A Kneeling Chair is Easy To Be Comfortable in - Here's How

Posted on February 5. 2016

Health & Lifestyle


A Kneeling Chair is Easy To Be Comfortable in - Here's How

If you’re uncomfortable while using a kneeling chair then you are not using it correctly. Some kneeling chair users find it difficult and even uncomfortable to sit in a kneeling position and it is important to understand why this might be and how to resolve it. 

 The name “kneeling chair” can be misleading as it leads you to believe that your knees are replacing the function of your bottom and taking the bulk of your weight. This isn't the case. Your bottom should still be carrying the bulk of your weight, and the knee pad is there to act as a support for your shins. 

 You should begin therefore, by sitting, bottom first, on your kneeling seat first and then moving into the kneeling position afterwards. Even after you have placed your shins on the kneepads, the bulk of your weight should be on your bottom. Returning to Peter Opsvik's concept of variation and movement, it's important to vary your seating position frequently during the day.

You can read about the history of the kneeling chair here 

A kneeling chair will likely feel strange to begin with so allow a week or two to get used to it.

A new kneeling chair user has most probably been using a traditional office chair for many years before making the switch to a kneeling chair. It is therefore only natural that this change in sitting posture will feel awkward at first. You need to bear in mind that sitting in an office seat and sitting in an ergonomic kneeling chair are two entirely different experiences. As a result your body will need time to adapt to its new open posture seating position.

Muscles and bones that have gotten used to a particular seating position will need to become accustomed to this new environment and it is perfectly normal to feel stiff or awkward at first in your new kneeling chair. 

When you have been sitting poorly for some time your body needs to build up the core muscles in your lower back and it may be a good idea to try some regular exercises to rebuild their strength.

The next point to bear in mind is that there is more than one way to sit in an ergonomic kneeling seat. When Peter Opsvik designed the original Balans ergonomic kneeling chair over 30 years ago, movement and variation were very much what he had in mind. He recognised that sitting in the same static position for long periods of time is bad for your body's posture and this hasn't changed. 

Don’t throw out your old office chair immediately

Retain your old office chair to begin with until you are ready to change over to your new ergonomic kneeling chair full time. In fact, if it suits you keep your old chair long term if you find it works better for you to continue switching between the two types of chair.

You can read more about the Variable balans here

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