Benefits and disadvantages of kneeling chairs

Written by jenny landis-steward
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You may spend close to 90,000 hours in an office chair during your working career, so you want it to be comfortable. One of the options developed in the last half century is the kneeling chair. If you are going to spend significant amounts of time in one, what makes that a good or a bad idea?

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No Levers to Adjust

You can get right into the kneeling chair without having to fiddle with the knobs and levers that are so difficult to reach and make work on the regular office chair.

Good Posture

Kneeling chairs help open your pelvis and spine and can help you keep your neck, shoulders and back in proper alignment.

Less Pain for Some

Kneeling chairs can lessen back and neck pain for some people.

Easier Forward Reach

Sitting in a kneeling chair makes it easier for you to reach forward.

Relief of Under-Thigh Pressure

Using a kneeling chair can takes the weight off the underside of your thighs and can relieve the pain you feel under your thighs while sitting in a conventional office chair.

Time Necessary to Get Used to It

If you are using a kneeling chair for the first time, expect that it will take you a few weeks to get used to it.

Navigation Difficulties

Your feet are up off the ground and you will need to disengage your feet from the chair before you can move about your work area.

Possible Reduced Circulation Below Your Knees

Your legs stay in just one position while in the kneeling chair and that may affect the circulation to your lower legs.

Other Considerations

Kneeling chairs are good for forward-facing work, such as drafting, sewing and art, especially when they are used only for short periods of time. Some people, especially those who are tall, may find kneeling chairs do not accommodate the length of their legs.

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