HF5143 – The Workhorse in the Status stable
One of our most commonly sold chairs today is the HF5143 – a Standard size Therapod backrest with an independent seat and backrest tilt mechanism, sliding seat, side-action tension control, four-dimensional armrests and a shorter seat. The chair has been updated from the SF3250Si. Available with or without a height- and reach-adjustable headrest, this chair satisfies the requirements of a large number of individuals with back and neck pain issues.
Many back pains are transient or sporadic rather than permanent, with incidences of sciatica and slipped disc pain being able to be reduced with care, exercise and attention to correct support, movement and relaxation of the body and its musculo-skeletal structure.
So why is the HF5143 so popular as an antidote?
Firstly, you have to look deeply into why it is that individuals develop a back problem in the first place. For many, sitting in the same position, without body movement, and sitting at the front of a seat pad for easier access to the workstation means that the body naturally adopts a kyphotic (C-shaped) spinal curve and removes their back from contact with the back of the office chair.
Most office chairs are designed to relieve pain by providing comfort, movement and adjustable positioning of their constituent parts; the seat pad and backrest support pad are the two largest physical interfaces between a user’s body and the workstation. However, the brain’s desire to complete the task at hand overrides the body’s pain symptoms and simply adapts the body’s posture to fit the available supports, even if that means that the body moves to a painful or dangerous perching posture.
Many of the office workers that we encounter with back pain are ladies, and many are less than 1670mm in height. If their body proportion is such that they have short legs/thighs, they often perch on the front of an office chair, averting back contact with the chair backrest.
Even if they have proportions that fit a longer depth seat pad, they might still perch since the rearwards dropping motion of a synchronous chair can be felt to be uncomfortable. Many ladies prefer to sit with a slight forward tilt (shooting stick or horse-riding posture) due to the physiology of their gender.
Getting close in to the workstation is often an issue that goes hand-in-hand with seat perching. Sometimes the armrests of the office chair are physically preventing the user from getting the chair under the desk and their body close enough to the workstation to view a screen, or operate a mouse or keyboard. The natural response is to slide the body forwards and away from the backrest support.
The HF5143 chair addresses all of these issues and more:
- The patented Standard Therapod™ backrest offers a unique solution for pain prevention and pain relief. The backrest support is upholstered over the top of 4 lateral elasticated straps. As the body rests into the backrest, the user’s body mass is absorbed and the straps stretch to match the user’s shape. If the body is reclined by using the back-rake mechanism, or is subject to lateral side-to-side movements, the body mass simply stretches the straps, maintaining comfort levels.
- The independent seat and backrest tilt mechanism empowers the user to find a body angle adjustment between seat and backrest support pads that suits them as an individual – with either a forwards tilting, or a more upright posture. The mechanism then also allows a synchronous back rake adjustment in a defined ratio between the seat and backrest. Both preferred posture and controlled movement are encouraged and supported by the mechanism.
- The 4-dimensional (height, depth, width and rotate) adjustable armrests are sloping backwards, additionally allowing the arm pads to be slid backwards. This means that the user can always get close to the desk, or the armrests can be raised or lowered so as to avoid arm pad contact with the desk surface.
- The shorter seat pad on a sliding seat mechanism allows individuals with popliteal lengths as short as 375mm or who measure in at only 1500mmH (4’ 11”) tall to sit comfortably in the chair whilst maintaining back contact with the Therapod™ backrest. The same seat and backrest will also comfortably suit someone with a 475mm popliteal length, and a height of 1725mm (5’ 8”).
- An optional Height- and Reach- adjustable headrest can also be offered, and used either as a neck or head support, allowing neck muscles to relax.
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