Dear RDH eVillage:
I was wondering if any hygienists have tried the new Evolution chair?
If so, how do they like it?
In response to your question, here are the reviews I received from Posture Perfect Solutions Ltd. &mash; www.evolutionchair.com.
Kristine A. Hodsdon, RDH, BS
Director, RDH eVillage
"Within a few years of graduating, I realized that the physical demands of dentistry were exceptionally taxing on my body. I started to develop pain and stiffness in my neck, shoulders, and lower back. When I saw the Evolution chair, I realized that it would force me to use my core strength as it demanded an upright posture and would prevent me from slouching. The Evolution chair absorbs the compression of my strained and contorted spine and relieves the stress on my back. I have been using the Evolution chair in my clinic for almost three years now, and I find that it is one of the most comfortable dental chairs I have ever used. I cannot work without it, and my back feels great. Thanks for extending my career."
Dr. Chris Bryant, Dentist,
Sooke, British Columbia
"Ever since we started to use Evolution chairs, all of us in the clinic noticed a big improvement in posture and back strength. At the end of the day, we are less tired and more energetic. Our clinical staff cannot imagine reverting back to regular chairs. Our front-desk staff use Evolution chairs as well, and likewise would not swap back to regular chairs."
Dr. Tom Moonen, Orthodontist
North Vancouver, British Columbia
"I am so pleased with the Evolution chair! Immediately upon using it, I have felt more alert and energized throughout the day, and surprisingly have been able to integrate it immediately into my work life eight to ten hours a day with virtually no fatigue or muscle tension. I have done some introductory core strength training, and am really excited about introducing the exercises on the evolutionchair.com Web site into my daily routine. I was looking for an exercise solution that I could use at work that wouldn't require me to go to a gym or get changed. And as a martial artist and professional dancer, I am looking forward to enhanced performance outside the office too!"
"Sometimes I feel like a living, breathing ad for the Evolution chair.
I have been using my chair for a year now at work, and it's seems like I'm always telling someone how much I like it. I sit in front of a computer at work and have had a history of body aches and pains due to my bad posture. Believe me, it's much harder to slouch in the Evolution chair, and that's a good thing. My posture has improved dramatically, and I rarely complain of a sore back anymore. I miss my chair when I am off work so I have just bought one for home too."
Dental Office Manager
"We bought our first Evolution chair in February 2005. I was suffering from pain in my right hip and saw the receptionist at my physiologist's office using one. It was an instant hit with all the members of our family who find it the most comfortable chair for computer work. We have since purchased a second chair, and both are in constant use as both my wife and I have home offices."
Mark Pezarro, Principal
Earthvoice Strategies Inc.
"I had a hip replacement in February 2005. My rehabilitation included much core strength development. I bought the Evolution chair after seeing an ad for it in the paper, hoping that it would continue to help me focus on my core strength while at work in my office. I love the chair, find it very comfortable, and find that it forces me to be aware of my posture. The wheels are a convenience that allows me to swivel from my computer to a worktable. I have now bought a second chair for my home, and my whole family uses it at the computer."
Peter Humphries, Principal
Boundary Elementary School
"I am an assistant for a chiropractor. He is always bothering me about my posture. I got an Evolution chair this last summer, and I wouldn't give it up for the world. My back used to ache all day and I slouched something awful (my whole family does). Now, not only do I sit up straight when I'm on the Evolution chair, but my posture is perfect all the time and everyone comments on it too! Also, I broke my tailbone last September and the Evolution chair was the only chair that was comfortable for me. I can't wait to order another one for my computer at home!"
"I started my MBA degree this year and injured my back as a result of having to sit for more than 12 hours per day in the classroom and to study! It's kind of embarrassing and surprising to me to have a "sitting injury," but I am a runner and going from being very active to a somewhat sedentary existence "did me in." After injuring my back this September, I went to see a chiropractor for the first time, and she recommended the ball chair to me. Her office staff sits on them, and I bought one from her immediately. I haul this ball chair with me to class and I do all my homework on it as well. However, at work, I still had to use a traditional office chair and my back, although much better, could not tolerate it. I was bringing my ball chair from home into work as much as possible, but it was getting to be a pain hauling my chair back and forth to the office and to school. Switching to a ball chair, and your Evolution chair in particular, is the best thing I have ever done. I still sit for hours on end with work and school, but as long as I sit on the Evolution chair, I am just fine. I have returned to running (after nine weeks off due to the original injury), and I would recommend this product to anyone and everyone!"
"Dentistry is an occupation that is known to be very hard on the lower back. When I saw the Evolution chair, I realized that it would force me to use my inner core strength and abs as opposed to my lower back when using it as a dental chair. I have been using the Evolution chair in my office for a little over a year now, and I find that it is one of the most comfortable dental chairs I have ever used. I cannot work without it. I even take it with me from operatory to operatory to work on patients. It's a great conversation piece as well!"
Dr. Bruno Paliani