Dr Thyne has had back problems, with sciatic pain, which eventually resulted in restrictions to his lifestyle: “Going on holidays, by the time I had packed the car I could not pick up and hold my children”. Dr Thyne knew that he had to consider his situation as serious, so he undertook a program of exercise and physiotherapy which, along with his engagement in his sport of rowing, have become part of his regime for managing his symptoms.
Another part of the scheme is the Bambach Saddle Seat. He had been told about the Bambach Saddle Seat by a fellow surgeon who had seen it while attending a conference in Cairns, Australia and had subsequently bought one for his surgery. Dr Thyne decided to try the Bambach Saddle Seat himself.
Dr Thyne experienced a marked improvement in symptoms as a result of a regime of exercise, lifestyle changes and a heightened consciousness of good biomechanics of which the Bambach Saddle Seat is a part. “The Saddle Seat is good for my posture when operating and for my general postural awareness. As it is not an ordinary seat, it reminds you to be aware of your posture”. Before using the Bambach Saddle Seat, Dr Thyne did all of his surgery standing; Now he remains seated 30% of the time.