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Avoiding Arthritis with Yoga & Healthy Posture

By |March 13th, 2019|Categories: Arthritis, Healthy Posture, Shoulders, Sitting Posture, Yoga|

As you get older, chances are that you may experience some form of arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control state that between 2013-2015, 54.4 million Americans were diagnosed with some form of arthritis (including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia or gout). The cost of arthritis in 2013 was estimated to be $304 billion.* Osteoarthritis is a condition of joint inflammation where the cartilage that cushions your joints wears down and you can end up with bone rubbing against bone, causing pain. That pain tends to lead to restricted movement, and with restricted movement the synovial fluid that nourishes the joints [...]

Why Are Chairs So Bad For Your Back?

By |December 12th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Furniture, Healthy Posture, Proper Computer Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

Jean Couch and Spinefulness were featured in another NPR segment titled, “Can’t Get Comfortable in Your Chair? Here’s What You Can Do”: The NRP story mentions that in the past, most people sat on chairs that were firm & flat, usually made of wood. As new materials became available, designers used them to create new styles of chairs, which weren’t always good for our spinal alignment. One example mentioned is a chair designed in 1929 – the “Barcelona chair” – that became popular in the US in the 1950s. They look like chairs that I’ve seen and sat in [...]

Spinefulness NPR Segment 9/24/18

By |November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Driving, Furniture, Healthy Posture, Media, Sitting Posture|

Here is another segment that NPR did on Spinefulness on September 24, 2018, titled "Can't Get Comfortable In Your Chair? Here's What You Can Do": I'll follow up with a blog post on my take on the story. Enjoy!

Spinefulness on Good Morning America!

By |October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Bending, Healthy Posture, Media, Sitting, Sitting Posture, Technology|

On August 21, 2018, Jenn Sherer was interviewed for “Good Morning America” in a segment titled “How changing the way you sit can help decrease back pain.” Jenn worked with Jean Couch at the Balance Center until it closed earlier this year. Jenn mentions that it’s not sustainable to lift the chest all day long. It’s exhausting and can make your back sore. When you notice that you’re slumped, rather than tightening everything in an attempt to “sit up straight”, re-seat yourself, making sure that you bend at your hip joints as you sit down. Following the segment featuring [...]

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Change How You Sit, Change Your Pain

By |August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Osteoporosis, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

I was excited to hear that Balance/Spinefulness was covered in another NPR health story! The story, “To Fix That Pain in Your Back, You Might Have to Change the Way You Sit” aired on 8/13/18 on “Morning Edition”. The reporter, Michaeleen Doucleff, had experienced a lot of back pain, but got relief from learning Spinefulness posture from Jenn Sherer (, formerly Jean Couch’s business partner at the Balance Center in Palo Alto. Is Sitting "The New Smoking"? The idea that “sitting is the new smoking” was discredited in this story. Doucleff interviewed anthropologist David Raichlen, who has found that modern [...]

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Spinefulness on NPR again 8/13/18

By |August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Media, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

Spinefulness was covered on NPR again on 8/13/18! The story is called "To Fix That Pain in Your Back, You Might Have to Change the Way You Sit", and Jenn Sherer teaches journalist Michaeleen Doucleff how to sit to eliminate her back pain.  Check it out here: For my take on the story, check out my other blog post from 8/22/18 - "Change How You Sit, Change Your Pain".

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