23 Products For Anyone Whose Back Aches From Working From Home
Written by Admin on August 21, 2020
·Updated 29 minutes ago. Posted 3 hours agoFor when you’re so sore, ya just can’t *stand* it.We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
A simple, comfortable posture corrector that will keep your shoulders back and your back straight! You can even wear it under your clothes.
I have this — okay, my sister has this, and I steal it — and I love it. The first time I put it on, it was like I saw the light and felt some relief. You know, you try to keep your posture straight — but this thing shows you what proper alignment is. So when I take it off, I can consciously keep my posture in the same position without feeling awkward or wondering if I’m forcing it too much.Promising Review: “I have back issues. Serious ones. Aside from the degeneration and bulging discs, I have an awful hunch that seems to be getting progressively worse since I had my baby. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m walking around looking like the ‘Crooked Man’ soon enough! Apart from how I look, I am also in constant pain and taking pain medication all day is not an option for me. My doctor suggested a posture corrector to see if I could get any relief at all and although I wasn’t very optimistic, I gave it a shot. It took a couple of days to get used to it but I’m so glad I took his advice!! It helps my posture a great deal and my doctor said he attributes the pain relief I feel in my neck and low back to my posture being better. It helps my body remember not to slouch and in doing so has also helped my quality of life immensely!! Highly recommended! Seriously!!” —Corinne CruzGet it from Amazon for $24.99.
This document clip so you can just hang your notes and stop having to look down every other line. Seriously, it beats trying to prop the paper up against the screen.
A balance board because you went out of your way to set up your standing desk and now your feet and back hurt from standing all day. Go figure.
Promising Review: “I bought this for my husband to use at his standing desk at work. He loves it. With this, he said he can stand longer at the desk. He had back surgery a year and a half ago and this is helping with his core muscles. He had been complaining about not working out and how just standing or sitting at his desk was not helping him. The first few days he came home from work and said his legs felt like rubber from the work out he gets from the board. He bought me one for the kitchen! It’s also fun just to be on. I have to put it away when I’m not using it, or the children take it to use while watching TV or playing videos. I would recommend this board. Nice size deck to stand on. Sturdy construction and just plain fun. It will make you smile.” —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $67.37+ (also available in blue).
Don’t have a standing desk, you say? Then try this stand up desk converter so you can ditch the books and adjust the height of your desk at will (and without testing different books by thickness).
Promising Review: “I just assembled this before work, in less than 15 minutes, and have been using it all day. I am VERY pleased with it. It rises and lowers so easily and smoothly and there is plenty of room for my two monitors. The keyboard and mouse fit comfortably on the keyboard tray. Sitting at my desk all day was starting to really hurt my back and shoulders so this was necessary for me. I feel more productive and energized just from standing while I work!” —laurenGet it from Amazon for $179.95+ (available in two sizes and three colors).
Promising Review: “I am a student and spend over five hours a day studying at home. Sitting down for that long was giving me a lot of back and shoulder pain. The shoulder pain got so bad that I even started getting headaches. This back support cushion has been a lifesaver! I LOVE this thing. I noticed an immediate change in my back and shoulder pain. Furthermore, I drive over an hour to work and use this back cushion in my car to avoid shoulder tension.” —AGet it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in five colors).
This angled, adjustable, ventilated laptop holder stand because that kink in your neck is most likely from constantly looking down at your screen. And you don’t have to worry about your laptop overheating!
Promising Review: “Bought this to help my posture at my 15-inch laptop. I was tired of hunching over my screen, which sits lower on my desk causing me to always look down and slouch… I’d recommend this to anyone with a lower-set desk and a long back and who struggles with back, neck, and muscle pain at your laptop.” —TigerWyngzGet it from Amazon for $21.30+ (also available in a six-pack).
Some desk extension armrests so you can stop hunching forward to lean your arms on your desk. Esp if your chair’s armrests prevent ya from getting closer to your desk.
Promising Review: “I spend a lot of time on keyboards and using a mouse. I was starting to have chronic discomfort and low-grade pain around my shoulder blades. While this pain was not overwhelming, it was constant and wore me out. These extensions have also helped my hands. But, most noticeably my shoulders are doing much better.” —ClaireGet two from Amazon for $55.99 (also available as a single armrest).
Or, these memory foam armrest toppers if you’re not mad at your arm rests but wish they were a bit taller or comfier!
Each pad is 9.5 inches wide, 4.5 inches long, and 1.5 inches high, and fits armrests between 6 and 11 inches.Promising Review: “I started getting elbow pain a few months ago and thought it was due to me commuting by bicycle every day. My brother told me it could be my armrests of the chairs I sit in because he had the same pain and these armrest pads made his pain go away. I ordered them straightaway, installed then on my Aeron chair, and was blown away with how much more comfortable my elbows felt.” —JosephGet it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in black).
