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Why Recline?

The Problem. The most common type of chronic pain, nonspecific low back pain (NSLBP), affects 60%–80% of active adults and accounts for over 90% of all low back pain cases. Low back pain is the leading cause of disability in workers age 45 and younger, and chronic pain disproportionately affects those serving in the military (44% compared to 26% in the general public.).

Pain affects adults’ job performance and career stability, as well as the sufferer’s mood and behavior. Complications from back pain include

  • Inability to sit at the computer without pain
  • High risk of opioid dependence
  • Social isolation and depression.
  • Research on low back pain has shown that disc misalignment is worse for people sitting in a typical 90-degree position. Discs move the least, and thus minimize back pain, when people recline to a 135-degree sitting position (see right). Researcher Dr. Waseem Amir Bashir explained

    We were not created to sit down for long hours, but somehow modern life requires the vast majority of the global population to work in a seated position. This made our search for the optimal sitting position all the more important….Sitting in a sound anatomic position is essential, since the strain put on the spine and its associated ligaments over time can lead to pain, deformity and chronic illness….A 135-degree body-thigh sitting posture was demonstrated to be the best bio-mechanical sitting position, as opposed to a 90-degree posture, which most people consider normal….This may be all that is necessary to prevent back pain, rather than trying to cure pain that has occurred over the long term due to bad postures.

    Before Rest-A-Desk arrived, industry experts noted the absence of a practical, fully-reclinable computer workstation:

    • “Getting a 135-degree posture is optimal to minimize stress to the discs, but when you're working, you cannot always achieve that…You have to be practical.” (Dr. Gunnar Andersson, chairman of orthopedics at Rush University in Chicago)
    • "Flexibility is the key. People should move around to increase circulation. Reclining is part of that." (Mr. Dave Trippany, corporate ergonomist for Steelcase, Inc.)
    • "Really the best position is what you get in a La-Z-Boy, although that wouldn't work well for someone using a computer." (Dr. Bashir)
    • "We design our chairs so that people can change positions regularly. You may find it difficult to lean back while using a computer, but you can lean back while talking on the phone." (Ms. Judy Lesse, ergonomics consultant for Herman Miller)
    • “While a person cannot easily operate a computer from a recliner, it is possible to keep one's feet on the floor while raising the chair to open up the angle between the thighs and the back.” (Dr. Bashir)
    • “Leaning forward as people commonly do while playing computer and video games is even more stressful to the spine than sitting upright.” (Dr. Bashir)
    • "I would agree with their conclusion….They found about 135 degrees is the most natural posture. That's also what you get when you're floating in water or astronauts that are in a weightless environment." (Mr. Bill Dowell, research director at Herman Miller, Inc.)

    The Solution. Based on decades of back pain research, the key advantage of Rest-A-Desk’s patented design is that you can position the independently adjustable monitor and keyboard platforms wherever your computing position completely relaxes your neck, arms, shoulders, and back. Bringing the computer to you, rather than the other way around, can reduce and prevent back, neck, and shoulder pain. The desired result is for you to be able to use your computer longer and with less pain, which can lead to decreasing your need for pain medications and generally feeling healthier and more productive.

    Rest-A-Desk connects to your desktop or laptop (PC or MAC), and safely locks into your most comfortable position—fully upright (seated), completely supine (lying), or anywhere in between.

    With its ergonomic, safe, and economical design, Rest-A-Desk can reduce and prevent pain for computer users wherever they may be—at home, in medical settings, or at the office. Rest-A-Desk’s hospital-grade equipment is such high quality that we provide a no-cost, 10-year replacement warranty on the components (the monitor/keyboard set has a 1-year warranty).

    Rest-A-Desk was built to accommodate painful medical conditions including:

    Muscle strain or sprain


    Degenerative disc disease

    Failed back surgery


    Herniated disc



    Spinal stenosis


    Multiple sclerosis