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It might seem unnecessary to explain how to sit down - afterall, many of us spend our days on our office chairs. However, an average of 12 - 33 per cent of Australian citizens report lower back pain every day.

Sitting correctly can reduce the risk of back pain, which costs the government around $1 billion annually.

There are a few easy ways to ensure dentists in your practice are not gambling on their spinal health with poor posture and equipment.

Saddle Chairs

Using a Salli two-part saddle chair can help minimize the risk of chronic back pain because dentists can maintain their natural posture while sitting on it.

Many workers hunch their backs when sitting on traditional office chairs, which reduces blood and nutrient flow to the area which can, in turn, weaken the discs and ligaments in the back.

Using a saddle chair ensures the back is not rounded and encourages natural posture.

Table Height

Obviously dentists are not always at their computers, but when they are, reaching or straining to use the keyboard is not ideal. Dental equipment producer Salli recommends lowering table height by 2 cm in the afternoon and by 3-4 cm when writing to maintain a healthy back.

Exercise and movement

Dentistry can be a workout on its own. The average human head is around 8 per cent of our total body weight. So, if dentists lean forward with their entire upper body for 10 minutes it represents the same amount of muscular exertion used to curl a 45 kg dumbbell 53 times, according to dentistryiq.com.

However, it is still important to take regular breaks from sitting. Consider investing in a bluetooth headset so dentists can walk while they talk.

Stretching regularly should also help because staying in one position is not good for the back and all dentists should do regular exercise.

People with extreme lower back pain may benefit from an armrest for their non-dominant hand so they can take some weight on their arm rather than the lumbar region.


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Excellent service

David was very helpful throughout the whole process

Great investment

The idea of being able to adjust the width of this saddle chair intrigued me and after some research I decided to try it. I found the chair was initially a little hard and my bottom would get sore, but after a few days of use I no longer noticed it. I have tried out a few different width settings now and I've found one suitable for me, being female and short. I feel it was a valuable purchase!

Thanks for the great review Julia. Sounds like after a short adjustment period (very normal) you are well on your way to happy healthy sitting! It keeps getting better too - enjoy!
Great Product

Very easy to install and now my Salli Saddle looks as good as new.

Thanks Ritesh, that's great to hear.
Excellent Chair

I purchased my Salli Swingfit 4 years after graduating dentistry as I was having some upper and lower back issues and could feel that my posture was poor at work. My only regret is not having purchased the chair sooner to prevent these issues from arising in the first place! It is a very comfortable chair and of high quality. Since purchasing the chair I have also fallen pregnant and I think working pregnant would have been even more uncomfortable if I did not have this chair and I have been able to work up until almost full term without any issues. I highly recommend the Salli products and I have also been impressed with the customer service and with how quickly my chair arrived. Thanks Salli Team and David!

Awww thanks for the review and kind words! We have heard from several pregnant ladies that it has really helped them due to the sitting position. Glad you found us - better late than never!
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Salli saved my career

I have a bad back fracture line l4 l5 cervical spondylitis . I had a lot of trouble as you would assume and looked at my options. Used the bambach chair ,a very well built chair but extremely heavy and cumbersome. I got a salli the very basic version in 2012 and have said goodbye to lower back troubles. This new on I just got has the new wheels i a treat to use. i will be ordering the new wheels for the older chair as well . Highly recommend to anyone working dentist technicians .

Fantastic to hear Gaurav! Thanks for the amazing review. When we tell people Salli can change your life it is stories like yours that confirm it - and makes us feel fantastic about what we do.