What is Zero Gravity?
In regards to chairs, recliners and adjustable beds, the zero gravity position is one that is designed to impose minimal gravitational force on the body, thereby minimizing pressure on the body.
A zero gravity chair can provide relief from back and neck pain and a zero gravity adjustable bed can yield a more restful sleep.
In addition to relieving pressure in one’s back, this scientifically proven position can improve overall circulation and release tension in the surrounding tissues. Many of us spend hours each day sitting behind a desk, on the sofa or in a car commuting to work.
Over time, these “out-of-alignment” positions can lead to reduced flexibility and core strength which eventually become noticeable through back aches and pains.
We may not be able to quit our jobs or stop commuting, but we do have the ability to give our bodies some relief by incorporating zero gravity into our lifestyle – whether it is while sitting at home or sleeping.
DIY Zero Gravity Set-Up:
You don’t necessarily have to buy special furniture to achieve this unique position. Some people are able to find relief simply by elevating their legs on a stack of pillows while they sleep, bending their knees at a 133 degree angle. There are also inexpensive wedge pillows that you can get to use on your bed while sitting up or sleeping.
However, some people who suffer from chronic lower back pain or neck pain find that a zero gravity recliner is the best option because it provides maximal comfort and can be adjusted multiple ways for maximum use:
- Seated: useful for reading or if you work from home on a computer or conducting phone calls
- Lounge: great while watching tv
- Fully Reclined: for an afternoon nap
Unlike cushions and wedge pillows, specially-designed chairs and recliners have adjustable headrests as well as the ability to elevate your feet above your head. They also come with a convenient handheld remote control that allows you to instantly customize your position for maximum comfort and relaxation.
Do Zero Gravity Chairs Work?
This is a simple question with a complicated answer because everyone is different: the pain or tension you feel, the root cause, the level of pain, etc.. That said, a simple way to check and see if zero gravity will work for you – before investing in special furniture – is to lay on the floor and elevate your legs on a sofa at about a 100-130 degree angle.
If you experience a level of relief, you may want to explore zero gravity further. I know that for me, the first clue was when I slept on the floor with my legs elevated and experienced the best night sleep that I had gotten in months.
The best zero gravity recliner will depend on your needs and your budget. Personally, I think the more versatile a chair is, the more value you can get from it. Not only can it be used in multiple ways (and more often), but it can be adjusted to provide more comfort.
A zero gravity chair with electronic controls can get pricey, so unless you plan to use it often for pain relief and relaxation, it may not be worth your money.
See more photos here:Zero Gravity Chairs and Recliners
Some other factors to consider are: Do you need something that is portable? How often will you use it? Do you need short-term back pain relief or are you looking for a recliner that you can use for hours at a time?
If you don’t think you will use it very frequently or for only a few minutes each day, you might be better off with an inversion table, which can also save you some money at the same time.