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poczynek
872027.  Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:15 pm Reply with quote

Hi there, so I watched the unaired ep with Jeremy Clarkson and during it they gave them all The Stig dolls and asked them to bend the doll on a seat to ask them what is the best posture for sitting down. And then Mr Fry gave them the answer where if you sit with your bottom right at the front of the chair and said words to the effect of it being studied as the best posture for your back. I ain't ever heard of this! Isn't that a god awful slouch?? And everywhere I look it says correct posture is bum against the back corner of the chair and up straight!

Can anyone shed any light??

 
eggshaped
872055.  Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:23 am Reply with quote

Here's a good place to start:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6187080.stm

 
Spud McLaren
872115.  Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:59 am Reply with quote

I think SF must've been referring to sitting on the front of the seat with the back straight, not using the back of the seat at all. This is part of the Alexander Technique, as demonstrated by this young lady.

 
Willie
872132.  Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:07 am Reply with quote

It will be just like ergonomic lifting and CPR technique, the official recommended way to do it will change every 5 minutes.

 
poczynek
872216.  Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:28 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Here's a good place to start:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6187080.stm


Ah that's it for sure! Thanks - I couldn't find it.

 
Leith
872235.  Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:22 pm Reply with quote

Here's the abstract for the study in question (by Dr. Waseem Bashir and others):
link

...and a further article that discusses the study, along with some other views:
http://workingergonomics.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/relieving-stress/

The results appear to emphasise that the key factor is the angle between your back and thighs, rather than how upright you are sitting (though the latter does have some effect):
Dr. Bashir wrote:
What we’re saying is the more open an angle you have between your [upper body] and your thighs, the less strain that causes to the overall back.


I've no particular medical expertise but have done a fair amount of work on my own posture with various physios and Alexander Technique teachers (due to problems with tendinitis and shoulder pain). Personally, I normally find leaning back unhelpful when using a computer, due to the stress it puts on my arms, shoulders and neck, but I do find it helps to have a seat with a base that tips forward, allowing the thighs to angle downwards.

 

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