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Can anyone recommend a good recliner?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all!
Apologies if I am posting in the wrong forum. My brother has had a couple back/neck surgeries & I am trying to find out what a good recliner would be for him. He had a lower back surgery (I'm sorry I don't know the terminology, but it was pretty much at his waist) to repair a ruptured disk about 10 years ago. He also had a neck surgery a few years ago. His disk(s) were actually crushing his spinal cord. Anyhow, after his first surgery he bought a barcalounger which worked great up until recently. Now, the longer he sits in it, the worse his muscle spasms get. However, they have discontinued the model & none go flat enough for him. I noticed alot of the back pain recliners are not advertised as going flat but rather have a bend in the knee/waist area (zero gravity). I'm not having much luck finding personal reviews. He feels best when he can lay completely flat. Anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks for the help!


  • Zero gravity chairs are supposed to be good. Also saw a memory foam recliner which looks light and portable. Good luck with your search. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I don't know about recliners that would be good for a back surgery person, but I can tell you what works for me with my neck surgery. We had a Lazy Boy reclining rocking chair and a Lazy Boy dual reclining sofa. I just loved the sofa and my favorite was the softer reclining rocking chair. After my neck surgery I could not sit in either one for longer than 20 minutes because they would bend my neck forward. After sitting in many sofas in the furniture stores, We purchased a Lane pillowtop dual sofa recliner. I can even fall asleep in it and wake up without the neck pain from bending my neck forward. My sugesstion to you and your brother would be to find something that you like in the store before you invest alot of money into it. My German Shepherd also loves our sofa.
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  • Hi Mecula, I just got a new recliner myself. It is a Lane zero-gravity type, very comfy, but still probably not the best idea as I am post-op, still on no bending/lifting/twisting restrictions- so a little hard to pop the legs up. It is very cushy. The no-gravity feature just makes the feet go higher the further back you put the head. It definitely is not flat. However, the store where I bought it carried a recliner ,made by BEST Chairs Inc, that could go completely flat. The guy said they are popular with people who cannot sleep in a bed. They were around $700 though. It definitely went totally flat. He said they were a very popular item. Make sure he goes to buy it and tries them out, as they are really individual. I know mine is too short my brother in law, but all us ladies love it. Good luck, Sue
  • Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
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