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Seat cushion recommendations for low back pain


Does anybody know of any special cushion that reduces the pressure on the coccyx while sitting on chair?
I suffer from low back pain and sciatica. I weighs about 242 lbs and is over 5.9 feet. I'm reading reviews online, but it seems like there are hundreds of these cushions. I use an anti-gravity chair (which is wonderful) in the house. But I need some kind of relief while sitting at the computer and/or driving.
Wonder if there is a "memory foam" type of chair cushion or pillow available. Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated!
Take care.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,609
    Hello David
    Please click on the link for useful information
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    It is not permitted for members to make recommendations of a products, what is good for one person may not be suitable for another.
    This link has some helpful information on pillows and cushions
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Personally, I use a cushion that has a little "U" shape cut out in the back of it where your tailbone area goes.  As Liz said, however, what works for one person might not work for another.  There are the doughnut cushions, too, which can relieve pressure in that area, although oval shape of those dictates that you have to sit exactly centered on it in order not to feel the rim on your coccyx. 
    How are you with standing in one spot?  I ask this because I often have to "think outside the chair", and have been considering those desks that elevate so you can do work while you're in the standing position. 
    I feel for you--sitting can be so painful!!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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  • Hi David
    Gee I wish I had a suggestion for you, I have spent so much money trying to get some relief pillows and beds. For me sitting is super painful I have to tilt so my one side does not have any pressure, want to keep anything from touching that side. My son said to bad they can't make a bed or pillow out of clouds :) or if we had a room like the space ship suspended in air, sorry it is not funny at all. I have never heard of a anti-gravity chair I will have to check that out. I just have spent so much time looking at so many options even bought a dog bed but nothing worked out.
    I hope you find something to help if you do please share it with us all and let us know how you are doing.
    Take care Sherri
  • HI David

    I have coccyx pain in my back and I sit in front of a computer all day long (I'm a software engineer). My lower back and my ass hurt every day, I used to use this pillow on my chair but lately it's just not helping anymore. I have to stand up a lot throughout the day just to relieve the pain. So I bought a new seat cushion called ChiroDoc Memory Foam Coccyx Seat Cushion on Amazon with hopes that it could relieve my lower back pain. 

    This is the third and the best seat cushion I have ever bought on Amazon (first and second were too hard). What's so great about it is that while it's super soft there's still this certain firmness about it so it has not yet gone flat. Memory foam maybe. When I first sit on it I feel the quality and the stiffness which I mentioned which to me is great because the material isn't degrading but give it 1-3 mins and the material warms up and forms to you like a glove and you automatically feel the support and comfort. Now I take this lil guy with me literally everywhere I go. 

    It's been about 3 weeks since I have used this product and it doesn't feel cheap or will flatten anytime soon. When you sit down on it it compresses but as soon as you get back up it stiffens back up. Let's see how long it will last but so far I love this thing religiously and my colleagues in the office who have used it swear by it as well. 

    Amazingly, it's not that expensive. Mine cost about $35. Is it worth it? In my opinion, absolutely: thousands of dollars that would have gone to the chiropractor to straighten and fix my spine and posture was thousands of dollars saved thanks to this bad boy.

    It helps a lot (especially in the car or at work and if when we go into a restaurant or somewhere with hard seats (hate those darn wooden chairs lol). 

    Verdict: Get your hands on this bad boy, it will save your back and entire body a world of pain and in the long-run, your wallet. I will update you guys within the next month or so but so far I'm loving it every darn second (so is my butt).
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,609

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I am closing it.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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