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Why Kneeling Chair Why can kneeling chair correct sitting posture?

1. What is a Kneeling Chair and how does it work ? 

2. How do I sit in a kneeling chair?

3. How do I choose a Kneeling Chair ?

4. More Questions?

What is a Kneeling Chair and how does it work?                  

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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How do I sit in a kneeling chair? 

  • When sitting in a kneeling chair,  put knees on the knee pad(s) while keep upbody straight up. Do not put feet on the knee pad(s). 

  • Use your upper thigh muscle and core abdominal muscles to sit straight and relieve pressure off major pressure points. 

  • Move thighs under the desk by pushing knee pad(s) forward if you need to reach the computer instead of leaning forward. ( see the above image for reference). Keep upbody straight. Lean back onto the backrest (if the kneeling chair comes with a backrest) to support straight position.

  • You can also sometimes sit in a kneeling chair with feet on the floor instead of kneeling on the knee pad(s).  

  • Some people prefer sitting in a kneeling chair all day long, especially the ones with backrest support. For others, kneeling chair is to aid conventional chair to give back a much needed rest and shouldn't be utilized for entire day at the office.

  • Please remember: No matter how comfortable you are, prolonged sitting in a static way is not good for your spine generally and is a well-known cause of neck and back problems. Regularly stand up, stretch your arms and walk for around for at least 2 minutes every 30-45 minutes

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How do I choose a kneeling chair?

Before purchase a kneeling chair, ask yourself following questions:

  1. What type of pads support are you looking for?
    We have upgraded all the kneeling chair pads to memory foam pads. Memory foam pad are more supportive and longer lasting.

  2. Does the kneeling chair require castors? Do you need to move around often?
    There are two kinds of wheels for kneeling chair. One is with castors that can turn any direction easily of your body weight, another is with rollers that can move forwards and backwards. If you are working in a position that requires less movements, then you should opt a kneeling chair that does not swivel at your every movement. 

  3. Do you need a knee chair with backrest or not?
    The backless kneeling chair suits people who prefer not lean back. For long hour sitting, the ones with backrests are recommended.

  4. Different designed kneeling chairs suit different people. There must be one model suits you for sure. If you happen to choose the wrong one, do not worry, we have 7 days no question asked return policy

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More Questions?

If you have any particular questions, please contact our professional consultant for more help, or get on live chat and get answer. 

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