The first time I heard the name kneeling chair I thought it was some kind of freak furniture. I didn’t know what a kneeling chair looks like before. The only information I had then about this small office furniture is from an employee of a company which includes the chair in their retail line. The guy often suggests I should try one of those because I indulge long hours sitting in front of the computer.
The original kneeling chair was the Balans chair. It was developed in 1979 by Norwegian Peter Opsvik, along with three other designers, on the initiation of Hans Christian Mengshoel. Their intention was to create furniture that would give support and comfort to the natural and balanced sitting positions.
There may be some people who will look awkward the first time they try to use the chair. Others may even feel stiffness. It is only natural, especially if they have been only accustomed sitting on a conventional office chair.
I would suggest, that on the first day of using your kneeling chair to sit on it for 30 minutes only and then adding increments of another 30 minutes every day, for about a week. Keep your original office chair so that you can alternate between the chairs until you get used to your new sitting experience. This procedure should be able to adjust your body to comfortably sit on your kneeling chair for longer hours.
When sitting on a kneeling chair your body is positioned in such a way that it forces the hips more forward, meaning you will have an open angled hip. This kind of position significantly reduces the pressure on your lumbar, thereby preventing back pain.
Kneeling chairs are mostly recommended for people whose work or activity requires long hours of sitting. There are several ergonomic and health benefits one can derive from this office furniture. It increases productivity while at the same time relieving you from possible back pain.
Other Health Benefits
Aside from being a solution to back pain kneeling chairs also helps in the correction and improvement of posture while at the same time keeping your spine healthy.
Kneeling chairs give you the true sense of balance and composure by easing the pressure on your spinal column and diaphragm, and improves your alertness and ability to breathe freely.
I would have to say though that kneeling chairs are not the perfect ergonomic office chairs. they also have disadvantages. First off, the sitting position limits movement and obstructs circulation in your legs.
In kneeling chairs your knees bears the more weigh of your body which can be a cause of concern to some. But there are new models today where the shins rather than the knees are resting on the forward support pad.
Another disadvantage is that it will be inconvenient to get in and out of the chair because of the tight spacing between the angled seat and the support pad.