What Is the Best Lumbar Support? Chiropractor’s Best Lumbar Supports Guide

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Chiropractor’s Guide: Top Lumbar Support in 2022

Lumbar support is one of the most important factors when choosing a lumbar pillow or an office chair. Many people don’t realize the importance of an excellent lumbar pillow, so they suffer from back pain and other health problems. In this blog post, I will discuss what a lumbar pillow is, what to look for in a chair with lumbar support, and how to properly use a supportive pillow if you already have it. I hope this information will help you make the right decision when buying a new chair or learning how to best adjust your current setup for optimal comfort. 

As a general rule, the best lumbar support should accommodate different body types. People with a higher BMI might prefer a taller lumbar support pillow that targets higher up on their back. Women tend to have increased lumbar curvature (lordosis) and could benefit from a more pronounced back support.

It is never a good idea to overstate the benefits of something. But it can be hard to do that with seat foam lumbar cushions. They have many benefits, like reducing back pain and making it easier for people to breathe. With so many choices on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. That’s where I come in. I’m an expert on this topic and have a successful YouTube channel and Kickstarter campaign. Furthermore, I’m an ergonomic designer, and I wrote a book about posture and detailed foam cushions that describes them in detail. So if you’re looking for information about lumbar cushions, I’m the person to talk to.

Why Have a Back Support Pillow?

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The spine curves can tell you about your health and how well-oriented you are. Women, for example, tend to have more inward curves than men in the lumbar region, which is why they often experience chronic pain in their lower back while standing up or sitting down at work desks all day long. Studies show that women’s spines are deeper by around 1cm compared to males’ heights. Yet, both genders measure equal distances from top origin – meaning there’s no difference between boys/men growing taller over time, unlike what some people might think!

The human spine changes position throughout the day, and the best ergonomic seat and lumbar cushion should be able to adapt with you. The four regions of your back have unique requirements; whatever cushion or support must be provided also addresses those differences! Ergonomic seat cushions will help give a proper lumbar curve for any seating arrangement while providing extra comfort when sitting for more extended sessions at desks all day long.

The Complexity of the Spine

The human spine is a complex system of bones, joints, and muscles that work together to allow you to move your body. There are many different types of shapes for spines, but they all have three essential components: 

Body type: It’s not just about how tall someone’s backbone might be compared to someone with an extremely short lower back. Significant differences in length can still exist even when both people share similar attributes such as weight or height. 

The number of vertebrae:  This number of spinal bones can range from as few as thirty-two and, in some cases, to more than thirty-six. 

The curvature of the spine: A healthy spine typically has four gentle curves that distribute weight and shock throughout the structure, but when one or more of these curves are too pronounced or not pronounced enough, it can lead to severe problems.

Anatomy 101

In this simple anatomy tutorial, we will explore how ergonomic lumbar supports address spinal variations:

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The cervical spine is in the neck area of your spine, and it’s highly flexible yet strong! The head weighs about four kilograms, so you can’t afford any tension or stress on this vulnerable spot when balance begins with little movement with every step taken forward, bringing me nicely to the thoracic region.

The Thoracic spine is often referred to as the chest or your ribs. It’s an area with little spinal movement because it’s connected directly into what you might call “the framework’ for holding up all those lovely organs inside us!

The lumbar spine’s primary functions are to support the upper body’s weight and protect the lower spinal cord. The spine is also highly flexible, often referred to as “the workhorse” of the body. The lumbar region is susceptible to injury and pain due to its constant use and the pressure placed on it.

Your backbone is a spectacularly intricate structure that has been the focus of many researchers. While each region within our spine has its unique shape, they all work together in harmony to provide support and cushioning for every move we make as humans!

While walking or running, having an “S” shaped back helps you maintain balance; Lordotic curves can bend at the hip joints without causing any strain on your lower body muscles (like quads); Kyphosis is due to an inward curve that allows airbags inside lungs during accidents, so people don’t get as injured. Finally, the slight bend at the base of your spine keeps you from tipping forwards.

There are 33 vertebrae in the human spine–7 cervical (neck), 12 thoracics (mid-back), five lumbar (lower back), five sacral, and four coccygeal. The vertebrae give the spine flexibility, as they can move and pivot on top of one another. The vertebrae are also stacked to provide maximum support while allowing a range of motion–this is why your spine is so strong!

The natural curves of your spine need to be supported and maintained for them not only to stay put but also to change shape when you move. When someone moves from standing up into sitting down, their top pelvis rotates backward while at the same time flattening or even getting kyphotic – this is because we use our lower backs as support during these activities!

