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Old 03-01-2017, 01:05 PM
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I'm talking about the large balls that many people use instead of office chairs. I sat on one while I was replacing a customer's computer. Many people would say that it's supposed to help with back problems. I believe that sitting on one is the reason I'm at work wearing a back brace.

I don't see how a kid's toy is beneficial to back health. Give me an office chair any day.
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Old 03-01-2017, 06:50 PM
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I think the idea is that most back aches are caused by the muscles not providing adequate support. The ball causes you to have to fidget all the time to balance and works your back muscles, causing them to strengthen. This then reduces back ache.

I think you would also need to work up to using it for a whole day. An hour or so for a few days, increase until it's a full day.

It would also require that your back problems be caused by muscle aches/fatigue and not something like a bad disk or something.

I think that's also the idea behind the standing desk stations.
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:50 AM
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I'll admit that my personal opinion is that health benefits from standing desks aren't actually the primary motivation for employers proposing to use them. (I'm not saying there aren't any- though I personally doubt it is good for you to be standing up all day- just that there are other motivations) Specifically, I suspect part of the idea is to allow more desks to be crammed in. Similar to how I can't help but suspect the primary reason for open offices is to make it easier to see what employees are doing.
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Old 03-02-2017, 01:20 PM
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I know that those large balls (I think they're most often called yoga balls) are excellent for use by laboring mothers, since sitting on them opens up the pelvis and that can help reduce pain. Personally, they help me with back pain because my hips are slightly misaligned and it realigns them temporarily, so I can see how they might help similar issues.
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Old 03-02-2017, 02:12 PM
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I'll admit that my personal opinion is that health benefits from standing desks aren't actually the primary motivation for employers proposing to use them. (I'm not saying there aren't any- though I personally doubt it is good for you to be standing up all day- just that there are other motivations) Specifically, I suspect part of the idea is to allow more desks to be crammed in. Similar to how I can't help but suspect the primary reason for open offices is to make it easier to see what employees are doing.
Here we've had to fight and bring in doctor's notes to get a standing desk. They just install it in your cubicle and don't save any room. They also usually get mats that have a raise ridge in the back and a round hump in the middle allowing you to change your stance throughout the day. Supposedly it does wonders for some people.

And yeah, the open offices is really stupid. There seems to be push for those in the engineering world where it has been proven to actually hinder work since we have no space to store the code books we need (supposed to be going paperless since it's the new and hip thing to do - folks are still trying to use the codes that were replaced over a decade ago and have been updated multiple times since, do you think we're going to suddenly going to get with the times?) and we look at each other all the time. Great in a creative field, not so great in a technical one. Really crappy when you have ADHD like my husband.
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Old 03-03-2017, 12:51 PM
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I think the general idea, IIRC, is that the "fitness ball" as a chair is supposed to help you with core strength or some such, and thus help alleviate some back issues.

Last time I sat on one and tried that, I just ended up lightly bouncing up and down on it. It wasn't really distracting, it's just that sometimes I'm a fidgeter.

And to GoInsanity...the "open" floot plans in offices is, in theory, supposed to foster collaboration and such. I find them a distraction myself. Also I agree with you that there's not really a lot of room for me to store any programming books I might want to bring.

And the idea of a "paperless office" is a joke. I work in an "Agile" development environment. Wanna talk about burning through paper? Wow.
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Old 03-03-2017, 07:40 PM
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And to GoInsanity...the "open" floot plans in offices is, in theory, supposed to foster collaboration and such. I find them a distraction myself. Also I agree with you that there's not really a lot of room for me to store any programming books I might want to bring.
You're not the only one. I work for a brokerage. Instead of having cubicles, which would cut down on the noise a bit, we're all in one big room. Noisy as hell, which sucks when a big chunk of your day is answering the damn phone. Very little room to keep the reports and other things I need nearby. Sure, I can dump them in the file cabinet, but with multiple screens on my desk, the phone, printer and computer under the desk, it's a bit cramped.

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And the idea of a "paperless office" is a joke. I work in an "Agile" development environment. Wanna talk about burning through paper? Wow.
The "paperless office" utopia has been around since the 1970s. Even though all of our information is on a server, there's still plenty of paper consumed every week. Granted, most of it gets recycled, but why do we really need to keep daily sales sheets? Sure, they're nice to write down changes or to take notes on, but what's the point of keeping them if we're keeping digital ones anyway? We don't even look at them the next day. Mine get throw into a file cabinet...where they sit for years.
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Old 03-03-2017, 10:47 PM
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The "paperless office" utopia has been around since the 1970s. Even though all of our information is on a server, there's still plenty of paper consumed every week. Granted, most of it gets recycled, but why do we really need to keep daily sales sheets? Sure, they're nice to write down changes or to take notes on, but what's the point of keeping them if we're keeping digital ones anyway? We don't even look at them the next day. Mine get throw into a file cabinet...where they sit for years.
With SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) we have at least one page of a flip chart we use. We also have a lot of sticky notes we go through every 10 weeks. It's insane to see how much paper we go through at our Program Increment meetings.
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Old 03-09-2017, 02:01 AM
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With a title like that, I just had to come here and see what the discussion was actually about ...

*removes mind from gutter*

I've heard the same thing about those balls fostering "core strength" but I agree that, like any form of exercise, it's something you have to start in small increments. If catcul's first time on one meant sitting on it for a full workday, I can see why it would lead to problems. I'd like to try that -- or a standing desk -- but in the office where I work, there's no possibility of either (no room, for one thing).

For what it's worth, my brother says sitting on chairs is highly unnatural for the human frame as it exists today. Sitting on the floor -- common in some cultures -- is actually what we're built for. (Brother, by the way, graduated from an Occupational Therapy program in which the graduation rate was nearly 100% -- because anybody who couldn't cut it got weeded out REALLY early. And just getting into the program at all was a tough road. His graduating class had a grand total of 25 students in it. I mention all this simply to back up his credentials to be making a statement like that. )

And the whole paperless office is a bad joke. I work in a small law office that deals in family law (among other things) and the number of trees that die to keep that area of law going is staggering.
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:32 PM
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Actually, I only sat on it for an hour. My back hurt for three days. My back wasn't hurting before I sat on it, but it did after.
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