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Thanks to the Covid lockdowns Buzzfeed journalist Farrah Penn found herself working from home and experiencing discomfort from her average office chair. She went searching for answers and came across kneeling ergonomic chairs as a potential solution to her posture issues. She reached out to me for my advice, and here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

I Used A Kneeling Ergonomic Chair For 30 Days - Here's What You Need To Know

I work a desk job and was experiencing neck and shoulder pain, so I tried switching up my chair to see if it would help.

Hi! I'm Farrah, and like a good portion of all office culture employees, I am still working from home during the pandemic. My current "office" chair cost me a total of $30, but I've been having an increase of shoulder and neck pain, which I attribute to hunching while working at my computer. Basically, I'm desperate to try something new, which led me down the rabbit hole of ergonomic chairs.

When I came across the Sleekform kneeling ergonomic chair, I was like, "THIS WORKS?!?" The people using this chair in photos looked comfortable. I also noticed they weren't hunched! So I decided to learn a little more from the Sleekform team and try it for myself.

I reached out to Dr. Heather Jeffcoat, DPT and owner of Fusion Wellness & Femina Physical Therapy, who told me,

Research does support improved pelvic tilt at a 120-degree angle with the knee at a 90-degree angle (a normal degree of lordosis is also referred to as our 'neutral spine'). When your lower back is in neutral to slightly anteriorly tilted, your transverse abdominus and pelvic floor muscles are able to engage more optimally than when it is in a flexed (rounded) position."

When I asked Dr. Jeffcoat if a kneeling ergonomic chair provides an ideal way to sit, she explained,

Certainly, people with knee injuries would need to use this with caution as the force appears transmitted to the knees. This could be beneficial for folks with hip impingement, as they will often have pain going from sit to stand, but those are typically at angles around 90 degrees of hip flexion. One study suggested a 135-degree incline specific to folks with limited hip flexion range of motion as being a recommended hip angle. Having less flexion takes it out of an impinged position and could potentially reduce hip pain in folks as well. If back or neck stiffness or pain is the primary concern, then what this does posturally for the spine is a good option to consider. However, I don’t see it as an ideal chair for everyone."

If you want to know more about whether a kneeling ergonomic chair is the solution to your posture problems, continue to the full article here.

For more articles we have written about how to correct your posture, click here.

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Femina PT (née Fusion Wellness & Physical Therapy) has honestly changed my life. Before receiving treatment at Femina, I was going doctor to doctor to try and find the answer to my pelvic pain. It has taken me YEARS to find someone that can help fix this. It wasn't until my gynecologist recommended your clinic that I finally felt relief. My pelvic pain is almost gone, and granted I still have a lot more to work on with Laureen (my PT), my original problem is nearly cured. I am so grateful to her.

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Heather's unique physical therapy program literally changed my life! After years of struggling with vaginismus, a condition that made it impossible for me to have intercourse and very difficult to use tampons without pain, a gynecologist referred me to Heather. I was nervous for my first appointment, but Heather's professional and friendly demeanor put me at ease. She did a great job explaining each technique she was using to help my muscles relax. Heather uses a combination of internal and external stretches and exercises to relax the pelvic floor and build muscle strength. Her specially developed home program helped me quickly recover from an issue that seemed insurmountable before meeting Heather. She was optimistic about my progress and incredibly encouraging. Less than 6 months after my first session, I was able to have pain-free sex for the first time in my life! If you are suffering from vaginismus or any other pelvic floor issues, I highly recommend making an appointment with Heather and reading her book!

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