L’objectif de cette étude était de comparer les effets du concept de délestage sur la hauteur assise par rapport à une configuration témoin de la même chaise.
A prototype chair with anterior chest and arm supports has been designed to reduce compressive spine loads. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of this offloading design on seated height compared to a control configuration of the same chair. 20 males sat on each configuration for 1 hour. Seated height, perceived pain, spine angles, seat pressure, and participant experience were measured. Spine height loss was significantly reduced in the offloading (–0.75 ± 3.79 mm) compared to the control configuration (–6.16 ± 4.27 mm, p < 0.001), and participants sat significantly more anterior on the seat pan in the offloading (20.56 ± 1.67 cm) compared to control configuration (18.03 ± 1.92 cm, p < 0.001). There were no differences in spine angles or perceived back and gluteal pain between configurations. This design appears to be a promising approach to protecting the back during sitting when engaging in forward leaning tasks where the offloading effect of a backrest may be minimised. Practitioner summary: A prototype chair with anterior chest and arm supports designed to offload the spine was shown to significantly reduce seated height loss during 1-hour of sitting compared to a control configuration. While participants perceived the offloading design to be more supportive, no differences in perceived pain or posture were found. Consultez la page de l’article