Lumbar Support Buying Guide
What is Lumbar Support?
The lumbar region is the lower part of your spine, and is usually not fully supported in typical chairs, increasing strain back muscle strain. Lumbar support refers to any cushion or pillow that sits between the back of your chair and this lower part of your back to ease tension on your spine. Lumbar support cushions will help encourage your back to assume its natural and neutral curve, and can help ease pain throughout your entire back.
Do You Need Lumbar Support?
If you are suffering from back pain, particularly in your lower back, lumbar support cushions can be a relief aid. Particularly for those who are seated for long periods of time, having a lumbar support pillow added to your chair can be an effective tool for increasing daily comfort. Lumbar support works by encouraging your spine to follow its natural curve, which can improve your posture and help reduce pain even in places the support pillow is not in contact with. Anyone who sits in chairs that do not support the natural curvature of the back can benefit from lumbar support in cushions or furniture meant for spinal alignment.
How to Use Lumbar Support
You can use a lumbar support cushion in any seat with a solid back, including in your home office or car. A lumbar support cushion should sit at the natural curve of your back, above your tailbone in the lower half of your back. Sit straight back comfortably in your chair with your thighs parallel to the floor, and gently place the support pillow behind your lower spine. Leaning fully back, make sure your posture feels aligned and your entire back is making contact with the chair and pillow.
Can You Add Lumbar Support to a Car Seat?
Yes. Many car seats do not offer adequate support to your full spine and lumbar support car cushions can offer a strong improvement in back comfort and spinal alignment as you drive. A lumbar pillow in your car can help with driving back pain relief. By using a lumbar support car cushion while we drive, which forces our shoulders forward, we can also help to improve driving posture by reducing the rounding of our shoulders. We spend significant time sitting in our cars, with or without commutes, and continuing to fully support the spine throughout the day is key to minimizing back strain. View our Sacro-Ease lumbar support car seat.