Ergonomic Info

The following pages contain useful information on the features and benefits of the Therapod system, the construction of our office furniture and the materials used.

Creating an Optimum Working Environment

The need to sit slightly reclined.

There are three main problems associated with extended periods of sitting, based on scientific evidence and research:

  1. The effect of back inclination on pressures on the lumbar spine.
  2. The effect of lumbar support on the pressures on the lumbar spine.
  3. The effect of seat pressure and its association with back inclination and lumbar support.

The current Worksafe Victoria “Officewise – A Guide to Health & Safety in the Office” refers to “A slight backwards tilt of the backrest” as being the preferred positioning for ergonomic seating. This is because the “force on the lower back is reduced”.

Ergonomists and other healthcare professionals acknowledge that the following 3 key elements prevent and relieve back pain:

  1. A total contact back-support system.
  2. A seat which allows good pressure distribution.
  3. A mechanism which facilitates for correct positioning; ideally one which is slightly reclined.

What is Gel-TEQ™

The Gel-Teq™ cushion has been designed and developed in Australia and has rapidly become the leading advancement in seating technologies.

It is an all-new chemical compound that is neither memory foam, nor visco-elastic foam.

Our aim was to create a seat which offered 100% contact with the shape of any user, and which would readjust each time that user shifted in their chair.

It is always our philosophy to provide fully dynamic seating designs, and our target was to create a cushion which would be as flexible in its movement as the rest of the chair.

We worked closely with design engineers and industrial chemists to create this concept, and undertook market trials in late 2012 in order to gain feedback from as wide a range of different users, in many different working conditions.

These trials took place in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Perth.

Clients were asked to trial the new Gel-Teq cushion in comparison to two other styles of seat, and we received an overwhelming response in favour of the new style.

This unique hybrid foam combines the properties of Visco-Elastic foam and Gel to create a seat which moulds itself to the precise shape of the user, and cradles the pelvis to assist them to maintain an optimum seating posture for extended periods.

A good office chair should not just be comfortable when sat on for the first few minutes; it should continue to be comfortable for the entire day.

That is the difference between a soft foam and supportive foam.

Furthermore, the chair should be designed to aid the user to maintain a posture which will assist in the prevention of any new back-related injury from occurring.

Gel-Teq™ responds to the movements of the user, and as they do move throughout their working environment – immediately the foam re-calibrates itself to the new posture.

By maintaining a correct posture throughout the day, not only is the risk of injury minimised, blood circulation is maximised – as to is productivity.

The foam has been developed with longevity in mind – which is why we are able to offer a TEN YEAR WARRANTY.

Many chair manufacturers combine different types and/or  grades of foams and make claims as to the healthcare benefits of having done so….Gel-Teq™ is an all-new hybrid platform that creates one balanced technology.

We believe that there is a simple test; try the chair for an hour – and you will not give it back……..EVER!

VTEQ Foam.

Visco elastic foam was originally developed by NASA as a solution for ensuring that bodyweight and temperature were evenly distributed throughout the seats of their astronauts.

Since that time, this advanced foam has been widely used throughout the healthcare industry as a pressure-care solution in bedding, wheelchair cushions etc.

Our unique range of pelvic and posture support seat technology now use an amazing Gel and Visco foam, providing 100% support as the seat draws heat away from the user, and softens / molds itself to the precise shape of the person in the chair.
The even distribution of pressure throughout the surface of the seat, significantly reduces the level of pressure which normally resides directly under the ischial tuberosities or the ‘sitting bones’ as they are referred to.
It is these two bones which support the entire bodyweight when we are seated.

By removing pressure from beneath them, we also minimize the cause of circulatory problems, pressure sores and back pain.

Approximately 75% of the user’s weight is supported by just 8% of their body weight.

Yet, with our VTEQ foam in place, the pressure of the user’s body is transferred throughout the entire surface of the seat cushion.
Less pressure and enhanced long-term comfort is then achieved.
Independent pressure mapping testing has proven VTEQ to be a true ergonomic seating solution.
The combination of VTEQ foam, a total contact back support and a mechanism which facilitates correct positioning, equates to a chair that is part of an optimal working environment…

small / medium seats

Flat G2

SMALL
W 480mm x D 440mm

Flat G2

MEDIUM
W 500mm x D 460mm

Comfort Plus

MEDIUM
W 490mm x D 460mm

Classic / Classic VTEQ

O/S
W 490mm x D 450mm

Classic Coccyx

O/S
W 510mm x D 460mm

medium / large seats

Flat G2

LARGE
W 520mm x D 480mm

Gel-TEQ™

LARGE
W 520mm x D 470mm

Comfort Plus

LARGE
W 520mm x D 480mm

Original Bodyform

O/S
W 525mm x D 480mm

Bodyform Coccyx

O/S
W 550mm x D 500mm

Lotus

O/S
W 510mm x D 465mm

large / extra large seats

Gel-TEQ™

EXTRA LARGE
W 570mm x D 500mm

Bodyform / Bodyform VTEQ™

O/S
W 525mm x D 480mm

Deep-Wide Seat

O/S
W 560mm x D 540mm

Comfort Plus

EXTRA LARGE
W 550mm x D 500mm

Extra Long Seat

O/S
W 540mm x D 550mm

Deep Wide

O/S
W 560mm x D 540mm

heavy duty
seats

HD Dual Density

O/S
W 530mm x D 480mm

HD Dual Density Deep Wide

O/S
W 560mm x D 540mm

Contour Moulded 

O/S
W 550mm x D 500mm

Bariatric 250 Seat

O/S
W 700mm x D 520mm

Bariatric 300 Seat

O/S
W 910mm x D 520mm

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