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Your chair is your enemy.

It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you.

That, at least, is the conclusion of several recent studies. Indeed, if you consider only healthy people who exercise regularly, those who sit the most during the rest of the day have larger waists and worse profiles of blood pressure and blood sugar than those who sit less. Among people who sit in front of the television for more than three hours each day, those who exercise are as fat as those who don’t: sitting a lot appears to offset some of the benefits of jogging a lot.

So what’s wrong with sitting?

The answer seems to have two parts. The first is that sitting is one of the most passive things you can do. You burn more energy by chewing gum or fidgeting than you do sitting still in a chair. Compared to sitting, standing in one place is hard work. To stand, you have to tense your leg muscles, and engage the muscles of your back and shoulders; while standing, you often shift from leg to leg. All of this burns energy.

For many people, weight gain is a matter of slow creep — two pounds this year, three pounds next year. You can gain this much if, each day, you eat just 30 calories more than you burn. Thirty calories is hardly anything — it’s a couple of mouthfuls of banana, or a few potato chips. Thus, a little more time on your feet today and tomorrow can easily make the difference between remaining lean and getting fat.

You may think you have no choice about how much you sit. But this isn’t true. Suppose you sleep for eight hours each day, and exercise for one. That still leaves 15 hours of activities. Even if you exercise, most of the energy you burn will be burnt during these 15 hours, so weight gain is often the cumulative effect of a series of small decisions: Do you take the stairs or the elevator? Do you e-mail your colleague down the hall, or get up and go and see her? When you get home, do you potter about in the garden or sit in front of the television? Do you walk to the corner store, or drive?

Just to underscore the point that you do have a choice: a study of junior doctors doing the same job, the same week, on identical wards found that some individuals walked four times farther than others at work each day. (No one in the study was overweight; but the “long-distance” doctors were thinner than the “short-distance” doctors.)

So part of the problem with sitting a lot is that you don’t use as much energy as those who spend more time on their feet. This makes it easier to gain weight, and makes you more prone to the health problems that fatness often brings.

But it looks as though there’s a more sinister aspect to sitting, too. Several strands of evidence suggest that there’s a “physiology of inactivity”: that when you spend long periods sitting, your body actually does things that are bad for you.

As an example, consider lipoprotein lipase. This is a molecule that plays a central role in how the body processes fats; it’s produced by many tissues, including muscles. Low levels of lipoprotein lipase are associated with a variety of health problems, including heart disease. Studies in rats show that leg muscles only produce this molecule when they are actively being flexed (for example, when the animal is standing up and ambling about). The implication is that when you sit, a crucial part of your metabolism slows down.

Nor is lipoprotein lipase the only molecule affected by muscular inactivity. Actively contracting muscles produce a whole suite of substances that have a beneficial effect on how the body uses and stores sugars and fats.

Which might explain the following result. Men who normally walk a lot (about 10,000 steps per day, as measured by a pedometer) were asked to cut back (to about 1,350 steps per day) for two weeks, by using elevators instead of stairs, driving to work instead of walking and so on. By the end of the two weeks, all of them had became worse at metabolizing sugars and fats. Their distribution of body fat had also altered — they had become fatter around the middle. Such changes are among the first steps on the road to diabetes.

Conversely, a study of people who sit for many hours found that those who took frequent small breaks — standing up to stretch or walk down the corridor — had smaller waists and better profiles for sugar and fat metabolism than those who did their sitting in long, uninterrupted chunks.

Some people have advanced radical solutions to the sitting syndrome: replace your sit-down desk with a stand-up desk, and equip this with a slow treadmill so that you walk while you work. (Talk about pacing the office.) Make sure that your television can only operate if you are pedaling furiously on an exercise bike. Or, watch television in a rocking chair: rocking also takes energy and involves a continuous gentle flexing of the calf muscles. Get rid of your office chair and replace it with a therapy ball: this too uses more muscles, and hence more energy, than a normal chair, because you have to support your back and work to keep balanced. You also have the option of bouncing, if you like.

Or you could take all this as a license to fidget.

But whatever you choose, know this. The data are clear: beware your chair.

Source: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/stand-up-while-you-read-this/

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22

09 2011

Enjoy Sitting For Longer Periods Of Time…

Reduce the discomfort and muscle fatigue you feel from sitting for long periods of time with our LiquiCell Seat Pad! Its advanced LiquiCell technology provides relief from pressure and aids circulation through constant liquid floatation.

