The Bambach Saddle Seat is a breakthrough in seating design. One that has solved lower back and neck problems for thousands around the world.
The Bambach Saddle Seat is shaped like a saddle to enable the body to maintain ideal posture when sitting. With the Saddle Seat there is no need for lumbar support because the correct lumbar curve is maintained naturally rather than artificially. The seat provides all the adjustments to allow the sitter to find a "natural" spinal position. The back rest on the seat is optional, and is used purely as a "rest".
The Bambach Saddle Seat maintains healthy spinal alignment and leg circulation. By working in a more natural, correct posture, you're at less risk of neck, back or arm strain.
The Bambach Saddle Seat encourages mobility. Your feet are poised and free to propel you about your workspace. You can get up and down with ease. You can move your arms freely and with greater control. And you can bend forward and reach further with less strain than with conventional seating.
Note: Bambach Saddle Seat must be positioned higher than a conventional seat or it will be both ineffective and uncomfortable. The Bambach saddle is shaped to support the thighs at a rather steep decline angle. If the seat is positioned too low, there will be no support under the thighs and the lumbar spine will slump.
Saddle size is unrelated to body height
A very tall person may fit a medium saddle, while some very short people may need a large saddle. "Small" fits most children and some very small adults. "Medium" fits most adults and teens. "Narrow" has a "medium" fit in the rear, with a narrowed front end for people with hip joint abnormalities, stiffness, or limited hip abduction. "Large" is preferred by many men and is also suitable for people (both male and female) with large thighs or pelvis.
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Body Support Arm - Dental Assistant Trunk Support - For disabled individuals with trunk weakness or poor balance
Standard lifts are suitable for body weight 100 - 275 pounds. Special lifts are for lighter folks under 100 pounds and heavier folks up to 300 pounds. Call for availability and pricing.
Ideal as an office task seat, an industrial work seat, or a clinician's stool. A great posture-corrector for kids, too! The Saddle Seat without a back is ideal for dentists, hairdressers, and surgeons as it is easy to move around where room is restricted.
Recommended for Dentists, surgeons, hairdressers, musicians, lab and assembly workers, students, librarians, office workers, and people who work at high counters.
Also for people with back, neck or arm pain, and children and adults with neurological or musculoskeletal disorders.
Corrects spinal posture Improves reach and hand control Improves seated mobility and leg movement Enhances leg circulation Enhances postural stability and stimulates postural muscles Relieves back, neck, hip and arm pain
Strong, durable construction Pressurized lift for instant height adjustment Seat and back tilt adjustment for personalized fit Choice of fabrics or surgical vinyls in many colors Optional back rest Five-year warrant
Back and Neck Pain
Back and neck pain are the most common work-realated musculoskeletal disorders, and the most costly. Over 70% of the population will suffer from back or neck disorders at least once in their lifetime.
Conventional seating contributes to the problem. When you sit in a conventional chair your spine assumes an unnatural position, resulting in a flattening of the lumbar curve. Leaning forward to work displaces this curve even further, increasing spinal pressures. This can cause serious and painful damage.
Believe it or not, the ideal sitting posture is on horseback. The hip joints are in their resting position with a bend of 45 degrees. The spine assumes its natural alignment and spinal disc pressures are reduced. Many horse riders report they suffer from severe back pain on the ground, yet find relief when mounted in the saddle.
The Bambach Saddle Seat reproduces this phenomenon, enabling supreme balance and mobility in an upright position.
Dentists and Surgeons
Musculoskeletal disorders are common among dentists and surgeons. This work demands high precision and is often performed with the arms abducted (away from the body) and unsupported and the neck flexed forward and rotated for long periods of time. This creates high static loads (muscle tension) in the neck, upper back, and shoulders. In addition, dentists and surgeons using traditional seating have a tendency to bend forward from the waist rather than from the hips. The result is stress on the spinal discs and the surrounding soft tissues of the spine.
Before - Dentist on a conventional dental stool. Note the backward rotation of the pelvis and rounding of her back and neck. This dentist suffered from low back pain at work.
After - Improved spinal posture on the Bambach Saddle Seat. Note upright pelvis and more functional position of the arms and hands. Back pain and fatigue were markedly reduced.
Will back pain shorten your career as a dentist?
