A Partial solution.

The forward tilted seat concept preserves lumbar spinal lordosis and allows freedom of movement.

Screen Shot 2018-09-22 at 15.05.21As already described ☛ Why? Mandal’s Homo sedens workers in Scandinavia, advocated a seat that was tilted forward and down by 20-30° from the horizontal, allowing the hips to extend to 120-130˚ and the pelvis to tilt forward with the lower spinal joints adopting the correct, safe, lordotic posture.   No back rest was necessary and the torso was free to move.   The  unsupported spine may incur slightly greater intra-discal loading probably from muscle co-contraction which is tiring and makes the FTS unpopular.   Makhsous (Makhsous M. 2003), has shown that sitting on a horizontal surface involves lumbar flexion relative to standing and   has also shown that with seat angled down, weight is largely shifted to the proximal half of the thighs at 18°. This was also shown in previous work (Corlett, 1999, Eklund et al, 1982, Schoberth, 1978).  This is relevant for  it’s short use in a 3M chair.

Forward tilted seat

The kneeling component of the Balans chair, shown, is to prevent forward slipping.  With a static FTS this tendency to slide forward is tiring to resist.  Alternative options are non-slip materials, memory Screen Shot 2018-12-20 at 14.46.36(See ☛ 2T Upright mode→)
Mandal determined, by tilted incrementally the chair seat and work surface, that an optimal position resulted in a correct lumbo-sacral lordosis and hip extension. Most people with back pain will find this very comfortable, but for the first weeks you will only be able to sit like this for 5-10 minutes, because your back muscles need training.”  ☞ Mandal

See WHY? Mandal’s Homo sedens.→


MandalIn a later study, Mandal concluded that the table should be at least half the person’s height (80-90 cm for older pupils) and that the chair should be at least one-third the person’s height (50-60 cm for older pupils). . The tabletop should slope backward 10-15 deg.    The seat should be capable of sloping forward 10-15 deg.

Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 18.32.39The Edge Desk

A folding computer desk and chair designed to be stored anywhere.   Similar to the Balans but more convenient , folds and has a worktop.  the knee support looks more comfortable. (<>}

The forward saddle seat

FTS Advertisment for 'saddle chair'Available 2020.   An illustration from an advertisment explaining the concept for this seat, designed by David James France, an Australian chiropractor.

The Ischial Off Load’ system

The Ischial Off Load’ system is a variant consisting of a convex chair seat so that the  front half of the seat is tilted forward approximating to a FTS.  It is now incorporated in several office chairs.  ☛ Ischial ‘off-load’ system


One thought on “The FORWARD TILTED SEAT (FTS).

  1. JD Gorman Post author

    From JD Gorman     24 August 2013 16:34
    Re: ‘Off Loading’.
    Reading through the document, off loading seems to mean reducing the force
    supporting the body at the ischial tuberosities which must then be replaced
    by a force to take the weight on the thighs via the hip joint. Why this
    should be promoted as advantageous, I cant think. The ischial tuberosities have been
    the support point in sitting for 50 million years in the monkeys, the apes
    and all our bipedal ancestors.

    I think the authors have misunderstood the mechanics of sitting with the rear part of the seat sloped backwards. On trying a similar chair, the DROOP SNOOT,  I found that the ischial tuberosities got wedged against the backward sloping part of the seat surface which stops the normal tendency to slide forwards on the seat when the lumbar or pelvic support pushes forwards.    This means that the lumbar support can be very effective and if low enough can be pelvic support even though it doesn’t come round the sides of the iliac crest (as in my original concept).  

    Those DROOP SNOOT chairs certainly worked for back sufferers in locating the pelvis but the forces were high which made them uncomfortable for prolonged sitting.   They sold in all the back shops about 20 years ago and I visited the manufacturers in High Wycombe.

    As you say seats like the HM Aaron chair do the same to some extent but not as much as the solid seat of the droop snoot. If it fixes the pelvis and therefore eliminates the backward rolling then it will eliminate the bending force in the spine which normally stops the backward rolling which occurs with normal lumbar support. This would reduce intra-discal pressure because part of the pressure is the direct axial weight. The other part is due to the tension in ligaments, such as  the supraspinous. ie bending force in the spine will result in compression just as it does in lifting.     
    J D Gorman
    MA (Cantab.Mechanical Sciences)
    C.Eng. (Chartered Engineer)
    Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    MMCA (Member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association)

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