Consumer Review: Office Star Ergonomically Designed Knee Chair


Submitted by John M. – Bellingham, WA:
I’m a new, first-time owner of an ergonomic kneeling chair, having been given the “Office Star Ergonomically Designed Espresso Finished Knee Chair” last Christmas as a gift.  I am more than satisfied with this chair.  Let’s just say that I’m completely hooked and will probably never go back to using a traditional chair.  I work as a computer engineer, so as you can imagine, long hours are spent at the desk where posture and ergonomics can become a huge factor.  On top of this, I suffer from lower back pain due to bulging disks in my lumbar spine.  I found it hard to maintain “proper” ergonomic posture in a traditional chair for an extended period of time, whether it might be due to fatigue or simply forgetting to sit properly.
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The Ergonomic Kneeling Chair Buyer’s Guide

buyers guideEliminate back pain and make your work environment once again enjoyable. Over the years, we have tested and reviewed hundreds of ergonomic kneeling chairs for their effectiveness in improving posture and helping to reverse pain caused by poor ergonomics. If you suffer from back pain due to long hours at the desk, this ergonomic solution is an affordable solution that brings immediate relief.

Below, you’ll find inside information, written by the experts on office furniture and ergonomics.  Don’t miss out on these great bargains (free shipping included).  We’ve tracked down the most affordable prices for each of these products and provided the links to purchase them.

The Best Kneeling Chairs

Advancements in ergonomics and office furnishings have introduced a multitude of great ergonomic products and the newly popular yoga-ball.  We put together a list of the top five ergonomic seats available on the market today.  Each of the products were ranked on a 5-point scale on the following criteria:

  • Price
  • Ergonomic rating
  • Comfort
  • Adjustability
  • Durability
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Consumer Review: Flash Furniture, Office Kneeling Chair

Submitted by: Mark – St.Louis:

I recently purchased the Flash Furniture Chair off of Amazon.  My doctor had recommended this product and at first I was skeptical. I have chronic back pain and didn’t believe that anything besides surgery or pain killers could possibly fix me. It turned out that this was the best health decision I made all year.  Being in a desk-bound job I’m required to sit at least four hours a day. I can’t deny the fact that I have to change positions at any time and can easily slip into an improper one. My doctor told me that I’m developing a lordotic curve in my spine and as well as suffering from repetitive strain injuries. I found out that my sitting position has to be corrected and I have to use a seat developed to my kind of work.

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Transitioning from a 90 Degree Chair to an Ergonomic Kneeling Chair

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In today’s world, the average American spends the majority of their day sitting in a chair, longer in fact, than they spend standing or lying down, and very rarely do they spend it in an ergonomic kneeling chair.  As most of you are probably realizing right now, spending extended periods of time sitting in a 90-degree chair can cause discomfort or pain.  As a result, many people are turning to ergonomic kneeling chairs as an alternative for the sake of their health, to change the posture they have developed over a lifetime.  Making the switch from an old school chair to an ergonomic chair can be an easy transition if the proper steps are followed.

Making the Transition

Take Your Time

Transitioning your posture can be uncomfortable at first, and the best way to get past this discomfort is to start slow.  To understand what I am talking about, take this test: stand with your feet hip width apart and your toes facing straight forward.  You may notice that your quad muscles start to hurt and your hips feel awkward.  This is normal, as most people stand with their toes pointed in more of an outward position, which is ergonomically incorrect.  Just like correcting the way you stand, correcting the way you sit will take some time.

To begin the process, keep your traditional 90 degree chair and swap it out with your new ergonomic kneeling chair at least once a day.  Once your body starts to relax again, as is common when it returns to a regular position (even one that is ergonomically incorrect), switch back to the ergonomic kneeling chair.  Continue this practice until your body no longer feels the need to transition.

Keep Moving

Ergonomic kneeling chairs promote something that 90 degree chairs do not…mobility.   The whole point of healthy ergonomics is movement, and the ability to change up those movements.  As you are transitioning to your new chair, play around with different ways to move your body and stretch varying joint areas.

A few movements to try are to take one leg off the shin rest and place it on the ground, or alternatively, raise one foot to rest on top of the shin rest to stretch your hips.  If you have a chair with a wheeled base, move around like you would as a child.  These types of movements allow your body to stay loose and promote the production of synovial fluid, which is a great influencer of joint health.