Musculoskeletal disorders are common among drummers, pianists, string players, and others. Playing a musical instrument demands high precision with the hands. In conventional seating, the body's center of gravity is behind the pelvis, which forces the spine to round and the arms to reach excessively forward to play the instrument. This strains the neck, back, and shoulders. The Bambach Saddle Seat moves the body's center of gravity forward, thus allowing closer access to the instrument, reducing postural strain and providing greater freedom of movement to the arms and legs.
Before - This muscician suffered severe neck and back pain while playing his keyboard. In order to reach the keys, he had to round his neck and back and hunch his shoulders forward.
After - In the Bambach Saddle Seat he no longer has pain. His spine is in normal alignment and his shoulders are relaxed. His arms and hands can easily reach the keyboard. Note that he also raised the height of his keyboard.
Bambach Saddle Stool
BSS130 - stool, small seat
BSS100 - stool, medium seat
BSS110 - stool, narrow seat
BSS120 - stool, large seat
Bambach Saddle Chair with Back
BSS230 - chair w/back, small seat
BSS200 - chair w/back, medium seat
BSS210 - chair w/back, narrow seat
BSS220 - chair w/back, large seat
A1 - Bambach body support arm - Specify left or right
A2 - Bambach body support arm - Specify left or right
SC1 - Bambach body support arm - Specify left or right
SC2 - Bambach body support arm - Specify left or right
999 - Book, Gale, Seated Spine
TOOLS - Disassembly tools
F1 - Footring 20"
B1B - Base 24" nylon black
B2B - Base 24" nylon black - for foot ring, large seat
B1C - Base 24" polished aluminum
B2C - Base 26" polished aluminum - for foot ring, large seat
B1R - Foot platform with base
PNEUMATIC LIFTS and CONTROLS
L7F - Foot height control (low, mid, tall)
L2X - Lift xlow, black
L2 - Lift low - black or chrome
L1S - Lift intermediate - black
L1 - Lift medium - black or chrome
L3 - Lift tall - Black or Chrome
L1F - Lift medium, fixed - Black or Chrome - Call for pricing
The Bambach Saddle Seat for Special Needs Individuals
The Bambach Saddle Seat is well-suited to a wide range of therapeutic needs. Its advanced ergonomic design provides comfort in a natural upright posture even in the presence of significant physical impairment. Patients with neck and back pain often experience relief. And the Saddle Seat dramatically improves balance. So much so that many neurologically impaired patients who would topple out of a conventional chair, sit independently in the Saddle Seat.
Before - In his electric wheelchair, this 14 year old with cerebral palsy and learning disorders had difficulty operating his computer. His pelvis rotated backward, his knees adducted (pulled together) tightly, and he had difficulty seeing and reaching his equipment and materials.
After - Using the Bambach Saddle Seat, he assumes a functional trunk and upper extremity posture. He has greater mobility with his feet on the floor, and his hand and head control are improved.
Before - This 6 year old girl with muscular atrophy tired easily sitting on a conventional classroom chair. Her lumbar curve flattened, her shoulders hunched, and she had difficulty with hand tasks.
After - On the Bambach Saddle Seat her spine assumes and maintains its natural curves. Her upper body and arms are in more functional postures, her fine motor skills are improved, and she has improved endurance for seated tasks.
Before - In his electric wheelchair, this 11 year old boy had to assume an awkward posture of thoracic kyphosis and shoulder protraction for his schoolwork. He had difficulty turning his head to look at the teacher. His arms tired easily.
After - In the Bambach Saddle Seat he assumes correct postures and can use his feet for weight-bearing. He can more easily reach his classroom materials and see his teacher and other classmates, as he can now pivot around in his seat.
Before - This 6 year old has limited hip movement some leg paralysis as a result of a number of surgical procedures and disclocations. In a conventional seat his pelvis was forced backward and he had difficulty reaching his work. He leaned on his arms to write. His pelvis sometimes slid forward and he fell out off the seat.
After - On the Bambach Saddle Seat he is secure and can sit with normal posture which frees his arms to manipulate equipment and materials. He bends forward from the hips and uses his feet to change positions. He is stable and no longer falls off the seat.
Before - This homemaker with an above-knee amputation found it difficult to manage kitchen tasks with crutches.
After - In a Bambach Saddle Seat her arms and hands are free to cook, carry and clean up. She can propel herself about with her one leg. She is very safe and stable.
Spinal Cord Injury
Before - This homemaker with a spinal cord injury has partial paraplegia and severe back pain. She has a trembling, unstable stance and comes to standing with difficulty. She becomes short of breath with any exertion. She found it impossible to reach an above-counter cupboard from her wheelchair.
