Saddle-sitting relieves back, neck, hip, and arm pain. 

The strongly declining position of the upper legs rotates the pelvis forward and curves the lower back into an anatomically correct position of lordosis. This in turn straightens the upper back, leading to a generally improved back posture and reduced tension in the upper back, shoulder girdle, and neck muscles. 


Saddle-sitting strengthens the spine and improves posture. 

This new sitting stance stimulates and strengthens the back, abdominal, and buttock muscles. Your posture will gradually correct itself as your muscles respond to the new posture. 


Saddle sitting improves leg circulation and reduces fatigue. 

You cannot slump this way in a saddle seat, even if you try!A balanced and relaxed saddle stance. 


Saddle-sitting improves leg circulation and reduces foot swelling. 

There is no edge to press against your upper leg, and your buttocks and leg muscles are free of contact pressure. The veins and arteries that carry blood to and from your legs are in their most open position. With the angles between upper and lower legs being much wider than usual and the active use of your legs accelerating your metabolism, your legs will really feel much better. 


Saddle-sitting improves balance. 

The spread of the legs, called hip abduction, stabilises the pelvis in an upright orientation, so you can relax. And your wide foot stance keeps you balanced when you move about. Balance is so dramatically improved, that many people with neurological impairments who topple out of conventional chairs, sit independently in a saddle seat. 


Saddle-sitting enhances hand acuity and strength. 

Precision hand activity is facilitated through improved positioning of the shoulder girdle and upper back, and a more stable torso. 


Saddle-sitting improves mobility and reach. 

You can reach further and more safely on a saddle chair. Saddle-sitting preserves your spinal curves even when you bend forward. As the saddle-seat frees your legs to move, turning, moving and reaching out for things becomes quick and safe, almost gymnastic.


Considerations 

You must raise your desk when you saddle sit.You sit higher than usual, so sitting down and getting up without using your hands is really easy and quick.  


  Article reproduced from ergoTALK.com

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