I thought I should take a break from gaming chairs to address some of the issues that arise from sitting in a chair for most of the day:
- Back pain and discomfort
- Poor posture
- Numbness in your legs and feet
- Tension in your neck and shoulders
- Other benefits include improved blood circulation, energy, and focus.
If you're struggling from symptoms like these during the day, and need to do a lot of sitting (other than for periodic gaming), you might find relief with an ergonomic kneeling chair.
How & Why It Works
The problem with a standard chair is that they put our thighs and back in an “L” shape (a 90º angle), which takes our lower back and lumbar spine) out of its natural curve. This strains our lower back muscles slightly to maintain an upright position. This unnatural position encourages us to hunch and constrict our muscles and body in a way that can take a serious toll on our bodies over time.
Kneeling chairs work by opening up that angle between our legs and back, allowing the back muscles and lumbar spine to take its more naturally supportive state and shape.
How to Select the Best Kneeling Chair
Here's what you should know about kneeling chairs to select the best kneeling chair for you.
Human Bodies Must Move
Human bodies are not designed for sitting around all day. You at least need to get up and move around every few hours.
But even while we're sitting, we need to move. The best ergonomic kneeling chairs are designed to accommodate some moving around.
Sit On Your Butt, Not Your Knees
When you sit in a kneeling posture chair, most of your weight should be carried on your butt. Your knees should be more for balance. If most of your weight is on your knees, as if you were kneeling on the ground, the extra pressure on your knees can lead to discomfort.
So, it's important to be able to angle the seat or adjust your body so that it feels more like sitting than kneeling.
Speaking of weight on your knees, if you DO find yourself putting most of your weight on your knees, be aware of cheap padding. Your weight pressing on the same place in the knee rest consistently over time can flatten it out to nothing after several months. See if you can get a chair with emory foam in the seat and knee pads. It will last much longer and be much more comfortable.
You might notice that the average kneeling chair is missing back supports. These are not necessary for proper posture. Your muscles should be able to support you with little effort when you sit with proper posture.
Still, kneeling chair back supports can serve as a nice rest for people with weaker supporting muscles sitting in the chair for extended periods. It can also be a subtle reminder to people who slouch a lot to “pull that back in, and straighten up!”
Kneeling Chairs Reviews
Shopping online for kneeling chairs provides a great advantage: reviews.
Read online reviews carefully. Reviewers can often reveal important subtleties about how each chair might affect your body type. A customer with your height and weight can steer your toward a better chair, or away from one that might be better for a larger or smaller person.
Finding a Good Ergonomic Kneeling Chair
I hope this article was helpful in laying out the various things you should consider before buying an ergonomic kneeling chair.
For more information and recommendations, perform specific searches online, such as this article on ergonomic kneeling chairs for back pain.
If you have any questions or comments, or even suggestions for chairs, please add them below. I look forward to hearing from you.