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8 Cozy Recliner for Back Pain Reviews – Find Your Perfect One in 2020

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8 Cozy Recliner for Back Pain Reviews – Find Your Perfect One in 2020

Have some back issues? Let’s turn our attention to the best recliner for back pain, and how to choose the right recliner in 2018.

Best of the best Best Massage Recliner for Leisure – Esright Massage Recliner Chair Heated PU Leather Ergonomic Lounge Esright Massage Recliner Chair Heated PU Leather
5/5
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PROS

Padded with extra thick cushioning on the back and armrest

Extra support at the head and neck rest

Has a full 360-degree swivel

Reclines to 150 degrees for optimal comfort

Heating, massaging and vibration settings

Remote control with five modes and two intensity levels

Storage areas and concealed cup holders

CONS

Not ideal for an office setting or even use as a leisure seat

More useful for therapeutic sessions than anything else

A little pricey

Most Buying The Best for All – Space-Saving Zero-Gravity Full-Body Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM6800 Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM6800
3.5/5
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PROS

All in one chair with full body massage

Massage system that supports the neck and back all of the way to the buttocks, decompressing the spine

Three stages of true zero gravity positioning

Space saving chair

Auto-scans and adjusts to body size and weight

Quiet operation

Yoga stretching program

5 manual massage options, 6 auto programs, dual foot rollers

CONS

Not ideal for an office setting or even use as a leisure seat

More therapeutic than anything else

Best for the money Most Stylish Recliner for Back Pain – Divano Roma Furniture – Classic Plush Bonded Leather Power Lift Recliner Living Room Chair Divano Roma Furniture Bonded Leather Recliner
4.5/5
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Designed in a contemporary style

Power lift that gently elevates the seated person to their feet

Power recline that brings you to that optimal 135-degree incline

Remote is attached and fits snugly in the pocket built into the trendy, bonded leather upholstery

Available in multiple colors

CONS

Not as much support at the armrests as other models

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Perfect Chair “PC-420” Top Grain Leather Walnut Manual Recliner

4/5

Premium upholstery and design makes it a work of art, including the use of both leather and solid wood.

pros
  • Neutral posture positioning that helps to eliminate pressure points

  • Attains zero gravity positioning to reduce pain and optimize lung capacity

  • Full support head pillow

  • Adjustable lumbar support

  • Extendable armrests

  • Smooth reclining is done via the easy to use lever

  • Ergonomic pad design

  • Relieves tension, soreness, and fatigue while boosting circulation

cons
  • Extremely costly

Coaster Casual Chenille Recliner Chair

3/5

A classic recliner for your home with awesome design.

pros
  • Power lift that gently pushes you to your feet, supporting both the knees and the lower back

  • Active recline function

  • Remote control

  • Chocolate brown chenille it works with any décor

  • Includes a handy pocket for remote control storage

  • Includes a battery backup to ensure functionality in the event of a power outage

cons
  • Complicated settings

  • Weight capacity of less than 400 pounds

Flash Furniture Massaging Black Leather Recliner

3.5/5

Comfortable recliner to spend some quality time, while you enjoy a relaxing massage in the comfort of your home.

pros
  • 5 preprogrammed settings use kneading motion to work the neck, back and legs

  • Upholstered arms ensure comfort and support

  • Double padding on the seat and back

  • Easily adjustable via knobs and controls

  • Fully swiveling seat

cons
  • Does not feature any power support for reclining and it is sized small, ideal for the person, not over 300 pounds or taller than 6'

Relaxzen 60-425111 Leisure Recliner Chair with 8-Motor Massage & Heat

3/5

Upholstered in premium "comfortsoft" material that looks and holds up like premium leather.

pros
  • Offers eight different massage motors controlled via the remote control

  • Includes an ottoman that has massage features as well as heating

  • 9 pre-programmed modes and different intensity levels

  • Soothing heat in the lumbar region of the chair

  • Chair swivels and reclines, with recline tension fully adjustable

cons
  • Manufacturer describes this as ideal for a "medium-sized" person no taller than 5' 10" total

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best recliner for back painBack pain is not a disorder. As the experts at Healthline tell us, "It’s a symptom of several different types of medical problems." Even more confusing is that we have upper back pain and lower back pain, and each could be the result of a mixed bag of issues.

