by | Jul 14, 2020

Time for a new chair

Did you know that four out of every five people in North America have back or neck pain? Back and neck pain is usually caused by injury, strain, disk problems, heredity, or disease. Regardless of the cause, one way to alleviate the pain is by minimizing the force on your vertebrae. The lower the amount of compression on your disks, the less pain you feel. For example, standing can load about 100 pounds of compression on to your lower back. Sitting in a regular chair can load even more compression – about 150 pounds.

If you suffer from back pain, you may want to consider a zero-gravity chair. This back saver is also known as a stress release chair. We can thank the doctors and scientists at NASA for inventing this technology. Initially created for astronauts, the purpose was to alleviate the significant stress on their spines during take off. The design of the zero gravity chair evenly distributes body weight across the chair, thereby not over-compressing spinal disks.

Stress release chairs also elevate your legs over the level of your heart. This position is beneficial since it increases your circulation, resulting in less stress on the heart. Due to edema or painful varicose veins, people with swelling in the legs have commented on pain relief when they regularly elevate their legs. According to doctors, leg elevation can also help in the prevention of DVP (deep vein thrombosis). This common and dangerous blood clot can travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.

Zero gravity chairs for indoor use are becoming more popular as the baby boomer generation ages. According to Eric Notar, the VP of Global Sales at Palliser, one of the fastest-growing segments of their business is in stress release chairs. “We are not surprised that there is an ever-growing demand for these types of products. The Z line of Palliser’s zero gravity chairs is one of our most popular lines with customers who experience any back pain. All it takes is sitting one time in the chair. When they feel the relief on their backs, they are sold. Zero gravity chairs are a game-changer.”

Most stress release chairs have moveable parts that are adjusted with levers and then programmed by memory to stay set and locked at specific positions. This ensures the chair is perfectly aligned to the body of the user. In standard models, the chair generally has two positions – opened and closed. Although they cost a bit more, the best type of chair offers numerous positions. These additional settings allow you to customize the degree of incline to your needs.

Zero gravity chairs are not only ergonomic, but they are also fashionable. They are available in leather, fabric, or performance fabric covers. We recommend the performance fabric to our clients in Puerto Vallarta. Performance fabric does not stain, so you get great value and long life from your chair, especially in our salty, ocean air, humid climate.

Are you interested in a new chair for your home in Vallarta? Our online store is open at, or you can email me at to set up an appointment to come in at one of our stores. 

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