have one of these to help my issues while i’m at my desk!

  8. Cindy says:

    I have bad posture due to some weakened muscles from multiple sclerosis. This would really help decrease the pain and muscle spasms I have. I would absolutely love it.

  9. Hascy says:

    I spend so much time sitting in the car and at my desk, my posture has gotten terrible. I would love something like this to help with my back pain!

  10. Rebecca says:

    Have been fighting low back pain for past few months. This would be awesome to win. I do nothing but sit at my job. I have had to set an alarm to make sure I get up and walk around every hour.

  11. Karina says:

    Sitting at a desk all day for work has definitely lead to some back problems–would love to win!

  12. Meredith says:

    I get nasty back pain at my job. This would be awesome!

  13. Faith says:

    Grad school (class for hours at a time, writing, research) and interning with a school (sitting with clients, writing progress notes, research) does a number on my back. It’s usually in knots by the time I get home. This sounds great!

  14. IsisUptown says:

    This looks great. If I win one, I’d like orange!.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I hate to say it, but I have terrible posture. I mostly stand during the day, but when I sit…I look like I’ve aged 60 years. I’d love to win one! Any color, really, I’d just be happy to have it!

  16. Amanda says:

    My posture is pretty poor, due to carrying 2 small children around! When I’m not toting them, and jutting a hip out to one side, my back still aches from life and stress. I’d love to win!

  17. Rob Runs says:

    I have three herniated discs, I went through over a month of PT this year and two months of complete inactivity and it was brutal! I have timers set at my desk to get up every hour and wiggle for a few seconds to decompress which is nice but drives my office mate nuts, I bet this would help a lot!

  18. jennifer says:

    I was diagnosed with scoleosis in the late elementary years. I was so determined to NOT wear a brace, that I focused on my posture all the time and it actually improved the condition a bit. Fast forward about 30 years and 2 children later, things are not good. My posture is horrible (I wince every time I see a picture of myself). I also work sitting down most of the time, which does not help. When I notice my posture and straighten up, I can be amazed at how close my chin was to my desk! I also carry around my 2 year old a lot and always on my left side, which I know messes up my alignment. I have all the bad habits of crossing my knees, sitting with my legs crossed when I am on the floor with my kids, etc. My mom has a history of scoleosis to the point that her organs are actually shifted around because of her spine curvature. I don’t know if I am there yet or not, but I don’t want to be. I haveno expectation that this would cure my spine problem, but because of the spine problem, I could use a little extra help keeping myself upright. Hope to hear from you!

    Jennifer

  19. Niki says:

    After playing soccer competivly for 17 years as a goalie, my back is all kinds of out of wack. I have thrown it out just by scrubbing my bathtub. Did I mention I’m only 25 years old? I’m starting a desk job in a couple weeks and I’ve been looking for something that will help with my back pain while sitting all day, and this sounds perfect!

  20. Oh man I have terrible posture and would love this for my upcoming cross country drive!

  21. Tt316 says:

    I never suffered from back pain until 5 years ago after my husband passed away. I’ve been left with the manly chores which sometimes involves ladders, grass cutting, snow shoveling, heavy lifting. Also, taking care of my daughter (carrying her around all day) I found myself with a lot of pain. I exercise and work out routinely which help but notice how bad my posture really is. I sit all day at my desk or I’m sitting in the car driving to see my clients all day. This definitely looks like a worthwhile investment. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Ruby Aguilar says:

    Actually had some sciatic pain the last 2 days. This product sounds like it could help relieve that!

  23. Marin says:

    I’ve had awful back pain since I started my new job–sitting all day is KILLER. I would love to give this a shot.

  24. Erin says:

    I start my day feeling great and sitting up straight. By the end of the day, I am slumped in my chair in front of my computer, fidgeting to keep my back from seizing up. Right now I am in a cubicle where few people see me, but I just got a promotion with a window and a clear glass door, and I can’t be slumping over when managers are coming in to talk to me. I would love to give this seat a shot!

  25. Christine F. says:

    What a great product! I am always trying to remember to sit-up straight when I’m working, but it’s sooo easy to forget. I am always so afraid that I will end up looking like my grandma and older aunts who are all hunched over. Yikes!!!

