Thursday, October 13, 2016

Choosing quality motion furniture

Sitting is something that we do a lot of, which is why it is such a hot topic among designers, researchers and health specialists. 

Any recliner worth its salt should offer various sitting positions for optimum comfort and utilization.

The seating in your home needs to look good - it also needs to be functional and offer healthy and ergonomic support for your body. 

Today, it is no longer acceptable to invest in seating just because it looks good - it needs to be comfortable and is expected to offer true ergonomic support for your body as well, especially if you are sitting in it for any length of time. 

The duality of sitting 

The act of sitting seems quite simple: just bend your knees and put your bottom in the seat. However, it is a little more complicated than that: it involves a number of complex structures, including bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints and nerves. In fact, sitting is inherently a dynamic activity, because even when we are sitting, our bodies are constantly moving. 

Sitting entails motion, balance, position, posture and control. It involves both large motions such as moving our arms and our legs, and small motions that allow us to maintain balance and change position slightly.

Any good quality recliner or incliner should suit your individual body shape, height and weight for optimum support.

The only truly effective means of maintaining a seated position for any length of time is to be able to adjust for optimum comfort by continuously moving through a range of natural, centered and healthy positions. This requires a chair that allows users to dynamically shift between a range of stable postures. This is where motion seating is really groundbreaking. 

Any recliner worth its salt should offer various sitting positions for optimum comfort and utilization.

You should be able to move from slightly reclined to a full-layout position, with the footrest raised to elevate your legs and feet for improved circulation. 

A true fit 

Well-designed motion furniture fits to people, instead of the other way around. High-end motion furniture offers full-body support - from the head and neck, the upper back and lumbar region right down to your legs and feet. 

Any seating solution should encourage - and even promote - natural movements of the body while you are using it.

This support is maintained no matter which position you are seated in, and it goes a long way to reduce any strain and pressure on your spine, legs and neck, ultimately promoting a healthy way of enjoying some good old fashioned R&R. 

So much so in fact, that well-designed recliners have been noted to provide good alleviation for back pain. This is according to a survey of 300 primary care physicians across the United States (US) which was conducted by the LCWA Research Group. In the survey, 7 out of 10 primary care physicians in the US agreed that sitting in a fully-supported reclined position at home could help to minimize back pain and discomfort. 

Quality recliners are the ideal solution for easing everyday aches and pains such as back pain, for example.

So what are the things to look for when investing in a recliner that will offer access to healthy sitting comfort? Here are some tips:

1. Support a person’s body

Any good quality recliner or incliner should suit your individual body shape, height and weight for optimum support. With regards to motion furniture, the level of comfort is directly associated to the user’s measurements and weight.

A quality recliner should offer fluid and flexible operation, as well as an unconstrained and dynamic response to your body’s sitting needs.

2. Support activity

A chair should support all the activities in which people engage, not just one primary activity.

3. Promote movement

Any seating solution should encourage - and even promote - natural movements of the body while you are using it.

4. Enhance ease of use

Any recliner should be easy to use, offering fluid and flexible operation as well as an unconstrained and dynamic response to your body’s sitting needs. Also, the controls that offer active adjustment should be simple to understand and operate.

Seating should go beyond just conforming to the dimensional criteria of your body - it should fit the people who sit in it, providing support for a wide variety of body types, motions, positions and activities.

A truly well-designed chair does all of this, as well as being easy and safe to use, long lasting, and should offer a timeless elegance that will stand the test of time.

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