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Seats VS feets

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by jb, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. jb

    jb Active Member

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    Hi all

    A simple question, but one that may be of most relevance to those of us lucky (or unlucky as it were) to be 6'7": Should we be sitting or standing in consultations?

    Has anyone found specific relevance to particular treatment types (lesion debridement, taking biomechancial measurements etc.), or it is purely an individual perspective?

    Until recently I have used a saddle seat through all periods of patient contact, but am now more than pleased to make use of my size 14's when possible. I would like to hope that I can stave off the inevitable LBP for quite a while yet.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    sit vs stand

    Hi just my own experience, Sat at a wizz bang chair for about 8 years or so I thought when I bought it 25 years ago, Don't even use it as a spare now!! Can't believe I thought it was good. Tried the saddle seat, Ok BUT Have been standing for last 15 or so years for the large part of treatments. For me Brilliant, rare wry necks, less shoulder and muscle spasm, less back symptoms. Would hate to have to sit??? nice to have the choice now and then though. At the end of a 12 hour day Weary but thats to be expected either way????? Goodluck and do what works in the moment!
  3. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

    standing if chair/setup permits .... even when your 5' 8" .............. used saddle seats ~ 15 years ago until one morning landed on the floor after two unsuccessful attempts at parking my derriere upon same ...... unbeknownest to me the cleaner had POLISHED it that very morning ...
  4. Love this post as I presumed I was standing alone. Clearly not. I was taught, as I suspect the majority were, to sit at the feet (for Johnny Chimopody- I've always stood for musculoskeletal work). Always hated this subservient position so I started standing. I find that I am better able to position my body to get to the nitty gritty and no more back or neck pain.

    Podiatrists around the world, stand up and be counted.
  5. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member


    I seem to recall advice given from an erogonomist was to use operator's chairs which had the rest facing the abdomin. This apparently supports the upper body and reduces tension on the lower back. We had a trial run with them in training clinics and whilst all found them superior to the traditonal sectretary backed stool, the only criticism came from vetran practitioners embarrassed to be seen working from the new chair.

  6. joung won

    joung won Welcome New Poster

    I have (vaguely) heard of a study which looked at attitudes towards podiatrists from their patients, based on wether the pod sat or stood for treatments. Think the outcome was that there was more respect for "standers".

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