  26. Evelyn says:

    I had a small boating mishap a few years ago. Basically went flying into the air when we hit some wake. Came back down banging my lower back hard against the bench. Thought I’d fly right *out* of the boat then realized, no, I might just break my back instead. It wasn’t broken but super sore and I had bruises of the kind that you see on car accident victims. Anyway my previously pain-free back now likes to remind me about that scary episode, plus I have a job where I sit all day , AND bad posture to boot.

    So — I’d be an excellent candidate for the pain-relieving, posture-improving properties of this cool-looking device.

  27. Cortney says:

    I would love to win one of these! My posture is horrible and it seems like I have tried a million things to fix it and nothing helps. I am also starting to have some lower back pain after having a baby, this could totally help!

  28. Tammy C says:

    I have a herniated disc in my lower back, so I suffer from frequent back pain. I would love to try this to see if it gives me some relief.

  29. Joy says:

    Like most people with an office job, I spend too much time sitting. I know I have terrible posture, and try to correct it when I notice but the effect is brief. I get lower back spasms when I run sometimes, but most when I’m sitting for too long, and especially when I lay down to go to sleep I have a hard time finding a position in which my low back doesn’t hurt.

  30. kerragh says:

    My posture has certainly suffered over the past several years. Being a doctor, having spent ten years writing my dissertation in front of a computer screen has done a number on my posture. Would love to win the Posture+ πŸ™‚

  31. Amanda F says:

    My back pain used to be worse, but now it’s more intermittent than constant. Still, something to help with my posture (which I know needs help) would be awesome!

  32. Erin says:

    I have been looking for something like this!! Low back injuries are one of the top injuries in my field, and I slouch on the couch at home so I definitely need this to help me!

  33. Kelli says:

    We have driven 64,000 miles in thd last year. I would love to see how it works.

  34. Barrie says:

    I have lower back pain that has been an issue for several years. I see a chiropractor every 4-6 weeks but have some pain and discomfort in between.

    kymom13 at gmail dot com

  35. Jodi says:

    omg, this is amazing! must try it! yes, i have the worst posture – i clearly remember a family friend pushing my shoulders back when i was younger & telling me to stand up straight b/c I had horrible posture like my mom! sitting in front of a computer does not help!

  36. Robin R says:

    I’d definitely try this. I’ve been battling neck pain lately – which I do think may be a result of poor posture. Trying more yoga to fix too.

  37. Linda Kish says:

    I have had back pain since a car accident in 1973, I had two surgeries in 1990 and still have back pain. I also have fibromyalgia so that also causes pain.

  38. Rachel S. says:

    I have really bad posture and it has only gotten worse since all I do most days is sit at a desk. I would love one of these.

  39. Deb E says:

    Yes back pain as I type this, but it’s chronic so I deal. I do back exercises every single day and very rarely take any meds for it. Love the pink one! Thanks for the review.

  40. Szawadzke says:

    I’ve suffered from chronic back pain for several years. I’m currently on strong pain meds to help alleviate the pain, which help somewhat, I wake up everyday all stiff and sore until I get moving around a bit and stretch, but the pain is always there. I would love to try this product out and see if it would help me with my back pain. Thanks for the review and chance to win!

  41. Kay says:

    Have recently had back pain that has caused sciatic nerve pain, so I would love one of these! Sounds awesome! Thanks!

  42. DK says:

    Oh that would be so awesome. I sit at a desk all day, and admittedly have a hard time keeping good posture. I always have back pain, despite many attempts at correcting me by my chiropractor.

  43. Kittie says:

    I started going to see a chiropractor, but the (pricey) news he gave me (along with my Xrays) scared the bejeezus out of me, so I haven’t returned, lolz. Thanks for sharing the review; seems like a pretty spiffy product!

  44. Ann Marie says:

    As someone who has suffered from chronic lower back pain my entire life, I would LOVE to try this! πŸ™‚

  45. Patricia says:

    My large breasts usually cause back spasms. Add a wiggly toddler I carry around, and I need help keeping my back straight.

  46. Lisa Kroeger says:

    I have had back pain for almost 2 years now. I have been to chiropractors, they sent to physical therapists, who sent me to a pain clinic. I have had shots, my nerves burned, and I still have back pain. Every day! This would be something new to try.

