How to Best Utilize the Kneeling Posture Chair
For most people, the kneeling sitting position involves the adoption of new movements. Muscles that have not been very active are put to use; and one therefore, may feel a bit stiff in the beginning of kneeling chair use. Some people need an adaptation period (1 to 2 weeks), not only for the muscles, but also regarding use of the chair itself. The whole concept of the inclined seat and knee cushion renders sitting and rising different from traditional chairs.
No one should remain in the same posture for great lengths of time, no matter what design of chair is being used.
We need variation. Kneeling chairs allow many different variations in posture. You can sit with both legs supported on the knee cushion, or with only one leg supported and the other stretched out, or if stable both legs out and stradling the knee rest in a perched position. When using the knee pad, you can regulate the pressure on the shins by moving up or down on the seat, etc
Note: When sitting on a kneeling chair you are still sitting. The knee cushion is there only to provide support for the shins - this is the Balans design & intention. One of the more common mistakes is to place too much pressure on the knee cushion -- sit on your bottom not on your knees! Always sit first then place one or both knees on the cushion.
Most of your body weight should still be supported by the seating surface, even though shifting your weight over to the legs and knee cushion now and then for a change gives welcome relief. When sitting on the knee chair with legs straddling the knee rest (perch position), body weight will be born by the three contact points (two feet and sit bones).
It is important that the kneeling chair be tried out under the same conditions as it will be used (i.e. working at a desk). You do not get the right impression of the chair by trying it out in the middle of the showroom floor. Move the chair up to a suitable table and try it!
Pictured above are two ways you can sit on any kneeling chair. Both positions will maximize your comfort and alertness.
Disclaimer: This information is supplied for educational purposes only. No medical claims for treatment of any physical or mental problems are made in this listing, nor with a sale of the above listed product.
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