Are Recliners Bad for Your Back?
La-Z-Boy Southeast | August 21, 2017
At the end of a long day, nothing feels better than putting your feet up and relaxing. But when you get out of your chair you may notice pain in your lower back. This might cause you to ask, “Are recliners bad for your back?”
Sitting in a recliner is good for your back as long as the chair provides lumbar support, elevates your feet above heart level, and fits your body properly.
If your recliner doesn’t support your lower back, it could cause a lower back strain.
Some recliners offer better lumbar support than others. This lack of lumbar support can cause your lower back muscles to stretch and tighten up while you sit.
In this article and video, we’ll take a look at why some recliners cause lower back pain and how you can make sure yours doesn’t.
Mind the Gap: How to Check if Your Lower Back Is Supported
Recliners with good lumbar support will not have a gap between your lower back and the chair when you put your legs up. This means your lower back is supported in every position and able to relax.
If a gap forms in the middle of your recliner when you put your feet up, your body will sink down into the hole and cause you to slouch. This position puts strain on the ligaments and muscles of your lower back.
You can check if your recliner will cause lower back pain by reclining the chair with no one sitting in it. Take a look at where the seat and back of the recliner meet. If you notice a deep gap your body will sink into, then this recliner will hurt your back.
La-Z-Boy Recliners have seven patented features you’ll only find on their recliners. Their patented reclining system enables the seat and back of the recliner to move together so a gap doesn’t develop.
By supporting your lower back in all reclining positions, La-Z-Boy ensures your lower back is supported, comfortable, and able to relax.
The Benefits of Elevating Your Feet
A long day of sitting and standing causes blood to rush to your legs and feet. However, you can give your lower body some relief by elevating your feet above heart level.
It’s easier for blood to travel back to your upper body when your legs are elevated above heart level. This lets gravity reduce the stress and inflammation in your legs naturally.
Putting your feet up is also great for your back. It sends healing blood to the muscles and tendons of your lower back. And gives your back and nervous system some time to rest.
Our back and core muscles are constantly working to balance our upper and lower bodies. By taking a break from this constant stress, our backs can heal and become stronger.
Elevating your feet gives your back a chance to relax from the chores of a long day.
How to Find a Recliner That Fits Your Body
A recliner that doesn’t fit your body can cause unnecessary neck, back, and leg pain.
Every recliner is built for different body types. Some recliners have taller backs than others. Some are wider and have shorter footrests.
At La-Z-Boy Southeast, we frequently hear complaints about neck pain from people’s old recliners. This pain is usually caused by the head cushion pushing their neck too far forward.
We will also hear complaints about ankle pain. This is often because their old footrest was too short causing their feet to hang off.
You can avoid these common mistakes by downloading our Recliner Buying Guide for free.
Check Out These Additional Resources
Lower back pain will affect most people at some point in their life. Your recliner should be a source of relief from back pain. Not a cause of it.
You can make sure you don’t hurt your back while reclining by checking that your lower back is supported, legs are above heart level, and recliner fits your body.
At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, we’ll make sure you purchase a recliner that’s perfect for your body type and doesn’t cause back pain.
You may like to take a look at these additional online resources:
- How To Pick the Best Recliner for Me
- 5 Health Benefits of Sleeping in Your Recliner
- 10 Best Selling La-Z-Boy Recliners From This Year
We would be happy to help you pick out a recliner at any of our locations in NC, SC, or GA.