Can a rise and recline chair help your health?

Written by
Isabella Williams

Here at Middletons, it is our mission to help you live life without limits, even when ill health hinders this. We've carefully crafted our rise and recliner chairs to help ease pain and help the recovery from a plethora of illnesses and injuries. Our rise and recline chairs are the beginning of a better quality of life and will help improve your health and wellbeing.

We've put together a list of 15 ways a rise and recline chair can help your health, read on to see how a rise and recline chair can change your circumstances...

Arthritis

Helping an elderly woman with arthritis in her hand

Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation of your joints. The two most common forms are:

Osteoarthritis, which is the more common of the two. This is when your smooth cartilage lining in your joints begins to roughen. As a result, your tendons and ligaments have to work harder which causes swelling, pain, immobility and bony spurs called osteophytes. This can occur in your hands, spine, knees, hips and feet.

Rheumatoid arthritis, which is when the body's immune system attacks affected joints, leading to pain, swelling, morphing of the shapes of your joints and cartilage breakdown.

How can a rise and recline chair help Arthritis?

Our rise and recline chairs work to relieve pressure on affected joints. Our Unique High Leg Lift provides elevation and leg and knee support, helping to ease arthritic pain. The riser action reduces pressure on your joints as it lowers you into a seated position and helps you stand when you're ready to leave your seat. Add-on the use of heat and massage, to help ease the symptoms of arthritis.

Read more: Arthritis: understanding the different types and symptoms

Back Pain

Elderly lady with back pain

Everyone suffers from back pain from time to time. However, if it lingers on or keeps coming back the pain can become a problem for performing daily tasks. The problem with back pain is that there are multiple causes like a sprain or strain or more seriously, from a slipped disc or sciatica. There are also different areas in which it can occur including in the lower back, spine, hips or neck. This makes it very difficult to diagnose. 

How can a rise and recline chair help with back pain?

Whatever the cause, the riser action of the rise and recline chair means you don't have to strain your back when getting in and out of your chair. Our specially designed waterfall back is designed to provide ultimate support and comfort for your neck, back and lumbar region to help relieve pain.

Read More: Can an Adjustable Bed relieve back pain?

Poor circulation and Raynaud's 

Feet with Reynaud's

You can usually treat poor circulation and Raynaud's at home by keeping warm. However, overtime your capillaries can wear out and this causes swelling in your legs, ankles and feet. Reynaud's can also cause pain, numbness, pins and needles and difficulty moving.

Can a rise and recline chair improve blood circulation?

Our Unique High Leg Lift is the highest in the U.K. It raises your legs up to 6 inches above your hip level. This unique hight puts less stress on your heart, which allows it to pump blood more easily, helping with circulation. Why not add heat or massage to your chair. The extra warmth and massage motion will help stimulate blood circulation.

Read More: 6 things you should know about coping with Raynaud's

COPD

COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease includes a group of lung conditions, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is often caused by smoking or long term exposure to harmful fumes or dust. Symptoms of COPD include increased breathlessness, a chesty cough with mucus, frequent chest infections and wheezing.

How can a rise and recline chair help with COPD?

COPD causes breathlessness and because of the increased risk of infection, your energy levels are usually running low. Using a rise and recline chair to help you get in and out of your chair will help preserve your energy and breath. 

Heart Disease

Blood vessels, circulation heart

The term heart disease includes a number of heart conditions including coronary artery disease, heart valves, rhythm problems, heart defects, cardiovascular disease, narrowed or blocked veins, angina and strokes. Symptoms for these disease range from chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness, irregular heartbeat, dizziness swelling and fatigue.

How can a rise and recline chair help heart disease?

Our Unique High Leg Lift chair promotes healthy blood circulation. This is because your legs are raised so your ankles are at the same level as your heart. This encourages easier blood flow, allowing pressure to be taken off your heart.

Read More: Improve your circulation in 7 easy steps

Hip Replacement

A hip replacement is a common surgical procedure to replace a damaged hip with an artificial one. If you need your hip replaced it's often because it causes you pain even while you're resting and reduces your mobility. This can be caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, hip fractures, septic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or bone dysplasia (related to unusual bone growth).

How can a rise and recline chair help you recover from a hip replacement?

