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Bodybilt Chairs: What the Heck is a S’port Ridge?

by Mitch M on July 3, 2012

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BodyBilt Chairs feature many unique options. The “S’port Ridge” is one of those; it is a vertical ridge that is designed to abut your spine, offering extra support to your thoracic region. The S’port Ridge has a firm feel to it. It is comprised of memory foam and encourages a posture with rolled back shoulders, enabling the scalene muscles to relax, relieving pressure on the brachial plexus nerves, and alleviating tension in the upper back. This natural seating posture raises the chest cavity and improves breathing and voice.

We have many customers who swear they would never buy another chair without a S’port Ridge and some who try it out and immediately decide they don’t like it. Folks, this is one of the most polarizing chair features out there today, and you have walked into the middle of a raging debate. How can you possibly know if it is for you without trying it beforehand?

The product experts at Ergogenesis, the manufacturers of BodyBilt Chairs, go so far as to recommend this as a viable option for most people. It is a feature that may take some getting used to for some people, but will provide valuable ergonomic support over the long run.

I would not go so far as to recommend the S’port Ridge to every person, but for people who are experiencing mild to moderate back pain, it is definitely something to consider. The corrective posture that it promotes is intended to assist with these issues. But for someone who does not have any back pain, for someone looking for a more traditional chair design, the S’port Ridge may be a superfluous or intrusive option.

The S’port Ridge is not a subtle feature. You will definitely notice it and it may seem strange at first. That is the key: you must know what to expect when ordering this feature. It is a long-term solution. It may seem rigid at first, but the memory foam will soften over time. It is not something to try for a day or two. If you do ultimately decide on ordering a BodyBilt Chair with a S’port Ridge, we recommend giving it two to three weeks before forming your final opinion.

If you have any more questions about whether this chair feature is for you, please feel free to give us a call at 800-531-3746 and speak to one of our experts.

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Mitch was a neophyte to ergonomics two years ago, but he quickly graduated to “ergo expert” status. He enjoys keeping his monitor arms at eye level, his keyboard tray in his lap, and because he is tall, he tends to lean back in his chair while working. He specializes in keyboard trays and finding the solutions for his fellow tall folk. Outside of the office, he enjoys film, reading, writing and eating healthily most of the time, so he can gorge himself on enchiladas and hot wings some of the time. He attempts to live by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice that, “A foolish consistency is hobgoblin to little minds,” but not always, because that would also be foolishly consistent.

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