5 Best Kneeling Chairs to Alleviate Pain at Your Desk

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Looking for an alternative solution to your back and neck pain while sitting at your desk? If you’ve tried ergonomic chairs, yoga balls, standing desks but non seem to provide a permanent solution, consider a kneeling chair.

What is a Kneeling Chair?

A standard office chair sits you at a 90-degree angle, which puts direct pressure on your spine and often results in slumping. A kneeling chair creates a pelvic shift (at a 20-degree slant) that forces your lower back to arch, thereby maintaining the natural curve of your back and a proper upright posture.

This reduces pain by eliminating pressure on your spinal discs, back, and shoulders. A kneeling chair will help you build a stronger back and core muscles over time.

Benefits of Using a Kneeling Chair

An ergonomic kneeling chair opens the pelvis (due to the forward tilt of the chair) which corrects spinal alignment and posture. “Sitting” in this position also helps improve digestion and breathing because your organs aren’t compressed when your pelvis is in this position.

Regular use of a kneeling chair will help strengthen your core and back muscles. Some kneeling chairs have a rocker bases allow you to move a bit as well, thus utilizing even more muscles in your core and back.

Some kneeling chairs can be adjusted to your preferred height and angle of slope. This provides more comfort and helps alleviate pressure or pain in your shins.

Blood circulates more efficiently, moving oxygen to your brain and the rest of your body. This keeps your energy up and your mind engaged.

Practicing good posture while seated can improve your posture while standing as well. When you sit on a kneeling chair, you train your back and core muscles to support your skeleton properly.

Along with physical health benefits, studies have shown that people with good posture are more confident and have positive attitudes.

Top 5 Ergonomic Kneeling Chairs

Kneeling chairs, while designed with the same goal in mind, are not all alike. Different padding thickness, construction materials, and adjustment options make each chair unique.

Fortunately, most are under $200 – not a bad investment to drastically improve the quality of your day to day life! Below are five excellent options for your first kneeling chair:

Flash Furniture Kneeling Posture Office Chair

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  • Contemporary Style
  • Gray Fabric Upholstery
  • Padded Seat and Knee Rest

While many of today’s modern kneeling chairs are constructed of metal, this chair has a sturdy and fashionable oak frame. The tradeoff with this style is the weight limit. Metal-framed chairs typically have a higher weight limit than wooden ones.

This chair allows for up to 200 pounds, whereas most of the metal chairs reviewed below can sit up to 250 pounds.

PROS

  • 2-inch, fire-retardant foam pads on seat and knee rests
  • Breathable fabric upholstry
  • Adjustable height from 19 inches to 25 inches

CONS

  • Caster wheels do not lock

Sleekform Atlanta Posture Correcting Knee Stool

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Sleekform Kneeling Chair Height Adjustable…
  • [REDUCE PAIN] The Atlanta positions you with an open hip angle that encourages an upright posture….
  • [ADJUSTABLE] This adjustability of the seat angle will allow you to find the perfect position that…
  • [VERSATILE] The Atlanta is perfect for meditation, computer work or gaming, a sewing or crafting…

Sleekform’s original kneeling chair model is the Atlanta series, which offers twice the cushion padding of most comparable chairs.

The Atlanta’s cushions contain 50% recycled foam and 50% memory foam. This feature allows them to stand up to constant pressure without compressing over time.

PROS

  • Easy to assemble
  • Adjustable height from 12 to 28 inches
  • Supports up to 250 lbs.
  • Wheels designed to roll on carpet, hardwood, concrete or tile without causing damage

CONS

  • Angle of seat is not adjustable

Sleekform Alpharetta Kneeling Chair

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  • [REDUCE PAIN] The Alpharetta positions you with an open hip angle that encourages an upright sitting…
  • [DURABLE] The thick cushions allow you to sit comfortably without your shins sinking through the…
  • [ADJUSTABLE] This adjustability of the seat angle will allow you to find the perfect ergo position…

The Alpharetta is an improved version of Sleekform’s Atlanta kneeling chair. This series is recommended for those who have never used a kneeling chair. It allows you to try out different heights as well as seat angles to determine what is most comfortable.

You can adjust the seat to a sharper angle as you become more familiar with the chair.

PROS

  • Adjustable from 21 to 28 inches in height
  • Supports up to 250 lbs.
  • Adjsutable seat angle
  • Memory foam cushions

CONS

  • Wheels do not lock

DRAGONN Adjustable Kneeling Stool

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  • MAXIMUM COMFORT We’ve got your back (and your knees, shins, and your behind!) Your ergonomic…
  • BETTER POSTURE WITH TILTED SEAT There is no reason to hunch over your keyboard or desk for hours on…
  • HEAVY DUTY The Edge Ergonomic kneeling stool is designed with a strong metal base so its constructed…

This modern design features a three-inch mesh cushion that provides cooling comfort and proper padding for your shins. It also folds down so it can be stored under your desk when you’d rather sit in a traditional office chair.

With repeated use, you’ll find this kneeling chair to be quite comfortable.

PROS

  • Height can be adjusted from 21 inches to 28 inches
  • Constructed of sturdy metal
  • Supports up to 250 lbs.
  • Front locking wheels

CONS

  • Sits at recommended 90 degrees but is not adjustable to other angles

Sleekform Balans Wooden Stool

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  • [REDUCE PAIN] The Austin positions you with an open hip angle that effortlessly encourages an…
  • [DURABILITY] The Austin features thick seat and knee cushions, 3 wood cross bars instead of one; and…
  • [CAPACITY] It has a weight capacity of 120 kgs (almost 265 pounds).

Last but not least is the Sleekform Austin kneeling chair. This design features four-inch thick fabric cushions for added comfort. It can be used as a desk, meditation, gaming, or crafting chair depending on the height of the coordinating table or desk.

This is the most expensive of the five kneeling chairs discussed in this review, but it still comes in under $200.

PROS

  • Cloth fabric is durable and soft
  • Rocks back and forth to encourage use of additional core muscles
  • Supports up to 265 lbs.

CONS

  • Not adjustable

Your Back Will Thank You!

Multiple studies have been conducted concerning the effects of kneeling chairs. These studies show that strengthening core muscles is more effective in reducing lower back pain than resistance training alone. Even training specifically designed to combat back pain can’t stand up to the positive effects of a kneeling chair over time.

 

“The goal of these chairs is to get the core muscles engaged to stabilize and control the spine in an appropriate posture to decrease stress, decrease inflammation, and thus decrease pain,” says Jay Greenstein, DC, of Sport & Spine Rehab.

If your goal is to feel better and stand taller, try an ergonomic kneeling chair. Your back will thank you for it!