A 5,000 year History of Seating | Buttpillow.com

“A History of Seating in the Western World,” is a research paper written by Kim Gurr, who was seeking her Postgraduate Diploma in Ergonomics Research under the supervision of Leon Straker, Physiotherapy and Phillip Moore, Social Sciences; however, Ms. Gurr died before completing her ergonomics research. This research paper covers the 5,000 year period beginning with the Egyptian Era through today’s modern ergonomists.

A History of Seating in the Western World

“A History of Seating in the Western World,” is a research paper based on the Postgraduate Diploma in Ergonomics Research project performed by Kim Gurr under the supervision of Leon Straker, Physiotherapy, and Phillip Moore, Social Sciences, at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia.

Unfortunately, Kim died before finalizing her research.

History of Seating is Important for Ergonomics

Seating is an important issue for contemporary ergonomics. Its frequent use by humans and its association with musculoskeletal disorders are just some of the reasons for its importance.

To understand the place of seating in modern Western societies, it is useful to understand its history.

This paper presents an overview of the ancient history of seating and the modern history of Western seating with particular emphasis on the design influences over the past 5,000 year period.

History of Seating begins with the Egyptians

The history of supporting sitting or seating has a long and colorful history beginning, at least, with the Egyptians some 3,000 B.C.

The historical knowledge summarized here is distilled from a great variety of texts, for it seems our fascination with the chair is as alive today as it was in ancient times.

It should be noted that despite the huge amount of information documented on seat types, only three types of distinctly different seats developed.

These were:

  • the stool (both fixed and folding);
  • the bench, and
  • the chair
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Back Pain Causes, Categories, Risk Factors & Red Flags|Buttpillow.com

Prevalence of Back Pain

Up to 75 percent of the population experiences low back pain lasting more than one week at some point in their lives. By the age of 50 years old, about 85 – 90 percent of adults will have degenerative changes in their vertebral discs, and these changes begin to occur in the third decade (in their 30’s) of life.

Office worker with back pain from office syndrome
Office syndrome Infographics. 

In a one year period, the estimate of people with an episode of back pain is about 17 percent. Also the estimate of the people 18 to 24 years having back pain in a one year period is 13 percent.

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