“ Muscular support / Dosage Form: Cushion „
I did not buy this cushion but it was bought for me by a friend that was sick and tired of my complaints of backache after sitting at my desk for hours. Initially it felt quite un-natural and almost uncomfortable to use as you feel you are pitched forward, but as someone else had spent money to buy it for me I was determined to give it a good try. After the first week I was ready to donate it to the local charity shop but after a few weeks I had got used to it and then realized that my back pain had greatly reduced. I then decided that wherever I went the cushion came along, it has a handy carrying handle and is not that big or heavy so is easily transported. Buses, taxis, doctors waiting rooms, anywhere I have to sit for a long time the cushion comes with me. I even took it on a flight last year only to find the chap sat next to me had brought his alon as well.
As many of you who have read my previous reviews will be aware, I had spinal surgery last year to decompress a prolapsed lumbar disk. The pain I experienced prior to my surgery was unbearable, and I am willing to try anything which will limit my risk of developing further spinal problems later in life. My chiropractor recommended that I think about getting a pelvic tilt wedge cushion to correct my posture and my natural tendency to curve my spine in all the wrong places!!
I found this pelvic tilt wedge cushion on the Physio Supplies Ltd. website for £25.99. It was delivered to my home within about five days.
The wedge is 40 cm x 38 cm x 9cm and so is small enough to fit in an average seat. There is a handle at the thickest part of the wedge for easy transport. The wedge is made from foam of medium density (you can also by a firm density wedge) and although it does squidge down a little when I'm sitting on it, it largely keeps its shape. It has a Pyratex cover which can be completely removed in order to be washed.
Essentially, this wedge sat under my pelvis and thighs so that my knees were higher than my hips, which means that there is less pressure put on the base of my spine. It is designed to provide an 11% tilt which is the degree that is recommended by physiotherapists and chiropractors, although I had no way of assessing whether it achieved this degree of tilt.
I tended to use the cushion while sat at my desk or at a table for any significant length of time. However, I found that the cushion was really uncomfortable because it made me feel like I had to lean forward in order to feel stable. It probably did improve my posture a little, but it did so at the expense of making me feel really uncomfortable - and I wasn't willing to tolerate that.
The manufacturer also recommends using the wedge in the car, but I have to admit that this didn't really work well for me because it made me feel like I was a long way from the steering wheel.....and if I moved my seat closer then my knees got in the way! It did work better when I used it as a passenger though and occasionally I still use this if I'm a passenger on longer car journeys.
Mostly, however, I tend to use my wedge now as something to put my feet on under the table (as I'm quite short) - and this is actually quite comfortable......but obviously not what it's designed for!
I find it difficult to recommend this because it wasn't something that worked for me. Although it may do the job for which it is designed, it is also not comfortable and so I don't think anyone would be inclined to use it very often. My advice instead would be to move regularly and not to stay in the same position for too long.
In todays society many of us have to spend a great deal of time sitting and our posture is often not what it should be. The majority of people sit in a slumped position with their spines in a C curve and the pelvis tipped backwards which can easily lead to disc problems and many other muscular problems. This is where the pelvic tilt cushion comes into it's own.
The cushions themselves are about the size of a seat, although not quite as wide so you can fit them into a car seat which are notoriously bad for posture as they tip you backwards so your knees are higher than your hips which encourages the C curve posture.
The wedge is about 4 inches high at the back and narrows down to a couple of centimetres at the front, it is made of firm foam so it doesn't just completely give way under your weight but does feel soft and has a removeable cover that can be washed.
When you sit on one of these wedges the result is it requires less than 90 degrees flexion at the hips so the pelvis can sit in a neutral position which in turn puts the spine in the correct position. These really do work and you do find your spine is in a relaxed, neutral position and the weight of your body is not all sitting on the back of your pelvis.
One of the temptations with these cushions is to lean forward as you are tipped forwards but that obviously comes from weak muscles trying to allow the C shape to happen. You have to sit upright, no leaning forwards or backwards so your weight is directly through your sit bones, where it should be.
People who have excessive lordosis (excessive arching) of the lumbar spine can also benefit from these cushions as long as they too sit upright as it can't do anything but put the pevis in neutral tilt.
As far as car seats go these tend to at worst make the seat level and at best produce the tipping effect. One problem with using them in a car is they can make you feel a bit unstable in your seat, the tipped back seats in cars are to ensure you don't slide under the seatbelt if you have a ding so these reduce that effect and you find you need to support yourself to a degree with your feet whilst sitting in the car on one. I don't think they are especially helpful in car seats for this reason but if you get on with them they can reduce the pressure on the hips, pelvis and spine.
For normal use on office chairs, dining chairs etc they produce a wonderful natural curve to the spine and take away the option to sit with bad posture, again only if you sit upright and don't lean!
I can't believe how much mine improves my posture, it's hard to get the spine into a neutral position f you're not used to it but these take away the need to think about it. You can sit longer without getting backache and they also help shoulder and neck pain by preventing the rounding of the back. If one curve in the back is in the proper position the others will follow so they have a great effect on the whole body.
Highly recommended for those with back pain. I found prices vary alot and some online stores charge from £20- £30 for one of these but I bought mine on ebay and paid £15 including delivery so check ebay before you buy.
An excellent product for those of us with less than perfect posture.
Designed so that the users spine is in its natural, balanced position when seated.