Some people are very confused about what is a ‘kneeling chair’. Kneeling chair is a beneficial solution to ergonomic seating. These chairs tilt your thighs and hips at about a 130 to 170 degrees of angle, which allows you to take pressure off your spine and allocate weight in your shins and feet.
Kneeling chairs allows your spine to sit in the natural “S” shaped position , which conventional seating somewhat constricts. When sitting in a convertional chair, the angle of your thights and hip will be 90 degrees or less. Instead of leaning forward like you would on a standard chair, a kneeling chair force you to use your upper thigh muscles and core abdominal muscles to take pressure off your knees and lower lumbar, reducing compression. It is not easy to have stamina to hold yourself in the natural healthy posture in a traditional chair, but the kneeling chair can help sit straight up and release pressure on your neck and low back.
The main misinterpretation about kneeling chairs is that it is bad for your knees. This is not the case! Kneeling chairs place you in much different position than when you are in kneeling position. The primary support still remains on the sitters's seat. while some weight is distributed to the shins ( and feet when putting feet down on the floor to support) for additional support. This is to minimize the creation of pressure points, which cause pain. The core is choosing the right kneeling chair for you. Different models designed to different group of people.
More than 70% of office workers have back pain to some degree in their life time. Nowaday office work requires a lot of forward posture of reaching a computer, which means our back has to lean forward and bend more with a traditional chair. If you are seated at a desk for prolonged periods of time, and not practicing proper sitting behaviours, the chances for injuries and problems enhances even quicker. Kneeling chair (also refered to knee chair, kneel chair or posture chair) is the one to help combat this increasing problem.
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