Welcome to Zero Gravity Furniture A Bad Backs' Specialty Store and supported by Bad Backs' security and full customer service offerings. The unique zero–gravity® technology, as developed by NASA, has now been adapted for stationary applications, and incorporated in a range of beautifully crafted furniture.
Zero Gravity® Benefits
The Zero Gravity® position helps reduce back pain
Increased blood circulation due to less compression
Lowers heart rate & helps to reduce blood pressure
Relax and revive in the comfort of Zero Gravity®

Orthopeadic surgeons universally agree that the Zero-Gravity® stress-free position reduces pressure on your spine, relieves muscle tension and increases circulation.

The Zero-Gravity® or anti-gravity position is also commonly referred to as the 'body's natural position'. This position approximates the posture sleeping astronauts assume when floating weightless in space (when the body experiences absolute minimum internal and external stresses). Astronauts also use this position to cope with the forces experienced during takeoff.

When standing a person normally has about 100% of their total body weight of pressure on their lower back.

When sitting a person normally has about 150% of their total body weight of pressure on their lower back.

When lying in bed, a person normally has about 25% of pressure on their lower back.

When reclined in the Zero-Gravity® position, there is 0% of total body weight of When there is less pressure, there is normally less pain since the body will be in a better position to 'heal' itself.

  • Better or increased blood circulation
  • Lowering of your blood pressure
  • Lowering of your heart rate
  • Deeper, more relaxed breathing
  • Virtually no pressure on the lower back
  • Reduced pain and / or discomfort in the lower back
  • A more relaxed and less stressful feeling

The zero-gravity® concept is credited to the scientists and doctors at NASA and was utilized in the space program to reduce the amount of compressional forces exerted on the spine by the extreme speed at which the astronauts blast into space. During take-off, astronauts recline with their feet higher than their hearts with a torso to leg angle of 126 degrees +/- 7. The reason zero gravity® is a preferred posture for astronauts is any slight amount of disc compression will be exemplified by the speed and force of take off.

A zero-gravity® posture is the only position that does not exert compression on the discs. And when gravity is neutralized, muscles rest and discs return to their normal size and shape.

A Word Of Caution:

The spine should not recline to 180 degrees with the knees raised for any length of time, which happens when a person lays flat on the floor with the knees raised much higher than the heart. The reason is this posture will increase the pressure on the brain and may cause Intracranial Pressure or ICP.

Zero Gravity® furniture will not allow the user to obtain these detrimental positions because the back will not recline to 180 degrees by design. The zero gravity® recliner was designed purposely to avoid the negative affects of ICP.

Zero-Gravity® furniture is designed to relieve the body of the pressures that cannot be relieved in a standing, seated or laying position or with other furniture that position the torso parallel to the horizon.

Why is a Zero–Gravity® recliner better than a traditional recliner?

'…The disc in between each vertebrae is a weight bearing structure whose normal consistency mimics jelly. Within twenty minutes to an hour if the disc does not move it will settle into an abnormal state that mimics the consistency of clay. It does this because after age ten the intervertebral disc begins to loose its blood supply and by the time we are fully grown we have lost the majority of it. To receive nutrition and maintain its health, the disc will absorb fluid from the surrounding tissue by motion through a process called osmosis, the more movement of the vertebrae the healthier the disc.

The very last disc in the body, L-5S1, absorbs the largest percentage of the weight of the upper body. Sitting loads the discs the most. Normal sitting postures will load 150 pounds of compression on L5/S1, standing loads 100 pounds and laying down will load at least 25 pounds. Even a minor back or disc problem can be exacerbated with 25 pounds of compression. The body's first reaction to any insult is inflammation.

A zero-gravity® seated position zeros out the compressional forces of the disc, thereby relieving the discomfort and more importantly the cause of the problem.'— Dr Mark Vettraino

TASKGROUP … Ergonomic Consultant for Stronger Healthier WorkForce

Ergonomic principles had first been explored in the USA in research showing that fighter pilots needed cockpits with controls placed logically and within easy reach. The industrial designer Henry Dryfuss, who designed products for AT&A and other equipment manufacturers, pioneered the application of ergonomics to more specific tasks. In 1959 he had knowledge about body measurements and human perception compiled into a reference available to people designing office equipment.

