Recliners to Ease Back Pain

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Back pain is one of the leading reasons for visits to the doctor, and while there are many causes and treatments, some doctors think recliners can help as a part of home care for the elderly or people with disabilities or medical problems.

Below is information gleaned from Dr. Dave David, who has appeared on national TV and radio to advise on various medical topics. Passionate about helping people everywhere, he also led volunteer medical teams to such devastated areas as Sri Lanka after the 2005 tsunami and then to Haiti after the horrendous earthquake in 2010. 

What Are the Reasons for Back Pain?

A large chunk of the population suffers from back pain, with millions of dollars spent on it every year. Dr. David says that simply walking on two legs puts stress on the spine. Then there are sports injuries, carrying extra weight on your body, sitting for prolonged periods for work, and of course stress. Pregnancy can also cause back pain.

All these factors put stress on the back muscles around the spine, which can tighten, leading to an aching back.

How Can Recliners Help?

Recliners can help with back pain for the simple reason that you take the weight off of your back. By reclining or lying down, you rest your spine. A reclining position is better than sitting up straight because when you sit up straight, you are still contracting your muscles.

Elevating your legs and reclining and supporting your back helps. This can help in many other medical conditions, for instance, varicose veins. The blood flow goes back to your heart, and that is also good for inflammation.

Having a recliner with the capacity for multiple reclining angles helps more than anything else. About 68% of doctors recommend recliners for muscle strain as well as pregnancy-related back pain.

Are Massage Recliners Better?

Massage recliners can help, but it depends on the nature of your back pain. Massage recliners can help with muscle tightness or spasms. Heat, in particular, can help. But if you have back injuries, then you are better off using a simple reclining position that supports your back. However, consult your doctor regarding your specific issues with back pain.

Can Recliners Be Used for Sleeping?

A semi-reclined position can help with medical conditions where a person experiences difficulty breathing. For instance, a semi-reclined position decreases the severity of sleep apnea. It also helps with snoring as well as with circulatory problems, and many people do find them more comfortable than beds.

Are Recliners Useful for People Recovering from Surgery?

Do recliners help after surgery? While he thinks, in general, they would be good after open heart surgery or hip replacement surgery; it is better to ask your surgeon's advice. Any treatment depends on the nature of a patient's surgery.

Are Reclining Sofas Better Than Reclining Chairs?

It is a matter of personal choice, as long as it supports your back. Choosing softer or firmer recliners is also a matter of personal choice, just as some like leather and some prefer fabric. As long as it supports your back and you are comfortable, you can choose either one depending on what you find more to your liking.

Lift chairs can help, too. Various types of recliners have different advantages; it all depends on the disability and whatever works best for your particular situation.