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This document was on my web site about 18 years ago. The “History of Seating in the Western World” begins with Ancient Egypt and ends with ergonomics professionals.

The Original Buttpillow®

“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, Ms. Gurr died before finalizing her research.”

Anka with buttpillows - upside downFollowing are quotes from the above-mentioned research paper:

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.”  

Ancient History of Seating

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

Modern History of Western Seating

“This paper presents an overview of the ancient history of seating and the modern history of Western seating with…

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Author: Melanie Loomos

I was a court reporter for 10 years and spent most of my time in very uncomfortable chairs. As a result, I spent years researching seating and submitted two patent applications: "The Carpal Tunnel Chair,” and "The Pillow with Cantilever Supports," which was granted and became The Buttpillow®. Subsequently, The Buttpillow® was improved upon as it was determined different embodiments were needed for proper ergonomic positioning depending on the individual sitter. The Patented "Ergonomic Seating Cushion,” was was granted by the USPTO; and was later amended to include an embodiment specifically to help women maintain the natural curve of their lumbar spine during the second and third trimester of pregnancy. An extreme lumbar curve that restricts blood flow to the fetus is the only external risk factor for low birth weight babies. Subsequently, in 2003, I invented Ergosoft™ break reminder software based on OSHAs Ergonomic Standard so people can identify and minimize ergonomic risk factors for the development of sitting-related pain, eye strain, DVT and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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