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Kazemi1 Z, Mazloumi A, Hamzeyan M, Tarzi Moghadam S. Ergonomic Assessment of a Seat Back Support (Spine Fit). johe. 2014; 1 (1) :26-35
URL: http://johe.umsha.ac.ir/article-1-24-en.html

M.Sc Student of Ergonomics, Department of Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran . , z-kazemi@razi.tums.ac.ir
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Background & Objectives : In case of inappropriateness of the dimensions of chairs or when users feel pain and pressure in their lumbar region due to poor posture, damage to the spine can be prevented using some additional supports. The aim of this study was ergonomic evaluation of one of these supportive products named “Spine Fit”.

Methods : In this descriptive and cross-sectional study, in the first stage, five ergonomists evaluated the product regarding its dimension, adjustability, material, conformity, and manufacturer claims. Then, three groups of workers including office workers, office workers with low back pain, and bus drivers filled out a self-administered questionnaire after using Spine Fit . 

Results : For the first stage, an acceptable adjustability and dimension was found. Conformity for different kinds of office and bus seats was mostly fair. Findings from the second stage revealed that the subjects in three groups were satisfied regarding seats comfort and ease of use. Concerning the conformity of Spine Fit, it was in good level among office workers, while different levels of conformity were observed by drivers of different models of bus .

Conclusion : Spine Fit supports back region based on its supportive role in pelvis, lumbar vertebrae column and thoracic spine. Moreover, Spine Fit features that reduce sweating can improve individuals’ convenience.

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