BackCare charity panel product review:
Is your chair bad for your health?
“Although saddle seats have been around for a number of years, they tend to be used by business professionals such as dentists and musicians, rather than for general back care. Several are available but most can leave comfort and quality to be desired. BackCare’s product panel tested the Bambach Saddle Seat in several different occupational situations and found it to be extremely functional and superply engineered to very high quality standards. The saddle is very comfortable and has a curved rear lip which is higher than on horse saddles or other saddle seats. This feature tends to encourage a forward pelvic tilt which keeps the spine straight, encouraging the natural lumbar curve and discouraging sitting in the forward slump,, on one buttock or fidgeting from side to side.
In comparison with other saddle seats on the market, this seat is superior but weighs in at the top end
of the price range. However, in the panels opinion, this should not be a restraint if you are considering
buying a work chair. This is a top quality product, highly functional in the war against back pain. It could
be worth considering for general home use if you regularly sit for long periods in front of a computer or
keyboard etc, and if you need a really back friendly stool for your all night internet browsing.”
Head injury rehabilitation
Assessment and treatment following brain injury
I was required to find seating solutions for a client presenting with complex needs following a severe head injury. The clients seating needs were identified through both individual OT assessment and by joint assessment with a Speech and Language Therapist. The client’s needs were jointly identified as:
Identification of Seating Needs:
- To provide an upright, symmetrical position for eating and drinking to minimise the risk of aspiration
- To encourage mobility around the home and changes in position by providing alternative seating within the home
- To be at a suitable height to allow eating from a table, or a tray without the need to turn or flex position
- To be at the correct height for feet to be placed on the floor (or other surface)
- To be at a suitable height to allow the client to independently transfer to a standing position, with supervision only
Several individual seating assessments were then arranged and each product evaluated in terms of meeting the clients needs. It became evident that there would not be one specific product that would meet the above criteria but the one which came closest was the Bambach Seat. During the process of assessment and risk assessment, an area of need was identified regarding transferring on and off the seat and with the application of the brakes. It was recommended that the client required supervision when transferring on and off the seat and that this supervision would include ensuring that the brakes were fully engaged for safety. A trial of the seat was carried out with the client’s agreement and a graded introduction programme was devised.
The Bambach was then purchased and its purpose was agreed for use at meal times and when drinking fluids. The seat was additionally recommended as a ‘working chair’. It was found that the seat promoted an upright position, allowing the client to engage in activities from an improved functional position which enabled the client to use his arms and hands with more ease, compared to being seated in a wheelchair or standard chair.
Whilst it is difficult to separate the clinical effectiveness of the seat from a number of other variables, it is
my opinion that the Bambach seat has contributed to the client’s continuing rehabilitation in relation to:
improved posture, improving trunk mobility and functional use of upper limbs. The seat was able to be
moved around the home easily to allow a variety of uses.
Jane Warbrick. Occupational Therapist – HPC. Associate – Head Injury Rehab
J has hyper-mobility in her joints and suffers pain and poor posture, she is able to sit well and is able to
maintain a good symmetrical posture whilst using the keyboard on the Bambach. She is able to keep
her shoulders level, with minimal effort while she worked on the keyboard. She finds that sitting in the
Bambach was easier than on a conventional seat. The improvement to her posture on the Bambach in
comparison to the chair she normally uses was marked b the fact that she is comfortable and relatively
23 y/o student- York
G hurt her back following a fall down a spiral staircase. She was in a lot of pain and wanted to see if the
Bambach could help her. following her trial she was delighted at amount of time she was able to sit pain
free on the Bambach. She also finds the ease of mobility on the seat is also very useful.
40 y/o Lecturer Birmingham
V had surgery on her lower discs, which has not been terribly successful in releiving pain in her lower
back, and down her right leg. She took to the Bambach straight away and reported it much better than
her current office chair. When using the Bambach,, it relieves her pain straight away and she has been
using it at work every day happily without pain. She took to the Bambach straight away and reported it
much better than her current office chair.
35 y/o keyboard Operator- London
Mrs T has suffered with arthritis in her hips for many years and had found sitting painful. On the
Bambach she is able to sit a the table comfortably for long periods without hip pain, enabling her to enjoy
72 y/o Retired quizzer- Surrey
“Having ignored minor back pain for six months, my back finally gave way with a vengeance in January.
After time off work and becoming very close friends with the physiotherapist I did what I should have
done years ago and contacted you. I cannot praise your seat too highly, without it I would not be working
full time without any back pain. Many thanks.”
Carolyn Campbell, Ponteland
“I cannot do without my Bambach Saddle Seat. My Backache comes back only after a few days without
Samuel Wong, Stalybridge
“The seat has completely eliminated the lower back ache I was suffering. As well as this‚ I am really
enjoying how it helps me to maintain a better posture.”
Kim Uildriks‚ The Computer Health Institute.
“The Saddle Seat works very well for me when I am painting. No longer do I have to raise the easel up
and down as the seat has a great range of height control.”
Pro Hart‚ Artist
“I have suffered with a bad back for three years and frequently had time off work to cope with my injury.
As I sit for the majority of the day‚ I have found your ‘saddle chair seat” invaluable. Not only does it make
me sit straight but its castor wheels allow me the mobility I require to move around my work area.”
Denise Haanstro‚ Office Executive
“No more back pain or aching legs at the end of a long day. Mobility‚ adjustment and comfort make this
the ideal chair for veterinarians. I love my Bambach Saddle Seat and know you”ll love yours too.”
Alice Noe-Nordberg‚ Concord Animal Hospital
“I’ve found that along with keeping my lower back in a neutral position‚ I can also get closer to the patient
during normal dental procedures.”
Dr Eugene T Santacci and Dr Noelle M Fanucci‚ Creative Dimentions in Dentistry
“Due to recent diagnosis of sciatica, I looked for a solution as my therapist noted my poor sitting posture.
Given a largely sedentary job the chair issue was most important. After a short time with the Saddle Seat
my physio noted an improvement in posture and I noted a relief from the chronic pain associated with
extended sitting. A short period of getting used to the seat is quickly forgotten with the pain release given
from the seat itself. Thanks for a wonderful product.”
Douglas Greening. CEO Hornsby NSW
“As an Occupational Therapist working in the field of neurology I have found the Bambach stools a
life changing piece of equipment for some of my clients with Multiple Sclerosis. It has enabled one
client to continue to work as a hairdresser as she is able to alternate between sitting and standing
and has enough energy left at the end of the day to have a social life too! One client says he feels like
a more useful member of the family…. which has improved his self-esteem. Another lady who was
too exhausted by the end of the day to do anything in the kitchen, is now able to cook a meal for her
daughter, instead of having to wait for her husband to get home. The Bambach stools look like normal
furniture but have an amazing impact on client’s lives unlike any other equipment I have prescribed in
my 20+ years of working”
Kate Bird. Senior Neuro Occupational Therapist. ARU Tewkesbury and Cheltenham &Tewkesbury ESD team
“The Saddle Seat has the additional advantage of forcing the legs of a person into an adducted
(knees open) position which has a positive effect on the stress exerted on the hip joints. Orthopaedic
examinations show that most hip disease occur in connection with an impaired adduction. Almost all
conventional chairs support an adducted (knees closed) position of the legs which is associated with a
retraction of the abductors and an extension of the abductors. This chain effects are turned around here
and therefore has preventive value”.
Prof. Dr re. Med G. Schumpe, Medical Practitioner, Orthopaedic Hospital, BONN, GERMANY