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Back Pain

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They might look ridiculous, but the gamers are onto something

An illustration of a character sitting in a gaming chair, in front of a vortex of regular office chairs.
Illustration: Jess Ebsworth

It sometimes feels as if our desk chairs are trying to kill us.

Many of us fidget in a perpetual state of discomfort, trying to find that one ever-elusive position in which our back won’t eventually cry out in fury. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, as many as 80% of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives, and nearly a quarter of Americans experienced back pain within the past three weeks. Back pain from unhealthy sitting can even lead to disc degeneration, poor blood pressure, and pinched nerves.

Given that many American…

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