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THE sore backs, headaches and neck problems suffered by office workers around Australia are often attributable to poorly designed chairs.

Uplifting Solutions is launching the Stenning Active Balance Pelvic Support Office Chair at The Safety Show. The chair was developed by teachers of the Alexander Technique, who found relief from pain came naturally with attention to musculo-skeletal balance. Fifteen years of treating a wide variety of people with work-related injuries drove the design of the chair.

Despite its therapeutic qualities, the chair's looks are surprisingly conventional. Only the subtle wings around the pelvis betray its origins. Visitors to The Safety Show who take the opportunity to take a rest in the chairs will be encouraged to trial the chair in their own offices.

The secret to the chair's success was correctly positioned support, rather than padding, which allows the body to rest without slumping or collapsing.

A soft padded seat allows you to slump, curving the whole spine into a compressed C-shape, starting the process of postural distortion and back injury. While safety in the office is often overlooked, stressing on muscles, tendons, ligaments or bones remains the number one cause of worker's compensation claims in Australia, representing 41% of cases according the latest national figures. These body stresses take time to manifest themselves in chronic injury and often a long time to be resolved. Worker's compensation claims can be quite costly.

To assist with rehabilitation and prevent injury, the Stenning Active Balance Chair's backrest supports the pelvis as well as higher up the back. The seat's design makes upright posture easy and comfortable, reducing hip joint stiffness and promoting lower limb blood flow. Adjustable in four ways, the chair accommodates a wide variety of body shapes and a healthy range of seating positions.

Visitors to The Safety Show Sydney, which runs from 13-15 October at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, can try the Stenning Active Balance Office Chair for themselves at stand J30.

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