Capisco Chair Usage
Advice and Instructions:
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The chair you are about to use has a number of features which can help you to minimise discomfort and maximise movement through the working day.
A Capisco can take some getting used to when you first start sitting on it. Firm seats are incredibly important for helping to maintain movement and a good pelvis position... but that does mean your bottom-tissues might need toughening up a bit - allow a few weeks for this to happen.
As in any good furniture, be sure to vary your position and take regular breaks throughout the working day - in an ideal world pair a great chair with an even better desk - we recommend electric adjustable desks as they allow the greatest and easiest variety of both seating and standing heights.
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Refer to the chair adjustment instructions (kept in the storage slot under the chair seat) and or read the following:
- The chair is designed to move and to encourage you to move: do not lock it in position whilst in use except when sitting on it back to front.
- The chair helps you to reach the desk by encouraging you to pivot from your hip joints. Treat the seat like a saddle and allow your thighs to slope downwards. To get the best benefit, you should practice this movement a few times. We find initially sticking your tummy out while titling your upper body forward, maintaining an inward curve in the lower back, helps to exaggerate the movement and position - do this a few times and then allow yourself to relax.
Try to ensure that you do not keep in contact with the backrest when sitting upright or leaning forwards: the backrest is for support only when leaning backwards. Sitting unsupported is called active sitting and is both incredibly good for you in terms of muscles usage but also in terms of joint health.
- When leaning backwards, point the toes to the floor: this movement of the ankles helps to pump blood back up the legs and decreases leg lethargy.
Enjoy the chair . . . !
- Use the height adjustment lever (at the rear under the seat on the left hand side) to adjust the height of the chair. The Capisco encourages a wide range of sitting heights. Pull the lever up and either take your weight off the seat to raise it, or sit on the chair to lower it.
NB: It is very important for you to adjust the chair to the right height for YOU, not for your desk.
- Sit on the seat so that you can allow your thighs to angle downwards comfortably (the shape of the seat itself make this easy) then adjust the depth of the seat using the front lever under the left hand side of the seat. Raise the lever and slide the seat forwards or backwards until your back is in contact with the backrest.
- Next, adjust the height of the backrest to support the small of your back comfortably when you lean back against it - pull out the knob at the base of the backrest to release the catch, and slide the backrest up or down.
- Adjust the backward tilt resistance by tightening or loosening the large circular knob under the seat in the centre of the chair.
- The seat can be locked if required, by pulling the lever under the right hand side of the seat backwards. This is recommended if you wish to sit on the chair back to front.
- To adjust the height of the headrest (if fitted), simply slide it up or down. Use the knob at the base of the headrest stem to adjust the headrest forwards or backwards. Tighten the knob to move it forwards, or loosen to move it backwards.
If you are in need of any further advice please do drop us a message or give us a call during working hours.
Gas Lift Not Engaging:
This is not a fault - The gas lift not engaging is a common issue when a Capsico is first assembled as most people aren’t squeezing the lever up hard enough.
There are two stages on the gas lift lever one (movement of about 2cm) engages the spring and the next (another 1cm of movement or so, which you have to squeeze harder for), engages the button on the top of the lift. This part can be quite stiff when the chair is new and many worry that they will break the lever if they pull harder.
To give you reassurance, you are very unlikely to break anything unless you are 'The Rock', these are Norwegian manufactured chairs with steel mechanisms rather that other chairs that use plastic - so they are incredibly resilient. The lever movement will rapidly get easier after the first one or two uses.
If a gas lift was faulty we would of course replace it but it's not happened on a Capisco in years.