  • Sit in comfort wherever you go
  • Fold it up and take it anywhere
  • Stay balanced on any sitting surface
  • Reduce soreness in the back & tailbone
  • Improve blood flow & circulation by 150%
  • Enjoy a solution that surpasses air, gel & foam

It’s so thin – Folds and fits in any carrying bag
Use Liquicell Seat everywhere:
● Cars, Planes, Trucks, Vans
● Office Chair, Dining & Sitting areas
● Concerts, Ball Games, sporting events
● Take it to restaurants

The Extended Comfort Seat Pad.
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What

LiquiCell is an ultra-thin liquid filled technology Designed and proven to reduce discomfort and Fatigue you experience over time.

Seat Pad

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Dimensions: 15″ x 15″ x 1/4″ thick – Weight: 11 oz. Color: Black


The COMFORT OVER TIME SOLUTION

Our Comfort Over Time Solution combines all factors involved with discomfort  and allows the wearer to say “ I feel great” even after an extended period of time.

How Does LiquiCell Work?

Using an innovative combination of a low viscosity fluid and strategically placed seal points that control the flow of liquid, LiquiCell reduces discomfort, friction and fatigue. By equalizing perpendicular pressure at the point of contact (thus reducing pressure), soft tissue compression is greatly reduced thereby significantly reducing skin friction and soft tissue shear stress.

Medical and scientific evidence proves that while gels, foams and air do provide some relief of discomfort through perpendicular pressure reduction, they do not protect against the harmful effects of friction and shear stress, two of the most influential factors related to discomfort.

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13

08 2011

Why You Shouldn’t Always Sit

These days, people are spending more and more time in front of their computer. The vast majority of people spend their entire work day sitting at their desk and only move when they go to lunch or get a paper from the printer. All this sitting eventually causes your lower back to become stiff and sometimes painful.

The Advantages of Standing
You can force your body to do more work by using a standing desk. In this way, you are less prone to having a bad posture as long as you do not lean on the desk for support. Also, it is much easier to go for a quick walk, stretch your legs or simply get some motion going in those hips. This will get more blood flowing in your muscles and will keep you alert for longer.

An Adjustable Desk
Even better than a standing desk is a desk which you can adjust between standing and sitting. This allows you to change your working position several times a day. This is good since your legs might not be used to standing for long periods. If your legs get tired, simply adjust your desk to the sitting position and give your feet a rest. Varying your position several times a day might get your colleagues looking but it is worth it when they complain about their sore backs later in the day.

Conclusion
Basically, the human body was not meant to sit all day. Therefore, any reason you can find to move your body during the day helps. Standing rather than sitting is one thing that has worked for me and I really recommend that you try it.

Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com/wellness-articles/lower-back-pain-relief-stand-rather-than-sit-all-day-in-front-of-your-computer-1985005.html#ixzz0tDCA5TeA
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09

07 2010

Sitting Disability

A ”’Sitting disability”’ is a condition in which a person may not be able to [[sit]], usually due to [[pain]], but can also happen to persons sitting in wheel chairs. It is also known as “reduced ability to sit”, “sitting problems” or “inability to sit”.

Sitting disability has generally been an unrecognized disability.[http://www.dok.no/universell-utforming-og-sittehemmede-.4452524-82143.html Norwegian article at The National Centre for Documentation on Disability] The term “sitting disability” is not a well known expression although it is a term used to describe notable symptoms for people with severe [[back pain]]. The disabilities usually mentioned in research and legal documents are reduced mobility and visual or auditory impairments.

==Possible causes==
Pain while sitting is a well known symptom when having [[ischial tuberosity]][http://www.caringmedical.com/conditions/Ischial_Tuberosity_Pain.htm Caring Medical - Ischial Tuberosity Pain], [[Myofascial Pain Syndrome]], [[coccyx]] pain ([[coccydynia]]), failed back surgery and back pain in general. An inability to sit is one of the signs of chronic low back pain.[http://www.usu.edu/health/HealthInfo/backpain.htm USU - Back Pain] Low back pain is a condition that affects a large part of the general United States population at some point in life.[http://www.dhmc.org/ortho/Spine_Center/lowback_pain.html Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centre - Chronic Low Back Pain] 65 to 80% of Americans have an episode of [http://jaapa.com/issues/j20040701/articles/lowback.html low back pain] at some time in their lives. Although most cases resolve quickly, 40% recur and 5% result in a residual disability after 1 year.

