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Although multiple medical conditions and lifestyle factors can contribute to low back pain, one of the most common causes is poor posture. When your spine isn’t properly aligned when you sit for long periods, it can cause a buildup of tension in your lower back – the lumbar region – that causes pain and discomfort. However, with the right support, you can alleviate, or even prevent this pain from occurring.
A lumbar support pillow can help keep your spine in proper alignment. Made from memory foam and designed to follow the curves of your back, these pillows can help prevent injury or strain to your back muscles. Read on to learn more about them, as well as our picks for the best options on the market. Our picks are based on verified customer and owner reviews, as well as intensive product research and analysis.
Our Editor’s Pick for Best Lumbar Support Pillow is the Everlasting Comfort Back Cushion. With its simple design, high-quality medium firm memory foam insert, and adjustable straps, this pillow is a supportive and comfortable option.
The Everlasting Comfort pillow is countoured to follow the curve of your spine, and can be placed anywhere you want some more comfort and support. With dual adjustable straps, the pillow can be securely attached to almost any chair, including a car seat, and the breathable mesh cover helps the pillow stay cool.
Available in four colors (black, blue, red, and navy blue) the pillow features a removable and machine washable cover made from a breathable, antibacterial mesh that resists sweat. The manufacturer notes that occasionally, new pillows may have an off gassing odor, but it can easily be resolved by popping it in the dryer on low heat for about 30 minutes.
Our pick for Best Value is the Ziraki Lumbar Support Pillow. For less than $20, this memory foam pillow offers firm support to your lower back. Covered in a soft, removable,machine-washable gray cover, the pillow conforms to your spine for excellent support and spinal alignment.
The Ziraki pillow is portable, featuring an adjustable strap to attach it to almost any chair. It also comes with an additional extender strap for larger chairs and a zippered travel carrying case.
We found the Ziraki pillow to be very firm and supportive, but it doesn’t offer very much cushioning. However, for an affordable option that provides plenty of support, the Ziraki pillow is a good option, especially with the company’s 100% money-back guarantee.
Tempur-Pedic is known for it’s luxury mattresses, so it only makes sense that their lumbar support pillow got the Best Luxury nod from our editors. Made from the same high-quality memory foam as the company’s mattresses, the LumberCusion provides firm support via Tempur-Pedic’s NASA-formulated pressure- relieving foam. It adjusts to your spine to provide personalized pressure relief, but bounces back to its original shape within moments.
The LumbarCushion is ergonomically designed to support your mid and lower back, no matter where you sit. It doesn’t have a strap to hold it in place like other cushions, but the blue cotton quilted cover is removable and machine-washable, and replacement covers are available. Made in the USA, the LumbarCushion comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
Research has shown that a lumbar support pillow with a cutout to accommodate the coccyx, or tailbone, is more supportive than a regular chair. The SoftaCare seat cushion and lumbar support pillow combo fills the bill, by giving you a supportive and cushioned seat that takes pressure off your tailbone, and a lumbar support pillow to support your spine and correct posture.
Made from 100 percent memory foam and covered with a removable, machine washable velour cover, the seat cushion and lumbar pillow can be used together or separately for maximum comfort. The non-slip rubber bottom and adjustable straps help keep both pieces in place. Some reviewers note that this pillow is softer than some other lumbar support pillows, but still provides plenty of support and pain relief.
Lumbar support pillows can help prevent or alleviate back pain, but it’s important to select the right one and use it properly. Read on to learn more about how to select the right pillow, what you need to know about how they are constructed, and the best ways to care for them.
Sitting for extended periods is one of the most common causes of lower back pain. When you sit, you put more pressure on your lower spine than in any other position, while also creating an imbalance in your spine and neck. Leaning forward, sitting with your shoulders rolled forward, or in a position where your elbows are too far forward can all contribute to back pain.
A lumbar support pillow is a cushion used to support your lower back when sitting in a chair that helps you maintain correct posture so you don’t become tense and have back pain. The extra support also helps relieve tension in the muscles and tendons of the lower back.
Easily attached to your office chair, car seat, or any other chair, these small cushions are shaped to follow your natural spinal curve, providing some extra support and comfort. Using a lumbar support pillow improves the alignment of your spine, neck and shoulders, helping prevent and alleviate lower back pain.
Different types of lumbar support pillows may be appropriate for you, depending on your individual needs.
Lumbar support pillows are designed to provide back support, and as such, are ergonomically designed to follow the curve of the spine. The majority of lumbar support pillows are made from high-density memory foam, usually medium to very firm to ensure adequate support. The molded foam pillows typically have removable covers, often made from breathable materials to keep the pillows from getting too hot.
Most lumbar support pillows are between 2-4 inches thick, depending on the firmness of the foam. Because memory foam conforms to your body, thicker pillows won’t necessarily push your torso forward, but will instead cradle your spine for extra support.
Most lumbar support pillows are made from memory foam and include a removable cover. Covers are often made from mesh, cotton, or a polyester blend. If your pillow becomes soiled, or the cover absorbs odors, simply remove the cover and follow the manufacturer’s care instructions for machine-washing.
As they are made from memory foam, the pillow inserts themselves should not hold odors or stains. You might notice a slight chemical smell, known as off-gassing. Typically this odor dissipates within a few days or weeks. If you travel with your lumbar support pillow, use a travel bag to protect it from dirt while not in use. Otherwise, you can leave your pillow in your favorite chair when it’s not in use.