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Posture Guide for Ergonomic Seating


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Ergonomic Seating - guide to improving your posture

The Principles of Ergonomic Seating

Posture on Saddle Seat

Our ergonomic seating ranges, including saddle seats, contoured and tri-shaped seating follow the principles of ergonomic posture seating. *Ergonomically shaped stools and chairs are designed to give maximum support, comfort and the ideal sitting position. Benefits for the seated practitioner include maintaining an ergonomic sitting position and healthy spine.

From the many articles documenting research and studies into posture seating the general consensus of ergonomic experts is that in terms of posturally healthy sitting and maintaining a healthy spine we should maintain a moderate level of the natural or inward curvature of the lumbar region of the spine to give a proper sitting posture that incorporates the natural curves of the spine and therefore doesn't put harmful stress on your back.

The right chair for proper sitting posture will give you maximum spinal support and correct sitting posture. Used together with specially designed supports such as the adjustable torso/arm support the shaped stool becomes an ideal seating solution, addressing both mobility and health issues for the busy practitioner or technician.

Specific Reference is made to articles by Jeff Tiedman & A C Mandal, *see below for links to full articles

Choose from our ergonomic stools and chairs:

All our Practitioner Chairs can offer the following features which can assist with a healthy sitting position 1. A height adjuster to keep your hips higher than your knees. 2. Armrests which support your arms but take pressure off your neck and shoulders. 3. Lumbar back support that pushes your low back forward slightly, supporting your normal lumbar curve.

Contoured Seating

Seating with a double curvature seat pad moulded to the seated body form to give added comfort and support for the operative. The curved cushion pads unique shape lessens pinching of the nerves in the hips, thighs and buttocks to avoid numbness and impaired blood circulation and prevent the muscles in the buttocks and the back of the thighs from becoming sore. Can be combined with an arm/ torso support.

Tri-shaped Seating

Triangle shaped seat pads are specifically designed to allow unrestricted blood circulation to legs. The shape of the seat can help prevent upper leg impingement during long procedures as it does not impact on the underside of the thighs when seated. Also ideal for the operative who needs to work close to the patient as the front edge of the seat is cut away to encourage the legs to drop sideways rather than reaching forward. Can be combined with an arm/ torso support.

Saddle Seats & Medi Saddle Seats

Saddle shaped Stools and Chairs are designed to promote optimal seated posture and give maximum support when seated.

On the saddle shaped seat your bodyweight is automatically distributed more evenly, providing a more natural balanced seated posture. The wider stance required by sitting on a saddle shaped seat ensures your thighs are apart and pointing downwards keeping the body balanced and your pelvis rotated forwards and permits the pelvis to be held securely in its natural position. The knees are naturally positioned lower than your hips and your feet rest on the floor on both sides of the body. This allows the lower back and upper body to find a relaxed, natural posture.

It is commonly regarded that widening the angle between the trunk and thighs in a seated posture can be beneficial in improving the shape of the spine, making it more like the natural S-shape in a standing posture. n.b. Multi angle pelvic positioning is provided by our tillting saddle stool models


Benefits of ergonomic seating...

  • As the upper body stays more relaxed, muscle tension can be reduced.

  • Can help reduce pain in the lower back and help relieve common posture problems such as slouching and rounding of the lower back.

  • Can help to alleviate neck and shoulder pain and to decrease pain and fatigue associated with muscular tension.

  • Can promote good arm-hand control and help reduce work related upper limb disorders e.g pain/aching in wrists, arms and shoulders associated with regional musculoskeletal disorder (R-MSD), cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) and repetitive stress injury (RSI)

  • Improved circulation to the lower extremities, resulting in, among other things, less fatigue.

  • Provides for greater mobility - it is easy to move around on the chair, reach for items, and getting on and off the chair is effortless.

Sitting on ergonomic seating...

  • Can adapt to all types of work including standing height work, Meditelle's Seating Ranges are  comfortable, and provide a wide range of adjustments to help the individual find the most natural, comfortable sitting position for them.

  • An anatomic memory foam layer can be ordered on all Meditelle's seating ranges to add extra comfort if seated for long periods of time. This temperature sensitive foam moulds to the user giving pressure-free support without detracting from the benefits of the shaped seat *our in house-therapist recommends*

  • There can be a short transition period to adapt to a totally different way of sitting on a shaped style of seat and we suggest to allow a period of two weeks to allow your body to adjust.

