Office yoga ball chair

The Ergonomics Guy – Why The Ball Chair May Not Be The Best Solution

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hi I’m Steve Mon her physical therapist

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and the ergonomics guy and I wanted to

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talk to you today about this ball chair

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so a lot of people ask about sitting on

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balls and this is a Swiss ball right

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here you use this typically in the gym

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for exercising and the idea is that you

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sit on this and it’s a dynamic work

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situation so you have to move you have

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to use your core muscles to maintain

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stability and stay in a good upright

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position and the problem is though that

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it wobbles and for a lot of people it’s

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too wobbly so what they do is they get

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this stand and so then they take the

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ball and put it into the stand and the

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problem there is that now it doesn’t

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wobble so now if I sit here I’m in a

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better position because my hips are

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higher and I’m more aligned and I’m in a

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more neutral posture the problem is this

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is no longer a dynamic situation now

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I’ve taken my ball and turned it into a

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stool and the problem with this stand

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there’s a couple of them one it’s

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difficult to move on the floor so if

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somebody comes to talk to me I have to

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twist and that’s going to put a lot of

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pressure here on my low back and

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potentially injure the discs the other

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problem is this backrest is really far

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away so to use the backrest I actually

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have to sit on the back half of the ball

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and now I’m falling this way and that’s

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actually relatively uncomfortable but if

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I had a keyboard right here now I have

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to reach and so now I’m in a really

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awkward position because again I’m

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flexing here so this is a good idea in

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theory I think the ball is okay if you

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can use it in the right position so if

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you could pump this up to keep your hips

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above your knees so you can get in this

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position and then use it as a dynamic

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situation I think it’s okay I think

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however as soon as you put it into this

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stand you’ve taken a okay idea and turn

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it into a pretty

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comfortable sitting situations so these

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are these balls are best to be left at

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the gym and used as exercise equipment

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worker for kids playing things not

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really an office chair that you can work

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in all day if you have any other

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questions please feel free to give us a

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call at nine two five three seven seven

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zero one nine or visit us online at the

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ergonomics guy.com thank you

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you

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