Back problems: a bad sitting posture is to blame.

Back problems: a bad sitting posture is to blame.

Zami’s ergonomic chair stimulates an active sitting position.

The human body is not built for long periods of sitting. Originally, men were constantly moving in search of food or safety. Nowadays, this is no longer a necessity. Food is within reach, and our way of moving now involves sitting in cars, buses, trains or other means of transportation. And if that wasn’t enough,we spend most of our free time sitting in front of a computer screen or a tv. Our sedentary lifestyle is seriously threatening the health of our back.

Sitting is the cause of back issues

Many people have back problems, and in most cases they affect the lower back. Damage or deterioration of the intervertebral disc can be a cause. Sitting for too long and in a wrong position means putting an excessive load on the spine. Zami’s chairs are the result of years of research carried on by the orthopedic surgeon  Piet Van Loon. He is specialised in preventive and non-surgical solutions for the spine.

“By sitting actively on your sitting bones you straighten your back and the spine maintains its protective S-curve. This reduces the pressure on the lower back.”

Research shows worrying results

There are more than 2 million people suffering from back problems. This is often due to a prolonged time sitting. We can see a pattern in Dutch people’ seating habits depending on their age. Children aged 4 to 12 spend an average time of 7.3 hours a day sitting, with a three hours increase for young people. These are the statistics from Leefstijlmonitor a collaboration of RIVM, SecurityNL and Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Exercise, even while sitting

The double curved patented seat from Zami (Japanese for “good sitting”) forces users to change their sitting position regularly. “Easier breathing, freedom of movement of the head and neck and strengthened back muscles are part of the result – says Van Loon – The Zami gives an optimal curvature of the spine, creating a good, active posture.”

Four different Zami chairs

Zami is available in four heights: Zami-Ergo One, for the smallest children, Zami-Ergo Essential for users at a classic desk height, Zami-Ergo SitSta is the medium length, and Zami-Ergo Bar is suitable for higher tabletops. Zami is a Dutch brand of ergonomic design furniture, made of European materials of the highest quality.

Linda ten Kate (Ergonomic advisor) about Zami:

‘I am very satisfied with the Zami ergo chair. The nice thing is that you naturally adopt a good posture. I’ve had it at home for a while. My daughter sat on it effortlessly and used it to sit but also to play leapfrog! I see that children like to use it at school as well. They need to get used to it. Zami provokes continuous movement without disturbing the surroundings.’

Peter S. National Government Training Center (Opleidingscentrum Rijksoverheid):

‘Thanks to the Zami, after a day of computer work, I no longer suffer from annoying low back pain. During many hours of VDU work I regularly alternate between sitting on a Zami and working from a standing position with a standing / sitting table. And if I want to watch a long movie on the couch in the evening? No problem!’

Zag B.V. has a strategic partnership with Matador B.V. in Helvoirt with regard to production, assembly, logistics, stock management and order processing.

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