Muscular contraction, or movement, releases 'endorphins' (a morphine-like substance), which in turn reduces the level of pain. Therefore, 'changing position' often is going to make you feel better.

The most healthful posture in terms of minimizing disc compression is one which maintains a fairly open angle - up to 135° - between the body's trunk and thighs. This open angle promotes lordosis, a normal lumbar curve in which pressure is most evenly distributed on the discs (Anderson, 1974, 1979)

- Dr Mark Vettraino — Ergonomic Consultant

Avoid bending at the waist. This movement places an extreme amount of pressure on the discs of the spine. The best procedure is to squat down with your back straight and knees bent, grasp the object and bring it close to your body, then slowly rise, letting the thigh muscles do most of the work.


When standing you can protect your back by frequently shifting your weight slightly. Proper footwear is very important. Use cushioned insoles and flexible footwear of the proper size. Avoid wearing high heels, which cause the pelvis to tilt forward and places abnormal strain on the lower back muscles. Proper posture when standing means that the shoulders are not rolled forward, stomach area is pulled in and the small of the back is straight and the hips are not tilted. When properly aligned, a straight vertical line should pass from the ear, dropping through the shoulder-arm socket, middle of the hip, and the back of the kneecap.


Always choose an adjustable chair with good lower back support. Avoid lower back fatigue by sitting with the lower back firmly against the chair back support. Alternately shift elevation of the legs during prolonged sitting. Crossing the legs also positions the spine abnormally and should be avoided.

Lying Down

The best and least stressful position for sleeping is to lie on your side with knees slightly bent. A pillow should be used to elevate the head to keep it in line with the back. If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under the knees to relieve lower back stress and promote proper alignment.

Walking for exercise is a positive step for maintaining good posture. It not only exercises the legs, but also the abdomen and back muscles.

BackSaver Zero Gravity® Leather Recliner

The opinion of the cardiologists in the rehabilitation program who have reviewed the BackSaver zero-gravity recliner are uniformly positive.

Specifically we care for a substantial number of patients with circulatory disorders including deep venous thrombosis. Many of these patients require relatively prolonged periods of anticoagulation with elevation of the lower extremities to promote venous drainage. Whereas this was previously grounds for hospital stays of a week or more, the realities of managed care and health care reform in the current era require that most of these patients be discharged for periods of treatment and recuperation at home. Many find it necessary to purchase hospital-type beds in order to achieve the desired elevation of the lower extremities, and then are in possession of a piece of furniture that has little alternative use. Without question, these patients would achieve a better degree of venous drainage from the lower extremities with the Backsaver zero-gravity recliner product that we have elevated, and in addition, would have a useful piece of furniture at the completion of their convalescence.

In short, we find this to be a high quality product with a particularly clever design to promote comfort for patients who need to spend prolonged periods of time with their lower extremities elevated. We will be recommending it to interested patients and colleagues…

— Thomas W Smith, MID | Brigham and Women’s Hospital

LaFuma Zero Gravity® Outdoor Recliner

I have a soft tissue lower back injury due to overtraining and sitting in an office for hours on end. The pain radiates from my lower back into my foot. I have tried every technique I come across to address the pain. One 'optimistic' specialist told me that most people with back pain never find the true cause of their pain and they just have to learn to live with it.

He is probably right, so now I concentrate on making sure my surroundings are conducive to pain relief. This is why I purchased the Lafuma Zero Gravity Recliner. It enables me to sit down but at the same time it takes the pressure off my lower back muscles. Well that is the idea anyway. I now have to line up behind my kids and husband to have my go at sitting in my LaFuma Chair. I am going to purchase two more for my pool deck. They look great and they feel sublime…

— L. Sullivan, TAS

I was frustrated with the lack of body friendly chairs available. As I do a lot of reading, relaxation and meditation I decided to treat myself to a chair that would fulfill my dreams of a 'one size fits all' chair so that I could do all my sitting in comfort and treat my body to some luxury. The Lafuma was exactly what I wanted…

— S. Joyce, QLD

We already had two Lafuma recliners and LOVE them so much we wanted some more to share with our friends. It is simply the most comfortable outdoor chair available…

— M. Dippenaar, QLD

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