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Written by: humantech on October 21st, 2011

 By Miguel Gonzalez

Recently, I delivered a webinar titled, “Fad vs. Fact: Ergonomic Solutions” and one of the most popular topics questioned was the use of Swiss Ball Seating in the office compared to the traditional office chair.  This topic has beckoned answers from researchers for several years. The article titled, The Use of Stability Balls in the Workplace in Place of the Standard Office Chair, from CRE-MSD (Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders) just crossed my desk.  The authors conclude that stability balls should not be used as an alternative to the standard office chair since it does not provide any inherent benefits to the end user.  Additionally, they state, “The use of stability balls as a chair may actually increase the risk of developing low back discomfort and may increase the risk of sustaining an injury due to the unstable nature of the balls.” 

This research paper / article is a valuable supplement to the information my colleague and I presented in our webinar.  Please feel free to share your feedback or comments about your use of Swiss Ball Seating.  We would love to hear from you!

4 responses to “Stability Ball vs. Office Chair”

  1. Fiona says:

    Interesting, I was looking into these swiss ball chairs for the office but will definitely give this research a read when I have a minute – thanks for sharing!

  2. Calalily says:

    Same here. Was looking into, but read two other articles that the balls are not good for long term use, just short durations.

  3. Mark Jones says:

    I read somewhere that the Swiss Ball Seating is good only for short periods, just like the exercise ball. I have used this chair in my office and sitting on these for long hours is next to impossible for me. No doubt these look attractive and different but surely not comfortable enough.

  4. Carie says:

    I use these kind of balls in the gym all the time for my routine. But I never thought to use them as a chair. I’m young and just entering the corporate world, which means sitting a lot. I will second guess when using one as a chair. Thanks for the info!

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