Stretch

As your spine straightens, which is the purpose of the ergonomic chair design, you might feel tightness in your abdominal and lower lumbar muscles.  A good way to alleviate this is to stretch regularly throughout the day.  To stretch your abdominal muscles, place your hands at the base of your lower back, arch your spine, and look up at the ceiling.  In order to stretch your lower lumbar, hinge forward at the hips and let the upper body hang towards the ground.

Before very long, your muscles and body will adapt and tone and you will be able to spend all day in your ergonomic kneeling chair with no pain at all.

For information on where to purchase an ergonomic kneeling chair, check out our Online Store.

 

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Beginner’s Guide to Computer Health and Safety

keyboard imageAs our culture becomes more and more sedentary, work environments have begun to embrace the  idea that the health of employees and overall productivity are directly related to the amount of time spent sitting in front of a desk each day, most often without the aid of ergonomic kneeling chairs or other posture improving devices.  This constant state of poor posture and little movement have an increasing number of companies and employees moving toward ergonomic kneeling chairs to enhance their health and safety.  This topic, that of how to keep employees healthy and happy, has developed into a science, and it is now common knowledge that with proper body posture, many work related injuries can be  avoided, employees are happier sitting at their work stations for longer periods of time, and overall productivity has risen.  Within this article, we will discuss the basic steps to ensure proper ergonomic posture at the work desk area.

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Portability and Ergonomic Kneeling Chairs

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Ergonomic furniture pieces have become the new way for those who are strapped to a desk all day to maintain good posture, decrease back pain, and get back to a healthy way of living.  My current work position is largely sedentary.  I am “chained” to a desk for extended periods of time, with few breaks or opportunities to move around.  For years I suffered from constant back pain, and had actually gotten to the point of seeing a pain management specialist and contemplating spinal surgery when I finally invested in an ergonomic kneeling chair.  Within a month of switching to a this new seating arrangement, my posture had improved and my pain had subsided.  I now have updated my chair to a folding model so I can easily transport it from my home office to my work office.  This product has made all the difference for me, and it could work for you as well.

 

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Reducing Shin Discomfort from Ergonomic Kneeling Chairs

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One of the most common complaints regarding ergonomic kneeling chairs is shin discomfort or pain, a situation that is caused by a portion of your body weight being supported by the shins, due to the sloped design of the seat.  Throughout most of our lives, most of us have trained our bodies to sit in traditional 90 degree chairs.  Once this pattern is broken, our body naturally feels uncomfortable as it adjusts to the new roles that each limb or muscle now have to take on.  Fortunately, there is a quick and easy fix for this issue…adjust the slope of the seat.

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Ergonomic Kneeling Chair Material Guide

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Ergonomic kneeling chairs are a wonderful investment for those of you who spend a great deal of time in front of your computer like I do.  If you are thinking about purchasing one of the many models available, it is important to think about the range of materials that they are built with.  The guide below will weigh out some of the pros and cons of the various materials, and hopefully help you choose the  new posture enhancing chair that is right for you.

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A Guide to the Rolling Ergonomic Kneeling Chair

old wheelThe rolling ergonomic kneeling chair has a wheeled base for its foundation. The wheeled base’s purpose is to prevent users from being stagnant in a single position for a extended period of time time, which is one of the primary rules of ergonomics. Long hours in front of the computer at work, while playing video games, surfing the internet, or just updating oneself with Facebook are just a few instances when one spends a long time sitting still. This practice can eventually lead to muscle atrophy, a condition that is exacerbated when the muscles becomes tightened over a period of time. Muscle atrophy eventually leads to pain and discomfort as well as other more serious musculoskeletal health conditions. Through the use of the ergonomic kneeling chair, which has built in wheels on its base that enable rolling motion, ergonomic health can be easily practiced in the workplace and at home.

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Choosing the Cushioning of Your Ergonomic Kneeling Chair

kneeling chair 270One of the many things to be considered before buying an ergonomic kneeling chair, or any chair for that matter, is the quality and comfort provided by the chair’s cushioning. Spending a lot of time while working in the office, gaming or just visiting Facebook can cause discomfort especially when improper cushioning is used. Unlike the traditional 90 degree chairs, ergonomic kneeling chairs are designed with special padding that helps provide enhanced comfort to the spine and legs. This guide will help in choosing the right kind of chair based on padding, which is one of the most important factors in chair selection. Continue reading

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