Rocking brings a safe activity and exercise to elders who live an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy, such as rocking therapy, can reduce the symptoms of vertigo. Patients with Alzheimer's disease who rock for 1-2 hour per day demonstrate significant improvements with depression, anxiety, and balance and a decrease in pain medication usage. Rocking chairs impact diseases such as arthritis by increasing blood flow and sending more oxygen to joints while the relaxation effect boosts the immune system.


Rocking works an individual's muscles, thighs, legs and even their ankles keeping them fitter; one hour of rocking burns 150 calories! Dedicating 10 minutes a day to a rocking chair reduces blood pressure and improves your circulation. Rocking has been used for chronic fatigue and to help patients recover from strokes and heart attacks. The motion of rocking stimulates the body, helps maintain momentum and greater balance. Rocking is a relaxing activity for all age groups and reduces anxiety and depression.


Rocking chairs provide security and set a calm tone for individuals with Autism and sensory disorders. Individuals with ADHD and ADD have higher focus whilst sitting in a rocking chair due to the individual's need to keep moving. Vestibular stimulation increases alertness in children with special needs.


Recovering from surgery is faster for individuals who employ rocking motions in physical therapy. Rocking causes the release of endorphins, elevating the mood and relieving chronic pain. Rocking is recommended when recovering from major surgery as surgery causes stress to the body and rocking calms this response. The act of rocking helps recovering patients with flexibility and strengthening their muscles.