Posture Guide for Ergonomic Seating
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Ergonomic Seating - improving your
Our ergonomic seating ranges,
including saddle seats, tri-shaped seating and
follow the principles of ergonomic posture seating.
*Ergonomically shaped stools and chairs are designed to
give maximum support, comfort and the ideal sitting
position. Benefits for the seated practitioner include
maintaining an ergonomic sitting position and a healthy
of Ergonomic Seating
From the many articles documenting research and studies into
posture seating the general consensus of ergonomic experts is
that in terms of posturally healthy sitting and maintaining a
healthy spine we should maintain a moderate level of the natural
or inward curvature of the lumbar region of the spine to give a
proper sitting posture that incorporates the natural curves of
the spine and therefore doesn't put harmful stress on your back.
The right chair
for proper sitting posture will give you maximum spinal support
and correct sitting posture.
Used together with specially designed supports
such as the adjustable torso/arm support the shaped stool
becomes an ideal seating solution, addressing both mobility and
health issues for the busy health practitioner, or
technician. For surgical procedures the foot operated pneumatic
height control feature can be added to most models to allow
hands free adjustment of the seat height for surgeons.
Choose from our ergonomic stools and
Practitioner Chairs can offer the following features which can
assist with a healthy sitting position 1. A height adjuster to
keep your hips higher than your knees. 2. Armrests which support
your arms but take pressure off your neck and shoulders. 3.
Lumbar back support that pushes your low back forward slightly,
supporting your normal lumbar curve.
seat pads on chair and stool models
are specifically designed to allow
unrestricted blood circulation to
The shape of the seat can help
prevent upper leg impingement during
long procedures as it does not
impinge on the underside of your
thighs when seated. Can be combined
with an arm/ torso support (see 2 &
shaped Stools and Chairs are designed to promote optimal
seated posture and give maximum support when seated. On the
saddle shaped seat your bodyweight is automatically
distributed more evenly, providing a more natural balanced
seated posture. The wider stance required by sitting on a
saddle shaped seat ensures your thighs are apart and
pointing downwards keeping the body balanced and your pelvis
rotated forwards and permits the pelvis to be held securely
in its natural position. The knees are naturally positioned
lower than your hips and your feet rest on the floor on both
sides of the body. This allows the lower back and upper body
to find a relaxed, natural posture. It is commonly regarded
that widening the angle between the trunk and thighs in a
seated posture can be beneficial in improving the shape of
the spine, making it more like the natural S-shape in a
standing posture. n.b.
Multi angle pelvic positioning is provided by our
saddle stool model.
Specific Reference is made to
articles by Jeff Tiedman & A C Mandal,
for links to full articles
Some benefits of
As the upper body stays more relaxed, muscle tension can be
Can help reduce pain in the lower back and help relieve common
posture problems such as slouching and rounding of the lower
Can help to alleviate neck and shoulder pain and to decrease
pain and fatigue associated with muscular tension
Can promote good arm-hand control and help reduce work related
upper limb disorders e.g pain/aching in wrists, arms and
shoulders associated with regional musculoskeletal disorder (R-MSD),
cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) and repetitive stress injury (RSI)
Improved circulation to the lower extremities, resulting in,
among other things, less fatigue.
Provides for greater mobility - it is easy to move around on the
chair, reach for items, and getting on and off the chair is
Can adapt to all types of work including standing height work,
are comfortable, and provide a wide range of adjustments
to help the individual find the most natural, comfortable
sitting position for them.
There can be a short transition period to adapt to a totally
different way of sitting on a tri shaped or a saddle style of
seat and we suggest to allow a period of two weeks to allow your
body to adjust.
Users tell us that they tend to find posture and other problems
can be helped after only a few weeks of use.
"The Meditelle Posture Saddle Stool is
honestly the most comfortable stool I have
used in my practice. I have upper and lower
back pains, due to hours in operating room,
and the Meditelle Posture Saddle Stool keeps
me in the right posture and supports my
back. I recommend anyone to spend an extra
bit of money on this stool, as it is a good
investment , due to the excellent quality,
and for you spinal health! Thank you
very much and im very happy with it."
Dr. Georgos F. Ioannides MD, PhD
ENT Surgeon, Limassol, Cyprus
Saddle Seat is excellent for use and made a
huge difference to back pain. Highly
bought two HAN9240 stools. Quality is good
however we asked to have the seat made
slightly larger with more padding. Without
this our nurses were not happy. This was
done for us without question and very
reasonably. Very good customer service.
Dr Howard Paterson
Kelvin House Practice
Your Perfect Posture Seat - our tailor
A bespoke manufacturing service with many
options and extras is offered to modify any seat to meet your
own particular requirements.
You can tailor your ideal seat with additions available to order
on your chosen stool or chair including anatomic memory foam
padding, varying height configurations, arm rest and torso
supports and a pneumatic foot control for hands free height
There is also an extensive
of hydrophobic and anti-microbial vinyl coverings.
You are welcome to telephone and discuss your requirements with
one of our advisors who are happy to give guidance or technical
advice on specifications and features just call 0121 332 1850
or click to
Our Manufacturing Expertise
we use our
manufacturing expertise to design and produce a comprehensive
range of cost effective, quality medical seating ergonomically
designed for medical health care professionals.
We have invested
heavily in the development, design and production of our own
uniquely shaped seat mouldings and make every seat at our
factory in Birmingham with a skilled workforce who produce each
order from fabrication and upholstery to assembly.
We are well used to working with our medical customers and are
able to tailor make, modify and re-design our seating products
to meet client’s specific requirements.
There are many excellent research
articles about posture seating and links are provided
for your further reading:
A C Mandal Balanced Sitting
Posture on Forward Sloping Seat
Jeff Tiedman New Concepts in
guide is intended for reference purposes and draws upon
our significant experience in developing, manufacturing
and using saddle seats and 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
which were believed to be reliable at the date of
This information is only advisory and does not presume
to be exhaustive or inclusive of all workplace hazards
or situations. All information is given in good faith
and any errors are excepted.
The images used in this article have been commissioned
by and are the copyright property of Meditelle Ltd.
Meditelle Ltd has over 20 years experience of
manufacturing specialist medical equipment in the UK.
Balanced Sitting Posture on Forward Sloping Seats¯ ,
Mandal, A.C. The
Seated Man¯, (homo sedens). Dafnia Publications, Klampenborg,
an article by Jeff Tiedeman, an Ergonomics Consultant with
State Fund, is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a
Board-Certified Industrial Ergonomist (CIE) and is certified as
an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). He has done extensive
research on specialized topics related to ergonomics, including
illumination in the workplace, and has written articles and
taught classes on these subjects. For full article go to
Jeff TiedMan New Concepts in Seating