My back started showing symptoms in 2006, and after a couple of years I was in a situation where I could not sit for longer than five minutes at a time. That’s when my physiotherapist suggested I should try a saddle chair, which makes you sit in a completely different position compared to a regular office chair.
I got myself a Salli MultiAdjuster chair and a Salli Manager table at my employer’s expense in autumn 2008. After a couple of weeks of getting used to the workstation and finding the right adjustments, going back to the conventional way of sitting was no longer an option. Now I can sit in front of my computer for three hours without even noticing.
Having an electrically height-adjustable table is a must if you are planning on using a saddle chair. When I change my sitting position I might also adjust the height of the table by a few centimeters. Sometimes it’s nice to work standing up and then the table needs to be even higher.
The versatile controls of the MultiAdjuster chair helped me to find a sitting position where my back doesn’t become numb or get locked. The two-part seat also eliminated pressure between the legs, which was clearly noticeable when I first tried a one-part seat. I also use the Nipsu support for my mouse-hand, wrists and elbows to keep my shoulders and neck relaxed.
As my back pains have eased off, I have enjoyed work more and been more efficient. I have recommended the Salli workstation to my co-workers as well, since in my opinion, an ergonomically correct workstation can prevent back problems from developing. Even the employer saves money, if he takes care that the employees stay fit enough to work.
Arto Seppänen, Grey-Hen Oy
Tampere, Finland, 20.5.2009