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Started by Алексей, September 30, 2014, 03:54:30 pm
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#1  September 30, 2014, 03:54:30 pm
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Hello,

I was just wondering if any users here have ever used a kneeling chair for extended use at the computer. I've been unable to sit in a regular chair/seat/couch for longer than really 10-30 minutes due to a strange condition I have. In any case, I was thinking of investing in one of these, but am constantly reading that they're not good for more than an hour. That they become extremely uncomfortable due to the weight being on your knees and shins. I'm not particularly heavy, so I don't know how much of an impact (so to speak) it might have on me. Any thoughts on the matter?

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#2  September 30, 2014, 06:27:22 pm
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#3  September 30, 2014, 06:56:29 pm
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_ball

We have some of them in our office as they were approved by our workplace health and safety department. Can't say the same from the kneeling chairs.
Oh yeah, I've seen and used those before. Never for sitting though. I'll try it out. I think they're cheaper too. Doctors have recommended kneeling chairs to me before and said that it's the optimal solution. Other than just being strange, I can see that it does promote a healthy posture, but here's the thing. The issue I have is that after sitting upright for too long (10-30 minutes), my left leg locks up and is extremely painful to "unlock." After I get up and can walk again, it's fine for a while, but this prevents me from really sitting. Now, it's been diagnosed that the issue is really with my back and not my leg. That's why I have reservations about the kneeling chair. The pain I feel is in my leg and that thing looks like it was designed to lock up your legs lol. Do you personally use one (an Exercise Ball) at work XGargoyle?

By the way, I meant to say "I'm not particularly heavy." Missed an important word lol.

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#4  September 30, 2014, 08:30:56 pm
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I have a piriformis syndrome, so I know the pain one could get from just sitting a brief time on a chair. What I use at home is a U-shaped gel cushion to avoid the buttocks from supporting all my body weight. At work, I have a special ergonomic chair that does wonders :)

The occasional use of the exercise ball allows for some free body weight distribution, something it's difficult to do on a normal chair. While sitting on the ball, I could lean forward my body and place the weight towards the knees, or I could push my ass backwards so it's popping out of the ball (don't know how to explain it better). In other words, I could reposition my body with the ball easier than with a chair. Besides, some chairs have a hard surface on the seat, which is really painful. The ball instead, is soft and accommodates to your body shape.

I wouldn't recommend sitting all day on the exercise ball, as it puts stress on your lower back spine. If your core back muscles and abs are not strong enough, the use of the exercise ball will cause more damage than not using one.

In any case, I would suggest visiting a physiotherapist rather than a common physician or MD. Usually the MD will diagnose it as lower back pains or sciatica and give you painkillers. The physiotherapist will find the root of the problem and provide you with guidance and exercises to cure your problem or at least minimize its effects.
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#5  September 30, 2014, 09:08:12 pm
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I'll have to get something soon. My chair has been my bed, lol. It's a lot more uncomfortable than it sounds. I go to Physical Therapy as well and have been diagnosed with piriformis syndrome, but I don't know if it really is that. Even the PT has changed his mind on what it is. We have on idea. The pain is not in my butt while sitting, but like the hamstring of my left leg. It tightens up when sitting.

I can understand that. I've heard many say that it's really good for your core. However, I tried to do some planks (the exercise where you prop yourself on your forearms in a push-up position and hold it) and did so for about 1 minute for 2 days. After that, I realized that I hurt my back even more. The pain in my leg was even worse for a good week. Now, it's back to status quo, but it won't heal up. I'd like to be able to sit at a desk though. Hell, this is even keeping me out of work and having me work from home. I think planks are a lot more stressful to the back than a ball would be though. At least you don't have to fight gravity with the ball. It might be the thing that I'm looking for. I'm still curious about the kneeling chair though. I'd buy one to try it out if it wasn't so expensive. I've seen them up to $300!

Yep, PT has certainly helped. I was going a lot more in the beginning, but $75 a week was getting to be bit too much, so I cut it down to once per week. It's not that bad, but I have a feeling this is something I'm going to have to live with. People keep telling me to "have faith" instead of looking at it for what it is: a nuisance at best. Either way, it's not the end of the world, lol.

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