It seems nowadays that its becoming popular in office furniture to have stand up desks, as opposed to a few years ago when kneeling chairs were popular. So what is the difference? Why did they get so popular all of a sudden? Well, many research studies suggest a job where you work eight hours or more at a desk means you have the potential to develop injuries. Sitting for long periods is not good for you and you should be taking regular breaks to get moving. Yet, it’s not always possible to walk away from the task at hand. That’s why many people are turning to using standing desks and kneeling chairs. But what are the considerations you should take into account first? Read on to find out.
Kneeling chairs are designed to make the lower back arch through shifting the pelvis positioning. This decreases pressure on the facet joints, which are the joints in your spine that make your back flexible. This means you lessen the risk of lower back pain. It relieves lower back pain from those who suffer from it already. The kneeling chair helps maintain the natural curve in the lower back. You sit more upright in a kneeling chair because it makes you sit at about a 20-degree angle, compared to a regular office chair. Something to consider, however, is that without proper cushioning, people end up with their knees feeling pretty sore. So if you do opt for the kneeling chair you still need to get up regularly and move around. Consistent movement throughout the day helps lessen the impact of poor posture when sitting at your desk. If you have knee problems or suffer from mobility issues then the kneeling desk may not be a good decision for you. Kneeling chairs can be tricky to get in and out of.
Standing regularly has been shown to help burn calories and generally improve metabolism. Obviously this is combined with walking around the office too, but standing is a good start. The most clear benefit standing desks have is improving your overall posture. Many users claim it makes them more aware of their posture, which helps them maintain it. Many standing desk users also use a kneeling chair or perching stool for when they need to rest their legs. Ensuring you have good posture is critical to good spinal health. Many people don’t know that once a disc in your back herniates or degenerates, it is permanently damaged. Whether you want to be more active throughout the day or improve your overall posture, either of these two options could be right for you. It ultimately depends on your body and what makes you comfortable. If you experience lower back pain already you may want to go for the kneeling chair. Find out more information with our back pain guide here.