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Are you sitting comfortably?


  January 2012

sitting comfortablyThe average British person spends an astonishing average of over 14 hours a day sitting down. Add to that the fact that as people age or develop mobility problems, they spend even more time sitting, and clearly obtaining the right chair to offer the best support and comfort is of paramount importance.

There are enormous problems from sitting for any length of time with a poor posture. Even for very fit people, a prolonged spell in a chair can cause many problems from the overstretching of ligaments to a distortion of the discs in the vertebral joints.

For anyone older or with mobility restrictions, these problems can become acute.

In the past, many people were resigned to the problems that come with sitting still for long hours. Now of course we know how bad that can be for the body, creating a range of serious problems from the overstretching of ligaments to the distortion of the discs in the vertebral joints.

Huge advances in medicine and treatment plus new mechanical technology have now flowed on into the chair market and a new generation of specialist chairs is becoming available that is changing the traditional mobility chair into a scientific work of art as well as a good looking addition to any lounge or sitting room.

Leading chair makers now work closely with occupational therapies, hospitals, care home managers and others who are expert in understanding exactly what is required from a seat, and the latest ranges of specialist chairs offer the ultimate in support and comfort.

“Modern chairs offer a number of great new ideas and also new technology,” said John Davies, a director of Recliners Ltd, a Welsh company who have been making specialist chairs for over 20 years.

“For instance, heat pads and massage areas can now be incorporated within the seat to help relaxation and physical well-being. New memory foam means seating can be individually moulded for total comfort and support. The specialist motor options are also a long way from the noisy and cumbersome equipment of only a few years ago; the motors today are quiet, fast and easy to operate plus they are so small they don’t affect the overall design aspects,” he said.

Design today is almost as important as the benefits offered by specialist chairs. Many people are choosing rise and reclining chairs simply for general ease and comfort rather than for medical reasons, and modern specialist chairs have to be designed to fit perfectly into any setting or room.

Some specialist chair makers also offer the option of bespoke chairs. People with specific medical requirements, and increasingly important, people who want to buy a chair that fits in perfectly with the design of their lounge or sitting room, can now order a bespoke chair to exactly fit their requirements.

With an ageing population and also a demand for greater comfort and style, the demand for reclining chairs is increasing dramatically. It could be that in the future, chairs that simply sit there without doing anything could be considered very old fashioned indeed!


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