The most common sources of back pain are problems with the muscles, ligaments, nerves or even the spine and individual vertebrae. Organ trouble could also be an underlying cause of back pain, and around 75% of adults experience bouts of it throughout their lives.

But here's the kicker:

Many use pharmaceutical compounds to ease back pain without alleviating the actual causes, and still, others undergo surgery in the hopes of remedying the situation.

To understand your back pain, let's spend a few moments taking a closer look and then look at the use of the best recliner for back pain to begin addressing your symptoms.

With that in mind, let's turn our attention to the best recliner for back pain, and how to choose it.

Which Recliner To Choose

To help you select the best recliner for back pain, we are going to review some of the most commonly purchased options. They include ergonomic chairs meant to be used for lounging and relaxation, but you will also find office chair styles and even a zero gravity recliner or two.

Why so many different styles?

Again, let's turn some experts in back pain.

"Contrary to popular belief, sitting in a reclined position is healthier for the lower back than sitting upright is…Researchers at the University of Alberta Hospital used a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) device to examine how much stress various seated postures put on the ligaments of the spine. Their key findings were [demonstrated] Of the three positions tested, sitting upright at 90 degrees put the most stress on ligaments of the spine, particularly on the intervertebral discs."

So, there you have it - reclining is better for you even at work!

8 Cozy Recliner for Back Pain Reviews 2020

Best of the best

Best Massage Recliner for Leisure – Esright Massage Recliner Chair Heated PU Leather Ergonomic Lounge

5/5

If you’re eager to enjoy your downtime in a recliner, but you also want it to offer a lot of nice extras, the best recliner for back pain of this kind has to be the Esright Massage Recliner Chair Heated PU Leather Ergonomic Lounge 360 Degree Swivel.

We found ourselves using the remote control on this recliner quite a lot to adjust between different massage, heating, and vibration settings this massage chair features. The fact it also has the ability to swivel 360 degrees only made us like this model more.

But the thing that really sold us was the price.

In fact, we ranked the Esright Massage Recliner as our top choice because of it’s affordability—despite it having some bonus features you’d only expect to find on pricier models.

pros

    Padded with extra thick cushioning on the back and armrest

    Extra support at the head and neck rest

    Has a full 360-degree swivel

    Reclines to 150 degrees for optimal comfort

    Heating, massaging and vibration settings

    Remote control with five modes and two intensity levels

    Storage areas and concealed cup holders

cons

    Not ideal for an office setting or even use as a leisure seat

    More useful for therapeutic sessions than anything else

    A little pricey

The Best for All – Space-Saving Zero-Gravity Full-Body Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM6800

3.5/5

If you’re eager to find the best recliner for back pain, but you want a chair that provides a solution to everyone in your home, it is difficult to beat the Space-Saving Zero-Gravity Full-Body Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM6800 with yoga & heating therapy.

Designed with appealing colors and features, it could work within many settings. However, we do have reservations about this particular chair that keeps it out of the number one position on this list. First, it says it’s space saving, but it’s still a bit large. You might find it cumbersome if you’re thinking about putting it in a smaller space like an office.

Secondly, it’s a bit pricey.

While the massage the Kahuna Massage chair produced was superior in many ways, it might be hard to justify spending that much if you’ll only be using the chair occasionally.

But with that price tag comes a few features that are just too good to not notice. For example, we particularly loved the yoga stretch program. It also scans for body size and weight making sure you get the perfect massage each time, even when multiple people are using the chair.

