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BBC Interview & News

A BBC interview with the proprietor

Malcolm feels that his personal experience and subsequent Advanced DSE training put him in an excellent position to offer sensible advice to back pain sufferers and those needing specialist seating or posture guidance.

Kings College Hospital were pleased to have Malcolm participate in their neuropathic pain studies which involved being "Wired" up to test his sensitivity to pain.

With a strong exercise regime Malcolm is pleased to report that he is no longer on medication and carries heavy chairs around on a daily basis !


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Pregnancy Back Pain


One of the most common types of pain associated with pregnancy is back pain.

It is not unusual for the expectant mother to experience back pain during the start of the second trimester.

The growing baby and the uterus exert pressure on the spine and lead to the onset of pains in pregnancy. The growing baby and uterus also exert pressure on the nerves and blood vessels affecting the pelvic region.

In order to protect your back and pelvis in pregnancy it is important to get into a good sitting position. Slouching during pregnancy is one of the most common causes of pregnancy back pain. Therefore keeping the back well supported when seated is a key, especially whilst at work where you may be sitting for longer periods.

You must ensure that the chair you use has sufficient lumbar support to encourage the curve in your lower spine. Your lower back should rest securely in contact with the lumbar support for maximum benefit. It is also important that the chair can be adjusted in the seat depth to accommodate your growing bump.

Our Maternity Office Chair includes lumbar support, adjustable seat depth, height and seat tilt (to help reduce the compression in the lower spine) and has the added benefit of a Sacropaedia pocket sprung seat that is fitted as standard and a layer of memory foam on the seat for additional comfort during pregnancy.



Is Taking a "Tablet" the answer for "Text Neck"

Recent studies now show that users of "Tablets" should avoid wherever possible using them on their laps which can cause painful hunching of the neck. Replacing the old faithful DeskTop may have many advantages but it certainly has some more serious disadvantages when it comes to posture issues.

The issues are all too similar to those highlighted in our recent Text Neck blog and recent studies by the Harvard School of Public Health clearly demonstrate this fact. We are often called to offices to carry out seating and/or desking assessments, but when it comes to musculoskeletal disorders, especially of the upper limbs, the source may not be in the office, but actually at home using SmartPhones or Tablets.

Given that very rarely are children taught how to sit correctly there is probably little hope that manufacturers will issue a posture guidelines to use the products safely.

Text Neck

Your Smartphone and your upper limb problems.

You may not realise but when you are using your smartphone for texting, emailing or surfing you tend to lean forwards into a position that can cause or aggravate Neck, Shoulder and Back problems. You will be straining your muscles in those areas to accommodate this "smartphone" position. In the U.S. they call this the Cell Phone "text neck" as so many students are suffering from constant smartphone use.

Did you know that the average weight of a head is 10 lbs (4.5 kgs) and that for every 1" your lean it forwards the strain on your neck increases 10 fold.


Sacropaedia Support Springs

INNOVATION - Tomorrows seating today

  • Immediate Individual Contouring
  • Improvement of Core Stability
  • Improved Postural Support
  • 72 Individual Pocket Springs
  • Instant response to movement
  • Reduction of skeletal compression
  • Air flow producing Cooler seating
  • 10 year guarantee

Sacropaedia has been developed between Backchairs Direct, Sit-Well Limited a specialist seating and desking DSE Assessor and the UK's leading back care seating manufacturer who specialise in sprung seating technology.

Sacropaedia is exclusive to Backchairs-Direct Limited

Sacropaedia pocket sprung office chairs with their effective design provides high levels of comfort and support where it is needed most. This targeted support gives relief from various medical ailments as well as simply providing an extremely comfortable experience. The unique properties of pocket springs allow for individual sculpturing, ensuring that users of all shapes, sizes and weights are supported to the maximum, adapting instantly to your individual contour and body shape.

Our seats have 72 individually pocketed springs working separately and in conjunction with each other to provide exceptional support and comfort, a feat that foam alone cannot perform. From the moment you first sit on a Sacropaedia seat your individual contours will be supported and every movement , however slight, will be subject to the instant response that only springs can react to.

Due to the nature of a coil spring, the Sacropaedia will not collapse over time, unlike foam seats. Therefore we guarantee that Sacropaedia will not lose more than 3% of its height in 10 years.

Sacropaedia's ability to adapt the supportive nature instantly to any contour makes it ideal for all our seating range especially for multi-user environments or multi -shift operations, such as;

  • Call Centres
  • Control Rooms
  • Multi-Shift operations
  • 24 Hours usage
  • Home office Use


Finally recognition for Taller people

A new standard (BS EN 527-1 2011 has been issued to address the desking and table standards previously covered within BS EN 527 Part 1:2000.

