“Not everything that has an ‘ergonomic’ label is a useful product; some are poorly designed and ultimately do more harm than good. Even well designed ergonomic products can cause problems when not used appropriately or correctly.”
At Ergonomic Comfort Design (ECD) we could not agree more with this excellent statement. As the pace of change quickens in office technology and workers spend more and more hours sitting in front of a computer monitor, repetitive stress injuries are increasing at an alarming rate. From a species of “hunters and gatherers” we call homo sapiens, we are quickly becoming a species of “hunters and peckers” called homocomputerists.
But ECD, over the past decade has worked closely with ergonomists, physical therapists, risk managers and health and safety consultants to create seating products that are part of the solution, not part of the problem. ECD was one of the first to put seat sliders on chairs, width and height adjustable arms, thoracic support in the back cushions, memory foam in the seat cushions, and one of the first to offer petite and large scale sized chairs for the smaller and larger workers.
It has been documented that 70% of the office workforce sits all day. Our bodies unfortunately, are not designed to sit. This 70% has the most problems with neck, shoulder and back pain.
Most chairs in the market are simply designed poorly. Improper concave back shapes giving no thoracic support, very little or too much lumbar support, seat pans that do not adjust, and hard seat cushion foam that quickly causes burning sensations.
WHAT DOES A PERSON SIT ON?
• The two bony prominences called the Ischial tuberosites
• The sacrum and coccyx
• The thighs
• The fat and muscles surrounding the bony structures
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PERSON SITS?
• The skin begins to react to gravity
• The fat and muscles under the Ischia slowly move out from under the Ischia
• The skin under the Ischia becomes thinner, this is called "core down"
• The longer the person remains seated, the more pronounced this condition becomes
PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGES WHILE SEATED
• Ischial brusae thicken to provide a cushion below the bone and very importantly as a result of the tissue
damage caused by shear force, prostaglandin E2 is released, first locally and then systematically
• This is a chemical which contributes to depression, fatigue and sluggish reflexes
• Since pressure inhibits blood flow, the tissue immediately around the blood vessels thickens to help
keep them open
• Lactic acid concentrates in the muscles (no oxygen)
• Water builds up in the subcutaneous tissues (under the skin)
Over a decade ago ECD perfected a new seat cushion comprised of soft “Memory Foam” and a high density foam core. This combination gives our Quest, Vive’ and Trudeau series the most comfortable “sit” while stabilizing the pelvic girdle. Our Convex thoracic foam correctly positions the users head over their shoulders and hips.
ECD’s Quest, Vive’ and Trudeau series are standard with thoracic back foam as well as memory foam seats. Thoracic foam is now optional on ECD’s other series. It fits between the user’s shoulder blades and supports the mid to upper back properly.
Contact ECD for the name and phone number of the representative nearest you to try out these truly incredible sitting office chairs. You will FEEL the DIFFERENCE.