After - In the Bambach Saddle Seat she reaches cupboards easily and with less fatigue.
Bambach Saddle Seat FAQ
1. What is the advantage of the Bambach Saddle Seat?
Bambach Saddle Seat's high, straddle posture supports and stabilizes your body, freeing your hands and feet for work and movement. It is easy to move about in your workspace, to reach equipment, or to reach a foot switch. This stable, straddle posture also improves hand accuracy and power, and improves sitting balance.
One "rides" the Bambach Saddle Seat just as one rides on horseback. It is the ideal sitting posture. The hip joints rest in a relaxed open position and the spine is in perfect balance. The unique seat contour ensures you'll bend forward from your hips, not from your back.
The Bambach Saddle Seat satisfies the requirements for healthy sitting better than a conventional chair. It is designed to:
Rotate the pelvis upright and position the body's center of gravity over the ischial tuberosities (these are our seat bones).
Keep the spinal column in its neutral curves.
Expand the thoracic (chest) and abdominal regions to allow full function of the lungs and abdominal organs. In the upright position supported by the Saddle Seat, your diaphragm is not pushed up into your vital organs as in a conventional seat. Your abdominal organs (e.g., lungs, liver, alimentary tract) are not compressed and not pressing onto your bladder and bowel.
Assist blood and lymphatic circulation.
Enhance muscle tone. In the Bambach Saddle Seat your posture is active rather than passive.
Ensure that work can be performed easily and comfortably.
Reduce stress on the major joints by maintaining their mid-range functional positions.
A conventional chair cannot support healthy sitting for work. In a conventional task chair your center of gravity is behind your seat bones with your pelvis rolled back and your lumbar spinal curve flattened. This leads to stressful muscular activity and you need very agressive back support to maintain an upright position for work.
The Saddle Seat places the center of gravity over your seat bones and stabilizes your pelvis in its upright, neutral position, thus supporting your neutral spinal curves. Your hip joints are in abduction and external rotation which reduces hip joint stress, as the ball of the hip joint now rests comfortably within its socket in the pelvis. This straddle position with knees apart is also thought to have preventive value against future hip disease (according to Prof. Dr. G. Schumoe, Orthopedic University Hospital, Bonn, Germany).
2. Who should use the Bambach Saddle Seat?
The Bambach Saddle Seat is ideal for people who work with their hands, such as dentists, surgeons, machine operators, hairdressers, grocery clerks, artists, therapists, musicians, teachers and nurses in dialysis and maternity.
You will especially benefit from the Bambach Saddle Seat if your work involves
close hand-eye coordination requiring precision and accuracy.
a lot of reaching.
moving your body along with your arms.
work spread out over a large area.
varying work heights.
dealing with heavier objects or forces.
viewing closely or at odd angles.
long periods of standing.
getting up and down often from your seat.
If you suffer from painful conditions of the neck, back, or upper limb, or if you have a neurological or musculoskeletal condition, you may also benefit from using the Bambach Saddle Seat.
3. Will a kneeling chair work as well?
No. The Saddle Seat supports more work postures than a kneeling chair. A kneeling chair only supports the body for forward work -- it does not support upright work. The Saddle Seat does. In addition, a kneeling chair puts pressure on the knees. There is no knee pressure in a Saddle Seat.
In a kneeling chair your feet are locked in underneath you. In the Saddle Seat your feet are free to operate equipment or help you scoot around your work area with your feet in full contact with the floor.
Getting in and out of a kneeling chair is difficult as your feet get entangled in the kneeling pad. Getting in and out of a Saddle Seat is easy.
4. Will a bicycle seat work as well?
Not quite. While you can straddle a bicycle seat in the same way you straddle a Saddle Seat, the bicycle seat provides little support to the mass of the buttocks. This can be uncomfortable over a long period.
The position of the pelvis is different on a bicycle seat. The pelvis is tilted back, the body is not upright, and the hips are not abducted (not in the spread position). This makes the legs work very hard to stabilize the body.
5. Can children use Bambach Saddle Seat?
Yes. In fact, the Bambach Saddle Seat was originally developed for disabled children. Children naturally sit with perfect posture in the Bambach Saddle Seat. They love the greater freedom of movement and easy access to activities that the seat provides. It's the ideal seat for a student. Very small children will need the foot platform accessory.
6. Are there different saddle sizes?
The standard Bambach Saddle Seat fits most adults and school-age children. The sheepskin cover widens the support surface for larger people, and also adds softness for people with sensitive or delicate anatomies.