The decompression of the spine this chair helped deliver is what really made this chair stand out as one of the best for relieving back pain. We noticed a big difference after using this chair.

pros

    All in one chair with full body massage

    Massage system that supports the neck and back all of the way to the buttocks, decompressing the spine

    Three stages of true zero gravity positioning

    Space saving chair

    Auto-scans and adjusts to body size and weight

    Quiet operation

    Yoga stretching program

    5 manual massage options, 6 auto programs, dual foot rollers

cons

    Not ideal for an office setting or even use as a leisure seat

    More therapeutic than anything else

Best Recliner with Built in Lift – Coaster Home Furnishings Modern Transitional Power Lift Wall Hugger Recliner Chair

3/5

Perhaps you want the looks of a classic recliner for your home, but you need something that protects your back as well as your knees and joints. The power lift recliner is the right solution, and the Coaster Home Furnishings Modern Transitional Power Lift Wall Hugger Recliner Chair with Emergency Backup is a prime example of this style.

pros

    Power lift that gently pushes you to your feet, supporting both the knees and the lower back

    Active recline function

    Remote control

    Chocolate brown chenille it works with any décor

    Includes a handy pocket for remote control storage

    Includes a battery backup to ensure functionality in the event of a power outage

cons

    Complicated settings

    Weight capacity of less than 400 pounds

Best for the money

Most Stylish Recliner for Back Pain – Divano Roma Furniture – Classic Plush Bonded Leather Power Lift Recliner Living Room Chair

4.5/5

If you are eager to have a chair with a power lift, but you don't want the overstuffed look of the Coaster Home model (above), you can enjoy a sleek and contemporary style with the equally appealing Divano Roma Furniture - Classic Plush Bonded Leather Power Lift Recliner Living Room Chair (Black).

pros

    Designed in a contemporary style

    Power lift that gently elevates the seated person to their feet

    Power recline that brings you to that optimal 135-degree incline

    Remote is attached and fits snugly in the pocket built into the trendy, bonded leather upholstery

    Available in multiple colors

cons

    Not as much support at the armrests as other models

Best Decorator Power Recliner – Cozzia Dual Power ZG Recliner

4.5/5

Maybe you like the looks of the Perfect Chair and need the zero gravity features, but want a bit more. For example, maybe you want massage with that power recline option and good looks. If so, the Cozzia Dual Power ZG Recliner, Ivory Leather is for you.

Another of the power recliners, it has the look of high fashion and fine interior design. It is a powered chair with many impressive features cleverly concealed inside.

pros

    One Touch buttons take you into zero gravity positions gently and quickly

    Headrest and footrest are independently operated

    Three settings include massage, heat therapy and vibration

    Made of beautiful beechwood and premium quality leather

cons

    Smaller sized chair with a maximum weight limit of 300 pounds

    Pricier than similar options

Best for the Home Office – Flash Furniture Massaging Black Leather Recliner

3.5/5

The other executive look recliner is the Flash Furniture Massaging Black Leather Recliner and Ottoman with Leather Wrapped Base. This also includes the recliner and the matching ottoman, and both are controlled via the attached remote.

pros

    5 preprogrammed settings use kneading motion to work the neck, back and legs

    Upholstered arms ensure comfort and support

    Double padding on the seat and back

    Easily adjustable via knobs and controls

    Fully swiveling seat

cons

    Does not feature any power support for reclining and it is sized small, ideal for the person, not over 300 pounds or taller than 6'

Best Zero Gravity Recliner – Perfect Chair “PC-420” Top Grain Leather Hand-Crafted Zero-Gravity Walnut Manual Recliner

4/5

In the category of zero gravity recliner, the Perfect Chair "PC-420" Top Grain Leather Hand-Crafted Zero-Gravity Walnut Manual Recliner, Espresso easily lives up to its name.