In the U.S., acute [[low back pain]] (also called [[lumbago]]) is the fifth most common reason for all physician visits. About nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of ten working adults have back pain every year.[http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000315/1779.html American Family Physician - Diagnosis and Management of Acute Low Back Pain]

With several severe pain syndromes, like [[neuralgia]] or [http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/pubicpain.htm Pelvic Pain] (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction), pain during pregnancy or after given birth, the pain can be aggravated by sitting.

The specific problems for persons with back problems are usually not addressed anywhere in research, legal documents, accessibility or anti-discrimination laws.

Sitting problems are usually an [[invisible disability]]. This combined with the fact that reduced ability to sit is not mentioned in research or anti-discrimination laws, makes it even harder for people to live with this kind of impairment.

==Equality and accessibility==
A person with a sitting [[disability]] caused by excessive [[pain]], is unable to sit or stand for long periods of time, and will need to lie down. The availability of benches or other devices where one may lie down may be a critical factor that determines whether a means of transportation or a public building is usable or not for many people with this form of disability. Public buildings and transportation such as flying are often inaccessible to people with severe sitting problems. People with both sitting- and mobility problems often have to use a [[wheelbench]], which is usually too large to fit into an elevator.

A sitting disability is a medical condition that makes a person unable to sit, ”not” unable to move. It is not the inability to access the building that prevents a person from being in a building, it is the lack of places to lie down or comfortable reclining chairs. Accommodations for people who have a sitting disability are being enforced as Western nations integrate [[Universal design]] into their societies. The [http://odin.dep.no/filarkiv/274587/cbk-Ryggforeningen_i_Norge.pdf Norwegian back pain association] has described this in relation to sitting problems in a document to the Government in Norway.

For some medical conditions like [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15902174&query_hl=3 Pudendal neuralgia], avoiding activities like sitting, which worsen the condition [http://www.spuninfo.org/index_files/PhysiciansPerspectiveTreatment.htm Physicians Perspective Treatment], is regarded as crucial. A severe sitting disability requires major life adjustments.

==See also==
*[[Invisible disability]]
*[[Sitting]]
*[[Coccydynia]]

==References==

==External links==
*[http://www.mosken.com/sitteproblemer.html (Norwegian) External article]
*[http://www.ryggforeningen.no/?pageID=469&ItemID=0 (Norwegian) External article]
*[http://www.mosken.com/sit.html External Article]
*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15902174&query_hl=3Pudendal Neuralgia and sitting]
*[http://www.comp.state.nc.us/ncic/pages/court/642881.htm A U.S. court case involving the disability]
*[http://www.emedicine.com/pmr/topic242.htm Free medical review article on coccydynia (coccyx pain, tailbone pain), online at eMedicine]

[[Category:Disability]]

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This ailment can have some relief using the Extended Comfort Seat Pad by Shakti, Inc.  and can be purchased at http://www.ergo21.com

09

07 2010

Long term influence of LiquiCell on discomfort

Study by R.H.M. Goossens
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands

March 2005

Long term influence on discomfort – Goossens 2

Abstract
The feeling of discomfort is an important ergonomic aspect of body supporting surfaces. In the past it has been shown that there is a link between discomfort and poor biomechanics and fatigue. Poor biomechanics has to do with the force that acts between the body supporting surface and the tissue of the body. LiquiCell has developed a principle to eliminate/reduce the shear force on a body supporting surface. Previous measurements on healthy subjects have confirmed this fact (Goossens, 2001). It is therefore expected that a LiquiCell cushion reduces the awareness of discomfort over time. The aim of this study is to examine the long term influence on discomfort of LiquiCell technology by means of a randomized and blinded trial.

A blind randomized test on 2 types of cushions was performed on the feeling of discomfort using the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). The cushions all looked the same from the outside but had different fillings. One cushion (No LiquiCell) had foam inside, the other cushion (LiquiCell) was identical but with LiquiCell incorporated or trimmed to the inside of the top surface. The results showed that the initial feeling on discomfort is not significantly different between the two types of cushions. After two hours the cushion without LiquiCell inside had a significant increase in discomfort as measured on a Visual Analogue Scale (P=0.03). The initial feeling of discomfort measured on a VAS-scale was not significantly different for the two cushions (P=0.84).

These results imply that a subject only will feel the difference in discomfort between a LiquiCell cushion and a regular foam cushion after some time of use.

Continue…

22

06 2010

Meet Steve Gambhir, CEO of Shakti, Inc.

