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Regular saddles do not have adequate surface area to distribute load evenly which can cause serious short/long term injuries.
A key benefit includes Increased blood flow in vital areas and decreased pressure on the Perineum. Perineal damage can result in bladder control problems, and male sexual problems such as impotence.
By using a MANTA saddle, a recent study and tests have shown a dramatic increase in blood flow to important areas as well as decreases in stress and pressure to these crucial areas of the anatomy of males and female cyclists.
Subjects reported vastly improved comfort, posture and thus performance without the renowned ‘numb bum’ often experienced when riding long distances.
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What is the function of the Pudendal nerve?
The Pudendal nerve is the main nerve of the Perineum.
It carries sensation from the external genitalia of both sexes and the skin around the anus and perineum, as
well the motor supply to various pelvic muscles, including the external urethral sphincter and the external anal
What is Pudendal nerve entrapment?
Pudendal nerve entrapment is another form of Pudendal neuralgia. This condition causes phantom pain in the
lower regions of the pelvis, penis and scrotum, vulva, anus and perineum. Individuals diagnosed with Pudendal
nerve entrapment have described pain when sitting down.
What is Pudendal neuralgia?
Pudendal neuralgia is a rare problem with the pudendal nerve that can affect both men and women.
The Pudendal nerve runs through your pelvic region, including your genitals, urethra, anus and perineum.
Your perineum is the area between your anus and your genitals.
What is Pudendal block?
The Pudendal block gets its name because a local anesthetic such as, Lidocaine or Chloroprocaine is injected
into the pudendal canal where the pudendal nerve is located. This allows quick pain relief to the perineum,
vulva and vagina.
MANTA - Research
Independent Bicycle Saddle Analysis
In 2010 the Institute of Motion Analysis and Research (IMAR), Dundee University, researched a range of saddle designs to test their performance, including the MANTA saddle.
IMAR analysed blood-flow to provide a reading of the blood flow levels a rider will experience in the groin area while riding, this requires specialist equipment*.
Due to providing an anatomically natural seating area, providing an increase in blood-flow in use, and “near-perfect” pressure distribution, the Manta saddle provided the best performance of the test subjects. Unlike broad, ‘comfort’ saddles, there is no restriction to movement, or trapping of the pudendal nerve (at the join between leg and glutes).
[The pudendal nerve is the main nerve of the perineum.:274 It carries sensation from the external genitalia of both sexes and the skin around the anus and perineum, as well the motor supply to various pelvic muscles, including the male or female external urethral sphincter and the external anal sphincter. If damaged, most commonly by childbirth, lesions may cause sensory loss or faecal incontinence. The nerve may also be temporarily blocked as part of an anaesthetic procedure]. Wikipedia
The IMAR Research was completed by Nicholas Cotton, supervised by Prof Rami Abboud, to be published under the title “Cycling & impotency: the way forward “…
Professor Rami Abboud, Director of the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research and Head of Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, University of Dundee. He and his team conducted a project to evaluate pressure distribution, blood flow in the groin and comfort, using the Manta MS9 Saddle, and samples of traditional bicycle saddles, already known to cause significant problems due to compression generated by the cyclist’s weight, which may in turn lead, in severe cases, to infertility and impotency.
"The Manta saddle showed significantly lower mean pressure, and lower mean force, as well as significantly greater mean contact area in all regions compared with the traditional saddles. Most importantly it showed significantly higher blood perfusion than the traditional saddle in all regions, including post-cycling."
The initial findings were presented to the International ESM 2012 conference in Denmark, in a paper entitled “Cycling & impotency: the way forward" Professor Abboud and his team are now in the process of finalising the manuscript for peer-review publication. IMAR Dundee
(*unlike conventional saddle designs, there is nothing to mount the censor on. i.e. nothing at all pressing on, or against the pudendal area. IMAR brought in specialist equipment to test the blood-flow)
[the MANTA prototype versus a conventional padded seat in a Tekscan demo]
Manta saddle pressure comparison-
Dr Laurence Berman’s assessment of a pre-production prototype:
“With regard to the Manta bicycle saddle design…
…blood flow and other vessel pressure effects do not need to be measured as this design does not make contact with the areas I would be involved in testing. Furthermore, this means that it is not possible to test in the same way as classic saddle designs, as ultrasound analysis techniques require physical contact in these areas.
It is obvious from inspecting this design that as there is no contact in the areas that are proven to be problematical with conventional designs; I would suggest that the blood flow analysis for a cyclist using this saddle would probably approximate to that of a person exercising other than on a bicycle; i.e. a general increase in blood flow as opposed to the pudendal artery specific restriction found in riders using conventional saddles.
This means that – with this particular design – long-term damage caused by lack of blood flow – and hence oxygen to the tissues – otherwise supplied by the pudendal arteries is unlikely to happen nor will the relatively more abrupt potential damage from compression/crushing of the arteries be expected.
Dr Laurence Berman
Department of Radiology, University of Cambridge,
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK
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