Back Pain

Back Pain relief

La-Z-Boy recliners are a common sight in living rooms around the world. However, many individuals are unaware of the health benefits that come from relaxing in a La-Z-Boy. According to research done by the New York Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Center, La-Z-Boy recliners have helped minimize the pain experienced by individuals with back and leg injuries.

One of the reasons why a La-Z-Boy recliner can help with back pain is because it allows you to take weight off your spine. When relaxing in a La-Z-Boy, your spine is at rest. Conversely, when you sit straight up, you need to contract the muscles that surround your spine.

Contact the back pain specialists at our neuromuscular rehab clinic, and see first-hand what our doctors can do for your back pain.

According to some researchers, more than 80 percent of people around the world will experience back pain at some point in their life. A large portion of these individuals will experience chronic back pain. Back pain is ranked as the number one cause of doctors’ visits and sick days at work. More and more, physicians are encouraging their patients to purchase a La-Z-Boy as part of their home care.

There are many reasons why an individual may experience back pain. These reasons range from a herniated disc to a degenerative spinal condition to sprained muscles. La-Z-Boy recliners help all of these conditions because they allow you to take pressure and weight off your back. When you are in a reclined position, you are allowing your spine to rest. Many medical professionals believe that the full-body support provided by a reclining chair also removes stress from leg muscles and the upper back. The end result is reduced back pain and reduced symptoms of sciatica.

While simply elevating your legs and being in a reclined position will support your back, many doctors encourage their patients to look for recliners that have the ability to recline at multiple angles. It is interesting to note that doctors have seen positive results in individuals dealing with muscle strains and those dealing with back pain that stems from pregnancy who recline in a La-Z-Boy.

According to reports published by doctors, 77 percent of their patients who have back pain as a result of muscle strains see relief after using a La-Z-Boy recliner. The same thing is true for 61 percent of their patients who have degenerative spinal issues and 60 percent to their patients who have back pain that results from pregnancy.

A patient who was suffering with back pain for some time wrote their doctor and said that for more than sixteen years they had been suffering with pain. They purchased a La-Z-Boy recliner and put it in their living room. That evening they watched television for a few hours and then went to sleep. When they woke up the next morning, they were surprised to find that their back pain was gone. They commented that they were shocked to see that a recliner did for them what visits to the doctor, medicine, physical therapy, and chiropractors could not do. They stated that the pain had been absent for a few weeks, and they were looking at purchasing a second La-Z-Boy in the future.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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