The recovery of a hip replacement can be a lengthy process. However, by allowing your rise and recline chair to lower you into a seated position and help you stand up, it will diminish the impact on your hip joints. Furthermore, the Unique Hight Leg Lift will support your hip joints in perfect comfort, allowing you to heal.

Knee replacement

A knee replacement is a common surgical procedure to replace a damaged joint with an artificial one. A knee can need replacing if it has been damaged by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, haemophilia, gout, unusual bone growth, death of bones due to blood supply problems, knee injury, knee deformity with pain and loss of cartilage.

How can a rise and recline chair help with knee replacement recovery?

Our rise and recline chairs help relieve joint pain by supporting your knees and entire leg. The Unique High Leg Lift also encourages better circulation which aids recovery. The riser action allows you to get in and out of the chair without putting pressure on your recovering knee joint. 

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects the spinal cord and brain, causing problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation loss, paralysis, muscle spasm, tremors, reduction in circulation and balance.

How can a rise and recline chair help with MS?

The specially designed contours of the chair will support you and help you relax. The additional add-on of a massage system can help with muscle spasms and tremors. The rise action will help you get in and out of your chair.

Oedema

Oedema refers to swollen ankles, feet or legs and is caused by a build-up of fluids. It's brought on by sitting or standing for too long, eating too much salty food, being overweight, pregnancy taking blood-pressure medicines, contraceptive pills, antidepressants or steroids, injury, insect bite, problems with your kidneys, liver or heart, a blood clot or an infection.

How can a rise and recline chair help with oedema?

Our Unique High Leg Lift will raise your legs 6 inches higher than your heart. This will help the fluid flow out of your ankles and feet to help improve circulation and reduce the swelling.

Osteoporosis

Elbow with Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones are weakened, making them fragile and more breakable. It develops over several years and is often only diagnosed when a fall or sudden impact happens, breaking or fracturing a bone.

How can a rise and recline chair help prevent broken bones?

Having a chair that is able to recline and elevate your legs relieves the stress on your joints and pressure points. The riser action will help you get in and out of your chair without putting pressure on your joints and bones.

Read More: 3 ways you can protect yourself against osteoporosis

Parkinson's

Elderly lady with Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a condition that causes the brain to deteriorate over many years. It's a disease of the central nervous system that affects the motor system and causes symptoms such as involuntary shaking or tremors, slow movement and inflexible muscles. As the disease progresses it becomes increasingly difficult to carry out day-to-day activities. It also affects your mental health as wellness.

How can a rise and recline chair help with Parkinson's disease?

We make sure that all our chairs are maximised in comfort for you. The riser action helps you get in and out of your chair easier.

Read More: Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

Sciatica

Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve which runs from your hips to your feet is irritated. Sciatica affects your bottom, backs of your legs, feet and toes. You may feel pain, tingling, numbness or weakness. It can be caused by prolapsed or slipped disc, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis.

How can a rise and recline chair help sciatica?

A rise and recline chair can help provide relief from sciatic pain. The reclined back and high leg lift both offer comfort and support to relieve tension. The riser action takes the strain off your back when getting in and out of your chair.

Stroke 

Stroke

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. It can result in the inability to move or feel on one side of the body, trouble understanding, trouble speaking and/or loss of vision.

How can a rise and recline chair help after a stroke?

Extra padding is available to maximise comfort and support if you've just experienced a stroke. The riser action will help you get in and out of your chair if your mobility has been reduced. We can also tailor the chair to suit you by installing the hand control on either side of the chair. 

Read More: Recognising the symptoms of a stroke

Swelling in ankles

Swollen feet and ankles

If you have poor circulation, excessive fluid accumulates in your legs causing swelling in the ankles. Your legs and ankles might look swollen, puffy, shiny or red.

How can rise and recline chairs help swollen ankles?

We have the highest leg lift on the UK market. It enables your legs to be elevated above heart level which increases circulation and helps reduce leg and ankle swelling.

Read More: How to relieve my swollen ankles

Trouble getting up

If your finding it difficult to get in and out of your chair, rise and recline chairs could be the solution that you need.

How can a rise and recline chair help me stand up and sit down?

At the simple touch of a button, the riser action brings you to a standing position with ease and takes the stress off of your joints. Also, when you come to sit down again it will lower you comfortably into a seated position.

What next?

If you're interested in a rise and recline chair browse our collection here.

If you need more information, give us a call on 0800 999 2831.

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