We have experimented with narrower seats and the results were disappointing. It is the spread of the legs, called hip abduction, that stabilizes the pelvis and allows the pelvis and spine to rest in a natural posture. Hip abduction also insures your hip joints are in their ideal alignment in their sockets. As hip abduction decreases, the spine became less stable, the pelvis tilts backwards, and the hip joints move out of their ideal close contact position.
Be sure that your clothing does not interfere with your hip abduction (leg spread). Wear loose trousers or a wide skirt.
7. How high should I adjust my Bambach Saddle Seat?
In a Bambach Saddle Seat you sit much higher than in a conventional seat. You are actually in-between sitting and standing.
When standing next to your saddle seat, the seat contour (the hollow part) should be about two inches (5 cm) above the crease at the back of your knee. This height opens your hip angle and allows your feet to rest comfortably on the floor.
There are three pneumatic lift sizes available to customize the height of your Saddle Seat.
8. How high should I position my work?
If you normally work at a traditional office or computer desk, you need to raise it quite a bit to benefit from the Bambach Saddle Seat. Place a shim under the desk legs (for example, using Deskalators, wood, or bricks) or raise your computer screen and keyboard.
If you usually work on a high drafting stool or in a standing posture, you can probably switch to the Bambach Saddle Seat with little or no adjustment of your working height.
If your work is higher than ideal, use the Bambach Saddle Seat with a footring.
If your work height is lower than recommended you may have to tuck your feet under the Saddle Seat. This limits your mobility in the seat and your spinal postures will be less than ideal. Even so, this may be preferable to a traditional task chair if your work requires reaching forward. Many occupations require working at a lower than ideal height, for example, preschool teachers, car door assembly work, podiatrists, and nurses operating dialysis machines.
9. Do I need a backrest on my Bambach Saddle Seat?
The open hip angle and straddle posture supports the lumbar curve without a back rest. Traditional "ergonomic" chairs support your lumbar curve by pushing into your back. This is not the case in a Saddle Seat.
In activities that are static in nature, for example, dentistry, surgery, drafting, art, clerical work, and high bench work, a Saddle Seat with a back rest can be helpful. If you select a model with a back rest, use it just as a rest.
Lean against the back rest while you rest, listen, talk, or when you sit back to work. You should not need the back rest for most upright and forward work.
Take care not to position the backrest so far forward that it pushes you onto the front pommel of the seat. That hurts. In the Saddle Seat there should be no back rest pressure pushing into your back.
10. How long does it take to get used to the Bambach Saddle Seat?
Start by using the seat no more than one hour each day. It may take a few weeks to get used to the unaccustomed seat pressures. Unless you are a seasoned horseback, motorcycle, or bicycle rider, you should build up to saddle sitting gradually. If you have been sitting with poor posture for many years, your body will need time to adjust -- your hips may be tight and will need time to stretch out; your abdominal and back muscles may be unaccustomed to upright postures and will need time to tone. Be patient.
Have you ridden a horse? Remember when you first get into the saddle you have to wiggle around, sit back and deep into the saddle, then after a while it becomes quite comfortable. It's the same with the Saddle Seat. If you experience some saddle soreness, try adjusting the seat angle to a more horizontal position so you can sit down and back. And remember, in time your body will comfortably adjust.
Explore all seat tilt and height variations. Small adjustments will change the distribution of pressures. You may be more comfortable with the sheepskin seat cover which both softens the seat.
BACKREST USERS - For the first few weeks push the backrest as far back as possible so you are using the seat only. Begin using the backrest only after you become fully comfortable in the seat. Adjust the seat tilt (usually backward) until you are as comfortable as can be considering your current fitness. Your fitness for healthy sitting will improve and as it does, you will find yourself using the seat in a more central position.
MEN - Some men have difficulty in adjusting. This is made easier by having the seat tilted down at the front to the maximum. Also, when sitting down, sliding back onto the seat helps to position the male parts more comfortably, the same as horse riders.
TIGHT HIPS - Some people experience tightness in thighs and hips. Again your body will adjust. The position with your knees apart greatly reduces the chance of hip joint disease at a later age. Tight muscles, tendons and ligaments will soften and relax over time, which is desirable.
Special Order - Unfortunately, this means that we cannot accept returns once your order is shipped, so please call our trained staff with any questions you may have prior to ordering - we will ensure that you get exactly what you need.
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