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Freedom chair vs. Embody chair

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by bellbound, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. bellbound

    bellbound New Member

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    I spend many hours on a computer and have a bad neck (herniated disc) so I'm looking for a good chair with lots of support. So far I've tried the Freedom chair and borrowed it for a few days and really like that it has neck support. I sat in the Embody chair for a bit at the store, though didn't have enough time with it, though it gets amazing reviews, though no neck support.

    Curious to hear from anyone who has either of these chairs, or another chair they can recommend?

    Thanks.
     
  2. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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    When I bought my task chair I was coveting the Freedom Chair and hadn't heard about or seen the Embody. Fortunately the store where I finally went to make the purchase had the Embody and after sitting in it for several minutes it was clearly superior.
    Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought when sitting upright in the Freedom Chair the headrest is pushed back to a position where it doesn't touch your head and it only moves forward as you lean back in the chair. It doesn't seem as though that would provide a lot of neck support. Clearly the Embody has no headrest/neck support.
    Honestly, as someone who treats patients with neck pain and intervertebral disk disease I can't say that I think that the presence or absence of a headrest in a task chair is going to make much of a difference for you. You'll be much better off focusing on physical therapy (particularly range of motion), NSAIDs, and muscle relaxants than on a task chair.
    Best of luck with your neck pain and I hope you're happy with whichever chair you choose.
     
  3. bellbound

    bellbound New Member

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    Yup, it is only when you are sitting back in the Freedom Chair that the headrest is pushed back to a position where it touching your head. I guess that sort of defeats the point of having the neck support...

    Do you think having all the lumbar controls and the ability to position yourself forward in the Embody should be enough to keep me in a position where I wouldn't even need neck support?

    Thanks.
     
  4. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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    I think the Embody is more supportive overall than the Freedom. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
     

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