It does seem perfect as it is one of the best looking lounge chairs imaginable. Upholstered in gorgeous espresso colored leather, it has the kind of aesthetics you'd expect in a premium design studio. It also has a lot to offer as one on the list of best recliners for back pain.

pros

    Neutral posture positioning that helps to eliminate pressure points

    Attains zero gravity positioning to reduce pain and optimize lung capacity

    Full support head pillow

    Adjustable lumbar support

    Extendable armrests

    Smooth reclining is done via the easy to use lever

    Ergonomic pad design

    Relieves tension, soreness, and fatigue while boosting circulation

cons

    Extremely costly

Best Office Recliners for Back Pain – Relaxzen 60-425111 Leisure Recliner Chair with 8-Motor Massage & Heat

3/5

We learned earlier that sitting in the usual "office" position is the worst for the back. However, most of us don't have the luxury of opting out of working at the desk during the day. To overcome some of the hazards this poses, you can opt for a fully equipped recliner designed to have all of the looks of the traditional office chair.

We found two we'd recommend.

The first has all of the bells and whistles and yet maintains the appearance of a serious office chair. The other is a bit more contemporary in its appearance, even a bit casual.

The first, is the Relaxzen 60-425111 Leisure Recliner Chair with 8-Motor Massage & Heat, Brown. With its iconic looks you might initially dismiss it as the standard executive office chair, yet it incorporates a surprisingly long list of benefits and features.

pros

    Offers eight different massage motors controlled via the remote control

    Includes an ottoman that has massage features as well as heating

    9 pre-programmed modes and different intensity levels

    Soothing heat in the lumbar region of the chair

    Chair swivels and reclines, with recline tension fully adjustable

cons

    Manufacturer describes this as ideal for a "medium-sized" person no taller than 5' 10" total

Buyer's Guide

Buyer’s Guide

Safety and the Best Recliner for Back Pain

“Your lower back (lumbar spine) should possess a forward curvature (lordosis). This is the ideal posture that you should strive to achieve and maintain lower back health. When in this lordotic posture, the lumbar spine is ideally positioned to minimize joint and disc stress.” To learn more, read this article about the best recliners for back pain relief.

Now that you have options for zero gravity recliners, executive-style office recliners, and full-blown massage chairs, you can start to make positive changes in your back. However, you should be sure that the chair you select is supporting your posture.

This means you will want to consider getting a lumbar support pillow, a better recliner and consider one with massage options.

Fortunately, that is what we’ve been looking at here.

Keep in mind that some chairs are going to require assembly, and if you have a bad back you will want to ensure that the vendor from which you’ve purchased the chair offers setup and installation, or you find someone to tackle it for you.

A Look at Upper Back Pain

If you speak with professionals, they often say that “when the upper back becomes painful, it is most likely due to an injury that has resulted in muscular irritation or joint dysfunction.”

These same experts point to issues like improper posture, sedentary lifestyles, improper lifting techniques, overuse of the upper back or accident are the primary reasons it develops. It is typified by neck pain, soreness in the shoulders and upper arms and pain in the spinal or central area of the back.

 

 

 

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NOTE

Upper back pain might also be the result of a thoracic herniated disc, compression fracture, fibromyalgia, spinal deformity or arthritis, and all of these can be helped with the best recliner for back pain but also with medical support.

Regardless of the underlying cause, upper back pain is treatable with some simple steps.

  • Change the routine and get some exercise
  • Consider your sleeping position
  • Practicing better posture
  • Using OTC pain relievers
  • Applying cool packs to sore areas
  • Doing gentle stretching
  • Getting a medical check
  • Finding the best recliner for back pain

And what about the lower back?

There are a few differences between upper back pain and lower back pain.

Lower Back Pain

When you suffer from lower back pain, it can sometimes feel paralyzing. This is because it involves different structures including the lower spine and vertebrae, the muscle and ligaments of the back, the nerves and spinal cord and even the pelvic and abdominal muscles can be involved.

The causes for lower back pain are many and include muscle strain from incorrect lifting or rigorous movement, problems with the structure of the spine such as disk issues or nerve compression, skeletal issues such as scoliosis of the spine, loss of bone density, and fractures.

