Importance of good sitting posture

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Good posture can have a myriad of health benefits, including improved respiratory function and increased energy. Poor posture, on the other hand, can lead to serious health problems from aches and pains to headaches through to long term chronic conditions. And while it may sound extreme, poor posture can also lead to death. So it is important that you are always thinking about posture when working with patients who are sitting for long periods of time.

Rise & Recline Healthcare’s range of riser recliner chairs are designed to support users to gain a better posture and reduce the occurrence and impact of conditions associated with poor posture. When assessing a patient for posture, consider that the following areas can be improved significantly with the introduction of a Rise & Recline chair.

Pelvic Position

Posterior Pelvic Tilt

This occurs when the PSIS is positioned lower than the ASIS with the pelvis tilted backwards, leading to the patient putting more pressure on their sacrum. This can cause difficulties with swallowing and breathing. The range of riser recliner chairs are designed to distribute the weight evenly through the body to ensure the pelvis is aligned and pressure points are reduced.

Anterior Pelvic Tilt

This is caused by the PSIS being positioned higher than the ASIS. This is commonly caused by sitting at a desk for prolonged periods or excess weight at the front of the body pulling the pelvis forwards.

Pelvic Obliquity

This is caused by the pelvis being tilted to one side, either because the chair is too big for the user or because of contributing weakness on one side of the body. Riser recliner chairs can help to combat this as each chair is designed specifically for the user, ensuring the dimensions of the chair are right for their frame.

Spinal Position

As well as affecting the pelvis, there are a number of spinal complaints associated with poor posture. Spinal and pelvic issues are generally interlinked and should be addressed together.


This is identified as an increased lumbar curve and is generally associated with anterior pelvic lift.


This is a curvature of the spine, generally associated with Pelvic Obliquity. It can be either a C shape curve or and S shape.


This presents as a ‘hump’ back, usually in the thoracic region and is usually associated with anterior pelvic tilt.


The hamstring muscle pulls over both the hip and knee joints; if the patient’s hamstrings are too tight, this has a knock on effect on the overall posture and can affect pelvic and spinal alignment. Rise &Recline Healthcare chairs are tailored to the user’s exact measurements. This ensures both feet can be planted comfortably on the floor without tightening the hamstrings.

For further information on how our range of riser recliner chairs can support your patients achieve better posture, contact a member of our team today to discuss your requirements further.


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