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Why use Kneeling Chairs?
Originally designed byHans Christian Mengshoel in the late ‘70s, kneeling chairs provide a number of benefits for desk workers who need to take pressure off their backs and promote better posture.
Typical office chairs have you sit at a 90-degree angle putting pressure on your spine. The pressure leads you to fatigue and causes you to slump. An unhealthy slumped posture in front of a desk— leads to pain and inflammation over time. With compression over time, your spine will change in an abnormal way that can lead to serious back problems.
Kneeling Chairs and Neutrality
Kneeling chairs are designed to put your pelvis in a more neutral position creating a natural curve in the low back. When the pressure is reduced your body sits in a posture that is easier on your joints. The decreasing pressure on that joints relieves pain.
Kneeling chairs work by making you sit at about a 20-degree slant allowing you sit more upright.
According to a 2008 study in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, ergonomic kneeling chairs set at 20 degrees (or more) inclination can maintain standing lumbar curvature—your posture—to a greater extent than sitting on a standard computer chair.
I encourage people with kneeling chairs to get up fairly often. Any position held for too long can be a detriment to your posture. Take 10 minute posture breaks every hour and move postions every 15-20 minutes. Consistent movement is one of the ways lessen the impact of poor posture at your desk.
TOP 5 Kneeling Chairs on the market:
There are so many options out on the market. I recommend, when buying a kneeling chair, to watch out for these 6 features:
- Adjustable Height
- Easy to assemble
- Cushion thickness
- Quality cushion
- Well-built wheels
Walmart GOplus $49.49
- Height adjustment range 19.7″-28.7″
- Thickness of cushion 2.8″
- Small adjustments can be made
- Typical office chair wheels
- Nice basic design
Very affordable for those who want test out kneeling chairs. Can be found on Walmart’s online store: Click here.
OfficeDepot Boss $79.99
- Height adjustment range 20″ to 25″
- Cushion size 16 1/2″W x 13″D
- Nice tubular design
- Typical office chair wheels
Affordable and durable. Find it at OfficeDepot. Click here.
Walmart Officestar $107.74
- Good design options
- Adjustable. Comfortable Memory foam
- Typical office chair wheels
On Amazon: Click here.
- Height adjustment range 21.7 to 28.5″
- Thickness of cushion 2″ memory with 2″ regular foam
- Well Built
- Easily Adjustable
- Roller blade Caster wheels
Unique heavy duty castor chair wheels. On Amazon: Click here.
- Original knee chair design
- Time tested and reputable chair
- Back support option
- 13 Color selections
- Not adjustable
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