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5 Reasons to Love Zero Gravity


Zero Gravity

When our bodies are properly aligned, our bones, rather than our muscles, support our weight. Reclining to a Zero Gravity position allows for our bodies to reach this state. Developed by NASA, the Zero Gravity, or “neutral position”, concept takes stress off of your spine by elevating your feet to the same height as your heart. Investing in back-friendly products and furniture that promote a neutral posture will improve back health and provide significant relief.

For more benefits, take a look at these 5 reasons to love Zero Gravity:

  1. Correct Spinal Support: Unnecessary strain and discomfort is avoided when our spine is properly aligned and supported. Zero gravity minimizes strain on your spine, muscles, and ligaments.
  2. Back Pressure Relief: By raising our feet to the same level as our heart, our spine is able to decompress to align in a natural S-shaped curve. This reduces tension in your lower back and cervical.
  3. Improved Circulation:  Stress on the heart is minimized in this position. Oxygen-rich blood is able to reach fatigued muscles easier, which allows for faster recovery times.
  4. Expanded Lung Capacity: Being in a zero gravity position opens the angle between the torso and the thighs, thus improving breathing and increasing blood and oxygen.
  5. Recommended by Doctors (and astronauts): Zero gravity allows for a perfectly balanced state in which the body experiences an absolute minimum of internal and external stress. It is the optimal position to prevent and relieve back and muscle pain.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists and test out one of our Zero Gravity chairs. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more pain relief tips and products.

July 4th Relaxation


The 4th of July can often turn into a hectic and busy holiday so, what better time to plan for a relaxing weekend instead?   Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway with a significant other, visiting friends and family out of town, or just having a staycation at home, Relax The Back believes everyone deserves some rest and leisure every now and then.


Here are some of our favorite products and tips to help you relax this upcoming holiday weekend:

  • Sleep in comfort during the hot summer nights with a Cooling Slumber Pad. Using a layer of thermally activated gel to absorb and dissipate body heat while the user sleeps, this pad can relieve sunburn, sooth menopause and ease lower back pain.
  • Feeling stressed? Try these Restorative Yoga Poses to help ease tension and stress from a busy workweek.
  • With four heated massage heads rotating in opposite directions you can reach ultimate relaxation and muscle stimulation with the Kneading Back Massage Cushion.
  • Spend time relaxing and enjoying the outdoors in our Zero Gravity Outdoor Recliner. Offering proper back support and a high level of comfort, this chair is the perfect ergonomic relaxation piece for any outdoor area.
  • Sneak in a nap or two throughout the weekend.
  • Relieve pressure and back pain with our Mastercare Inversion Table. With a lower pivot point you can relieve sciatica and muscle spasms with a greater sense of safety and security.

Be sure to visit us at one of our Relax The Back locations or online at, to continue the holiday weekend relaxation.

What is Zero-Gravity?


Ever wonder why some of our chairs are called “Zero-Gravity”? The zero-gravity position refers to the way astronauts are positioned in their space shuttle chair for take off and landing. This neutral position helps distribute the effects of gravity across the body as evenly as possible, helping astronauts deal with the problems of intense and sudden compressional forces.


This “Neutral Posture” concept developed by NASA applies to wellness therapy as well. By assuming this position with your legs raised above the heart, the effects of gravity are neutralized – your muscles can rest and your spinal discs decompress and return to their normal size and shape. You also experience the following benefits:

  • Less pressure on the spine
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Less pressure on the heart and expanded lung capacity
  • Increased circulation and increased blood oxygen levels

Our zero-gravity recliners and massage chairs are ergonomically designed and engineered to put you in this ideal posture. Whether reading, relaxing, or watching TV, we recommend one of our best sellers, the Human Touch Perfect Chair. And through September 17th, purchase a Perfect Chair and receive a FREE Premium Leather Pad set upgrade (a $500 value).  See and experience for yourself why customers cite a sense of weightlessness and heightened relaxation. Yes, we’re that sure that a chair really can change your life.

INFORGRAPHIC: Lower Back Pain by the Numbers


Did you know, 61% of Americans experience low back pain? Sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association, this infographic provides insight into the overwhelming number of people who experience back pain, its causes and what is affected in your daily life.

Back pain can affect every element of your daily life from exercise, sleep, work, intimacy, travel and family time. Physical Therapists can design an individual treatment plan once an initial examination is completed but there are also many products on the market today that can help relive or eliminate back pain, in addition to products that can prevent.

For example, spending hours a day at the office can be a cause for back pain and discomfort. There any many office products from ergonomic office chairs, stand up desks, and back cushions and more that can transform you workspace into a comfortable work environment that is not strenuous on your back.

REVIEW: Human Touch Perfect Chair – PC6


The Human Touch Perfect Chair is boldly named. A chair that’s “perfect”? It sounds as trite as “100% satisfaction guaranteed” or “new and improved.” But, after a week of actually sitting in one, I can honestly say there’s something to it.

The Perfect Chair is in a category we refer to as zero gravity chairs.  They got that name because they operate on ergonomic principles developed by NASA. The aerospace scientists were looking for ways to prevent their astronauts from being crushed by gravity during shuttle launch. In the traditional upright sitting position, the forces of gravity are concentrated on the spine, creating enormous pressure.

To counteract this, the scientists developed the “zero gravity position,” in which the feet are raised above the spine, allowing gravity to be dispersed more evenly throughout the body. This reduces pressure points and is why zero gravity chairs offer a deeper, more relaxing kind of comfort.

When you sit in one, you can feel the difference. The old, familiar feeling of sitting in a regular chair, with hips and spine at an uncomfortable 90 degree angle, is completely absent. Instead, in the zero gravity position, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood throughout the body. Your circulation flows with gravity instead of against it. You will also notice that the chair’s back is slanted slightly away from the seat, which encourages an open thigh-torso angle.  Positioning the pelvis as well as aligning and stabilizing the lumbar spine is important to establish “neutral posture,” which is the body’s most natural position. The perfect chair achieves this effortlessly, insuring maximum comfort and pain relief.

The benefit of “neutral posture” is that it creates a relaxed, dreamy feeling that, for me at least, induces sleep in a matter of minutes. The reduced pressure on your back, shoulders, neck, and spine means your muscles don’t have to work as hard supporting your body. Again, this “neutral posture” position makes it easier for your body to relax, reducing strain and fatigue.

Perfect chairs have a nontraditional design. They don’t look like regular chairs, with sleek angles, curving along the chair and leg rest. Another difference is that they are made of 100% renewable, plantation grown wood from the Para Rubber tree. Although they have a nontraditional design, zero gravity chairs are designed for superior comfort.

You may also notice that, in comparison to other chairs, they have less padding. The reason for this is that they don’t need it. Padding does not always equal comfort. Zero gravity chairs do not need a foot of cushioned material because they put the body in its most natural, “neutral” posture.

They are built to conform to the body, rather than the other way around.