Finding the Right Saddle Chair with Back Support
As research increasingly indicates that long sedentary periods can lead to adverse medical consequences, there has been a concomitant growth in interest in ergonomic saddle chairs which seek to counter this problem. Saddle chairs with back support form a significant part of this range, but they can vary a great deal.
What is a Saddle Chair with Backrest?
One of the key areas of ergonomic seat development has been in the shape of saddle chairs, which encourage an active sitting style akin to that experienced on horseback. Most saddle chairs do not feature a backrest. This is because the upright posture and 45-degree leg bend encouraged by the saddle shape does not tend to result in much leaning back.
There are reasons why a saddle chair will feature a backrest however, which we will turn to shortly. The saddle chair back supports that do exist tend to be quite low, hence probably better described as lumbar supports.
Do You Need a Saddle Chair with Back Support?
Some users find that their unfamiliarity with this kind of sitting is eased somewhat by the addition of a backrest. This may be due to both physiological and psychological factors.
Generally, a user who is new to the saddle style and who is accustomed to the ability to lean back from time to time will sometimes find it physically hard work to sit for longer periods without an element of back support. It is certainly true that somebody coming fresh to a saddle chair will find that a backrest allows for some occasional respite in the hips and back – this can be important while becoming accustomed to the posture.
Some may find that they have a more positive appreciation of a chair with a backrest just because they would ordinarily expect there to be one. They know that lumbar support is there should they need it, and this may result in less trepidation and a smoother adaptation.
What Professions Benefit Most from a Saddle Stool with Back Support?
Naturally, any profession that necessitates prolonged periods of sitting can result in pain or injury. While it should be noted that there is currently no research giving clear evidence of which professions will benefit most strongly from a saddle stool with back support, we have found most demand in the following professions:
-design and call center workers
Dentistry in particular is an area that has seen some research carried out on the efficacy of saddle chairs in general. Studies on dental students (including those reviewed in Nature) have indicated that there is moderate evidence that saddle seat usage entails lower ergonomic risk than conventional seating.
What Types of Saddle Chair with Backrest Are There?
What saddle chairs have in common is a requirement for the user to engage more of their body in the sitting process, using spinal, abdominal and leg muscles to maintain the correct position. Where they differ is in terms of such areas as size, split seats vs solid, and in details of construction and covering. Some are designed for gender-specific usage.
Score Amazone with backrest: this is our most popular stool with backrest for female dentists with low back pain. There is also a male version of this stool called the Score jumper with backrest
Salli Multiadjuster with Backrest. Our most popular saddle stool with backrest for male dentists with low back pain is the Salli Multiadjuster.
CoreChair with Lumbar Support: Whilst not fully a saddle chair the Core chair is worth a mention in this category. It tends to work well for male and female office workers who like gentle movement during the workday and appreciate the reassurance of a lumbar support.
Hag Capisco with backrest: Another ergonomic stool with backrest is the HAG capisco. Best described as a hybrid saddle chair, the capisco stool is most popular with male and female office workers who spend a long time in front of a workstation. It works well in both high and low positions and has been recommended as a stool for sit stand desks.
What Conditions Benefit Most from an Ergonomic Stool with a Backrest?
Some observations have indicated that pain in the lower back, shoulders or neck may be eased, and core strength enhanced, by a saddle stool with a backrest. However, how much of this benefit is just from a backrest and how much is from saddle seating is not know.
An important consideration is that some saddle sitting benefits accrue from a higher sitting position (usually 20-30cm higher). Consequently, always ensure that the seat is set at the right height so that you adopt the right sitting angle. Using a height that’s too low can result in a traditional office chair position, negating any potential benefits