A Guide to High Back and Recliner Chairs

Many of us spend a lot of our time sitting down; whether at work in an office, or due to old age or any other health condition which might limit mobility. Because of this, it’s essential that the chair you’re sitting in provides enough comfort and support; whether you’re elderly, have spine issues or back pain, a disability, or any other health condition which may mean you need extra back and neck support.

Thankfully, if you do need some extra support from the chairs in your home, there are plenty of models available, from high back chairs to recliners or orthopaedic chairs. Each one has a range of specific functions and benefits, from easing back pain, relieving headaches and supplying spinal support, to name just a few. If you’d like to know more about the types of chairs available on the market, and how they might benefit you or your loved ones, read on for our guide to high back and recliner chairs.

Types of chair

As mentioned, there are several different types of high back or orthopaedic chairs which can help to relieve pain, give sitters a better posture, and provide a generally more relaxing and comfortable experience. Below, we will run through some of the most popular models in more detail, including their functions, benefits and any relevant medical conditions which may require one of these types of chair.

High back

As the name suggests, high back chairs are chairs which include a backrest which extends further upwards to support the upper back. Some may also include a neck or headrest, and they can come with or without armrests. High back chairs come in many different styles and fabrics, and you may choose to add an extra comfort pressure cushion for added support.

High back chairs offer many benefits, including better support for the head, neck and shoulders in comparison to other types of chair. They also support the back all the way down from the base of the neck to the lumbar (lower spine), and many users find they are simply more comfortable and relaxing than other chair styles.

High back chairs are suitable for people with a range of health issues, including back pain, sore joints, circulation problems, arthritis, headaches or swollen legs and feet. They are often used by the elderly, or office workers who find that their desk job takes its toll on their neck and back.

Hospital chairs

Hospital chairs come in several different styles, but the most important specification is that they provide enough support for patients, but are also comfortable for visitors. Many hospital chairs tend to be a high back variety, as this offers the most comfort and support for both patients and any bedside or waiting room visitors. They are also often ergonomically designed, with pressure management seats and padded backrests for extra comfort and support.

Hospital chairs can have fixed armrests or drop arms, to enable patients to move in and out of the chair more easily. Most people will only encounter hospital chairs in the hospital itself, but you might want to consider a hospital style chair for your home if you or a loved one have any of the health issues listed above, or if they are elderly or recovering from a stay in hospital.

Orthopaedic chairs

Orthopaedic chairs aim to combat the strain on your skeleton and muscles caused by sitting down for long periods of time, and they are designed to give your spine and skeletal system as much support as possible. They provide support to the lumbar portion of your spine, which prompts the user to sit in a position that stops them from hunching over or straining their shoulders. There are several different shapes and styles available, but all are focused on relieving pressure on your spine and increasing comfort.

These types of chairs can usually be adjusted to suit the user’s height and body type, and they include padded cushions to relieve pressure on the hips and support the hips and buttocks. Many of them also have a swivel function, allowing the user to move around their desk or table area easily without further strain.

Orthopaedic chairs are suitable for anybody who finds a regular chair uncomfortable, but it’s important to take the time to choose the right chair which suits your proportions. Armrests should be at a comfortable height, feet should lie flat on the floor and the back should be high enough to support the user’s full back and neck.

Riser recliner chairs

Many people choose a riser recliner chair for mobility reasons, but they also work wonders if you’re after a supremely comfortable chair to relax in at the end of the day. Riser recliner chairs are able to be moved from an upright sitting position, to a fully reclined one, by raising up the leg rest and tilting the backrest into an almost horizontal position.

Some recliners are operated using a manual lever, but most are electronically powered using a handheld remote attached to the chair. Single motor recliners offer one rise and recline action, which raises the footrest to a 45 degree angle (and down again); this is used to support the legs while watching television or any other activities. A dual motor recliner offers greater flexibility, and allows the user to control the back and footrests independently, allowing for more flexibility with your positioning. You may choose to tilt the back and headrest slightly while keeping the footrest down, or recline the chair fully so it’s almost like a bed.

Basic recliner chairs are relatively affordable at around £350, and there are usually second hand models available on the market too. For a dual motor chair you’ll be looking at more money, so it’s worth weighing up your mobility needs and whether a single motor chair would be sufficient. Recliner chairs offer a wealth of benefits, including reduced pressure on the body (and a reduction in the risk of pressure sores), improved circulation, assistance standing up and sitting down, and general overall improved comfort.

Day care couch

People with more severe mobility issues or disabilities may require a chair which is suitable for those with higher dependency needs, such as a daycare coach. These are particularly suitable for individuals who require a lot of care and medical attention in their homes, and who may have nurses, carers or other health professionals visiting them regularly to provide care or treatment.

These chairs look similar to recliners, and are often upholstered using memory foam to ease pressure and increase comfort. They are a lot more mobile than recliners however, and are fitted with wheels and steering to allow the couch to be moved around with ease. Padded side supports can be folded up or down, to either keep the user safe and secure in the chair, or allow carers to easily move them from the chair to a bed or sofa.

Like recliners, the foot and headrests can be adjusted electronically to achieve the most comfortable position, and the height of the entire couch can also be adjusted to the best position for patient and carer.


Mobility aids like the chairs mentioned above can dramatically improve the quality of people’s lives, so if you’re looking for personal care aids for you or a loved one, get in touch with A Mobility Shop NW Ltd. We offer a wide range of high back and recliner chairs, as well as other aids such as chair lifts, wheelchairs, stairlifts, bathroom aids and more. Whatever your requirements or level of mobility, we’re sure to have a product to make your life easier. For more information about any of our products or services, give us a call today or visit our website.


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