Are Wedge Cushions Good For Back Pain?

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Are Wedge Cushions Good For Back Pain?

You’re probably experiencing backaches and pains from sitting in the same position for long periods. A slight adjustment, such as a sitting wedge, could offer you an affordable solution to provide more comfortable working positions, which will help improve your posture while reducing pain. Please keep reading to find out about what they are, how they work and their benefits!

As a general rule, a wedge cushion will help those who suffer from chronic back pain. The purpose of wedge cushions is to realign the spine and relieve back pain caused by prolonged sitting. It is essential to design a wedge cushion with an angle between 110 and 135 degrees from the trunk to the thighs.

Based on my 30 years of treating back pain, posture problems, and weak cores, I am writing an article on finding the perfect wedge cushion. The following tips will help you avoid low back pain while sitting. Follow my simple recommendations in this blog to feel better and avoid back stiffness while sitting.

Sitting Wedges: What Are They?

seat wedge cushion posture

The wedges are great for sitting and can make you feel more comfortable. The purpose of a sitting wedge is to improve posture by positioning your body in a relaxed and natural position, which reduces aches caused by extended periods spent at a desk. 

Sitting Wedges: How Do They Work?

The wedge cushion will make your back feel better when you sit on it. Sitting wedges improve the angle between your torso and upper legs and enhance the surface you sit on. In addition to tilting your pelvis forward, the cushion will improve your lower spine’s inward curve. Consequently, your spine will be less stressed, and your back will be able to distribute your weight more naturally through your sitting muscles, and you will be able to sit more upright without straining your joints, discs and ligaments.

icon of young man sitting without seat wedge and with seat wedge

The seat angle can be between 8 and 13 degrees, which will determine how much your back muscles are used when you’re sitting there. If you have a current back problem or have never sat like this before, you might find it more effective to sit on it for short periods and then gradually lengthen the time you sit on it after that as you build your back muscles. 

Using a sitting wedge to remove the problematic loading in the coccyx region, you are not experiencing pressure in that area. As a result, you will be able to sit comfortably with little or no discomfort.

Why Should You Use A Sitting Wedge?

coccyx seat wedge cushion

By using a sitting wedge, you can ensure that you won’t hunch over your desk. In addition to improving your appearance, it prevents back pain in the long run!

The Following Are Some Benefits of Sitting Wedge Cushions:

  • Comfortable and supportive pelvis
  • Enhanced posture
  • Engagement of core muscles (transverse abdominis, pelvic floor, quadratus lumborum, obliques)
  • Relieves low back or sciatic pain
  • Relieves pain caused by the coccyx 

A Core Muscle Wedge: How Do You Use It?

Simply place it on your office or dining chair with the slope inclining towards the front of the chair and then sit on it. Your spine will be straightened by it as you sit up straighter. Soft seating, such as a sofa or chair, is generally not compatible with these wedges.

If you are considering buying a wedge cushion, here are my recommendations:

  • An ergonomically contoured wedge cushion helps to improve your comfort and posture. 
  • 8-13 degree angle slope
  • High-quality base foundation foam (+96 kg/m3)
  • Soft top comfort layer (56-68 kg/m3)
  • The best overall foam for comfort, resiliency, and alignment is Natural Latex
  • 4D stretchy cover
  • Non-slip bottom cover

Use a Posture Wedge Cushion to Reduce Low Back Pain

The majority of seats, including couches and car seats, force you to sit with your knees higher than your hips, by having your knees higher than your hip joints can aggravate painful conditions like sciatica or low back pain for extended periods. 

When you use a wedge cushion, your pelvis will tilt forward, enhancing the curve of your lower spine. Your spine will therefore be less stressed, your sitting muscles will be able to distribute your weight more naturally, and you will be able to sit more upright without straining your joints, discs, and ligaments.

Use a Sitting Wedge Cushion to Reduce Hip Pain

Whether sitting in a typical office chair, some people naturally tend to sit with the pelvis tilted towards the chair’s back. With the pelvis rolled back in sitting, there will be:

  • hip pain
  • pressure on the muscles of the lower glutes
  • stress on the nerves that pass through the glutes (piriformis muscles) and down into the legs
  • your weight is distributed differently along with your hamstrings and tailbone
  • increases strain on ligaments of the pelvic joints

A wedge cushion can help you sit up straighter and without pain. You’ll be able to distribute weight more naturally from your buttocks down instead of putting all the pressure on sensitive ligaments in your back and pelvis, which can ease or prevent pelvic discomfort thereby reducing both lower abdominal muscle tension as well as low-back aches that may arise because of extended sitting periods.

Conclusion

Sitting in a chair for hours on end can take its toll. The human body is not made to sit still for long periods, and it’s common to experience backaches, soreness, or pain from sitting in the same position day after day. 

A simple solution would be investing in some ergonomic products that will offer you more comfortable positions while at work. One such product is a sitting wedge cushion that elevates your hips so that you can keep your spine straighter while seated – this minor adjustment has been shown to reduce stress on the lower back by as much as 60%. If you’re interested in learning about different types of cushions and other tips that could help improve your posture when seated.

 

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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Founder

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

 

Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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