Alternatively, this under-the-desk keyboard tray so you can ditch the armrests add-ons and type at a comfortable wrist-level! Plus, you won’t have to Tetris your keyboard around for desk space.
Promising Review: “I have had terrible luck with the type of keyboard drawers that need screwed into the bottom of a desk. Then I found this keyboard drawer that didn’t need screws at all! I wasn’t sure what to think but figured it was worth a try. It took literally three minutes to install and voila — I had a sturdy keyboard drawer! It has a rounded edge which is really comfortable for resting your wrists and there is also plenty of room for a mouse.” —LindaGet it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in two styles).
Promising Review: “Easy to assemble, easy to install. Currently saving my neck, literally. It is amazing what an elevated and clear of clutter workspace can do. The elevation of the monitors, their increased distance from the edge of my desk (and thus my eyes) and the enormous amount of space I now have on the desk surface are making an incredible difference.” —Lorri RheaGet it from Amazon for $34.95.
This no-slip sitting ball so you can strengthen your core… 🙂 JK, while it will help burn some calories and could tone your core, several reviewers say it can alleviate back pain from slouching!
Promising Reviews: “This ball has changed my life. I was worried I’d pop it when I first got it and was heavier (280 lbs) than I am now. No popping or any other issues. I use it for sitting at my desk eight hours a day, and it has SAVED MY BACK! Please be patient with the setup. I do occasionally inflate it every few weeks (just like a car tire, with use it needs more air). All in all, this is one of the best purchases I’ve made for my physical health.” —Neah Winchester BrooksGet it from Amazon for $16.97 (available in four sizes and in 10 colors).
Or, a kneeling chair because who likes to “sit properly” anyway? It’s thick enough for even the boniest of butts, and it’s got wheels so you can (somehow) roll around!
Promising Review: “This chair has the tilted seat, which you need to truly benefit from a kneeling style chair. It is also adjustable both on the seat height an knee height, making it highly customizable for people short and tall. I have chronic hip and lower back pain, despite being young and healthy, and this has saved me when I need to sit and work at the computer. I have a standing desk with a balance board as well but you can’t stand all day or for some kinds of work, so this chair has been great.” —Jaime BauerGet it from Amazon for $179.95 (also available in white for less).
But if you’re a traditionalist who’s into chairs, this memory foam with cooling gel seat cushion that will give your tailbone some TLC and can help relieve lower back pain, the real enemy.
Promising Review: “I’m new to having a desk job. Sitting for many hours made my bum burn and my back ache. My bum doesn’t burn, back doesn’t ache, it seems to hold its shape well and it appears well-made. I’m ordering one for my husband.” —MarlaGet it from Amazon for $32.95.
Or if you need a new chair altogether, an ergonomic chair that was specifically designed for spending long hours at your desk! It reclines, swivels, and is adjustable so you can sit with less ache. The back is high, the armrests are padded, and the mesh cushion is soft, thick, and breathable — so you’ll be comfy and cool for hours.
Promising Review: “Love it. Easy to assemble. Excellent support with many adjustments, height, back and reclining modes. I’m not a huge gamer, but this fits my needs as I’m on the computer many hours a day. Would highly recommend at this price point. Considering these difficult times, shipping time was great.” —AnonymousGet it from Wayfair for $72.99+ (originally $91.99; also available in black).
And there’s always this massage and heating chair pad because who doesn’t want a shiatsu massage and some soothing heat to relax their muscles while they work? You can even lay it out on your couch! And, the seat vibrates!
Promising Review: “This is a really great massage cushion! I am full-time pianist and piano teacher, and because I sit too long in front of the piano playing or teaching, I have shoulder pain very often. The Shiatsu options could be used for upper/lower back or certain spots which is wonderful and very helpful, as it could target the pain area. My shoulders and neck definitely have felt better since I got it. It is so convenient to use, and I can even put it in the car when I travel! The heating option seems very essential during this time of the year 🙂 I am totally considering to get it again as gift(s) for my musician colleagues!” —Zoey WGet it from Amazon for $89.99.
This cervical neck pillow so you can support your neck and align your spine when you finally lay down and stop working — because now you can really feel how stiff and sore your neck is.
Promising Review: “This device relieves the knots and pain from my shoulder and neck. It is SUPER nice for travel as it is small and compact. This is a must-have device if you have aches and pains.” —Aaron AhernGet it from Amazon for $25.99.
And a neck hammock — yeah, I know — that hangs from your door knob to help stretch your neck and potentially relieve stress and pain!
