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  • #74314
    Standing from chairs

    Its getting pretty hard now, specifically for using a computer.
    I have been looking at seats that help lift you but they seem to all tip you forward as they do it.
    Maybe some sort of high chair paired with a high desk. Not really sure about my options.

    How does everyone else manage it?

    Chagrin
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    #84891
    Re: Standing from chairs

    @chagrin wrote:

    Its getting pretty hard now, specifically for using a computer.
    I have been looking at seats that help lift you but they seem to all tip you forward as they do it.
    Maybe some sort of high chair paired with a high desk. Not really sure about my options.

    How does everyone else manage it?

    I would be interested to as My BMD has got worse in the past month.

    marcopolo991
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    #84892
    Re: Standing from chairs

    It’s a difficult one, this, and I had many years of struggling with it, with limited levels of success.

    Yes, many of the “rising” seats also tip you forward, which is no use at all. There are some firms that make models that lift you up straight, for example Cura Seating, but I’m not sure whether they make chairs that are suitable for working at a desk.

    For some years, I used a Mangar lifting cushion, placed on top of a normal chair, which worked pretty well until the time when I needed more assistance. Might be worth a look: http://www.mangar.co.uk/product/MPCA080100/lifting-cushion

    petered
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    #84893
    Re: Standing from chairs

    I am with you. I struggle to stand and from most chairs it is impossible. I wis there was a way to explain this easier.

    Lets take here at the desk. Okay I swing my self round so the desk is on my right side, a dining chair is at my left side. My right hand is on the desk my left hand the back of the chair. I take a deep breath and sort of heave, thrust, onto my legs with my knees straight, but I am bent at the hips sort of ¬ shape. The next bit is the hardest, getting upright from the hips and back. It’s a bit like getting that spinning plate a top the tall stick, it is a sort of breath in heave til my elbows are straight then a heave move one fot to be up right, then stand and get rid of spots before my eyes and get heart rate down to usual, and try and remember what was so important to get up off the chair for anyway.

    I'm always the animal, my body's the cage

    I blog about nothingness www.amgroves.com

    AM
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    #84894
    Re: Standing from chairs

    I do the exact same thing AMG, But I have a kitchen island on my right when I am sitting, I found that if my legs are standing straight I can flop over it, then as I roll myself over with my hips against it I can use my backs rigidity to make me end up standing upright. Whole thing does feel a bit unsafe though. Recently broken my kneecap so everything has been trickier since.

    Have been looking long and hard at those mangar cusions. Looking at tall stool office chairs too. I wonder if I can get a blacksmith to make a chair with a winder like a car door to lever it up and down.Like a jack for changing car tires. Maybe have a chair hanging from a hoist or something. I already have a standing workstation I can lean against for stretching my legs using the laptop but I could use something where I am actually sat down as standing is tiring.

    Still open to suggestions and any tricks anyone can offer.

    Chagrin
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    #84895
    Re: Standing from chairs

    I have a high backed office chair and I can usually manage to get up by pushing on that with my right arm and making my legs rigid. I am sometimes too tired for this though and my wife has to give me a helping hand.

    When out, especially at school events for my step-son with those flimsy blue plastic affairs, I grab another seat and place it in front of me, facing me. I then put my knee on it and move on to it so that I am kneeling on the seat of the chair. From there I can put a leg down to the floor and stand.

    SteveF
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    #84896
    Re: Standing from chairs

    @stevef wrote:

    I have a high backed office chair and I can usually manage to get up by pushing on that with my right arm and making my legs rigid. I am sometimes too tired for this though and my wife has to give me a helping hand.

    When out, especially at school events for my step-son with those flimsy blue plastic affairs, I grab another seat and place it in front of me, facing me. I then put my knee on it and move on to it so that I am kneeling on the seat of the chair. From there I can put a leg down to the floor and stand.

    Interesting technique.

    I'm always the animal, my body's the cage

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    AM
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    #84897
    Re: Standing from chairs

    Hmm an interesting technique indeed – must give it a try!

    They aren’t cheap but Rainbow Mobility sell office chairs that can height adjust up and down kind of like standard office chairs but you don’t have to get up out of them for them to adjust up – it’s an electically powered up and down. From what I can see there are two brands, the Euroflex and the Hepro – the Euroflex one is a lot cheaper and it isn’t entirely clear it ‘up and down’s but if you go to the manufacturer’s website (Eurovema) there is a picture of a lady in one which has clearly ‘upped’ but she seems to have an extra control on it compared to the one on the Rainbow Mobility website so maybe it’s an optional extra and maybe brings the price up, worth checking out though….

    Anyone else had the experience of going to a meeting or similar, finding and adjusting an office chair to your safe ‘I will be able to get up myself now’ height only for it to plummet as soon as you surrender your backside to its tender mercies so you are eye level with the desk and stuck there until a kind colleague rescues you???

    Ailsa
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    #84898
    Re: Standing from chairs

    @ailsa wrote:

    Hmm an interesting technique indeed – must give it a try!

    They aren’t cheap but Rainbow Mobility sell office chairs that can height adjust up and down kind of like standard office chairs but you don’t have to get up out of them for them to adjust up – it’s an electically powered up and down. From what I can see there are two brands, the Euroflex and the Hepro – the Euroflex one is a lot cheaper and it isn’t entirely clear it ‘up and down’s but if you go to the manufacturer’s website (Eurovema) there is a picture of a lady in one which has clearly ‘upped’ but she seems to have an extra control on it compared to the one on the Rainbow Mobility website so maybe it’s an optional extra and maybe brings the price up, worth checking out though….

    Anyone else had the experience of going to a meeting or similar, finding and adjusting an office chair to your safe ‘I will be able to get up myself now’ height only for it to plummet as soon as you surrender your backside to its tender mercies so you are eye level with the desk and stuck there until a kind colleague rescues you???

    No but I did have the fun of getting out of the Evac chair following an evacuation drill. Broke numerous health and safety guidelines that day

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    AM
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