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Experience the Zero Gravity Difference

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The ergonomic experts from Relax The Back explain the healthy benefits of positioning the body into zero gravity.

When you recline in a true Zero Gravity position, with your legs elevated above your heart and an open angle created between your torso and thighs, a number of good things begin to happen. This position - also sometimes called "90/90" because of the approximate right angles that occur at the hips and knees - immediately puts your back in the correct resting or "neutral" position, in which the S-curve of your spine is properly maintained and virtually all pressure on the lower back is relieved (as opposed to lying in a typical horizontal posture, where compression on the lower back can actually be increased by as much as 25 pounds).

Since all our body parts are co-dependent, this Zero Gravity modification begins to have beneficial effects in other areas: lung capacity is expanded to ease breathing and boost oxygen levels, while circulation improves to minimize stress on the heart, which in turn leaves you with less muscle fatigue and a completely relaxed feeling overall. It's no wonder that Zero Gravity reclining is recommended by many physicians and health care professionals, and it is the closest thing you'll find here on earth to the weightless conditions of outer space.

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1. Memory Foam
Temperature- and pressure-sensitive material conforms to your body's contours, eliminating pressure points. "Memory" aspect allows it to always regain its original shape.

2. Articulating Headrest
Allows personalized positioning and increased comfort depending on the activity from resting to reading to watching TV.

3. Cervical/Lumbar Pillow
Provides even greater support for the neck or lower back areas. Many variations are available including those filled with memory foam and inflatable designs.

4. Power Recline
At the touch of a button, positioning is changed from upright to true Zero Gravity, or to an intermediate position. Whisper-quiet operation.

5. Adjustable Footrest
Can include an extending design to accommodate taller users or, a retractable style that provides for easier in and out of the recliner.

6. Home Theater
Allows recliners to be grouped together in various numbers and configurations for optimal viewing. Options can include built-in cupholders and lockable table wedges.

7. Leather Upholstery
Other options can include fabric, micro-suede and leather with vinyl-match. A choice of wood finishes is also available on some recliners.

The 90/90 Position
Refers to the nearly right angles at the hips and knees. These angles represent the proper neutral/resting position in which stressful forces are eliminated.

Correct Spinal Alignment
The proper neutral position for the 5-curve of your spine is maintained along the three regions of your back: cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), and lumbar (lower back).

Back Pressure Relief
The lumbar region (lower back), especially, is relieved of almost all pressure. Disc compression is greatly reduced or eliminated completely.

Expanded Lung Capacity
Via the open angle created between the torso and thighs. Breathing is improved, thereby increasing oxygen levels in the blood.

Improved Circulation
With the legs elevated above the heart, stress on the heart is minimized, and the oxygen-rich blood being pumped to fatigued muscles helps them to recover faster.

Overall Stress Relief
The Zero Gravity position approximates the weightless conditions of outer space, in which the body experiences an absolute minimum of internal and external stresses.

Updated on: 02/01/10