Viscoelastic foams, also known as memory foams, are typified by their slow recovery after compression. When a weighted object is positioned on viscoelastic foam, the foam progressively conforms to the shape of the object, and after the weight is removed, the foam slowly reassumes its initial shape. Due to this gradual recovery, viscoelastic foam also can be described as “slow recovery” foam. Viscoelastic foam’s unique physical characteristics have led to its popularity in the bedding and medical industries. Due to its conforming aspect, viscoelastic material makes for a comfortable yet supportive mattress or mattress pad, and its low resilience works well in bed pillows. Aside from bedding and medical purposes, viscoelastic material can be used in standard household furniture (stationary or motion), office furniture, and in some vehicle seating applications. It can cushion sports equipment, power tools, and footwear. Viscoelastic foam has also found utility in ergonomic applications such as neck, back and leg pads, as well as in arm and wrist rests for computers.

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