The pelvis is the key to understanding how our spine curves. During a backward curve, pressure increases on intervertebral discs, and muscle activity also increase as we try to regain balance lost; however, when someone maintains their motionless control throughout this process – like seated posture – there’s no pain or discomfort because their back remains aligned naturally!

Why Is a Lumbar Support Back Cushion Essential?

The lumbar region is one of the more overlooked areas in terms of back support. Good lumbar support pillow cushions will provide reasonable lordosis control and natural spinal positioning, allowing optimal health over time! Further, ergonomic seat cushions are essential to set the correct lumbar-pelvic curve, providing a balanced and supportive seat.

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Ideally, the best cushion should address the unique requirements of each spine region: the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral. All the spine regions will be supported as a person shifts seated postures throughout the day. In addition, an excellent ergonomic seat cushion should be added to address the macro variables of human size and the micro variables of back/spine size.

The Issue with Most Back Support Pillow Designs

A healthy spine is a key to good health. It’s natural to move, even sitting in one spot. Most ergonomic cushions are either too soft or too hard and not designed well, so people lose the support they need for their backs. To compensate for this, they often move away from the lumbar support, losing all back support.

Most work seat cushions do not support the entire spine, from the thoracic region to the sacrum. This is because they usually only provide support to the lower back. The upper back is often left unsupported.

Foam and fabric cushions that are traditionally cheap do not always fit the shape of a person’s spine and do not allow for much movement.

Creating the Best Lumbar Pillow Design That Works

You must provide lumbar support and ergonomic seat cushions designed to support the entire spine and consider the various spinal anatomy variations within that support.

Lumbar Pillow Design

The Lumbar Seated Pillow was designed to support all parts of your spine and consider different variations within it. The best pillow has an expert-designed ergonomic lumbar support pillow cushion that uses a natural resiliency foam to support your lower back and prevent pressure sores. It also includes a lack of pressure back support, resiliency, and general firmness. 

Materials for a Good Lumbar Support Pillow 

Here is a video that I made on materials:

Memory foam back support

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Memory foam was initially developed to protect astronauts during space missions. Memory foam is used in helmets, padding, and other human protection gear. However, NASA later decided not to use memory foam because of concerns about the material releasing toxic gas.

I believe it is not best to use memory foam as a seat cushion because it is not very responsive to pressure or motion. A memory foam lumbar cushion may retain heat more than some people find comfortable. In addition, memory foam often contains harmful chemicals like polyurethane, formaldehyde, antimony trioxide, PVC, and petrochemicals. Some potential harmful memory foam fire retardants used in memory foam are polyurethane, formaldehyde, antimony trioxide, and phosphorus.

Gel Foam (Polyurethane) Lumbar Cushions

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These gel cushions are made with a polymer to form flat or contoured pieces of material. They don’t flow like liquid gels, so the plastic container will not be damaged if they break open.

Today, most gel slabs do not provide much shock absorption or pressure reduction. Several types of Gel lumbar support cushions were tested on hundreds of our patients, but they didn’t rate the best by far! They were rated the least comfortable (for office chairs) (-90%) of all our prototypes by clients.

Natural Latex is the Best Lumbar Support

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After a careful review of different types of seating materials, it was found that natural latex is the best option. This is because: 

Why a Natural Latex Lumbar Support Is Best for Lower Back Pain

Natural latex helps align the spine better as it molds to your body best. The heavier parts of your bottom will sink into the latex while the lighter parts are kept in line. This pressure distribution allows your muscles and ligaments to relax and recover, leading to a more comfortable sitting experience.

Cushions made with comfort lumbar support pillows are made from 100% natural latex, made from natural materials without chemicals. They are also eco-friendly because the trees used to make the latex are harvested through sustainable farming, and new trees are planted to replace older trees. The latex foam is customizable and comfortable, and it circulates air well. In addition, it is biodegradable and recyclable.

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How the Density of the Foam Impacts Your Lumbar Support

The weight (density) of the foam affects how comfortable it is and how long it will last. Foam falls into one of three categories:

Lightweight foam is not as comfortable or long-lasting as other types.
Medium-weight foam is more comfortable and lasts longer than lightweight foam.
Heavyweight foam is the most comfortable and longest-lasting type of foam.

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The Resiliency of Foam Pillows

One unique thing about foam is that it quickly bounces back after being compressed. It also has an open-cell structure which makes it elastic and can give some support over time. The most expensive type of foam on the market is high-resilience foam. It is very durable and perfect for a seat that needs an upgrade.

