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Saddle seats provide more healthful sitting postures than conventional ergonomic chair designs, and have many health benefits.

Most of us at Back Designs now use a saddle-seat as our primary work chair... by choice. We are free to choose any chair we wish - and we have the best ergonomic chairs money can buy to chose from - yet, most of us prefer saddle-sitting. Why? Because we feel better and work better in a saddle.

Mind you, not all of us embraced the saddle-sitting concept immediately. For some of us, the seats were uncomfortable at first, and some thought them so silly looking that they wouldn't even try them for a year or two. However, over time, the idea caught on. And some of us who have had back and neck pain for many years, in any ergonomic chair we've ever tried (and we've tried hundreds - I assure you!) finally found relief in the saddle.

 

Research indicates the healthiest sitting posture is on horseback. Saddle sitting preserves your spinal curves even when you lean forward to work.

 

Saddle-sitting soothes back, neck, hip, and arm pain.

The strongly declining position of the upper legs rotates the pelvis forward and curves the lower back into an anatomically correct position of lordosis. This in turn straightens the upper back, leading to a generally improved back posture and reduced tension in the upper back, shoulder girdle, and neck muscles.

Saddle-sitting strengthens the back and improves your posture.

This new sitting stance stimulates and strengthens the back, abdominal, and buttock muscles. Your posture will gradually correct itself as your muscles respond to the new posture.

 

Saddle sitting improves leg circulation and reduces fatigue. You cannot slump this way in a saddle seat, even if you try! A balanced and relaxed saddle stance.

 

Saddle-sitting improves leg circulation and reduces foot swelling.

There is no edge to press against your upper leg, and your buttocks and leg muscles are free of contact pressure. The veins and arteries that carry blood to and from your legs are in their most open position. With the angles between upper and lower legs being much wider than usual and the active use of your legs accelerating your metabolism, your legs will really feel much better.

Saddle-sitting improves balance.

The spread of the legs, called hip abduction, stabilizes the pelvis in an upright orientation, so you can relax. And your wide foot stance keeps you balanced when you move about. Balance is so dramatically improved, that many people with neurological impairments who topple out of conventional chairs, sit independently in a saddle seat.

 

DENTIST BEFORE & AFTER
Dentists and surgeons report relief from
neck and back pain in a saddle stool.
STUDENT BEFORE & AFTER
In a saddle seat, kids sit up straight
without you yelling at them!

 

Saddle-sitting enhances hand acuity and strength.

Precision hand activity is facilitated through improved positioning of the shoulder girdle and upper back, and a more stable torso.

You should raise your desk when you saddle sit. We used Raise Its in the picture below, but this worker's desk should be even higher.

 

OFFICE WORKER BEFORE & AFTER
Notice that the desk is higher with a saddle seat.

 

Saddle-sitting makes it easier to get up and sit down.

You sit higher than usual, so sitting down and getting up without using your hands is really easy and quick.

Saddle-sitting improves mobility and reach.

You can reach further and more safely on a saddle chair. Saddle-sitting preserves your spinal curves even when you bend forward. As the saddle-seat frees your legs to move, turning, moving and reaching out for things becomes quick and safe, almost gymnastic.

 


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