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Using Lumbar Support Roll

My friend told me about his new car and how he had a great lumbar support that can be adjusted to fit his back.   Many vehicles offer this feature but they are often used incorrectly, whether incorporated into the seat or a portable.  All rolls attempt to fit the “normal” curve of the lower back. When this is achieved, the muscles, disc, ligaments, tendons and bones in the lower back are properly balanced.  

 

Lumbar Supports

Lumbar Supports

Tips for fitting your lumbar roll:

  • Make sure it feels good and does not increase low back pain or create pain into your legs.
  • One size does not fit all- too thick, too low or too high in relation to your back can increase back pain.  It should be like fitting a shoe. 
  • Too firm or too soft can also limit the effectiveness
  • Make sure your back makes contacting with the roll.  Otherwise it will be ineffective.  For a low cost solution experiment with duct tape and a bathroom towel and try varying sizes to see what fits best. 
  • Certain back issues require more or less of a curve.  Patients with a diagnosis of “stenosis” requiring a less of a curve and typically people with a “herniated disc” will prefer more of a curve.
  • Reclining the back of the seat to about 120 degrees can help ensure good contact with the roll.
Poor sitting posture with lumbar support

Poor sitting posture with lumbar support

Good sitting posture with lumbar support

Good sitting posture with lumbar support

Whether you have a back problem or are trying to avoid one using a roll correctly can help you have improved comfort in the lower back and help with sitting posture.   Try a roll for 30 minute the first time adding  30 minutes each day to ensure it is the right size and placement for your back.

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