Expert's Opinion

More about the methodology and the findings of the research done by Dr. W. A. Bashir’s team about the effect of different sitting positions on the spine and opinions of specialists from different domains of expertise about the hammock Cloud135.

A research for the optimal sitting position

A research for the optimal sitting position

Dr. W. A. Bashir

Credentials

Dr. W. A. Bashir is a Consultant Musculoskeletal (MSK) Radiologist. He is a fully qualified medical physician with MRCP (UK) and has completed his radiology training in Aberdeen, UK gaining the Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) in 2005. He then went to Canada to do a dedicated MSK Radiology Fellowship and returned to the UK to complete a second interventional radiology MSK Fellowship (The Lodestone Fellowship) at the world renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in London, UK.

He is currently a Consultant MSK & Trauma Radiologist at the new Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre in Birmingham, UK - part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust; one of Europe'sleading clinical and research institutes.

Dr. Bashir has proven research interests in back pain, skeletal biomechanics, sports injuries, muscle, tendon and joint disorders - involving both diagnosis and treatment.

He has published in major peer review journals and received global media status from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in 2006 & 2010 for original articles on the world's first study to image spinal mechanics in the upright and sitting postures (using a weight-bearing upright MRI) and Autologous Blood Injections in proximal hamstring tendon disease respectively.

A research for the optimal sitting position

In November 2006, Dr. W. A. Bashir, as the leader of a team of researchers, presents the results of a study they conducted about the effect of different sitting positions on the spine to the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Research findings demonstrate that not only slouching is bad, but also that sitting in an upright position places unnecessary strain on your back, leading to potentially chronic pain problems if you spend long hours sitting. "Sitting in a sound anatomic position is essential, since the strain put on the spine and its associated ligaments over time can lead to pain, deformity and chronic illness." says Dr. Bashir.

An unexpected result

The result of the research clearly demonstrated that a 135-degree body-thigh sitting posture is the best biomechanical sitting position, as opposed to a 90-degree posture, which most people consider normal.

"Sitting in a sound anatomic position is essential, since the strain put on the spine and its associated ligaments over time can lead to pain, deformity and chronic illness."

Dr W. A. Bashir Dr W. A. Bashir Great Britain
The hammock Cloud135 positive relaxing effect

The hammock Cloud135 positive relaxing effect

Mrs. Ulli Neumüller

Credentials

Ulli Neumüller is a physiotherapist specialised in Tuina, a traditional form of massage in Chinese Medicine. She came upon this massage technique while seeking an effective form of therapy for her own persistent back problems. Fascinated not only by the results of the treatment, but also by the diagnosis methods using Tongue and Pulse Reading, she completed a 3 years training course in Tuina Massage in 2004. Since then, she continually deepened her knowledge of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). She is qualified in Manual Spine Therapy, Tuina massage for children and Physio-Acupuncture. In her practice, she treats the Musculo-Skeletal system as well as problems related to imbalance in bodily functions.

She teaches "Chinese Health Gymnastics " at the Volkshochschule, Linz since 2008, and also gives workshops and talks about the importance of a holistic approach to spinal problems in terms of  prevention and regeneration.

“In my practice as Tuina Therapist I regularly treat patients suffering from spine related problems. In the past, those affected where mostly elderly people and their condition was usually the result of heavy work or simply age-related. This is no more the case since unfortunately the number of much younger patients has dramatically risen. Increased school and study times, long hours of work on computers and lack of exercise are partly responsible for this unfortunate development. Our spine simply cannot cope with this rapid lifestyle change. Daily in my practice, my experience corroborates that problems related to the spine are not only age or weight related!” affirm Ulli Neumüller.

Opinion

She further state: "As I experienced it, the use of the hammock Cloud135 has a real prevention potential, due to both body and mind relaxation effect!” 

The hammock Cloud135 positive relaxing effect The hammock Cloud135 positive relaxing effect

"In addition to more exercise and a healthier diet, the use of a hammock Cloud135 can have a very positive relaxing effect in decreasing spine-related pain."                              

Ulli Neumüller Ulli Neumüller Austria