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Let's Talk Workspace Ergonomics - Fellowes Style

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Did you know that almost 7 out of 10 people experience back pain while working at their desks? If you tuned in earlier this week to the Fellowes Canada #WorkSmart Twitter chat, you probably already knew that. And perhaps you're among the 70% of us who suffer from back tension. As much as I would love to remedy the pain with a week's vacation lounging at the beach or a weekend getaway at the spa, we all know that there is a more feasible solution: remove the risk from your workspace. Prevention is the best medicine, as they say. 

Fortunately, Fellowes has identified back tension as one of four well-being zones to target if you want to make your workspace more ergonomically sound. They offer, as a solution, a selection of back supports and lumbar cushions to be used on chairs that do not provide proper lumbar support. The Professional Series Back Support with Microban Protection, as seen above, provides mid spinal support as well as lower lumbar support with memory foam cushions that help to promote good posture. This back support is designed with your spine in mind and is contoured to support the natural curvature in your back. It is made with a soft, breathable fabric and I found it quite easy to adjust. It is currently available at Walmart for $72.97.

Fellowes Workspace Ergonomics Lumbar Support

Fellowes also sent over an I-Spire Series Lumbar Cushion for me to try out as it targets one of my most troublesome areas - my lower back. Designed to help reduce back tension, the cushion is made with breathable mesh fabric and has an adjustable strap with buckles. I wanted to use it at work but the back of my office chair is quite narrow which meant I couldn't tighten the strap enough to prevent it from moving. So I now use the lumbar cushion in my home office and the Professional Series Back Support in my work office.

Fellowes Workspace Ergonomics Lumbar Support
I-Spire Series Lumbar Cushion - $25.28 at Walmart
We all know that good posture is important but I wanted to share some tips from Fellowes on how to improve the way we sit at our desks. My short-legged self needs to try the first one. I've never had a foot rest at my desk before but I suspect I would greatly benefit from one.

Checklist Zone 1: Seating and Posture

  • Chair Height - Keep your feet on the floor or on a foot support.
  • Seat Pan Depth - The back of your knees should not touch the seat.
  • Back Position - Your back should be in contact with as much of the chair as possible.
  • Neutral Posture - Work in a position that requires the smallest amount of muscle activity.
To learn more about the remaining zones, visit the Fellowes Solution Centre. Additionally, you can read about how Sheri of Kidsumers tackled Zone 3: Neck, Shoulder and Eye Strain. For more tips on how to achieve a healthy and comfortable workspace, I highly recommend that you refer to Fellowes' Ergonomic Checklist. There are so many useful suggestions so you may want to bookmark it for later reference.

Now that you're sitting at your computer with a greater awareness of your posture, it's time to try your luck at a special giveaway from Fellowes. Up for grabs is an I-Spire prize pack valued at over $200. It includes:
  • Monitor Support
  • Mouse Pad Wrist Rocket
  • Keyboard Wrist Rocker
  • Lumbar Support
  • Document Lift
  • Foot Support
To be eligible to win, please complete the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclosure: I received product to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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103 COMMENTS

  1. I would love to try these products as I do find that my back gets very sore and If I spend to long I run into tendonitis too .The back support looks great

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  2. I would love to win because I get a sore back and neck when I'm on the PC.

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  3. I would love to win, I really love the rocker for wrist and keybaord.

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  4. I would like to win this would make my day

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  5. I find I need the extra back support when I am working at the computer
    (Debbie W)

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  6. This would be so helpful. My back often feels uncomfortable when I sit at my desk for more than an hour or two.

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  7. I would love to win so I could give this prize package to my sister who could really use these products, she often complains about getting sore when working at her desk. (Judy Cowan)

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  8. I'd love to win! I have the worst posture when I'm at my desk grading papers!

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  9. I'd love to win the Lumbar Support, everything is great my back is bad and this could help

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  10. i would love to win! This would be perfect for my husband and his back!

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  11. I would love this for my workspace in the office. I am currently experiencing a bit of back pain and neck with too much typing all the time ... this would be great!

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  12. I would love this to support my lower back. My old chair needs to go.

    Florence C

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  13. I would absolutely love to win. I can be a pain free computer geek lol.

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  14. My chair is broke, this is not a joke, that is why I want to win

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  15. I have had severe degenerative disc disease for 30 yrs and get painful sciatica which disables me This lumbar support would help me a lot

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  16. With all the hours spent on the computer nowadays these are all great products and this would be great to own!!

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  17. I would love to win the prize. Specifically the Lumbar support and foot support to make sitting at a desk more comfortable and better for my back. But I'd love to benefit from improved ergonomics using everything else should I win.

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  18. I have back problems and carpeltunnel from being on the keyboard so much, this would be great!

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  19. I would love to win because I have back problems and I find it very discomforting sitting at my computer for any amount of time.

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  20. Although my work station is horrible and I would fail all ergonomic testing, I would still love this gift set for my husband! Hey, perhaps we can share what we need! Thank you!! :)

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  21. I would love to win this would really help while I'm working.

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  22. I would love to win. I spend way too long sitting in front of the computer at work, so this would greatly help my back and wrist

    Melinda L.

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  23. I would love to win this for my daughter, who does a lot of sitting at the computer for her job. I would love her to be more comfortable. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

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  24. The lumbar support is what I need

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  25. I would love to win this for the back support.. Thanks

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  26. I would love to win as sitting at my computer too much by back and wrist get sore

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  27. I am entering your giveaway.
    I would like to win this I-Spire prize pack
    because these sound like great products.
    I would like to try the I-Spire Series Lumbar Cushion.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. I'd like to win because between babywearing and blogging, my back is often sore.

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  29. I would love to win!