A European office furniture standards committee found that over the past 30-40 years people have been growing taller but the industry standard for desk dimensions has not accommodated this change. Being 180cm (6') tall might have been rare in the 1970s but now you have to be 190-200cm (6' 4") to be noticed ! Taller users struggle with their legs hitting the underside of the desktop, knees knocking into structural beams and the inability to stretch their legs without hitting an obstruction or modesty panel. Low desk also are a major contributor to upper limb disorders caused by a negative posture.

Backchairs Direct Comment - "Fixed height desks will slowly disappear as more and more firms migrate to height adjustable desking to resolve all height issues for staff". Although we only offer one desk on our website we do supply a wide range of height adjustable desking, please contact us for further details.

The Benefit of a Forward Tilting seat.

Tilting Chairs

For generations, restless school children have been ordered to stop swinging on their chairs, but scientific evidence now suggests that what Sir and Miss dismissed as an annoying habit might have lifelong benefits. The action of tilting your chair forwards puts the body into a naturally good posture and prevents slumping.

With a growing number of children complaining of back pain it might be the quickest and cheapest remedy. The average school life means a youngster spends up to 10,000 hours at a desk. As many as 60 percent have admitted to some back problems and almost ten percent end up with serious back pain

The charity BackCare is lobbying ministers to make sure money spent on school furniture goes towards back friendly chairs. The charity believes teachers are now realising that a straight back can improve concentration, performance and behaviour. It wants the ubiquitous plastic bucket chair to be replaced with adjustable, forwarding tilting chairs and angles desks, which were popular in Victorian times.

An interview with the proprietor

Malcolm feels that his personal experience and subsequent Advanced DSE training put him in an excellent position to offer sensible advice to back pain sufferers and those needing specialist seating or posture guidance.

Kings College Hospital were pleased to have Malcolm participate in their neuropathic pain studies which involved being "Wired" up to test his sensitivity to pain.

With a strong exercise regime Malcolm is pleased to report that he is no longer on medication and carries heavy chairs around on a daily basis !

If you would like to talk with Malcolm please complete our 'Contact Us' form requesting a call from him.



Standards Update for Taller People

A new standard (BS EN 527-1 2011) has been issued to address the desking and table standards previously covered within BS EN 527 Part 1:2000.

A European office furniture standards committee found that over the past 30-40 years people have been growing taller but the industry standard for desk dimensions has not accommodated this change. Being 180cm (6') tall might have been rare in the 1970s but now you have to be 190-200cm (6' 4") to be noticed - Taller users struggle with their legs hitting the underside of the desktop, knees knocking into structural beams and the inability to stretch their legs without hitting an obstruction or modesty panel. Low desk also are a major contributor to upper limb disorders caused by a negative posture.

Backchairs Direct Comment - "Fixed height desks will slowly disappear as more and more firms migrate to height adjustable desking to resolve all height issues for staff".

Article: Scans

It is estimated that 40% to 50% of the population in the UK experience back pain in any given year.

With normal clinical care 80% of them will recover within six weeks. The remaining five million go on to have back pain that needs some sort of help and investigation.

Dr Dries Hettinga, head of research at the UK charity Backcare, said: "While back pain is very common, we still have a very poor understanding of this condition and its causes. "Health professionals play a vital role in reassuring patients.

"While it may seem that sending patients for an X-ray or MRI can provide this reassurance, the scans often reveal very little.

"With the right information and support, most people are able to manage their pain and find that it gets better within days or weeks."

The draft guidelines from NICE say X-ray and MRI investigations of the spine should be limited to when tumours, breaks, fusions or serious inflammation and infection is suspected. It advises all people with lower back pain to exercise, if necessary in supervised groups, and that doctors should be able to offer a course of manual therapy or acupuncture

Article: Tilting Chairs

Article: August 2006

For generations, restless school children have been ordered to stop swinging on their chairs. But scientific evidence now suggests that what Sir and Miss dismissed as an annoying habit might have lifelong benefits. The action of tilting your chair forwards puts the body into a naturally good posture and prevents slumping.

With a growing number of children complaining of back pain it might be the quickest and cheapest remedy. The average school life means a youngster spends up to 10,000 hours at a desk. As many as 60 percent have admitted to some back problems and almost ten percent end up with serious back pain.

The charity BackCare is lobbying ministers to make sure money spent on school furniture goes towards 'back friendly chairs'. The charity believes teachers are now realising that a straight back can improve concentration, performance and behaviour. It wants the 'ubiquitous' plastic bucket chair to be replaced with adjustable, forward-tilting chairs and angled desks, which were popular in the Victoria era.