Say your prayers
Kneeling chairs have been around since 1979 and have been quite popular. There are hundreds of varieties. Kneeling chairs, however beneficial, are not for everyone. This is definitely a case of try it out BEFORE you even consider buying one. These work best when you’re going to be sitting for long periods. Therefore you really need to decide if you want to spend a lot of time in one. If your work requires that you get up from your station frequently, this is probably not the chair for you.
Hi Ho Silver Away!
Saddle chairs you have probably seen them at your mechanic’s or hairdresser’s, and there are models specifically designed for women and men. They’re great if you’re moving around a large area a lot and using a number of different work surfaces. They also allow you to get up quickly. They’re great for electronics labs and tuck away under work benches with ease. However, they can be impractical or uncomfortable if you’re sitting for long periods of time.
You’re on the ball
Schools often use them BUT there are a lot of caveats. Firstly, there’s the safety issue. Though there are actual ball chairs available, a simple ball can be a hazard in the workplace if it rolls around. This is not an option for an open area. Secondly, if you have back problems of any kind this is definitely NOT an option for you. Thirdly, these balls are also not designed to be sat on for extended periods of time at all. If, like me you are constantly getting up and down and moving about, you might want to think about it but this is the least recommended of the lot.
Wave of the Future
WOW! There are some truly wild alternatives out there! From fully reclined chairs to something totally Sci-Fi and everything in-between, you can find a thousand ways of sitting or standing or kneeling or bouncing your way around your office.
MSICS (Mens Sana in Corpore Sano) Reminder
You wouldn’t put your data in a system you hadn’t researched. Don’t put your body in anything you haven’t checked out. As I said in Part 2: Check with your doctor if necessary. Check with your Department Manager to see if what you want is viable / allowable in your office. Check out the various options that are available.
Two recommended sites are:
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) United States