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

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  30. i'm on the computer a lot so this would help me

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  31. This prize would be wonderful to win as my husband has bad back pain and it could really help him out!

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  32. This would be a great prize to win.

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  33. I would love to gift my husband with this as he spends many uncomfortable hours at his desk.

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  34. I'd love the foot lift! My back gets so sore!

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  35. I would love to have this for a comfortable seating. Will surely like to try this product.
    Thanks for sharing this post. Keep posting more articles on office furniture online

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  36. I work from home and I need some comfort. My office chairs are stylish but my back is paying for it!

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  37. this would be perfect as reason I am off on Med Leave....and benefits doesnt cover lumbar pillow....WIN WIN....thanks for this chance!

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  38. It all sounds great,I would love to win this to help me feel more comfortable all over and no more sore wrists!

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  39. This would definitely help out at home.

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  40. I'd love to win because I suffer from lower back pain

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  41. imon the computer all the time my back could use this lynnbeaniethethird@yahoo.ca lynn clayton

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  42. need the Lumbar support and foot support to make sitting at a desk more comfortable

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  43. I'd love to win this for my husband. He sits at a computer for 2 jobs and I think this would be really helpful for him.

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  44. I could definitely use some foot and lumbar support! Awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance.

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  45. I would love to win as I spend a lot of time at the computer each day. I usually tuck a pillow behind me, but the I-Spire Series Lumbar Cushion sounds like a much smarter idea!

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  46. I'd love to win, especially the lumbar cushion.

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  47. This would be fantastic, I have horrible lower back pain due to sitting improperly, the lumbar support would be great

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  48. I need support while i'm at the computer, i've gotten some soreness lately!

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  49. These would be great for in my office.

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  50. I would love to win to improve my workspace especially the lumbar support.

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  51. this would help me for work and home use

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  52. I would love to win the lumbar support as I cannot sit at the computer for too long because of my back!

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  53. I would like to win these for my mom for her sore back and arthritis in her wrists when she is at her computer.

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  54. love to win the lower lumbar support..i get a sore back

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  55. I would like to win, I spend a lot of time at my computer and these items would help me be more comfortable and productive.

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  56. This would be perfect for when I go back to work in the summer. The monitor support and foot rest for my home office would be welcome additions.

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  57. What a great prize for those that have to spend way too much time at a desk/computer as their job! I would love to win this prize pack!!

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  58. The document holder would be of greatest utility to us!

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  59. i would love ti win this prize pack.

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  60. I would love to win. This would be great for my back.

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  61. I would like to win because this would keep me comfy while at the computer

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  62. Great prize pack! A lot of us could benefit from having some back support while sitting for extended periods of time...

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  63. I would love to win because I don't find my chair very comfortable and this would help my back.

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  64. I will need to spend more time at my desk this year and I have found in the past that I do not have adequate tools to prevent injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. I would like to win to prevent future/further damage to myself (Sabrina Tong)

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  65. This would be great for my back as it's supportive and would help when I'm sitting at my computer too long!!

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  66. It is great for my back, I would love to win!

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  67. Would LOVE to win this, especially the back support because my back sucks! lol

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  68. I would like to win, would love to win is really what I mean! I have a sore back and shoulders and could really use this prize to correct my posture at my computer. : )

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  69. I would love to win this, posture is something we all need to work on.

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  70. I would like to win as I currently have to use a lawn chair as a comp chair.. my desk is actually a small table.. lol

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  71. because I use a coffee table right now and there isnt any room to rest your hand while surfing

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    1. im mean I use a tv tray lol not coffee table

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  72. I'd like to win this for my mom!

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  73. I would love to win as I spend a lot of time at my computer and could use better support!

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  74. I would love to win this - I spend way too much time at my desk & my back would appreciate some support!

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  75. I spend way to much time on my computer working and think this could really help me!

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  76. I would like to have this for when I travel

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  77. Sorry wrong post above for the comment
    I would like some support for my shoulders

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  78. My hubby suffers from an injury from his early 20s and this would help make life sitting at the computer not hurt SO bad.

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  79. i spend a lot of time sitting at a desk - anything that would help alleviate stiffness would be a godsend!

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  80. I'd love to see if any of these things would help with my wrist, back and hip pain from sitting at the computer.

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  81. Would love to win for my hubbys home office
    Marla

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  82. I'd love to win this for my mom. She has a bad back and loves to use her computer but could really do without the back pain!

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  83. These would be great to win! I'd especially like to try the mouse wrist rocket. I find that being on the computer so much causes me a lot of pain in my wrists when I use my mouse

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  84. since i am NOT 37 my body is starting to fall apart lol. some back support would be awesome

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  85. I would like to win because it would be great for my back

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  86. I am in my 50's this chair would be so comfy. Would be sweet to win.

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  87. I would love to win because my wrist gets very irritated from using a mouse all day!

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  88. I would love to win because I think I have really bad posture at the computer and hopefully all this would help me focus on properly sitting at the desk.

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  89. would love to win - i get a sore back sitting in my chair at work

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  90. I find my back gets sore at work so I'd love this because I think it would help! (Suzi)

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  91. The lumbar support looks great would be perfect for my sore back

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  92. I have been getting a sore back and neck while working at my computer lately, and I know I need to get it better set up for proper ergonomics - winning this would really help me!

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  93. i deal with a LOT of back/neck pain and i'd love to have some products to help support me while i sit at a desk all day,

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  94. I want to win this to keep my posture and maintain my back health.

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  95. I have chronic low back pain and so this maybe a big help...TY.

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  96. Would love to win as my office space needs a major upgrade!

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  97. Thanks for the chance, would love to win this for my mom's computer room

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  98. I would like to win this for my hubby. He gets back pain from working long hours at a desk! Thanks so much!

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