  • Users tell us that they tend to find posture and other problems can be helped after only a few weeks of use.

  • Special Note: On a saddle style of seat tight skirts are not possible due to the wide stance required.


Your Perfect Posture Seat - our tailor made service

A bespoke manufacturing service with many options and extras is offered to modify any seat to meet your own particular requirements.

You can tailor your ideal seat with additions available to order on your chosen stool or chair including anatomic memory foam padding, varying height configurations, arm rest and torso supports and a pneumatic foot control for hands free height adjustment.

There is also an extensive free colour choice of hydrophobic and anti-microbial vinyl coverings, or you can add a black leather hide covering.

Trial Our Posture Seating...

On a selection of our saddle stools we also offer all our Dental Customers the option of a 10 Day Money Back Trial.

Our trial includes a saddle made to your order specification including any optional extras you want to try out in your own practice environment for 10 working days with no obligation. We arrange delivery and collection to and from your doorstep for a small trial fee which is refundable if you keep your saddle full details>

Our Manufacturing Expertise

With over **20 years experience we use our manufacturing expertise to design and produce a comprehensive range of cost effective, quality dental seating ergonomically designed for dental care professionals.

We have invested heavily in the development, design and production of our own uniquely shaped seat mouldings and make every seat at our factory in Birmingham with a skilled workforce who produce each order from fabrication and upholstery to assembly.

We are well used to working with our dental customers and are able to tailor make, modify and re-design our seating products to meet client’s specific requirements.

You are welcome to telephone and discuss your requirements with one of our advisors who are happy to give guidance or technical advice on specifications and features just call 0121 332 1850 or email


Customer Testimonials...

"Regarding the stool we purchased, I am very impressed with quality of stool and service received. Have passed on company details to other dentists"

Julie Atkinson
Cottam & Cottam Dental Surgery

"Our Meditelle saddle seats are comfortable, easy to adjust and help us to maintain a good posture. I would recommend them for dentists".

Dr Hiral Patel
Principal Dentist, Dentaria

"We bought two HAN9240 dental stools. Quality is good however we asked to have the seat made slightly larger with more padding. Without this our nurses were not happy. This was done for us without question and very reasonably. Very good customer service. Thank you."

Dr Howard Paterson
Kelvin House Dental Practice

"The Meditelle Posture Saddle Stool is honestly the most comfortable stool I have used in my practice. I have upper and lower back pains, due to hours in operating room, and the Meditelle Posture Saddle Stool (HAN9460 with Memory Foam) keeps me in the right posture and supports my back. I recommend anyone to spend an extra bit of money on this stool, as it is a good investment , due to the excellent quality, and for you spinal health! Thank you very much and im very happy with it."

Dr. Georgos F. Ioannides MD, PhD
ENT Surgeon, Limassol, Cyprus

Why not trial one of our posture seats and feel the benefit within 10 days


*This guide is intended for reference purposes and draws upon our significant experience in developing, manufacturing and using saddle seats and the opinions of our in-house qualified therapist who has been working with saddle seats for more than 15 years. In addition to our internal therapist we have consulted well documented research by various ergonomics consultants which were believed to be reliable at the date of publication (see references below). This information is only advisory and does not presume to be exhaustive or inclusive of all workplace hazards or situations. All information is given in good faith and any errors are excepted. The images used in this article have been commissioned by and are the copyright property of Meditelle Ltd. **Meditelle-dental is a subsidiary of Meditelle Ltd with over 20 years experience of manufacturing specialist medical equipment in the UK.


There are many excellent research articles about posture seating and links are provided for your further reading: A C Mandal Balanced Sitting Posture on Forward Sloping Seat  &  Jeff Tiedman New Concepts in Seating.  


Mandal, A.C. Balanced Sitting Posture on Forward Sloping Seats¯ , ,2003

Mandal, A.C. The Seated Man¯, (homo sedens). Dafnia Publications, Klampenborg, Denmark. 1985.

Extracted from an article by Jeff Tiedeman, an Ergonomics Consultant with State Fund, is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Board-Certified Industrial Ergonomist (CIE) and is certified as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). He has done extensive research related to ergonomics and has written articles and taught classes on these subjects. For full article go to Jeff TiedMan New Concepts in Seating



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