Kneeling Chairs & Ball Chairs supporting a SafeWork environment!
Safework Australia recorded more than 360,000 work-related musculoskeletal disorder compensation claims between 2009/10 and 2013/14 – 60 per cent of all claims in that period. More than half were back and shoulder injuries.
For this and a push to workplace wellbeing, Office Corporate is endeavouring to aid in the reduction of these statistics by delivering ergonomic kneelling Chairs Australia wide – helping in the nation's fight against Sedentary Behaviour and workplace musculoskeletal disorders.
How Did the Best Kneeling Chair Come About?
Throughout the 1970s & 80’s the modern office was rapidly evolving and recognised conventional seating options were insufficient and lacking in features. Unlike seating options of today, traditional office chairs lacked ergonomic design and promoted poor posture.
But - That all changed in 1979 when Hans Christian Mengshoel invented the original kneeling chair of modern time. Mengshoel took his concept to three Norwegian designers, Oddvin Rykken, Peter Opsvik, and Professor Svein Gusrud, collectively they designed the Balans chair.
Since many design variations and options have been created at affordable prices rendering it a viable choice for many businesses and educational institutions interested in providing and driving workplace wellness.
Single & Double Knee Pad Chairs
The idea behind an ergonomic kneeling chair is to adjust the angle of your lower body to ease the weight placed on your lower back in a conventional chair. Some experts say that a 90-degree seating angle makes this happen with a little help from the knee pads to keep you from tilting too far forward while you’re working away in ergonomic comfort which helps you have more backrest.
Double-padded chairs are essentially rockers with separate pads for each knee. Such a design forces your thighs to open up, keeping everything from your hips, thighs, and legs to be positioned at the best angle and with minimal effort and back pain. The disadvantage however is the lack of variety in how you can sit in terms of thigh angles. Many people put one foot up on the knee pad from time to time to change things up.
Most kneeling chairs distribute most of your body weight to the legs, supporting your back. These also have a weight limit of up to 500 Kilograms and can be positioned from 45 to 60 CM. Even more, they usually have memory foam in the seat, knee pad, and removable backrest you can easily use them without feeling any pressure on your back and knee which are the most exposed areas when you are seating on a regular chair.
Benefits of using the Ergonomic Kneeling Chair!
Our range of ergonomic kneeling chairs provides maximum comfort and instant pain relief whilst promoting the natural and good posture of the spine. Finding a reliable and well-constructed kneeling chair is now easy with Office Corporate's many designs with different characteristics, our extensive range provides options for different upholstery types in a wide range of colours.
For clients wanting to add their own unique touch or maintain the integrity of their interior designs we also offer custom made chairs to match your existing office furniture and interiors. The kneeling chair benefits for office administrators and gamers are many - primarily, its ability to reduce lower back strain by distributing the operators’ weight between the shins and the buttocks. Research indicates they are the best office chair for lower hip & back pain.
When sitting in the kneeling position you quickly appreciate the unique angle of the seat and its ability to keep your back in its natural arching position and help you have much more backrest. The ergonomic kneeling chair benefits do not stop there. Sitting in one fosters an overall positive change in posture, shortly after sitting in the kneeling chair your natural inclination is to sit tall and hold your neck and shoulders in a good posture position - conducive to that recommended by physiotherapists, myotherapists and chiropractors throughout Australia.
As well as the reduction of musculoskeletal pain, the office kneeling chair supports positive movement helping counteract sedentary behaviour, one of Australia’s leading causes of serious WorkSafe and SafeWork personal injury claims.
Our in-house trials indicate that some ergonomic office chairs make it difficult and laborious to maintain a neutral and healthy spine position. So, if you truly want to encourage constant movement & improve your posture, we make the transition easy and affordable for you - with our free delivery service, extensive warranties, and easy returns policy. Other than office furniture we sell quality school furniture to many schools across Australia.
Get a free workplace personal trainer when sitting on a ball or kneeling chair at work
Another proven ergonomic posture chair option for your office or gaming arena! No matter how calm you feel in the solace of your go-to kneeling chair - the medical facts will quite probably paint the picture of a chair that delivers poor posture and negatively affects wellbeing. When sitting for extended periods it is human tendency to hunch over or slouch and slide down into the chair - a disaster for your posture.
Whilst you might feel comfortable using poor seating the posture it endorses can overstretch spinal ligaments and place additional strain on the discs and surrounding structures of the spine and musculoskeletal systems.
Over time incorrect sitting posture can damage spinal structures and contribute to worsening back pain. To avoid this ball chairs are a great ergonomic seating option. They are a far healthier alternative to poorly designed gaming and office kneeling chairs, no matter how comfortable one seems. Unlike conventional options sitting on a balance ball chair forces you to sit properly, engaging your core muscles and improving your posture each day.
What is the balans concept in kneeling chairs?
At the beginning of 1974 Hans Christian conducted a study that set out to answer how we could sit in more ergonomic ways. Through research, he found that a seat that was tilted slightly forward encouraged a natural posture that provided greater mobility and relieving excessive pressure on your knee and foot. The idea of shin support was introduced to keep the user from sliding off the seat while simultaneously maintaining an open hip angle.
A lot of designers got together to design products based on the novel balans concept to create the first kneeling chair. The collaboration resulted in several designs, where common views of sitting and seating were abandoned. A collection of balans initial models were displayed at some international fairs around the world, where they received attention. In the late 80s, the three designers were awarded the international prizes, the highest recognition granted to designers.
Have you ever thought of ergonomic kneeling chair importance?
There is overwhelming evidence that physical activity increases brain function and academic performance. That said - If you want to up the ante and be the self-proclaimed office athlete consider combining a sitting balance kneeling & ball chair with a sit and stand desk. This combination promotes movement & causes you to change positions frequently. The unstable nature of a ball chair forces frequent stand-up and adjustments of your sitting position and keeps you actively thinking about maintaining posture.
Using a ball chair or kneeling chair at home, work, or school forces you to engage your core muscles - developing core strength and improving core stability. Research suggests multifaceted prevention programs including core stabilization exercises appear to be effective at reducing lower extremity injury rates. Skip the gym, save yourself some crunches and get beach ready with your new ball chair and electric desk!