How to choose a lift chair?

Lift chairs make standing and sitting much easier for people with limited mobility.  Lift chairs also ease the pressure placed on your joints during sitting and standing.  They can help ease the pain of sitting and standing for people who suffer from stiff joints or conditions like arthritis, severe back pain and other related conditions, especially models with therapeutic benefits like integrated massage and heat features.  Lift chairs are also a great option for seniors who need a little extra help getting up and down.

SIZE:  Power lift chairs come in numerous sizes to accommodate many different heights and weights.  Size and weight limits vary for each brand and model but typically range from petite/small to heavy duty/XXL with up to a 700 pound weight capacity.

POSITIONING:  Will you be sleeping in your power lift chair?  If so, you might wish to consider an infinite position chair, allowing you to adjust the chair into the most comfortable position.   This feature generally allows you to control the chair back separately from the foot of the chair providing you with endless positioning options.  Some chairs will also have features such as power pillows or power lumbar support to meet your comfort needs.

FABRICS AND COLORS:  Lift chairs generally are available in a large variety of fabrics and colors.  Some companies use fabrics that combine durability and comfort like polyester that come in various colors to match most décor styles.

SPACE LIMITATIONS:  You will need to make sure your power lift chair will fit in your room as most will need to sit away from the wall.  Many companies do offer lift chairs that are designed to be placed within 4-6 inches of a wall.  The base on normal lift chairs stays in one place when reclined; however, these “space saver” chairs glide forward as you recline and require less space behind them.

SERVICE AFTER THE SALE:  Your lift chair may need serviced over time due to not working as it once did.  You will want to consider this when purchasing a new lift chair as not all dealers offer this service and parts may not be available for all lift chair models from other suppliers.   Oftentimes, a hand control may go bad and can easily and economically be replaced if there are parts available.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc. services everything we sell.

BATTERY BACKUP:  Many lift chairs have a battery backup system incorporated.  This feature should be powerful enough to raise your chair at least once to allow you to get out of the chair should your power go out.

HEAT AND MASSAGE FUNCTIONS:  Power lift chair features vary from model to model and some will offer integrated heat and massage options with massagers for specific pressure points in your back and legs as well as heat for your lumbar area.

At New Visions, we strongly recommend that you try several different styles before deciding on a chair.  We have a large selection available in our showroom and would love to help you in your selection.


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5 Reasons You Should Consider Regular Massage Appointments

08-back-massageHave you ever received a massage? Most of us have tried it at least once – especially women. Sometimes the experience is amazing and other times you are left feeling you should have just saved your money. Why is that? Because we all have different massage needs and benefit from different approaches. Communication with your massage therapist is key. Have a conversation beforehand and let him or her know what you like, if and where you are having pain and what you expect to get out of the experience. Once you establish that communication, you will begin to see these short- and long-term benefits:

  1. Relaxation. It comes as no surprise that our lives are busier than they have ever been. Working long hours, shuttling children here and there, taking care of our aging parents and trying to take of ourselves means we are juggling a lot of balls each day. And, unfortunately, taking care of ourselves using gets pushed on the backburner while we strive to take care of everything and everyone else. This leads to burnout, which is never good, so it’s important we make time for ourselves. Massage is a great way to do just that as it promotes relaxation and relieves stress.
  2. Pain Relief. Massage is great for alleviating pain you are experiencing. It’s common for people to experience pain in their shoulders and back as a result of carry heaving objects, sports, sitting or standing for long periods and even pregnancy. When you are experiencing pain, it tends to consume your thinking and makes it hard to focus on work or other daily tasks. Regular massage will loosen muscles and promote effective healing.
  3. Flexibility. Once those muscles are loosened up from the massage, it’s a great time to do additional stretches to help elongate them. Try this before a workout or sports activity too, even if it’s just targeted on specific areas of concern like the thighs or calves. It will warm you up before the physical exertion and help prevent injury.
  4. Better Circulation. During a massage, not only are your body tissues engaged, but so are your blood vessels. You may have noticed that massage strokes follow an upward direction. Blood vessels carry the blood throughout the body so this motion helps supply blood towards the heart. From there, your heart pumps the blood throughout different parts of your body. The blood cells carry oxygen so this promotes valuable oxygenation of the body as well.
  5. Ease Sleeplessness/Insomnia Sometimes, the occasional sleepless night occurs before a big presentation or event. Other times, pain can make it hard to sleep. Whatever the underlying reason for the inability to rest peacefully, massage can definitely help. As mentioned in 1 and 2, it promotes relaxation and pain relief, which will make getting those much needed Zs each night even easier. Our bodies need deep sleep to repair and rejuvenate. Without it we are prone to stress, illness and lack of concentration.

Whether it’s once a week or once a month, making time for a massage will benefit your overall health. I often recommend it to people who come in seeking assistance from our line of pain relief products. A multi-relief approach to any pain or stress issue will definitely accelerate healing.

Are you ready to add massage into your New Years pain management resolution?

Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to learn more about multi-relief approaches and see how our full-line of pain relief products can benefit you! We also offer $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne this month to help you get relief when you can’t get a massage! Stop by and try it today!