Here is my review of the NadaChair BackUp, the high-end wearable chair for posture support.
About Nada Chair & The BackUp:
Nada Chair has been operating since 1985, producing a range of patented back support systems which allow the wearer to use their body to support themselves.
The aim of all Nada Chair products is to ease and prevent back pain. The products are made to be convenient whenever and wherever they are required. These products can be used when sitting or driving, and have even been into space with astronauts due to how light and versatile the product designs are.
One of Nada Chair’s most famous products is the BackUp, which was designed to ease back pain caused by pregnancy as well as micro-G pain – microtrauma in the lower spine. Nada Chair claims that due to there being many sedentary professions, we sit more than ever before, making back problems more likely. However, the BackUp provides well-cushioned support that encourages a healthy posture and reduces the chances of back pain.
The BackUp is the flagship product for Nada Chair as it has twice as much padding as the S’portBacker and incorporated CushShin accessories (usually sold separately) which provide a wider dispersion of pressure on the shins, which are helpful for people who sit still for longer time periods. This design has been around for years and has stood the test of time, and has received an array of excellent reviews.
How to put it on:
Putting the BackUp on is fairly straightforward. The back pad is positioned at the base of the spine, in the lumbar region. The straps go over the wearer’s knees and onto their thighs, with the adjustment straps facing up, atop the thighs, and the knee pads positioned inwards towards each knee. Once the BackUp is in the correct position and is comfortable, there is a clip that can be used to keep the knees together.
After testing out the BackUp for two days, it’s safe to say that it’s comfortable to wear. The setup of the brace is similar to the BetterBack, a competing back support product. The main difference between the two is that the straps are tightened on the inner part of the legs for the BackUp, whereas the BetterBack is tightened via the outside of the legs.
This back brace is on the larger size, which is a benefit as it means that the distribution of support is spread across a wide area, which helps to make it comfortable to wear. The downside to this back support is the price – it’s slightly more expensive than other similar products at $73. However, it does offer more support than lower priced alternatives, plus it’s easy to fold and travel with, which is a major bonus.
Despite the higher price of this product, it’s a firm favorite of mine. You can sit comfortably with the BackUp on and have your legs spaced wider apart while sitting and still get good support from it. The back support that this product offers is fantastic – it can even be used as a temporary chair for at ball games or stadium seating, providing comfort and support.
Each time I’ve worn this, regardless of how long for, I’ve always felt productive, and in a comfortable position to prevent back pain. For this reason, I feel that this product is as good as the BetterBack. It’s comfortable and always effective.
Other similar products tend to be hit and miss – sometimes they are comfortable and other times they are not. The elastic version of the BackUp, called the BackRx, which is also made by Nada Chair, was not useful to me because it can’t be adjusted.
When using the BackUp, there is no rubbing on the knees as the cushioning is thick. My posture is at around 95% when wearing this corrector. The BetterBack however, the competing product, is made to be more of a posture trainer which builds muscle to help improve posture.
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Cons of the BackUp:
Overall, the BackUp from Nada Chair is a fantastic product. It’s comfortable to wear, lightweight, and offers excellent lumbar support. It can be worn when sitting or driving – it’s even been into space.
Although the price is slightly higher than other similar products, the comfort and ease of wear make the BackUp a popular product.Purchase BackUp Chair
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I plan on testing every posture corrector you can buy including braces, posture solutions at a computer, posture chairs, and smart posture devices. I blog about the products here. Drop me a line anytime for questions and I'll try to help!