NOTE

Lower back pain might also be the result of narrowing of the spinal canal, degenerative disease of the spine, nerve damage, infection or even cancer and/or nonmalignant tumors, and even these can be helped with the best recliner for back pain but also with medical support.

Unfortunately, the symptoms and signs of lower back pain can be much more severe and long-lasting than upper back pain.

Some people live with a dull aching pain, but others experience shooting pains, an inability to move and decreased the range of motion. Many find they cannot recline comfortably and suffer even more issues.

What’s the bottom line?

Treatment is similar to upper back pain with the use of OTC painkillers a common approach. Those with such pain are also encouraged to use cool packs, get posture improving exercise and strengthen the “core” muscles to support the spine when lifting or moving.

Now:

There is always the best recliner for back pain no matter what sort of back pain you live with.

Keep in mind that total bed rest is never a safe approach to overcoming severe back pain as it can worsen the issues. Sitting upright but without the pressures of gravity is often a better solution.

With that in mind, we can now look at the best recliner for back pain for those with a range of issues to address.

How To Use a Recliner Effectively for Back Pain

If you want a bit of proof that you can use the best recliner for back pain, consider this statement from pain management experts:

“Today, recliners are found in medical hospitals, at home, in airplanes, trains and so forth. They are designed to enable relaxing and resting of the elderly people, pregnant women, post-surgical patients and people with chronic back pain.”

But as is so often the case, not all recliners are made alike. You need to determine the best recliner for the back pain symptoms that you experience.

True, all recliners support the back, removing weight and easing tension or stiffness, but they operate differently might feature special head resets, massagers, and more.

To begin selecting the best recliner for back pain means asking yourself about your pain.

  • Is it chronic or periodic?
  • Is it going to be relieved by extra features like a massager or a zero gravity design?
  • Is your body size one of the underlying causes of the pain?
  • Is your pain the type that requires firm support?

This begins to clarify matters and you can then consider such issues are your preferences in fabric or upholstery, how the chair is to recline (by touch of a button or manual pull/push), if it needs to be larger to accommodate your body size, and whether or not you need special head or armrests.

Another major factor to consider if you want the best recliner for back pain is the degree of decline.

NOTE

A good recliner should allow you to lean back at an angle of at least 135 degrees between the back and the legs as this alleviates much of the stress on the lower area of the spine.

You must also give consideration to a chair with additional lumbar support. Do you need something to support your lower back so there is no gap between you and the chair?

Lastly…

You may also want to consider a smaller neck massager. If you’re limited on space or just want a massage on the go, our reviews of the best neck massagers will help you find the relief you’re looking for.

Say Goodbye To Achy Backs With This Massage Chair

Most experts agree that a good recliner, with quality design, will definitely become an asset in your fight against back pain. The key is to pick the type that offers you ideal support. There is a “best recliner for your back pain”, and most of our top-rated recliners can help.

However, one really stood out in our eyes. If you want all the bells and whistles at a price that makes sense…

Listen up! Here it is:

Best Massage Recliner for Leisure – Esright Massage Recliner Chair Heated PU Leather Ergonomic Lounge
Best of the best

Esright Massage Recliner Chair Heated PU Leather

Have some back issues? Let’s turn our attention to the best recliner for back pain, and how to choose the right recliner in 2018.

The Best for All – Space-Saving Zero-Gravity Full-Body Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM6800
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Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM6800

Have some back issues? Let’s turn our attention to the best recliner for back pain, and how to choose the right recliner in 2018.

Most Stylish Recliner for Back Pain – Divano Roma Furniture – Classic Plush Bonded Leather Power Lift Recliner Living Room Chair
Best for the money

Divano Roma Furniture Bonded Leather Recliner

Have some back issues? Let’s turn our attention to the best recliner for back pain, and how to choose the right recliner in 2018.

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