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HOW SHOULD I SIT?

Traditional seating posture i.e. upright, can increase kyphosis , an outward rounding of the lumbar region of the spine. In an upright 90° sitting position you bend your hip joints and rotate your pelvis axis backwards, flattening the lumbar curve and straining the muscles of the back. When leaning forward you have to bend further and this bending takes place mainly in the 4th and 5th lumbar discs, so a lumbar/back support on a traditional chair will hardly have any influence on your posture when leaning over to work.

  • on traditional seating

When leaning forward your spine curves forward and your vertebrae become compressed

In terms of posturally healthy sitting and maintaining a healthy spine we should avoid kyphosis in the low back and maintain a moderate level of lordosis (the natural or inward curvature of the lumbar region of the spine). This means incorporating the natural curves of the spine into our seated posture.

Bodyweight is automatically distributed more evenly, providing a natural anatomical

balance and reducing pressure on the back muscles

WHAT ARE THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF TRADITIONAL SEATING?

Some negative effects include:

  • Traditional Seating increases an outward rounding of the spine and spinal posture tends to collapse.

  • As the back bulges out you get a rounding of the lower back that may also encompass shoulder, neck and back muscle tension and misaligned vertebrae.

  • Blood circulation in the lower body weakens, possibly leading to varicose veins, cellulite, bloated feet and fatigue.

HOW DOES A SADDLE SEAT WORK?

  • Saddle Seating maintains the natural inward curvature of the spine to create the optimum balanced posture.

  • A Saddle Seat is designed to promote optimal seated posture. Sitting on a Saddle Seat properly positions and stabilises the pelvis automatically relieving stress on the lumbar discs and spine.

  • The Saddle shaped seat gives maximum support and maintains your natural spine curve by keeping your pelvis rotated forwards and your back hollow and permits the pelvis to be held securely in its natural position so that, when leaning forward to work, the lean is from the hips and not the waist.

  • With the Saddle Stool there is no need for lumbar support because the correct lumbar curve is maintained naturally rather than artificially.

HOW WILL SITTING ON A SADDLE SEAT BENEFIT ME?

  • Relaxes the body and minimises muscle tension

  • Reduces lower back pain

  • Relieves posture problems, for example slouching and rounding of the lower back

  • Alleviates neck and shoulder pain and related headaches

  • Promotes good arm-hand control

  • Reduces work related upper limb disorders such as pain & aching in wrists, arms and shoulders associated with regional musculoskeletal disorder (R-MSD), cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), and repetitive stress injury (RSI)

  • Decreases pain and fatigue associated with muscular tension

  • Improves blood circulation and digestion

  • Enhances muscle tone & strengthens abdominal muscles

  • Provides for effortless mobility i.e. moving around and reaching

  • Adapts to all types of work including standing height work

IS THE SADDLE STYLE OF SEATING EASY TO GET USED TO?

  • The Beautelle Saddle Seat is comfortable, and provides a wide range of adjustments to help the individual find the most natural, comfortable sitting position.

  • Tight skirts are not possible due to the wide stance required.

  • There is a short transition period while your body adjusts to a totally different way of sitting and the 'equestrian' style of posture. This may include some sore muscles for a few days.

  • Users usually find that they are fully adapted to the Saddle within two weeks.

  • Users tend to find posture problems are alleviated after only a few weeks of use.

WHO DO YOU RECOMMEND USES A SADDLE STOOL?

equally suitable for:

  • office/computer-related tasks
  • customer service & reception jobs
  • the medical field
  • dental surgeons & nurses
  • laboratory workers & technicians
  • veterinary surgeons
  • beauty therapists & nail technicians
  • hairdressers
  • musicians & artists
  • children (see our compact design)
  • children and adults with neurological or musculoskeletal disorders

The opinions expressed in this guide are that of Beautelle and are intended to be used purely as a reference guide only. All statements are our in-house therapist's (qualified in Anatomy & Physiology) own interpretation of available research documents and/or through consultation with qualified practitioners & professional medical users. Information given is in good faith and every care is taken to uphold the accuracy, however errors and omissions are excepted.



By Sarah Dandy DipM IIHHT VTCT
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Author: DipM IIHHT VTCT

Biography: This guide draws upon our company’s significant experience in developing manufacturing and using saddle seats in addition to the opinions of our in-house qualified therapist who has been working with saddle seats for more than 10 years. In addition to our internal therapist we have consulted well documented research by various ergonomics consultants. Beautelle Ltd

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