MUDr. Gabriela Vavrinová

Head Physician, ProCare Clinic, Bratislava, Slovakia

Given the substantial changes to lifestyle and the emergence of new lines of work particularly in relation to the development of information technology, sitting has become the predominant posture at work today. Long-term sitting is by itself poorly suited to the human musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. Poor seated posture substantially aggravates the problem.

For some years now, various types of seating have been available for the purpose of improving posture and relieving critical sections of the spine, from arm- and backrests to exercise balls, kneeling chairs, and dynamic sitting on labile surfaces. In the latter case, the instability of the surface allows for active sitting, that is, the maintenance of straight posture through muscle activation, particularly in the deep core. This can be done without taking attention away from your primary activity.

Our department has over the years tested several “labile chairs” with postural benefits. Adaptic chairs surprised us with their light and strong materials; the breathable upholstery improves physical comfort.

The deep seat and back- and neck rests allow optimal passive (relaxed) posture of the lumbar spine when resting. At the same time, the posture allows stretching back muscles. The degree of instability of the seat appears just right to keep the deep core muscles active without conscious effort, reducing static spinal load. These traits make Adaptic chairs a definite boon for sedentary workers.

MUDr. Gabriela Vavrinová

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