When is pressed by the body Technogel® moulds itself to each individual’s shape by deforming along all three axes: “up-down”, “right-left” and “frontward-backward”. Normal padding materials tend, on the other hand, to deform only in the “up-down” direction, causing a considerable accumulation of pressure in the direct contact zones. Technogel®, therefore, offers and guarantees optimum comfort over time.
Three good reasons to seat on Technogel®:
1. Higher back muscles relaxation. A comparative test, performed at Delsys Inc in Boston, MA, USA under the direction of Professor C. De Luca, Director of the NeuroMuscular Research Center of Boston University, shows that in the back muscles for all seating positions, the muscle activity is lower with the gel seat than with the foam seat. This indicates that the back muscles while seating on the gel surface are more relaxed (decrease in the EMG activity ranged from 6.0 % to 27.1 % in the low back muscles). Lower levels of muscle activity are conducive to a reduction of the muscle fatigue and a more comfortable sensation in the back.
2. Lower skin temperature. Technogel®, being a good conductor of heat, allows to maintain a lower skin temperature on the contact surface, compared to commonly used foam’s cushions (from 4°C less in the first hour to 1°C less after 7 hours of seating). A decrease in skin temperature is desirable because there is an accompanying decrease in tissue metabolism which will reduce the oxygen requirement in an area of tissue already suffering for poor circulation due to pressure. Lower temperature also reduces sweating and helps to maintain a dry cushion-skin interface.
3. Less pressure concentration. Technogel® helps to maintain a correct posture without “settling” and searching for unnatural position to alleviate the discomfort deriving from pressure concentration. Comparative laboratory tests demonstrate that Technogel cushions gives, after one hour, a pressure reduction of around 20% in average and of around 60% in peaks, with benefits to blood circulation.
4. Mechanical stability. It does not harden or age and keeps its elastic-mechanical properties over a considerable time. Laboratory tests have demonstrated that it is able to withstand more than 300.000 pressure cycles without deformation, against the 6000 of normal gels.