Can Recliners Hurt Your Neck? Busting of Myth
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Can Recliners Hurt Your Neck? Busting of Myth

AutonomousAutonomous | Aug 13, 2022
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One complaint that patients commonly complain about in our office is recurring neck pain after watching TV or napping in a recliner. Is there a reason for this? This article presents several reasons for this complaint and some recommendations for preventing it by using the best recliners for neck and back pain.

Why Does Neck Pain Occur When Sitting in Your Recliner Chair?

Why Does Neck Pain Occur When Sitting in Your Recliner Chair?

It is possible to develop back pain when you sit too long in a recliner. If you fall asleep on the couch with a pillow pushing or flexing your head forward, lying back in a recliner while using your laptop, reading, or taking a nap produces the same injury mechanism. Even after a few minutes of remaining in the same position, your neck muscles become strained by the awkward position.

So, the big question is - are recliners bad for your neck? A muscular strain is created, superimposed on previous or ongoing neck problems that may have caused the discomfort. Stretch your arm straight out before you while holding a 2-pound weight. The muscles don't hurt for a short time, but after they have been unable to rest or change position for too long, they begin to hurt. Your neck muscles are stretched when your head is pushed forward in the chair, and your neck muscles are being stretched.

There are a variety of recliner chairs that are comfortable for a certain body type and height. However, they are designed only for a very narrow population segment and not for the general population. As a result, the head is forced forward, resulting in a stiff neck. When viewed from the side, the spine's normal curve (also called a military neck) gradually disappears. In poor posture, the symptoms can be exacerbated if the spine is not healthy unless you use the best recliner for neck and back pain.

Your Neck Works Differently in a Recliner and in a Normal Chair

Your Neck Works Differently in a Recliner and in a Normal Chair

Sitting in a standard chair puts minimal pressure on the neck because you look straight ahead. It is common for people to hyperextend their necks while watching TV or reading a book in a recliner chair. This results in shoulder pain, stiff necks, and headaches.

Changing to a normal chair where you sit up straight in a recliner may help alleviate your neck, shoulder, back, and headache pain if you regularly sit in a recliner. Your neck muscles are responsible for controlling and supporting your bones. When you don't take the stress off the muscles first, it's no use forcing bones back.

If you want to change how you sit and stand for the better, it won't happen overnight and will require conscious effort at first. In any case, these steps should be helpful:

  • What position are your ears concerning your shoulders? What is the position of your shoulders? Are they rounded or pulled back?
  • Try this standing desk exercise: ensure that your back and back of the head are flush against the wall when you stand against a wall. For at least one minute, hold this pose.
  • A massage ball can relieve tension in your neck and tight muscles at the base of your skull.
  • Take about 30 seconds to stretch your neck and sides. Three times should be enough to feel the stretch.
  • Make sure your neck is braced. In addition to helping to heal injuries, it can also relieve pain and decrease stress while improving posture! Appropriate office accessories like our keyboard and mouse tray could help you take the strain off your neck.
  • Get some guidance on stretches and exercises you can do at home from a chiropractor or massage therapist if you have difficulty relieving tension.

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Neck braces can indeed help stabilize your neck and prevent painful movement, but they aren't permanent solutions. 

  • Instead of sleeping on your side or stomach, sleep on your back
  • Better pillows are worth the investment
  • Exercising and stretching your neck will help
  • You can relieve stress and loosen muscle knots by getting a relaxing massage.
  • Keep the PC screen at eye level when you sit down and adjust your chair.

Autonomous ErgoChair Recline

Autonomous ErgoChair Recline

This ergonomic office chair (formerly known as MyoChair) is Autonomous' most affordable ergonomic chair with neck support. Everything is much easier as you only have to slide out the built-in leg rest from the bottom. A few basic adjustments are available on the ErgoChair Recline, such as the seat height, armrest height, lumbar support, recliner with neck support, headrest, and backrest tilt. This is rated as one of the best recliners for neck pain.

You can lock the back into 3 different positions, but you can't adjust the tension. When combined with leg rest, the largest tilt makes it possible for you to take a comfortable nap. There is another major difference between the ErgoChair Recline and other autonomous chairs. Its maximum weight capacity is just 250 lbs, compared to 350 lbs for other Autonomous chairs. If you are ordering a chair, please know your weight before ordering. Legrests and headrests are huge benefits; you can add headrests and leg rests for $60 extra.

Your neck will be supported naturally by most recliners. Hopefully, they will support your neck, at least. However, you must adjust your recliner according to size, depending on how comfortable it is. The reason for this is that every human being has a unique shape and size. It's possible to find a reclining ergonomic chair that fits everyone in our employee purchase program.

In most cases, recliners are made for average-sized male bodies. Any person taller than six feet or shorter than five feet five inches will likely have to purchase a recliner specifically designed for their body size or adjust their current recliner accordingly.

You are more likely to maintain your upper vertebrae in a standing position if you sit in a recliner that supports your neck. Consider these aspects when testing the suitability of your recliner for your neck (and your body):

  • In between your neck and the ergonomic chair, there is a space.
  • You have a curve in your neck.
  • Lower back space between the chair and you.
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