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The Science of Support
The benefits of the Bambach Saddle Seat are grounded in scientific research. While the details may vary, the general conclusions tend to agree:
Conventional seating places the upper behind the pelvis, leaving the spine unsupported. This exerts significant pressure on the lumbar discs, stretching the ligaments and muscles supporting the spine, and compressing the internal organs. This un-natural position impairs breathing and digestion, affects circulation and forces the heart to work harder.
With the thighs at a 90-degree angle to the upper body, the hamstrings - which are connected to the pelvis and the back of the knee - are stretched.
When sitting on a flat surface, some important postural muscles become inactive, compromising the body’s ability to remove fat and cholesterol from the bloodstream. Studies show that when these muscles are inactive, production of lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that helps remove fat and cholesterol, drops by 90 - 95%. Moreover, within a couple of hours of sitting, levels of some healthy cholesterols also drop, by 20%.
Standing puts the pelvis is in a neutral position and enables the postural muscles to maintain the spine in a natural “S” shape. However, research has also shown that standing all day places an additional load on the circulatory system, increasing the risk of carotid atherosclerosis by a factor of nine.
The solution is to maintain the pelvis under the spine, enabling the postural muscles to support the upper body. This position minimizes compression of the lumbar discs, allows the back and neck muscles to relax and relieves on the internal organs. Placing the pelvis above the knees keeps the hamstrings relaxed and encourages good circulation of blood and fluids.
The human body is infinitely complex and beautifully engineered. All its systems and components are intricately interconnected – especially when it comes to bones and muscles. By allowing the spine to return to its natural shape, the Bambach Saddle Seat doesn’t just relieve pain and pressure on the back.
Breathing is easier. The lungs and abdomen are free to function as they should. So breathing is easier and abdominal issues like indigestion are under control.
Head and neck pain recede. As good posture becomes second nature, the neck receives the correct support it needs.
Stamina and dexterity increase. Spine, neck, and head are properly aligned to minimize muscular stress. Less stress means more energy for the tasks at hand and less fatigue at the end of the day.
Circulation improves. While sitting, the legs and feet assist with balance. Small but constant movement keeps blood and fluids flowing, and can even help with varicose veins.
Risk of hip problems is lower. Proper posture helps protect the femur where it contacts the hip socket, reducing the chances of long-term hip problems.