Fabric for Back Cushion

The top lumbar support cushion cover on the market should not only be 4D and stretchy but also has a non-slip bottom cover with two straps for extra support. This ensures that your cushion will stay in place and not move around during use. Additionally, the straps provide additional stability and support for your low back, preventing pain and discomfort. This cover needs to be machine-washable, making it easy to keep clean. 

What’s the Best Seat Cushion?

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An expert-designed natural latex foam top and polyfoam base is the best option for seat cushions. It is durable and resilient, so it will hold its shape and not sag over time. Memory foam and polyurethane are less expensive but not as durable or comfortable as latex. Memory foam can break down and start to sag over time, and polyurethane can be pretty firm and uncomfortable. The design should stabilize the pelvis and ensure the correct trunk-to-thigh ratio.

Why Do I Need a Seat Cushion?

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In addition to your lumbar support pillow, a seat cushion is vital to make you more comfortable and supported. It helps by ensuring your weight is distributed evenly, reducing pressure on your back and hips. Additionally, it keeps your spine correctly aligned, which can help prevent pain in your back, neck, and shoulders. If you’re looking for a way to be more comfortable and supported, a seat cushion might be what you need.

Do I Need a Car Lumbar Support?

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Car Lumbar Supports

Lumbar car supports are designed to provide lower back support while driving. If you have lower back pain, you may find that a car lumbar support pillow helps to relieve some of the discomforts. In addition, car lumbar support can help to prevent future back pain by providing support for your spine. There are a variety of car lumbar supports available, so it’s essential to choose one that fits your specific needs. If you’re unsure whether a car lumbar support pillow is right for you, talk to your chiropractor or physical therapist. They can help you determine if a car lumbar support pillow would benefit your situation.

Does Lumbar Support Make a Difference?

Most people have experienced back pain at some point in their lives. It is one of the most common reasons for missed work days and doctor visits. When it comes to finding relief from back pain, there are several different options available. One option that spine specialists often recommend is lumbar support. Lumbar support pillow devices come in various shapes and sizes, and they can be used in many different ways. Some people use them while sitting at an office chair, while others wear them during extended periods of standing or walking.

A growing body of evidence suggests that a lumbar support pillow can help reduce the severity and frequency of back pain. In one study, for example, workers who used lumbar support devices reported significantly less back pain than those who did not. Other studies have shown similar results. While more research is needed to confirm the efficacy of lumbar support, the available evidence suggests that it may be an effective strategy for managing back pain.

How strong should lumbar support be?

seat cushion foam density chart

Lumbar support is essential for anyone who sits for long periods, whether at a desk, in a car, or on a plane. The lumbar region of the spine is curved, and sitting in a chair without adequate support can strain the back muscles and spine. This can lead to pain, fatigue, and even long-term back problems. So how strong should lumbar support be?

Density Explained:

Generally, it should be at an 85D density. Memory foam is no good—it’s too soft and doesn’t provide enough support. The best choice is natural latex, which is firm but also has some give, making it more comfortable for extended periods. With a proper lumbar support pillow, you can avoid pain and discomfort and maintain good posture.

Does Everyone Need Lumbar Support?

While some people find that lumbar support helps to relieve pain and improve posture, others believe they are unnecessary. There is no definitive answer as to whether everyone needs lumbar support. However, if you experience back pain or poor posture, you may find that a lumbar support pillow helps to alleviate these problems. Many office chairs and car seats now have built-in lumbar support, so you may not even need to purchase a separate device. If you decide to use a lumbar support pillow, be sure to adjust it until you find a comfortable position.

Does lumbar support help lower back pain?

For many people suffering from lower back pain, lumbar support seems like an obvious choice. After all, the concept is simple enough: by providing additional support for the lower back, a lumbar support pillow can help to alleviate pain and improve posture. And while there is no shortage of lumbar supports on the market, there is still some debate as to whether or not they are truly effective. While some studies have shown that a lumbar support pillow can help to reduce pain and improve posture, other research has been less conclusive. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to use a lumbar support pillow is a personal one.

Summary

A lumbar support pillow is the natural curve of your spine. When you sit up straight, with good posture, your lumbar region should have a slight inward curve. This curve helps to keep your spine healthy and supported. When looking for the best chair with a lumbar support pillow, ensure that the backrest curves inward to match the natural curve of your spine. You should also be able to adjust the height and angle of the backrest to fit comfortably against your back. If you use a lumbar support pillow correctly, you should feel comfortable and supported when sitting upright in your chair. If you experience any pain or discomfort, adjust the height or angle of the lumbar cushion until you find a position that feels best.

 

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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC

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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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