Surprising Relief For Back Pain Could "Sit" at Home
New Survey Reveals 7 in 10 Doctors Agree That Reclining Can Decrease Back Pain
MONROE, Mich. (Jan. 19, 2010) - Here's some news that 80 percent of the U.S. population
should take sitting down. According to a nationwide survey*, a majority (68 percent)
of primary care physicians say they are likely to recommend that a patient sit in
a reclined position to help alleviate back pain - a suggestion that should come
as welcome news to the 8 out of every 10 Americans who will suffer from back pain
at some point in their lives**.
"We hear a lot about the importance of exercise and stretching muscles to relieve
back pain but the fact is that resting those muscles properly is just as important,"
says Dr. Dave David, a board-certified physician who has been practicing medicine
for more than 30 years. "Sitting in a reclined position provides full body support
- from the upper back down to your legs - which relaxes surrounding muscles, ultimately
taking tension away from the pain-ridden area."
According to the survey of primary care physicians from across the U.S., 80 percent
of doctors prefer patients to sit in a reclined position with legs elevated up high
and the back partially or fully reclined. Dr. David agrees that this position provides
the appropriate lumbar support and pressure needed to help alleviate pain in back
muscles, especially those in the lumbar area that are used for stability and are
a vital part of the body's core.
"Any type of pain stemming from the spinal area will have a significant impact on
the body's overall feeling and function," explains Dr. David. "Even a few minutes
resting in a properly reclined position can make a huge difference."
The survey also uncovered that the types of back pain doctors feel can be most alleviated
by sitting in a reclining position include muscle strain (77 percent), degenerative
changes (61 percent) and pregnancy associated back pain (60 percent).
For maximum relief, Dr. David recommends relaxing in reclining furniture that offers
total body and lumbar support as well as varying degrees of reclining, since every
person has unique support needs. This is great news for the millions of fans of
La-Z-Boy reclining chairs and sofas, which offer customizable
reclining options with exclusive benefits, including:
- No added back strain. A Patented Three-Position Legrest offers a choice of locking
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- Multiple reclining angles. A Patented Reclining Mechanism allows for 18 incremental
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- More comfort options. An Independent Back Recline feature allows the user to recline
the back of the chair with the legrest in the closed position.
- Total body support. A Patented Full-Layout Recline Position means the user can kick
back and stretch out for full-body relaxation.
"Over the years we've heard from many customers that La-Z-Boy
reclining chairs and sofas have helped them relieve their back pain," said Doug
Collier, chief marketing officer for La-Z-Boy. "We are pleased to now have support
from the medical community that recognizes the genuine relief our reclining furniture
"Back pain is one of the top reasons people visit their doctors," adds Dr. David.
"My patients are always pleased to learn that reclining is a real solution to help
ease their pain. I hope that with this new research, other sufferers can find relief
And, yes, doctors enjoy a taste of their own medicine when it comes to reclining.
Six in 10 of the physicians surveyed personally own reclining furniture at home
(beyond their desk chairs).
For more back pain relief tips from Dr. David or additional La-Z-Boy
product information, visit http://www.la-z-boy.com/PrescriptionRecline.
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* Results are from an internet survey conducted by LCWA Research Group of 300 primary care physicians across the U.S. from July 29-31, 2009.
** The American Chiropractic Association, Facts and Statistics
This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Everybody is different, and relief from back pain is not guaranteed.