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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.

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.

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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Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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