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Best Recliner Chairs for Arthritis

Recliner chairs, ergonomic chairs, and riser recliner chairs can be a great way to help relieve some of the pain associated with arthritis and provide you or your loved ones with a comfortable, practical seat designed with their needs in mind.

Arthritis is a condition that can cause pain, stiffness and discomfort around the joints, and affects around 10 million people in the UK. People can be affected in many different ways and arthritis varies in severity from person to person.

But what is the best recliner chair for arthritis? And how can riser recliner chairs help people with arthritis? The Opera Beds team is here to break it all down for you. To learn more, keep reading, or get in touch with our friendly team!

How Can Recliner Chairs Help with Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is usually caused by many years of use on the joints, making it more common among elderly people (though it can affect anyone of any age).

That means that one of the best ways to reduce the pain associated with arthritis is to support the joints and prevent any more wear and tear wherever possible.

Ergonomic Support

Riser recliner chairs are great for arthritis sufferers as they are a type of ergonomic chair, designed specifically to support the curves and shapes of our bodies. This means they support your bones, muscles, tendons, and joints to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis.

Riser recliner chairs are perfectly formed to support the natural curve of your spine, reducing lower back pain which is common in people with arthritis. As well as reducing back pain, supporting the spine also helps reduce pressure on your hips, neck, and shoulders, reducing pain there too!

Comfortable Padding

Many people with arthritis and back pain find that increased pressure on their joints can worsen their symptoms. Sitting on hard chairs or chairs that don’t offer any support can make arthritis pain worse, which is why types of ergonomic chairs like riser recliner chairs can be very helpful for people with arthritis. 

The supportive structure also has plenty of padding to help encourage you into an ergonomic position and to reduce pressure on the joints. This means a riser recliner can help reduce discomfort when sitting, napping, reading, watching TV and more.

Support When Sitting and Standing

Arthritis can reduce mobility significantly, and at times can make it difficult to sit and stand comfortably. As we get older, we also naturally lose muscle tone and become weaker, which can also make sitting down and standing up safely more challenging.

As riser recliners for the elderly give you physical support when transitioning from sitting to standing, and vice versa, the risk of falls, strains, sprains, or other injuries is significantly reduced. 

This additional support also makes it easier to stay mobile, and moving around as much as possible is one of the best ways to maintain your health and independence.

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Opera Beds - Our Best Recliner Chairs for Arthritis


The Delby chair from Opera Beds is a classic chair that won’t go out of style, and fits in with almost any décor!

To support users with arthritis, the Delby chair features an extendable footrest to reduce pressure on the ankles and legs alongside a smooth rise and recline mechanism to make sitting and standing easy.

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With an easy-to-use wired remote, the Vela chair offers a sleek, minimalistic, contemporary profile, without compromising on comfort. Like all our riser recliner chairs, Vela makes reclining easy. It also comes in three sizes, so you can feel confident you’re getting the perfect fit.

A linen coloured riser recliner chair in a modern bedroom with an adjustable bed in the background


Parker is a chair perfect for traditional tastes. The button-back offers a classic, timeless style, while also making it easy to change sitting position at a push of a button and reduce strain or pressure on your joints.

Parker Riser Recliner chair


With generous padding to alleviate pressure and a sleek, space-saving profile, Albany gives you the best of both worlds. Like all our chairs, the Albany comes with a 5-year upholstery and parts warranty, giving you peace of mind, value for money, and comfort all in one!

Albany Riser Recliner Chair


Offering support for the head, neck, shoulders, and lower back, the Swinton chair is a fantastic choice for patients with arthritis. The ergonomic waterfall back, rising footrest, and recliner back make sitting comfortable, whatever you’re using your chair for.

Swinton Riser Recliner Chair


The Flynn chair features tilt-in-space as standard to help alleviate pressure when sitting for longer periods of time. Available in three sizes and with over 20 upholstery options, the Flynn can fit seamlessly into any home.

Flynn Riser Recliner Chair

Get in Touch with Opera Beds 

Riser recliner chairs can make a massive difference to people struggling with arthritis. At Opera Beds, we have over 20 years of experience helping our customers choose the perfect chair for their needs. Whatever your concerns or considerations, our expert team can assist you - get in touch today to find out more!

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