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Who Is The Kneeling Chair Good For?

If you have never tried a kneeling chair before odds are you might be feeling a little hesitant about pulling the trigger and pressing “buy”. If you’ve never sat in one how do you know if you’ll like it? How will know if it’s right for you? Do you have the right body type? Who is the kneeling chair meant for? We aren’t joking when we say “it’s for pretty much anyone who sits.” We toss in that *pretty much* because although the kneeling chair has an endless amount of benefits for almost every single body type we want to be clear that it is not meant for anyone with a history of knee pain or leg injuries. But as...

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But Why Does It Work: The Kneeling Chair Explained.

The kneeling chair was a game changer. Up until it was introduced in the 70’s the chair industry had stayed pretty much the same. It can easily be considered the most radical chair design of the 20th century...we’d go so far to say even since the invention of the throne itself...bow down. The reason it is so radical is because like any good rebel it directly challenges the habits that have been in our culture for millennia. As a type of sitting it keeps us guessing because it places you somewhere between sitting and standing, and typically there is no back to lean against. It is not a stool but it’s also not a chair. The kneeling chair was first...

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The Evolution of a Chair: A Very (VERY) Brief History.

This week we’re taking it back...waaay back. A question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately is, since not all people sit in chairs, why do we? Different cultures assume completely different postures and never adapted to the chair. So why did the West adapt the chair? What is the history behind it? It seems to me that the reason why we sit the way we do may never be answered, but that doesn’t mean historians don’t know a lot about the history of the chair in the West. One thing is certain: our chair habit was created, modified and nurtured, reformed and democratized in response to social- not genetic, anatomical or physiological forces. The purposes of designed objects changed...

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Are We Hypocrites?: An Ergonomic Investigation.

Our mission is to solve the problems caused by sitting using several ergonomic guidelines. We’ve covered all the millions of things that sitting improperly can do to your body. We’ve covered all the millions of reasons why you should improve your work set up to be more ergonomically friendly. However… It turns out that there are several ergonomic guidelines that have created their own problems. For example: most researchers recommend a very wide angle between the seat and the back of the chair (around 110 degrees). They say this because the wide angle is supposed to reduce intra-discal pressure and decrease lumbar muscle activity. BUT it is not entirely clear that reducing disc pressure or muscle activity is necessarily beneficial....

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