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One Size Does Not Fit All!

Not all people are meant for the same chair or recliner. We each have a unique body build and size. That's why our Healthy Back comfort consultants are expertly trained to help you find your best chair using S.L.A.M.'s four basic criteria: Seat (height and depth), Lumbar (height and depth), Angles, and Motion. Our unique approach ensures that your new chair or recliner has the proper adjustments necessary to be a perfect fit for you and your body. This allows your body to remain in a proper position, maintain circulation and promote motion, all very important to the health of individuals who sit for longer periods of time.

Learn How to Adjust Your Chair at Home!

Seat Height and Depth: Measure the depth of your seat. Be sure you have two to three inches between the edge of the chair and the back of your calf. Adequate seat depth helps to distribute your weight evenly. Inadequate seat depth can impede circulation, cause numbness and result in difficulty sitting for longer periods of time. Proper seat height encourages you to sit back in your chair, resulting in correct body position with respect to the rest of your workstation.
Lumbar Height and Depth: Stand flat against a wall with your heels and your shoulder blades touching the wall. Now place your hand behind your lower back--does it fit? If you cannot fit your hand behind you, you have a flat back and probably need a chair with very little lumbar support. If you can fit a flat hand behind you, you have a medium curve and need a medium level lumbar support. If you can fit a balled fist behind your back, you have a deep curve, and need a large lumbar support.
Angles: Check to make sure the chair allows you to sit with a 90° angle in the following places: knees, hips, and elbows. Angles of less than 90° have the detrimental effect of impeding circulation. In static seated situations, this can result in premature fatigue and discomfort. In general, more "open" postures and chairs that support you in "open" postures, will allow you to sit comfortably for longer periods of time.
Motion: Critical to pain-free sitting is a chair that allows you to stay in motion. The more you move, the more you encourage blood flow, and the less stiff you become. By properly adjusting the chair's tension control you can achieve your desired level of motion. Rule of thumb: Static positions are a source of pain and fatigue.
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