Why Lumbar supports?

why lumbar supports

The lumbar spine — that of the lower back — is the section of the back that needs most support when we sit. When we stand, the lumbar spine usually makes a gentle curve backwards, which gives our low back its characteristic hollow. In the Western world, we tend to spend a lot of our time sitting — something we are not designed to do for long periods! In a sitting position, the pelvis tends to roll backwards, which causes the normal backwards curve of the lumbar spine to bend forwards, losing the hollow in our low back and potentially strain the muscles, discs and soft-tissues in the whole lower back area. On top of that, because all the bones and muscles of the spine are connected to each other, the upper back and neck are also affected, slumping forward, and adding to the problems bad sitting posture can cause. To demonstrate this, just sit with a very straight up-right posture and then deliberately let yourself slump, and you will see and feel what happens to both your low back and your upper back when you do this!

Sadly, a lot of office and home furniture does not help, as it is not designed to provide enough support for the lower back.

However, sitting in a chair with a lumbar support can make a huge difference to how you sit, and help with all sorts of problems caused by bad sitting posture. There are a large number of lumbar supports, which come in all types, shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, many of them may not be right for you, and can also be quite costly. We attempt to get you the right support from the outset but will also allow you to change the lumbar support to something else, if within a few days of purchasing it, you are not happy with it.

One of the most popular of lumbar supports, and those that with a wide range to suit individual patients, are lumbar rolls and mesh back supports.

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McKenzie lumbar roll McKenzie (soft) Lumbar Roll 4008-&-4001Circular-RollHarley (firm) Lumbar Roll

Lumbar rolls

Lumbar rolls are cylindrical cushions of various types, and sizes, that fit between your seat back and your lower back, to make sure that the curve stays in the right position when sitting down. They are perhaps the most effective and inexpensive option to help your posture, and often come with a strap so that you can attach it to the chair if you want. The roll can be transported between your home and office chairs, and is so versatile you can take it with you to the cinema, restaurants, train or aeroplane journeys; anywhere you need extra support when you are sitting. There are also simple 'D' Rolls for use where there is already some support, like car seats.

  • Many shapes and sizes to fit your back and its problems
  • Easy to carry with you
  • An economical option that can be used anywhere
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Lumbar D-RollMcKenzie 'D' Roll designer-D-lumber-rollHarley Designer Memory Foam 'D' Roll

D rolls

D rolls are half cylindrical cushions in the shape of a 'D' that fit between your seat back and your lower back, to make sure that the curve stays in the right position when sitting down. They are perhaps the most effective and inexpensive option to help your posture, and often come with a strap so that you can attach it to the chair if you want. 'D' Rolls are useful where there is already some support, like car seats.

  • Easy to carry with you
  • An economical option that can be used anywhere
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Harley Winged Support Harley Winged Support 4078-designer-&-4005-original-back Harley Original back support
& Harley Designer back support

Wings

Wings are cushions of various shapes, and sizes, that fit between your seat back and your lower back, to make sure that the curve stays in the right position when sitting down. Like the lumbar rolls, they are perhaps the most effective and inexpensive option to help your posture, and often come with a strap so that you can attach it to the chair if you want. The cushion can be transported between your home and office chairs, and is so versatile you can take it with you to the cinema, restaurants, train or aeroplane journeys; anywhere you need extra support when you are sitting.

  • Many shapes and sizes to fit your back and its problems
  • Easy to carry with you
  • An economical option that can be used anywhere
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Meshbacks Meshback Support

Mesh back supports

Mesh back supports are an alternative to lumbar rolls. Like lumbar rolls, they fit onto the back of a chair and help shape your lower back into the right posture. However, the supporting mesh is elasticated, so they also match to the shape of the individual's spine more than a lumbar roll. They are useful when patients feel that a lumbar roll is too hard, or gets too hot against their back.

  • Gently conforms to your body’s contours to provide uniform support
  • Mesh fabric allows airflow for personal comfort
  • Easily attaches to any chair
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