Working with swopper.com is very special to me. Our company is very passionate about delivering great products that improve peoples’ health and wellness at work. This is something we all care about deeply. For me it is especially important, because I have experienced this first hand.
Here’s my story:
In my early teens I was diagnosed with Kyphosis. This is best described as a curve in the spine.
I came very close to having a full spinal fusion at that time, which is surgery to join, or fuse, two or more vertebrae. Spinal fusion is considered major surgery. Thankfully the specialist I was referred to recommended a combination of physical therapy and a back cast instead, so I dodged a bullet.
The condition never got in my way or limited my activities growing up. In school and college I was very active in sports and the like. When I graduated from college I started my career in retail banking. The nature of my work required me to sit in an office chair for extended periods during the day. I found at the end of my workday my back was sore, tired and it was difficult for me to stand completely upright.
Fast forward about eight years later; a friend of mine who happened to be a chiropractor, introduced me to swopper. He was very passionate about what the chair could do, and suggested that I give it a try. I remember thinking it looked cool, and so I sat on it. That moment literally changed my life!
I immediately, within seconds of sitting, felt incredible relief in my spine. Even better, for the first time in my adult life, I had no back pain! I describe the pain I had experienced as a little gray cloud, not debilitating by any means, but just a nagging consciousness of discomfort more so than anything. I had become resigned to it. But when I sat on swopper that day, my little gray cloud went ‘puff’. I was immediately conscious of not having pain. I will never forget it!
This experience was a turning point in my life. I immediately realized that what happened to me was incredible, and then I thought, “This could help other people too.” Long story short, I became an advocate for Swopper and went on the road telling my story.
I began to research low back pain (LBP) and found that LBP was the second most common reason for an American to see a healthcare professional. I also discovered that 75% of Americans were required to sit at work. To me these facts were directly linked. With more research, I discovered that poor posture while sitting is one of the main causes of LBP. Then the penny dropped! I realized I only became conscious of my back pain when I started my career and started sitting all day. I was in an office and I was sitting, most likely in poor postures with no reason to get up and move. No wonder I had pain!
So why did swopper help me?
1. It corrected my posture. The bounce (vertical motion) immediately corrected my spine and put it into a neutral position. The combination of the convex seat shape and the forward tilt allowed my pelvis to rotate forward. This allowed me to stay in that neutral posture very easily as a result.
2. I had no back support with Swopper. This meant I had to support myself in an upright position. This made me engage my core muscles and therefore condition and train these muscles around my correct posture. This had a long-term benefit of improving my posture even when I was not sitting on swopper, because when I was sitting I was exercising and getting stronger.
The best part of all was that I was doing this unconsciously. I mean I didn’t have to think about it, I didn’t have to adjust anything, I just had to sit on Swopper.
3. All of the movement; bouncing, forward tilt and lateral movement was intuitive. If I moved it moved with me. I couldn’t sit still for long as it encouraged me to move. This movement kept me from being static, it kept me from locking up or feeling stiff. I always felt that way when I sat in an office chair.
As a result of this experience, I developed a need to learn more and became a certified ergonomist. Now I have the opportunity to share my experience but also help educate others on the healthful benefits of swopper.
My main message for those considering using swopper – Try it! Even if you don’t have back pain, it will prevent you from getting it. At the very least, it will change the way you work and change the way you think about how you work. But who knows, it could very well change your life too!
Nora Fenlon – CAE
Welcome to the official swopper blog. We are a group of passionate motion seating experts who work and play at swopper headquarters in Reno-Sparks, NV. On this blog, we’ll share personal stories, health & wellness tips and everything you ever wanted to know about our motion seating products including the swopper, muvman and 3dee chairs.
Here’s a bit more about each of us:
Chas Hepler: President & CEO
Chas…what can we say? His vision for swopper and all of our motion products is why we are here today. When Chas first sat on swopper, he immediately understood the need for this product and the whole motion seating philosophy. His vision has been the driving force in bringing the motion seating portfolio of products together under one roof. He is a brand champion and a very active swopper user. Chas is the chief strategist behind motion seating, and is dedicated to making motion seating products available to everyone. Follow Chas posts on his personal journey to a healthier work life through sitting in motion.
Nora Fenlon: VP Sales & Marketing
Nora is to swopper what a pen is to paper. She fell in love with swopper over 15 years ago, and has dedicated herself to helping it become main stream ever since. Nora shares her experience overcoming back pain with swopper. As a result of this firsthand experience, she is driven to help educate others on the healthful benefits of motion seating. That’s why she became a certified ergonomist. Nora hails from Ireland originally and now is a proud permanent resident of the US. Follow Nora’s posts for the science behind our products with a dose of her personal experiences with swopper.
Sandra Bowie: Motion Seating Director
Sandra, is the driving force behind swopper whether she is attending a trade show or telling the story behind the products. We look to her for guidance in all things movement. Sandra is passionate about our motion products and even worked directly with Aeris, the German manufacturer for over a year to understand swopper, muvman and 3dee completely. The knowledge she brings to the table on these chairs is extremely valuable.
Look for Sandra’s posts to explain the ins and outs of motion seating, the benefits for health and wellness, and her perspective as an expert about swopper.
Tom Robinson: Creative Director
If you can think it, Tom will create it! Swopper wouldn’t be what it is without his special touches whether that is an email, infographic or a doctored photo…the creative curb appeal is all Tom! Tom will bring a creative flair to our blog through images, infographics and more.
Jenn Lytle: Customer Service Director & Social Marketing
Jenn, is the social media maven here at swopper. She oversees the day to day operations of our blog, website, Facebook page, LinkedIn and more. In addition, Jenn handles our customer service; making sure all our customers are thrilled with their experience with our products.
Jenn is our problem solver and our go-to person for literally anything – and she does it all with a smile on her face. Jenn’s writing is a perfect mix of her passion for Swopper and her upbeat, funny personality.
In addition to our regular bloggers above, we’re planning to bring you guest posts from experts and real people who use swopper, muvman and 3dee to maximize their health.
We’re looking forward to going on this blogging journey with you. If you ever have a question, blog idea or just want to say “hi!” leave us a comment or send a note on our contact us page.
Cheers to moving ahead!
~ Team Swopper