Steve Gambhir, CEO of Shakti Inc. is all fired up about the company’s new products which hit the local market early this year. Tapping into the ground breaking LiquiCell technology, Shakti Inc has developed products that ironically increase the level of comfort for those on their feet for extended hours and diametrically opposite, those who sit on their backside for long hours! The three products the company is aggressively marketing are’ Walk on Water ‘ (WOW!) Insoles, LiquiCell Shoe Inserts, and LiquiCell Extended Comfort Seat Pads.Gambhir reveals how over the years he had always looked for ways to soothe his aching feet. This is why he got into this business. “As we grow older we begin to lose our once plump cushions in the feet.

LiquiCell is an ultra-thin liquid membrane technology specifically designed to improve comfort and acts as a shield at the point of contact. Placed strategically at the ball of the feet and the heel in our insoles and inserts, LiquiCell imitates the body’s natural function to reduce shear stress and friction to equalize pressure. The Seat Pad increases comfort as there is no tail burn, fidgeting or numbness,” he adds.

Furnishing more facts, he says LiquiCell Insoles reduces foot discomfort, friction and fatigue. It is ultra- thin and does not change the fit & stability of the shoe and works because it is thin.

Other gel & foam insoles take too much room and make shoes tight and the wearer ends up not wearing them! The inserts are excellent for ladies shoes, open shoes, flip flops and men’s fashion shoes and tight fitting shoes as they take no room. The insoles are priced at $19.99 and inserts at $14.99.

On a personal note he recalls how a couple of years ago he was detected with high cholesterol and his doctor wanted him to lose at least 20 lbs. He was advised to go on a strict diet along with walking 50 to 60 minutes a day. He started walking an hour a day, but his sore feet used to hurt and he developed knee pain, which slowed him down. That’s when he was introduced to the Liquicell Technology. He used the LiquiCell Insoles which are ultra-thin and yet so effective and he is glad to report that he lost 28 lbs and has kept it off!

The LiquiCell Seat allows improvement in blood flow to 150 %. A person can sit longer with no hot spots, pressure on the tail bone and spine. Thus it can be used on the office chair, concerts, games, by long distant truck drivers, while traveling on trains and planes. It is good for temples and Gurudwaras where one has to sit on the hard floor and for meditation and yoga. The seat is ultra thin, light, can be easily folded and carried along in the free carrying bag. It is priced at $49.99. Recaro, the high end seating company also sells a $3000 chair with Liquicell pad built in. Toyota is also using the pads in some of their models.

Shakti Inc is located at 19782 MacArthur Blvd. Suite 225, Irvine, CA 92612, Phone: 949-975-8219, 1-800-307-9082

BY A.MATTHEWS

IRVINE, CA –

14

05 2010

Testimonial from transit bus driver

“I’m a transit bus driver and I’m in the seat for long hours sometimes. When I first looked at the seat pad I thought
“no way can this help.”
Then I used it and
“Wow! I will never be without it again.”
The support it gives is unbelievable for such a thin pad and I love the way the fabric allows me to adjust my sitting position without having to get up. Great Great product!!!”
Mary, Fountain Valley, Ca

19

04 2010

Latest Testimonial : Katherine at The Yoga Journal

Here is a recent testimonial we received from Katherine Rae from the Sales Department at The Yoga Journal

“Sitting in an office chair at the computer all day takes its toll, even when you are lucky enough to work in an office that has yoga classes in the conference room! I didn’t even realize how much pressure there was on my tailbone until I had been sitting on my new Liquicell seat pad for a few days, and then removed it to let a colleague test it out. Yikes! I felt about 30 lbs heavier! Needless to say I took back my seat pad, and have not experienced the dull, aching sensation from sitting too long since!”

Katherine Rae, Sales
Yoga Journal

To get more information and buy our wonderful Extended Comfort Seat Pad, please click the link below -

http://www.ergo21.com/MeditationCushion.html

12

04 2010

This just in! A new testimonial for Walk on Water Insoles and the Extended Comfort Seat Pad.

I picked up your insoles and the seat from your office the other day. Steve, you were right! I had expressed my concern that the seat and the insoles looked so thin that they may not work. I was taken by surprise. I used the seat while driving to my office, and just as you asked me to, I removed it after 20 minutes. I could feel the vertical pressure on the tail bone immediately. WOW!

And I love the insoles! Not only I can walk longer, but they prevent foot cramp when I am driving. The Liquicell in the insoles at just the right places at the ball of the feet and heels makes a tremendous difference!

Jon, Office Chair Supplier, Tustin CA.

02

02 2010