  47. Helene says:

    History of back issues dating back to 1993 when I was hospitalized and put into traction (that’s what they did way back then)
    Had a laminectomy in 1995 for a drop foot so I didn’t wind up with a leg brace.
    Walked with cane for over 2 years.
    Was told this past summer that I now need a fusion with cages, screws, etc in lumbar region as well as fusion in cervical area.
    I have a collection of various back support devices for the chairs in my house to try and make sitting more comfortable.
    I do a light Zumba class twice a week and fitness walk ( or as I refer to it as exercising my back) daily.
    I have learned over the last 40 years of living with daily backaches that IF I DONT MOVE I CANT MOVE!
    I would absolutely love to win this in the hues that it will provide some comfort for my poor aching back when I sit at my computer while working at my home office!!!

  48. Dani S. says:

    I suffer from both. Posture has been a problem all of my life and the back pain started about 10 years ago. I would be curious to see if this helps!

  49. Amy Smith says:

    I have been dealing with back issues since I was 13. Had surgery 2 years ago to correct a bulging disc. I still struggle with poor posture due to my sedentary job. This really sounds like a great idea. I’d love to try it!

  50. GF says:

    As a law student, I’m sitting hunched over while studying almost all of the time; one of these would really help!

  51. Eileen says:

    Would love one of these for my beautiful daughter in law, she has suffered with back pain ever since giving birth to my grandson 6 years ago. I would love to find a resolution to her pain and to say “thank you” one more time for that precious boy. (And for being a great wife to my son)

  52. Linda Kramer says:

    This sounds like it could be a real help for me. I have a herniated disc and scoliosis and suffer from chronic, sometimes painful, back pain. I have tried many things but this looks like it could be a big help. I also have a sit-stand desk at work but can’t stand much at all. Sitting all day isn’t good but this might help my posture and back pain enough so I can increase the time I’m on my feet.

  53. Ashley says:

    Half of the time I am on my feet and half of the time I am sitting- this would be awesome to help with my terrible posture at work! Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. Limari Colon says:

    Yes I suffer from both bad pain and bad posture. I would love to win one!!!

  55. shari says:

    Back pain is a way of life for me. I’ve been going to the Dr. for adjustments on a regular bases for years. This looks promising! Thank you for the opportunity!

  56. digamba says:

    I’d love to give this to my sister. My back is strong, but hers is damaged from years of treatment for a chronic illness, and she does have to sit most of the day at work.

  57. Cindy W. says:

    For all my working career I have had back pain. I sit and assist people to have healthy gums and be free of disease. Oft times my body has to be in odd positions to accomplish my goals. I would love to be pain free while assisting mypatients to be disease free. Because the body is a unit, my shoulders hurt which the cause my jaw to hurt. Total body allignment would be ideal and so healthy!

  58. Priya says:

    I am a gymnast and was diagnosed with scoliosis 4 years go. I did PT, but my back pain definitely flares up:/ I sit on a CORE stability ball for good posture, but would LOVE one of these! it would also help my mom! thanks for a great review πŸ™‚

  59. Hanna says:

    I’m always trying to have better posture, especially to help reduce back pain, and working at a desk/seated makes it hard. I think this could help.

  60. I need this! I started a new job last month that requires me to sit way more than I would like. I am beginning to feel the affects on my back and my posture.

  61. Bridgette Friedman says:

    I sit all day and try to improve my posture however it is hard to break bad habits. I would love to win this to try. I am on my work wellness ambassadors team and this would be great to share with them.

  62. Sitting all day at school and then the computer is so bad for my posture!

  63. Lisa Hite says:

    I have had 2 back surgeries and sit all day at my job. I would absolutely love love one of these!!! Where can I purchase???

    Lisa
    Lisahite65@gmail.com

  64. Amy says:

    I have back pain after working in the kitchen for long periods of time due to me hunching over.

  65. Nikki says:

    I’d love this! I am a hygienist and often times I am in awkward positions and it takes a toll on my back and hips. This would be great for better posture!

  66. Alissa A says:

    I have back pain from my basketball days in high school!

  67. Christine says:

    Both my husband and I have back pain. Mine is from spraining a vertebrae bowling and my husband had a herniated disc that was surgically repaired. I would love to try one of these for both of us!

  68. Ashley Friedman says:

    Sitting for 40+ hours a week I most definitely need this. I also love that it comes in fun colors!

  69. Diane says:

    This looks like it might be the answer to my back pain. Would love to give it a try.

  70. Skye says:

    I’ve got no true back problems, just bad posture and my job entails a lot of sitting. And I drive – A LOT. We should call it preventative in nature and corrective in style. Thanks for the opportunity!

