Kneeling Chair Review
A kneeling chair is a type of chair for sitting in a position with the thighs dropped to an angle of about 60° to 70° from vertical (as opposed to 90° when sitting in a normal chair), with some of the body's weight supported by the shins. The kneeling chair is meant to reduce lower back strain by dividing the burden of one's weight between the knees and the buttocks.
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Pro Can reduce lower back and neck pain
Kneeling chairs reduce low back or neck pain for some people.
Pro Good for forward-leaning tasks
Kneeling chairs make forward-reaching tasks easier.
Pro Varying leg positions can help restlessness when you need to keep sitting
You can use the chair with your shins on the shin pad, as intended, or use the shin pad as a foot rest for one or both feet. Being able to switch it up can be very helpful if you get restless sitting still very easily, but don't have the option to get up and move around.
Pro Encourages upright posture
Kneeling chairs position you with an open hip angle. This eases your hips forward to encourage an upright posture, aligning your back, shoulders and neck.
Con Kneeling chairs can be tricky to get in and out of
They're not as intuitive as normal chairs.
Con Research on health benefits is mixed
While some studies have shown these style chairs to be good for maintaining posture, other studies have suggested they may be no better and possibly worse than a well-designed traditional chair. Prolonged usage of the shin pad with both knees (sitting as intended) may lead to decreased circulation to the lower legs.