Recliner for back pain FAQ

Written by Jessica Nickson

Nothing beats a comfortable, plush, inviting recliner, especially one that just calls you to slip into its ample folds of soft, warm and comforting fabric. Whether you prefer leather or velvet, washable cloth materials or synthetics, the best chair for back pain sufferers is always going to be made to be the most comfortable recliner for your body.

To understand what the best recliner for back pain is, you need to understand what a recliner chair has to provide, and at the end of this review, I answer some frequently asked questions that will help you better understand what you need to look for.

This review of the best recliner for sleeping was created from actual testing, as well as compounding over a thousand online recliner reviews for 2018.

I have categorized each unit for easy identification:

  • Basic Recliner: inexpensive or lower price range, basic features.
  • Brand Recliner with Lumbar Support: fully featured with pain relief design.
  • Massage Recliner: fully automated massage units.


Is a recliner good for your back?

Recliners can be good for your back if they come with a lumbar support feature. A lumbar support feature is when there is a cushion that supports your lumbar region set in the back and has no gaps in the lower region of your body.

Is sleeping in a recliner bad for you?

For short periods of time, no. For long sleep, yes. A recliner is not designed to be a bed; it is a comforting chair, used to allow the user time to relax between, or after chores. These units do not provide orthopedic support for long periods of rest. There is one exception to the rule; a true zero-gravity unit is the only one that will support long sleeping modes.

Is leaning back in your chair bad for your back?

Actually, based on recent research, slouching at an angle of 135 degrees reduces stress on the back and is good for you. Sitting at 90 degrees is actually placing pressure on your lower back and can eventually lead to more back problems. (amazing isn’t it!, I wish my parents knew this when I was young.)

What Is Zero Gravity Seating?

Zero gravity is a NASA designed position; this is the position that Astronauts use when taking off, and is essentially the position where G forces have the least impact on the body. This means that the bodies weight is evenly distributed across the chair, and this leads to improved blood circulation and helps decompress your spine.

About the author

Jessica Nickson

Jessica Hendricks is a keen home and garden innovator with over 25 years of hands-on experience in, home improvement, landscape gardening and all things appliance related to making life easier and more interesting.

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