Charles Wood
Charles Wood, owner of Airospring Medical, pictured with the high-tech cushion.

Technical textiles maker Airospring Medical has reported that a cushion it developed to help people in wheelchairs is being snapped up by health care professionals to help them treat an increasing number of home workers complaining of back problems.

The Derbyshire firm originally produced the pressure relieving wheelchair cushion specifically for Paralympic cyclist Karen Darke MBE, who used it when she won a gold medal at Rio in 2016.

Now the cushion has been given a new lease of life after an explosion in back problems due to people working from home on kitchen stools and sofas.

Charles Wood, the eighth-generation owner of the Ilkeston-based firm, says a number of employers have also bought the highly-supportive cushions to make home workers more comfortable and ward off back problems in the future.

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Charles said: “The pandemic has meant millions of people are now working from home and will probably continue to do so for at least part of the week, well into the future.

“Our cushions have proven invaluable for so many people working from home. Long Zoom and Teams calls can be uncomfortable, and our fabric technology is the best way to avoid ‘numb bum’.

“We are also receiving a lot of enquiries from HR heads who know they need to give strong consideration to looking after their staff when they are working from home.”

Dubbed “sitting on air”, the Airospring cushion is made from at least three layers of fabric, which spread the weight between them so that the pressure is not just localised in one area.

Its 3D spacer fabric technology is designed to be breathable, washable and comfortable and it has strong eco credentials too, being made using recycled plastic drinks bottles.

Available in a range of different contrasting colours, the cushions are also used in hospital and care home settings as they can be picked to contrast against furniture to help those with dementia identify where to sit down, the range comes in a low, medium and high-risk option.

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