  71. Erica says:

    Since I retired, I thought I would get away from sitting at a desk all day, but guess what? I’m doing genealogy research for extended family members and I spend more time than before sitting at the computer! I set a timer so I’ll get up every hour and walk around, but it would be nice to know that my sitting here wasn’t harming me!

  72. Holly says:

    I spend most of my days at a desk sitting at a computer working. I’ve suffered from low back pain in the past and always have to be careful when doing certain activities. I’d love to have something to help my posture and make the prolonged sitting not so painful.

  73. Misty says:

    I have struggled with back pain for two years, and have tried everything to resolve it. Now that I have a new baby, I just have even more “mom aches”- from nursing, lugging stuff, and recovering from pregnancy. Would love to try this!

  74. Erin says:

    I am the queen bee of bad posture and sitting at a desk 8 hours a day doesn’t help. I would love to give BackJoy a shot and put the purr back into my posture.

  75. Laura says:

    Have gone from working on my feet to a new “desk job,” and would love to have this product to help my back and posture! New Year, new routines, more yoga, better health and NO BACK PAIN!

  76. Lindsay says:

    As an unusually tall person I have the poor posture problems of trying to fit into normal desk working spaces…

  77. Michelle Thayer says:

    I could use one of these at work. I think it would help with my back aches.

  78. Bess says:

    I’m a graduate student who sits alllll day every day to work at the computer. I can feel myself slouching as the day goes on and find that my posture really affects my mindset at school and everywhere else (especially running). I don’t have a choice in the chair/desk arrangement at my workspace and so I’d love to try a BackJoy Posture+ out for better health! πŸ™‚

  79. Laurie says:

    Me, me, me! I have a back injury from almost 13 years ago. I’m also top heavy, which doesn’t help back pain or posture. Between 3 young kids & sitting for work, my back & posture could use assistance at some point every day. I’m open to trying anything. I hope something this light & portable can help me, too. Would love to give it a try πŸ™‚

  80. Amy says:

    I’ve been trying to work on my posture lately. I’ve had back pain since I was I’m high school so this would be great!

  81. Ann says:

    I have sciatica that affects my back and down into my legs. I try to mind my posture so I don’t aggravate it, but all of my furniture is second-hand (at least) and doesn’t fit me properly. (I’m short, its not). Would appreciate any help in taking better care of myself so that I have less pain!

  82. Jess says:

    I’d love to try one!

  83. Helen says:

    This looks like a great product. I think I’ll have to try one out, even if I don’t win. I have chronic neck & shoulder problems which all stem from how I sit at work.

  84. Amelia says:

    I once in a while get back pain. I do not have good posture, so I definitely want to try this out!

  85. caroline says:

    Would love to try this out. Looks like it would be really helpful

  86. caroline says:

    Would love to try this out. Looks like it would be really helpful for back pain and relief

  87. Jamie says:

    I do a work. This would be so helpful in relieving the pressure and pain. It wo eould give my sciaticomeonef!

  88. Ugh do I ever! Been seeing an AMAZING chiropractor for a year now. She says there is a relation between school vacations/school in session and how tight/not tight my back is (I teach kindergarten)! I could totally use on of these!

  89. Katie Castillo says:

    I’m 16 weeks pregnant and sitting at work has already become bothersome-something to help my posture and back for the next months would be awesome!
    Katie

  90. Joe says:

    I would love to try one!

  91. Cassi says:

    I would love to try this! I’m a person that sits all day!

  92. Dorie says:

    I definitely could use this to improve my posture and alleviate back pain from sitting at my desk!

  93. Jodi says:

    This sounds fantastic! My tailbone and back hurt after I’ve been sitting in any position for not very long, so this would be awesome to try out!

  94. Deanna says:

    Having a sedatary job has not helped my back or posture. This would help correct all the bad habits I have acquired over the years.

  95. Jenn says:

    And our winner is … Jodi — #93! Congrats! Emailing you now to get your address and preferred color! Yay! Thanks to all who entered! πŸ™‚

    —FBG Jenn

  96. Jodi says:

    Woohoo, thanks so much FBGs and BackJoy! I emailed you back…can’t wait to get it and try it out! πŸ™‚

  97. Emily B says:

    I just returned from an MRI on my lumbar spine. I get the results next week. I am sure one of these would come in handy!