The Benefits of Using a Recliner

by | Feb 25, 2019 | Blog

The recliner has been called an armchair, chaise lounge, and super chair among other things. It has a very long history, dating back further than the days of Napoleon. It has been used for years as a ‘man cave’ necessity, particularly for sports. Now that everyone is being encouraged to use them, we have to ask the question. Is there an actual difference between a recliner and a regular chair? What are the benefits of using a recliner? Or is this simply unfounded hype from marketers?

Health Benefits of Recliners

1. Relieve Stress

One of the major reasons for back pain is stress. Mental stress can cause tension headaches and migraines, not to mention exhaustion and memory problems. Physical stress from sitting upright at a 90-degree angle is not recommended. In fact, prolonged periods of sitting in this fashion can lead to muscle strain and back pain. As such, a recliner can come in handy. Its main purpose is to function as a stress reliever. We naturally lean back in our chairs when we wish to relax. The recliner simply allows for this with additional support. Plus you can get a massage chair and heating pad all in one.

2. Pain Relief

Back, shoulder and neck pain are often caused by a continuous strain on the muscles. This could be from consistently carrying heavy objects, prolonged sitting at the computer or even pregnancy. The cause does not really matter. Recliners can help ease this pain by altering the direction of pressure from your body weight. Through that, pain is relieved from the affected areas. The best part is, different recliners provide different levels of comfort. It is essentially up to you to decide what best suits your comfort needs.

3. Improves Circulation

Poor blood circulation causes heavy feet and swollen joints. This is usually aggravated by long periods of time either sitting or standing. The trouble is, gravity affects blood flow, and over time, this adds up. Blood settles in the lower body, clogging veins and swelling them without mercy. A recliner offers assistance on this front, as it helps direct the flow. This is good especially since prolonged instances of swollen feet can lead you to have a surgery after all that trouble. Regular reclining can help you avoid this.

4. Aching joints

Swollen, stiff joints are the bane of people suffering from arthritis. They know the discomfort of the sometimes painful conditions, and how it changes the quality of your life. Recliners help with this by correcting the angle of the joints and essentially directing the muscles downward. This decreases the aches and pains so much so that some recliners are designated as medical equipment. In addition, there are recliner chairs that have incredible range, assisting one to get up or sit down.


Reclining is a powerful remedy for a lot of the stress we encounter in our lives. Regardless of where this stress is coming from, you should consider reclining for better health. What’s more, this is an activity that the entire family can benefit from. From the elderly to the very young, everyone has a stake in reclining.

Young mothers can soothe their children to sleep, the elderly can rest their aching bodies, and the injured can recover. Moreover, the recliner can be used as a teaching tool. Teaching the little ones to make time for relaxation, after all, it is one of the healthiest things you can teach them.

Barry White

Chief Editor and Furniture Expert for


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