An account of the bio-mechanic (ergonomic) factors, associated with prolonged sitting, accounting for mechanical spinal pathology (Backache, LBP, IVDisc pathology, CTD) and options for their remediation.
- This work is intended as a resource for the design of work chairs. →The SCIENCE). It represents some essential reading for designers of ergonomic chairs (→DESIGNERS).
- and manufacturers of retail office chairs (→MANUFACTURERS) if they wish to improve the ‘ergonomics’ of their models with overwhelming health selling points.
- Office managers should consult this blog as a resource (→For OFFICE MANAGERS).
- It is also very relevant to Interior designers and architects involved with office design (→For ARCHITECTS. ‘Coolness’ is the word).
- Not forgetting the ‘end user’ who has the ultimate benefit (→Backache and GENERAL USERS).
The evidence identified adverse effects which occur with conventional prolonged mid-upright sitting that required remediation.
- Axial compression (by gravity).
- Flexion at the vulnerable spinal joints.
- A combination of the above.
- A full remediation can only be achieved in a relaxed, reclined position that avoids all the adverse effects of prolonged upright sitting. This conclusion became validated by independent work using pMRI scanning (Smith 2007). This confirmed the 2Tilt (3M) concept. (Reclined mode→).
In practice a reclined mode for prolonged work demands:-
- A fully supportive reclined mode, for prolonged work.
- An upright mode for certain short tasks.
- An easy transition mode, preferably unstable for additional health benefits.
Although originally considered outlandish, recently design is now moving in this direction. (→The 2 TILT CONCEPT.).
Backache & chairs. A number of systems are described. Spinal bio-mechanics dictates that prolonged sitting should be performed in a reclined position. This involves a number of requirements. To be effective these are detailed in the 2 Tilt (2T) concept.
This concept will inevitably and logically move into the mainstream of chair design.
Supporting and related posts are shown in each of the above categories.
- OFFICE STRESS & Backache→
- ☛ Jukes. Managing the Ergonomics →
- ☛ PRODUCTIVITY AND WORKPLACE STRESSORS→ (Article published in EurOhs, European Occupational Health and Safety Journal, Dec 2002.by Dr HA Sanford)
- ☛ HAS, on ☛ Office health (& RSI)→ Only a lighthearted account.
- ☛The OFFICE 2 Tilt chair →
- ☛ 4M OFFICE WORK-STATION→
- ☛ SLEEP & productivity