Proper Home Décor May Assist in Alleviating Back Pain
Healthy Home Decorating, Furniture, Emerges as Possible Solution for Back Pain Sufferers
MONROE, Mich. - Those with aching backs might want to look at their home décor,
including furniture, to help ease the pain. When decorating, most homeowners consider
their personal furniture style, color schemes and price range, but many don't take
time to consider products that can actually benefit their health.
"More than 80 percent of adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their
lives*, and treating back pain is often very time consuming and costly," says
Dave David, a board-certified physician. "I encourage my patients to explore treatment
options - like furniture - that they can incorporate into their homes."
Some easy décor solutions that can help alleviate back pain:
- Use reclining furniture. Seven in 10 doctors are likely to recommend sitting in
a reclined position to help alleviate back pain**. And, the
Association endorses La-Z-Boy
reclining furniture for
its back and lumbar support. Reclining offers total support, taking the strain away
from the back in a way that sitting up straight or lying flat cannot.
- Get a good bed. The support provided by the bed and mattress at night are key to
alleviating back pain. Ensure you have a good, firm mattress for proper support.
If a new mattress is out of the question, use a Memory Foam topper. And for severe
back pain, adjustable beds can make getting in and out of bed easier and less painful.
- Choose tables of traditional height. Stay away from the trendy bar-height tables
that don't allow you to anchor your feet. These can put added strain on your back
while sitting and require extra effort to get in and out of the seated position.
- Find a deep tub. Soaking in a deep, warm tub is a great way to get a dose of the
moist heat that is so often recommended for back pain. Whirlpool jets can also provide
soothing relief for aching back muscles - just keep the setting low for gentle massaging
- Select carpet or decorative padded rugs. Hard floors can be beautiful, but many
lack shock absorption beneath the feet. Selecting carpets or rugs can provide another
measure of comfort for back pain. If hard floors are a necessity, consider a substance
like cork, which is firm but flexible.
- Organize for little reaching. Store heavy items and those you use most often at
arm-level to avoid the strain that comes from lifting or bending.
"There are many little things that sufferers of
chronic back pain can do for relief
at home, from sitting in a recliner to getting a firm mattress and taking a nightly
soak in a deep tub," states Dr. David.
For more back pain relief tips from Dr. David or additional La-Z-Boy
product information, visit http://www.la-z-boy.com/PrescriptionRecline.
Headquartered in Monroe, Mich., La-Z-Boy has been producing some of the worldâ€™s most comfortable
furniture for over 85 years. The company manufactures a full line of comfortable products for the
living room and family room, including the companyâ€™s world-famous recliners, reclining sofas and love seats,
sleep sofas, modular furniture and leather upholstery, as well as stationary sofas, love seats and chairs.
It is a division of La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE: LZB),
one of the worldâ€™s leading residential furniture producers,
marketing furniture for every room of the home. "Live Life Comfortably.®"
* The American Chiropractic Association, Facts and Statistics
* *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.
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.