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Ergonomic Kneeling Chair - Do You Need It?

By Kat Brooks

With more companies and managers paying attention to ergonomics in the office nowadays, more revolutionary options have been introduced by ergonomic office chair manufacturers. In addition to common choices like executive chairs, reception chairs, and task chairs, buyers now have the option to try out and enjoy the benefits of kneeling chairs.

An ergonomic kneeling chair is designed in such a way that the user sits in an upright position that the thighs drop to an angle of between 60 to 70 degrees whereas sitting on a regular chair leaves them at a 90-degree angle. Most of the person's weight is distributed to the shins and the buttocks. The chair is fitted with ancillary knee pads for knee support. This type of seating takes away pressure from the back.

Many people are not as open to taking on a kneeling chair in place of the usual office chairs. The ergonomic kneeling chair comes with benefits that may work for some and not for others. Satisfied users claim that the chair has significantly helped relieve stress and aches in their neck, shoulder, leg, and lower back muscles. Chiropractors have been recommending kneeling chairs to some of their patients.

How does an ergonomic kneeling chair work?

An ergonomic kneeling chair practically "forces" you to sit down in the correct posture. The position keeps you alert and focused all throughout the time you are sitting down. At the end of the day, you feel less fatigued. Promoters believe that the ergonomic kneeling chair can relieve symptoms of displaced hips, lumbar pain, and enlarged prostate.

People with pre-existing knee, joint, or leg conditions might be better off using other kinds of chairs. The ergonomic kneeling chair is not capable of treatment and if anything, might even aggravate their conditions. The structure of the chair is stiff and does not allow for a wide range of movements. Arm rests and back rests are not usually present.

If you are physically fit to use an ergonomic kneeling chair, observe the proper use of the chair to gain maximum benefit. Flex and extend your legs one at a time every now and then to maintain blood circulation.

Kneeling chairs are originally designed with rocker runners, which allow the user to rock the chair using kicking off only with one leg. This feature is still available in today's models.

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