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Inspired by the Movement of an Exercise Ball

November 20, 2017

Inspired by the Movement of an Exercise Ball

When it comes to true product design, there is no better way than observing the intuition of human beings. Many product designs are predicated on style and aesthetics and tend to diminish the true wants and needs of the intended user. In the realm of the office world the traditional ergonomic office chair is no exception.

Following a millennium of addressing the act of sitting, traditional chairs have a tendency to re-enact the original objective, provide a basic platform for one to rest. These days traditional chairs, and more specifically traditional office chairs compete for distinction from each other by way of introducing style and aesthetics.
 
Even before the headlines began to shout out the perils of sitting and the now popular phrases “sitting disease” and “sitting is the new smoking”, people were concerned about their health and the back pain arising from prolonged static sitting. Back then, these concerned individuals were taking an exercise ball to the office to introduce movement into their daily office routines, in attempt to reverse the negative effects.
 
Recognizing the limitations of a ball as an office chair, we assessed the situation and set out to design a chair that incorporated a similar movement opportunity.
 
One key missing feature of a ball as a chair is the lack of postural support. The defense of this obvious shortcoming is that the user is required to engage their core to maintain this optimal sitting posture and in turn, is suggested to be good for them by strengthening their core. While this may be true in short duration in the gym or therapy department, as intended, it is a significant challenge to assume this over-engaged position for any length of time.
Eventually these stabilizing muscles fatigue and the user collapses into a slouched position that compromises their spine alignment and much more.
 
Thus, the CoreChair design built on this short coming by introducing an optimized postural support interface that focused on embracing the pelvis. This support prevents slumping and promotes a balanced ascending spine. In turn, significantly reducing the incidence of back pain, as can be seen commonly throughout CoreChair reviews.
 
The patented mechanism of the CoreChair incorporates a pivot immediately beneath the user’s centre of balance in an attempt to allow mobilization of the joints of the hips, pelvis and spine. This active sitting mechanism introduces the movement desired to counter the effects of sedentary symptoms. The adjustable resistance also pivots well within the classic office chair base to make it safe from tipping.
 
Inspired by peoples’ intuitive need to move; CoreChair does it safely, comfortably and effectively.





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About CoreChair

Introduction to the CoreChair

Patrick's Story

With a degree in Kinesiology, the study of human body movement, Patrick has committed his personal life to an active and healthy lifestyle and pursued solutions to optimize this among others. 

                                                            Patrick Harrison on a Conference Call   Patrick Harrison Snowboarding 
Patrick's initial success was the development of a company that focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of specialized seating solutions for non ambulatory persons dependent on wheelchairs for mobility. Special Health Systems Ltd., was considered a leader in this field in North America as well as other global centers prior to the sale of this company in 1995 to US based Invacare Corporation. 
After the sale of this company, Patrick pursued many other entrepreneurial ventures that ranged from agricultural to philanthropic opportunities, but was drawn back to his passion to create solutions that would address physical challenges experienced by everyday people.
Patrick Harrison SHS
With the emerging awareness on the perils of sedentary lifestyle coupled with the musculoskeletal damage incurred by desk jockeys, Harrison was inspired by the number of persons who intuitively sought activity in their day at the office by taking an exercise ball to replace their traditional office chair.
Thus he began what became a 7 plus year project to create what is best described as a disruptive innovation by developing an active sitting chair that is now commercially known as CoreChair. 
                                                 Patrick Harrison Paddleboarding   Patrick Harrison IronMan  Patrick Harrison Surfing
Aware that human nature and the resistance to change is the biggest challenge that we all face, Patrick collaborated with Centers of Excellence such as the University of Waterloo, Mayo Clinic, Cornell University and others, to validate the efficacy of this design. 
In parallel, Patrick sought practical input from clinicians, health experts and everyday people to gain feedback on the design evolution to ensure a comfortable and effective solution. 
The result is a very high quality seating solution that challenges traditional doctrine of healthy workplace environments, with attention to detail on every day needs and value to those who use it. 

Our Core Design

The vision of CoreChair is to offer the world’s healthiest, ergonomic and therapeutic office chair. Paying little mind to convention or tradition, we chose to focus on you, the sitter. Our tech innovation focuses on optimal posture through core stabilization and movement that mobilizes key joints most affected by sitting. We made our seat highly sculpted to relieve pressure points, prevent sliding and deliver comfort. It works in conjunction with the low back, stabilizing the pelvis to optimize your sitting posture, reduce back pain and prevent slumping at your desk. Many of us are actively seeking therapeutic remedies to help reduce our back pain. Prolonged static sitting in traditional chairs (even high end ergonomic chairs) can result in uncomfortable back strain and lack of movement. Invest in your health with an innovative seating solution designed to harmonize your personal movement with your chair.

 

 

 

Our Strategic Partners

ACE Corporate Member: CoreChair Strategic Partner CAOT Corporate Partner - CoreChair Strategic Partner DMZ - CoreChair Strategic Partner GoodLife Fitness, GoodLife Rewards - CoreChair Strategic Partner HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association) - CoreChair Strategic Partner    Adelaide Health Clinic             The Ultimate Health Podcast

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