The chronic back problems that plague many people can be relieved at least in part by choosing different chairs -- even those designed for lounging. A simple change in sitting or reclining posture can ease joint stress and relieve back pain.
Ergonomics is the science of adapting work environments to best address people's safety, comfort and efficiency. NASA astronaut posture studies in 2003 concluded that neutral body postures in weightless environments favored a range-of-motion preference and not one single posture. None of the test subjects chose a typical chair posture based on 90-degree angles for knee and back placement.
Based on NASA test results, ergonomic chairs such as the ErgoLounger offer several range-of-motion positions, and supports for the head, neck and back. This lounge chair provides gentle, passive vertebrae stretching to relieve pressure on nerves and backs. It accommodates face-up or face-down positions. Although it is generally used as an outside lounge chair, it is also recommended for back patients and post-surgery comfort. ErgoLounger.com notes that the lounge chairs are recommended by doctors and chiropractors.
The Perfect Chair is one of the models in the Zero-Gravity line of chairs. It is a leather lounge chair that is designed for inside the home. Its multiple adjustments place the body in a position similar to NASA’s weightless studies. The Human Touch massage chair is another model in the Zero-Gravity line. It massages the neck, back and legs while delivering heat to the lumbar region. The calf massager rolls in waves away from the feet toward the heart to increase circulation.
Eco Backrest Lounge Chair
The Eco Backrest lounge chair is adjustable to six range-of-motion positions, and includes armrests and pillows for the neck and lower back. It is a spine-neutral lounge chair that mimics the effects of weightlessness. With an optional desk, called the TiltSeat, the Eco transforms to a work station that can be used on the floor, bed or couch. It is designed to accommodate personal preference or comfort for working or resting while on your back or on your stomach.
- Photo Credit Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images
Furniture for Back Pain
Back pain can make your life miserable. People experiencing severe back pain may find it hard to get comfortable in the regular...
Chairs to Ease Back Pain
When thinking about the arduous tasks of everyday life, it's hard to believe that a large source of back strain and pain...
How to Replace a Sling Back on a Chaise Lounge
A folding chaise lounge with a sling back is a classic piece of outdoor furniture. The loose fabric is as comfortable as...
How to Buy Ergonomic Living Room Furniture
Ergonomic furniture is all the rage in offices today. After paying out thousands of Workers Compensation suits that resulted from poorly made...
How to Arrange an L-Sectional Chaise
With an L-sectional chaise, you already have the "L" shape that other people try to create with a combination of sofas, love...
Armchairs for Bad Backs
Back pain, whatever the cause, can be a severe impediment to work and relaxation. While exercise and other strategies are part of...
Recommended Beds by Chiropractors
Where you sleep can be as important as how long, especially for people with joint and back pain. An injury, whether work-...
- The Best Chairs for Bad Backs
- The Best Ergonomic Computer Chairs
Beach Chairs That Do Not Hurt Backs
There’s nothing more relaxing than lounging by the seashore. But for beachgoers with bad backs, it can be unpleasant and unhealthy. Understanding...
Exercises for Ab Lounge 2
Although it has been discontinued, you may have an Ab Lounge 2 hidden away in your basement. Before turning it into a...
Do it Yourself Upholster a Lounge Chair
Your favorite lounge chair: perhaps it was brand-new, purchased secondhand or passed down to you as an heirloom. In its prime, it...