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For how long is safe to sit on a saddle chair?

It is a common belief that you cannot, or must not, sit on a saddle chair for more than a couple of hours a day. This is not the case for two-part Salli Saddle Chairs, on them you can sit happily and safely the whole working day. The position is physiologically better than on a traditional chair, because the weight of the body is divided between the sitting bones and feet.

On a one-part saddle chair, however, part of the sitting pressure is on the genital area. Nerves get pressed, and to escape the uncomfortable feeling the sitter will lean backwards, away from the pressing front of the chair. For men it is almost impossible to maintain the good position, because the pubic bone is pressing the testicles against the front of the chair. Even if the back is forced into the right position by a back rest, the pressure will still be on the genital area. Because of the uncomfortable feeling one rounds the back into the wrong position – it is because of this harmful sitting position that you should not sit on a one-part saddle chair the whole day.

The gap in the middle of the two-part Salli seat guarantees pressureless sitting, even when you are sitting for longer periods of time. This enables you to keep the back in a good position. Most of the weight of the upper body is on the sitting bones, which keeps the pelvis in a neutral position, leaning slightly forward. This position keeps the natural curve of the lower back, the position is the same as when we are standing. There is no need for a back rest, because a minimum muscular effort is needed to maintain the position. Circulation to the feet flows freely, and the vertebrae are not pressing the disks.

The two-part seat is also cooler and makes you sweat less. This makes it also healthier because the lower temperature reduces the risk of genital infections.

Even on the two-part chair it is vitally important to change position and have breaks – reach and bend, exercise and stand for a while. The more you move during the day the better. On the active Swing and SwingFit seats it is easy to get movement in the back also while sitting.

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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.