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Relief for Your Back from BackJoy Posture+

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With all the time I spend at my laptop as a WAH freelancer (that stands for '??work at home'? by the way, not a whiny cry for help), let'??s just say my back is no joy. I hunch over my keyboard, my shoulders arched in the least attractive way possible. My spine is like a giant C.

Yes, I know all the tricks to avoid this issue. Sit at a desk where my computer is high/low enough so I can use the keyboard with my wrists and forearms straight and level with the floor. My feet should be flat on the floor. My chair should support my lower back. My screen should be at eye level.

Instead, you can find me sitting on the couch with my laptop. Or on the bathroom floor while my daughter takes a bath. Or on the window seat because one of our dogs looks like she need some love.

And with this lack of back support, I have the worst posture in the world. We'??re talking Hunchback of Notre-Dame status. And I'??m not even French.

I'??m trying to be better. BackJoy Posture+ is helping me. This little contraption that you plop your butt down on when you sit has a patented design that encourages good posture and engages core muscles.

My mom will testify that the 15-year-old pillow she sits on in the car helps her back. I respectfully say, '??I doubt it, mom.'? The squishy cushion might be comfy to sit on, but you'??re sinking down instead of sitting up.

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Posture+ isn'??t a simple cushion. It was scientifically designed to force you to automatically sit with optimal posture. It starts off with a patented Applied Postural Science (APS) that corrects you by automatically tilting, cupping, and floating your pelvis upright. Then as you move, it automatically adapts to provide constant strain-free help. Now I sit more comfortably and correctly. Read: No more Hunchback.

Since I have the weakest core muscles in the world, I can actually feel it engaging mine to help with my natural balance and support. I feel it right along the sides of my spine, actually engaging the right muscles for better posture. This translates to no more backaches and fatigue after sitting for long periods of time.

It'??s much easier on a harder chair, even though they say you can use it on a softer one. Chances are, if you'??re sitting somewhere for a long time, a softer chair isn't doing your back any favors anyway, so I vote for hard chair. You can also use it in the car (are you reading this, mom?), at the dining room table, on the couch, etc.

I suggest watching their short video on how to use it before you do. That way you'??re getting the optimal benefits. And so you don'??t fall off your chair like I did the first time. Don'??t judge me. Sit, snug and skootch are the three steps. Make sure it'??s under you and you'??re sitting on it not in it, so that you'??re floating. I can feel the difference when I take it out from underneath me.

It comes in a variety of colors (black is best, but the hot pink is fun), so it easily blends into your decor. And with its continued help, now I won't blend into a casting call for Quasimodo.

BackJoy Posture+ is available at backjoy.com for $39.99.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.'?¨

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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