Malmstolen's ergonomic cornerstones

The workplace is changing, and our habits are changing with it. What doesn’t change is the human anatomy and the body's need for support, relief, relaxation and movement while sitting. The science behind our chairs is therefore based on extensive international research in load ergonomics – all to make you feel as good when you get home from work as when you got there in the morning.

Humans are complex beings, consisting of many different systems, all of which are interdependent. When you sit, it is mainly the spine, nervous system and back and trunk muscles that work together to counteract gravity, which constantly puts downward pressure on the body. If you relax your neck, your head tends to fall forward, and if you lean in any direction, you will immediately feel how gravity exposes certain parts of your body to extra strain. If an area is exposed to static pressure for extended periods, the muscles become stiff. Even longer exposure increases the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Seat ergonomics is therefore a matter of finding the perfect balance between movement, relaxation, support and relief. It's simple physics, and something we need to take into account.

Balanced sitting

When developing our chairs, we always use the latest research in load ergonomics as our point of departure. Based on scientifically proven facts and tests, a reclined sitting position by far the gentlest on the body. The chair puts your body in balance so that the head can rest balanced on the shoulders – preferably against an adjustable headrest. The backrest maintains the natural S-curvature of the back, and pressure is distributed over the largest possible surface, which significantly improves blood circulation. The chair's swing also follows the body, which gives the user dynamic and varied movement.

  • Support

    Without support, the body collapses, even if we try to sit upright. An individually adjusted backrest keeps the upper body naturally upright, minimizing muscle effort and distributing the load evenly over the vertebra. To get the best conditions, it is also recommended to rest the head against an adjustable headrest.

  • Relief

    When we sit, the pressure is mainly the upper body, but if the back is assisted in maintaining its S-curvature, this pressure is significantly reduced. Optimal relief is achieved by combining a backrest that naturally follows the body and a specially developed seat that distributes the weight over as large an area as possible.

  • Relaxation

    Our chairs prevent you from having to tense your muscles to stay upright. When the muscles are relaxed and the weight is distributed over a larger area, the blood circulation improves, which leads to a better utilization of nutrients and oxygen in the body. This makes you more alert and able to focus longer

  • Movement

    Our bodies will move where our chairs follow the body naturally when, for example, we reach for the phone, move closer to the desk or lean back. When support, relief and relaxation are combined with movement, the blood circulation is stimulated further

Why choose a Malmstol?

  • 1/

    All our chairs promote blood supply to muscles, brain, heart, lungs and the digestive system. You get a relaxed position that keeps you alert and focused, even when sitting over extended periods.

  • 2/

    The reclined sitting position is indisputably the gentlest on the body. An individually configured backrest with a complementary headrest gives both the spine and vertebra the optimal conditions to avoid injuries.

  • 3/

    Balancing the body against the law of gravity reduces strain on the neck, back and torso muscles. This prevents overexertion in affected muscle groups and reduces the risk of strain injuries.

  • 4/

    We have models to suit all types of offices, from the Individual series’ advanced and personally calibrated chairs to the Active series’ self-adapting seating solutions for the activity-based office.

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