July 3, 2012 - Mike Dilke
I am involved in several projects with a particular focus on how sitting relates to back pain. This was the first of a series of studies we conducted using the Back App chair. More recently we have shown that the Back App can help reduce fatigue while carrying out office tasks such as typing.
Many people would assume that sitting without a backrest would be hard. However, our work shows that using the Back App means that you sit upright more easily. This is probably because of the larger hip angle or the motion of the seat or both.
One of the biggest questions is what emphasis should we put on physical factors (eg long periods of sitting, poor posture or lifting etc) verses lifestyle and general health factors (eg stress, anxiety, exercise, sleep, depression etc) in our control of back pain. It is clear that addressing both sets of factors can help back pain, but it is not clear how big a part each should play.
Yes. However, even allowing for the increase in sedentary-type jobs and busy lives, there should still be enough time to get some form of aerobic exercise (using the stairs etc.) The data on the protective effects of exercise on health gets more impressive all the time! Check out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo
Only a tiny bit from time to time. I had quite a lot of back pain several years ago, and probably like a lot of health care professionals with back pain, I over-analysed and over-complicated it! Now, I can manage to run marathons (slowly!) and do as much (or as little!) physical work as I want.
I have 2 offices, and I vary between using a conventional office chair with a backrest and a Back App chair.
I would not recommend any single device or chair as the solution to a broad problem like back pain. However, if someone reports back pain while sitting which is eased by standing and walking, and is comfortable when sitting without a backrest, I would recommend the Back App.
I had to revise an article that I was submitting for publication this morning. Then I was scheduling some back pain patients for testing in the laboratory next week. Finally, I treated some patients this afternoon and evening.
Do you still see patients and is it important for researchers to keep their hand in?
Other therapists I have spoken with were drawn to their profession after being treated for a related problem. Was this your experience?
Yes, and yes. Of course it is not for everybody, but there is enough variety in physiotherapy that there are several different options available.
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