Wellback Kneeler- improve posture and reduce lower-back pain
Originally developed by Karo in 1986, the WELLBACK Kneeling Chair design was based on sound ergonomic principles.
Kneeling Chair Benefits
Now with SUPERIOR moulded foam pads for greater comfort!
- Reduced lower back pain
- Improved posture
- Improved digestion and breathing
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved concentration
- Increased Core Strength
By opening the pelvis and lowering the knees in relation to the hips to create a 110 degree trunk-thigh angle, the disc pressure in the lumbar region of the spine is reduced by up to 35% when compared to sitting in the traditional 90 degree trunk-thigh angle position. This means the weight and compressive force of the upper body is distributed through the seat and the legs and reduces muscular strain normally required to maintain the body in an upright position. Further, by reducing the pressure in the lumbar discs, the blood flow to these discs is improved which promotes healthier intervertebral discs
"The Wellback Posture Chair has been terrific following my disc operation in Dec 2011 - it's the only comfortable way I can sit. By purchasing two more, I can put one in various places round the house!" Michael - Canberra, ACT
WELLBACK Kneeling chair creates an open hip angle of 110 degrees
Despite the name, the knees do not bear all the weight when sitting in a kneeling chair. The primary function of the knee-pad is to prevent the user from sliding off the forward sloping seat. In the case of the Wellback chairs, only approximately 20% of the body weight is supported by the shins (not the knees), to provide a second point of contact with the body's weight distributed between the spine, thighs and shins. As a result the WELLBACKkneeling chair provides comfortable seating, whilst maintaining correct posture and alignment.
Pregnant women often find the WELLBACK chair to be extremely comfortable as the open pelvic position significantly reduces the pressure on the womb, particularly in later stages of pregnancy.
Poor posture is often caused by working environments that do not support proper spinal alignment, or do not fit the individual's needs. This in turn leads to back pain which further discourages good posture and makes the idea of sitting comfortably unbearable for many people. The forward sloping seat of the WELLBACK chair allows the angle between the trunk and thighs to be increased to ensure proper spinal alignment with minimal pressure on the lumbar intervertebral discs. This greatly reduces back pain associated with sitting, and as such, correct posture may be maintained.
Opening the pelvis not only enables correct spinal alignment and posture when sitting, it also improves breathing, circulation and digestion. By re-positioning the shoulders and pulling the chest up and out, proper diaphragm breathing is encouraged and less pressure is put on the heart resulting in better blood circulation. Furthermore, digestion is improved as the internal organs of the abdomen experience less compressive pressure when the pelvis is in this open position.
It is generally acknowledged that a poor seated posture may lead to fatigue, loss of productivity, headaches, aggravation of existing injuries and back problems. By improving posture, spinal alignment and maintaining comfort, kneeling chairs encourage concentration and performance throughout the working day.
Continued use of kneeling chairs increases muscle strength in the abdominals and back. The use of these muscles is engaged when sitting in a kneeling chair as there is no backrest, as evidenced in third world countries where many people, who do not use chairs, have retained the ability to sit upright without back support. These internal muscles of the pelvis and torso can be effectively toned by sitting autonomously on a WELLBACK chair.
- Although easing into and out of the chair may be slightly more challenging for people with mobility problems, this issue is considerably reduced by the WELLBACK chair with its low cross bar connecting the seat and knee-pad.
- Initially, back muscles may become tired as they adjust to the new posture and absence of a backrest. As such, we recommend gradually building up the time spent in the kneeling chair starting with 20-30 minutes.
- The Wellback is not designed for users with a mass in excess of 110kg.
- Kneeling chairs are not recommended for people with a history of poor circulation in the legs, or knee problems.
The Wellback - now supplied with SUPERIOR moulded seat foam for even greater comfort and durability!
Features and Benefits:
- Sturdy steel frame with Ø50mm nylon castors for greater manoeuvrability
- Fully adjustable pads, each with 5 height settings
- Durable upholstery fabric
- Automotive-grade moulded CFC-free PU foam, for greater comfort and longer life
- Simple assembly
- Lightweight construction (under 8kg)
- Ships within 3 days!