Of course, if you’re suffering from severe neck pain or are not sure whether or not this could help you, please talk to your doctor! Promising Review: “My husband suffers from chronic neck and back pain from his job so I decided to buy him a neck hammock to see if it would help him. This is made of quality material. My husband tried it out and he immediately felt relief from the tension on his neck and back. He said there was like an instant pull/stretch going down from his neck to his back and it felt SO GOOD!!!! It felt so good he said he could fall asleep there! LOL. I would recommend this for anyone who has neck and back problems.” —iluvsasaGet it from Amazon for $32.99.
An acupressure mat and pillow to reduce muscle tension by just laying on it for, like, 10 to 30 minutes! The acupressure points massage your pressure points to help relieve stress and tight muscles — which is just what ya need after sitting at a desk all day, e’ery day.
Now, if you’re looking at this and scratching your head, here’s a fun guide on how to use this acupressure mat former BuzzFeeders Rachel and John wrote up, from first hand experience!Promising Review: “When you first lie down on this mat and pillow, you think ‘no way I can put up with this.’ It really does hurt at first. But if you don’t concentrate on on all those sharp points sticking into you and actually relax, you may see what the raves are about. You need to give it at least five to 10 minutes to begin feeling the benefits. It helps my back and my tension headaches. I actually push down into the pillow with my neck and move my neck into several positions. After about 10 minutes of use, you begin to feel a warming sensation that actually feels quite pleasant. It does leave your skin looking like a frozen hamburger patty for a little while.” —Kindle CustomerGet it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in nine colors).
This posture corrector and trainer that will vibrate and remind you sit (or stand) up straight! It connects to an app with a personalized training program to improve your posture daily.
The whole thing includes the posture corrector itself, a travel case, a USB charging cable, nine reusable hypoallergenic medical grade adhesives, and a user manual!Promising Review: “I have had terrible posture while sitting at my desk eight hours a day, and often go home feeling really stiff in my neck, and typically wind up with a headache. I have not had a headache in the past 12 days 🙂 I also barely feel it while I’m wearing it, and the adhesives are very good and durable when taken care of.” —Kristie WoodGet it from Amazon for $79.95.
Promising Review: “Whoever developed this heating pad really understood neck pain. This is genius! From the shoulder ‘cape’ to the flexible neck band to the little collar that snuggles the base of the skull, this item is perfect. It provides warmth to the upper neck region where my pain is the worst, and it warms the muscles and tendons in my neck and shoulders to loosen them up. I highly recommend this heating pad.” —IowaGalGet it from Amazon for $41.99 (available in two colors).
A shoulder relief pillow because all you side-sleepers just wanna stretch out and sleep on your side without adding more pressure onto your achey shoulders!
Promising Review: “As a dedicated side-sleeper I have purchased dozens of pillows in search of something that would alleviate my chronic neck and shoulder pain. It was hard to commit to the hefty price of this system knowing it might end up in the pillow graveyard with all the rest but this time was different! I found it immediately comfortable and was able to replace my cobbled together system of four to five pillows with this behemoth. It is both supportive and forgiving and keeps me from waking with every turn. The body pillow is long enough and heavy enough to support me and even allows me to spend some time asleep on my back which has been almost impossible for me until now. This is worth the price for shoulder relief. ” —Robert M. Bednar Get it from Amazon for $279.99.
This straightforward foot rest that you can pop under your desk to help with your posture. You can tilt the board, too, to make sure your feet are at the perf angle as ya sit.
Promising Review: “Ideal for long hours in the office. My legs and groin muscles used to ache after a long day. I think the backs of my upper legs were pressing too hard into the chair seat pan. This foot riser has alleviated that pain. I also enjoy rocking my feet back and forth during the day to keep circulation going.” —D. MartinGet it from Amazon for $17.99.
An electronic pulse massager so for some electrotherapy — meaning you can send some small pulses to your muscles to help manage pain or muscle strains!
This is actually a “TENS unit,” which stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. You attach the pads to your skin, and the unit sends electrical currents through to your muscles! (Trans = across, cutaneous = relating to skin, so transcutaneous = passing through the skin.) Anywho, this has 20 intensity levels and 15 massage-mimicking modes, so you can customize it to your comfort!Promising Review: “I received this item today and tried it a few hours later because my back was giving me fits! It was pretty self-explanatory as to how to connect it and begin using it. I started it out on the lowest intensity then moved to the second level of intensity and it wasn’t bad at all. I eventually fell asleep while having my back stimulated by the nice electric current just as I do at the chiropractor 🙂 I found the pads to be extremely sticky, which is great because they stayed nicely in place the whole time.” —B. ChristineGet it from Amazon for $28.98.
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