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Why active sitting?
The human body adapted to conditions in which humans led physically active lives. Now, in a world with increased technology, wide-scale use of transport, and sedentary office jobs, we can struggle to adapt to the excessive sitting associated with modern life.
When the body is forced to remain in a rigid seated position for long periods of time, it can have a detrimental effect on our overall health and wellbeing. It is a common misconception that regular exercise can compensate for too much sitting.
Sitting on the Symbiotic Chair will encourage the body to remain active even while seated, by stimulating the use of core muscles, and adapting to the natural movements of the body.
What makes Symbiotic different to conventional ergonomic chairs?
The Symbiotic Chair was built around the human body, allowing for its tendency for movement and frequent changes of sitting position, while also strengthening a user’s core stability muscles and improving sitting posture. Similar to an exercise ball, the flexible seat is mounted on the balancing mechanism, which challenges a user’s postural balance. As an active sitting chair, Symbiotic doesn’t allow you to sit passively and let the chair carry your body’s weight, like conventional ergonomic chairs. Instead, it stimulates the musculature responsible for keeping your body upright and stable.
Additionally, the unique sculpted backrest with pronounced lower back support follows a user’s movements in all directions and provides counter-force against the lower back when a user leans against it. Symbiotic was designed as an active working chair to stimulate an upright sitting posture, does not support a lounging position, and this is why it is not equipped with a reclining mechanism like most conventional ergonomic chairs.
Will Symbiotic actually help my back pain?
Yes, the Symbiotic Chair can help you with sitting induced back pain.
Many people with sedentary desk jobs develop back pain because they are in a static sitting position most of the day. Static sitting means you are seated in nearly the same posture for prolonged periods of time, such as when we are at work. It is this limited movement that contributes to back pain.
Conversely, the Symbiotic Chair promotes active sitting. Active sitting means you are allowed to stay seated while making small, fluid movements and adjustments throughout the day. The Symbiotic Chair promotes the use of the muscles of your back and core to create these fine-tuned movements and postural changes.
You can find out more about active sitting and how it can help back pain here.
Why is Symbiotic better than an exercise ball?
Unlike the seat on Symbiotic, exercise balls don’t provide adequate structural support for a user’s sitting bones, which is crucial for a good sitting posture. In addition to this, the height of an exercise ball is usually inadequate for a specific user, and this cannot be adjusted. Also, there is no backrest, which can make sitting for long periods tiring. Finally, the ball can roll away underneath the user, making it unsafe and inappropriate for an office environment.
Why are there no arms on Symbiotic?
The Symbiotic Chair was designed without armrests after consultations with numerous back-care practitioners. The reason is that, besides being controversial in the theory of ergonomics, the armrests beat the purpose of the active sitting concept because they stabilize a user’s body in contrast to the more autonomous sitting we aimed for with the Symbiotic design.
Without the armrests, users can tuck deep under the desk and rest their hands on the desk using a keyboard and mouse, which is often impossible because of the armrests.
Finally, without the armrests, users can experience more benefits in terms of improving postural mechanisms and strengthening their core stability muscles.
Do you offer trials?
We are happy to offer a 40-day money-back guarantee to allow you sufficient time to make sure you are satisfied with the Symbiotic chair and experience its benefits.
If for some reason you might not be satisfied with the product, you can contact us and arrange that the product is returned to our UK address within 40 days from the date of delivery, and receive a full refund.
Before returning the product to us, we can offer advice to improve your workstation setup.
* Please see Return & Refund Policy for more details