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.
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.
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.
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