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    Healing back pain with new sitting ergonomics

    There is an effective cure and prevention for back pains. Posture, posture and posture – this is what top professionals say.

    New concept to build good posture

    The good posture is best achieved on a two-part saddle chair that has a dynamic seat (the seat follows your movements). You also need an e-table (electrically height-adjustable), the top of which is just under your elbows so that you look just a little downwards. It also helps a lot if you have a padded support under your elbows. A table with belly pocket and elbow paddings will do the same.

    You should wear loose clothes, especially around the pelvic area. When sitting on a saddle chair there are 135 degree angles in your hips and knees, that angle is neutral and the healthiest for the joints. The pelvis is tilted forward, in the same way as when we are standing. When you are sitting like this you’ll get all the benefits of standing for your upper body, without the unhealthy strain on the feet.

    Add movement

    It is good to add movement into sitting: stand for a while, stretch, roll and reach, swing your pelvis from side to side on the moving seat, and walk during phone calls (use a Bluetooth) and meetings. It’s also very useful to have a cowbell, hand weights, gym stick or some other exercise equipment to work with occasionally during the day for better circulation.

    Mere standing is not the solution – if in doubt, ask somebody who stands for the whole work day.

    The mechanism of the problems

    Sitting in a posture where the back is rounded is the main reason for back pains. Immobility, obesity, poor nutrition and smoking add to the problems. Back problems are the result of mainly two mechanisms:

    1. In a poor posture there is 30 % more pressure on the disks than in a good posture. That will finally result in deteriorated and/or herniated disks.
    2. The circulation is diminished in the little spinal joint arteries (facets); and around the lowest joint (L5) there are no arteries at all. The traditional sitting in a poor posture makes the back muscles tight, which prevents circulation and lymph flow. The tissues don’t get enough oxygen and nutrition, and the wastes are not properly removed. All this will cause inevitable deterioration of the back. There may also be osteoporosis in the joints, and the 48 fact joints that “lean” to each other, will be affected by arthrosis which is often the reason for the so called unspecific pains. Ligaments and small back muscles deteriorate too.

    Doctors do not consult you properly

    Back pains are a real gold mine for the manufacturers and sellers of pain killers, and for clinics. This is the main reason in this corrupted world why the really effective ergonomic and preventive measures are poorly searched. A person with a healthy back will not become a patient for clinics or pain killer manufacturers.

    The above mentioned ergonomics will make ailing backs painless, unbelievably, usually in a week or two.


    The statements on the page are based on the following sources:
    Michael Adams, Nikolai Bogduk, Kim Burton, Patricia Dolan: The Biomechanics of Back Pain
    David A. Rubenstein, Wei Yin, Mary D. Frame: Biofluid Mechanics, an Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Macrocirculation, and Microcirculation
    Marcus J. Seibel, Simon P. Robins, John P. Bilezikian: Dynamics of Bone and Cartilage Metabolism, Principles and Clinical Applications

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    Everything I hoped for!

    I am a remedial massage therapist and needed a chair that moved quietly over a hard floor without the normal clatter of plastic castors. I purchased my Salli chair with the optional inline castors which are whisper quiet and glide effortlessly. I also upgraded to a comfy red leather seat which makes the chair look fast even when it isn’t moving! Customer service was sensational. Excellent buying experience. Highly recommend Salli chairs.

    Thanks for the great review Gary - keep on rollin' !
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    I love this chair, I’m a tattooist and was struggling with lower back pain really badly for years. I’ve been using this chair for a few months now and it’s amazing the difference it’s made to my posture, I don’t get any pain at all anymore. I cannot recommend it enough,

    Fantastic to hear! Thanks for the great review.
    Rollerblade/Inline style castors

    awesome, got product straight away and they are great to use, had no problems with them at all

    Excellent!
    A long awaited solution

    I have tried various other options over time but the Salli Swayfit Saddle Seat has provided me with an active, ergonomic and comfortable solution to the hours I spend at my desk. After initial adjustment period my body has adapted and embraced my new way of working, alternating between sitting on Salli and standing. Thankyou for a beautifully crafted and clever solution

    Thanks so much for the great review! It sounds like you are using Salli perfectly and in return it is treating you well :)

    Love my salli saddle chair so comfortable 🥰

    Awesome!