Lower back pain has several culprits. Remaining in one position for an extended amount of time, whether that means standing or seated, can result in lower back pain. Poor posture, shoes that lack sufficient support, weight gain, pregnancy, injuries, and pulled muscles can all contribute to chronic low back pain. Although many chairs advertise themselves as having ample support for the lower back area, this may still be insufficient for users who suffer from lower back pain. That’s why we like adding our own lumbar support pillow to desk chairs, couches, cars and even our bed.
Lumbar support pillows help to reduce lower back pain by correctly aligning the spine and helping it remain in a natural, neutral position when seated or laying down. Lumbar support pillows are often designed with memory foam padding that rests along a user’s spine to create soft but firm support.
When it comes to choosing the right lumbar support pillow, several factors should be taken into consideration. Users often purchase multiple pillows of different styles to accommodate travel and daily use. A lumbar pillow that works for your car to help ease the pain of your morning commute might not be the right fit for your desk chair once you arrive at the office.
Take a (comfortable) seat and check out the various styles of lumbar support pillows that can help reduce back lower back pain.
1. Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support Pillow
For a cushion that provides firm but comfortable support, we recommend the Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support Pillow. Made with the same material as leading memory foam products, the pillow has a universal contoured structure that is designed to fit most users and help relieve back pain by correcting posture. Two adjustable straps provide a convenient way for users to secure the pillow on their chairs or car seat. Covered in a breathable mesh case that can be removed and washed, the Everlasting pillow uses anti-sweat absorbing fabric that won’t leave sweat stains on the user.
Pros: Although the pillow is designed specifically as a lumbar support cushion, it can also be used for the mid and upper back area.
Cons: Because of the thickness of the pillow, users may find themselves sitting uncomfortably far forward in their seats.
2. SOFTaCARE Coccyx Orthopedic Memory Foam and Lumbar Support Pillow
Give both your back and butt a break with the SOFTaCARE Coccyx Orthopedic Memory Foam and Lumbar Support Pillow. The set of two memory foam pillows includes a lumbar support pillow that helps align the spine and provide firm support, as well as a seat cushion that helps to relieve pressure on the coccyx, which can reduce pain caused by herniated discs, tailbone injuries and back issues. The seat cushion has a nonslip rubber bottom to help keep it in place and the lumbar pillow includes two straps for a secure fit around chairs. Covered in 3D breathable mesh, the cushions have zip-off covers that can be machine washed when necessary.
Pros: The lumbar support pillow includes a convenient phone pocket on one side of the cushion.
Cons: The seat cushion may go flat after limited use.
3. The Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll by OPTP
Make any seat a comfortable one with the Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll by OPTP. Recommended by healthcare specialists that help treat patients with back pain, the McKenzie Lumbar Roll has an adjustable buckle fastener that can be attached to just about any seat, from office chairs to airplane seats. The small but firm pillow is easy for users to place at the optimal level for their height to achieve proper spinal alignment and posture while seated. Depending on personal preference, users can purchase the lumbar roll in firm density or standard density (shown here). At 4.75 inches wide and 11 inches long, users can attach the lumbar roll’s strap to a backpack or suitcase for added carrying convenience when traveling.
Pros: The moisture-wicking, 100 percent polyester cover has a zippered closure that makes it convenient for users to remove and wash when necessary.
Cons: The standard option may go flat and not be firm enough for some users.
4. Pandaspillow Cooling Lumbar Support Pillow
Lower back pain doesn’t go away when a person lays down, which is why we like the Pandaspillow Cooling Lumbar Support Pillow. Designed for use when laying down or sleeping, the memory foam pillow helps to eliminate stress on the lumbar spine and promote proper spine alignment. An additional removable layer is included in the pillow, providing users with the option to create more or less support. The pillow is housed in a hypoallergenic, super-soft bamboo cover that won’t irritate the skin and can be removed for cleaning. Designed for back, stomach and side sleepers, the pillow can be placed under the back, the stomach, behind the legs, or even used while seated in a chair.
Pros: The Pandaspillow is infused with a cooling gel that helps users from overheating while they sleep.
Cons: Shorter users may find the pillow’s arch too high to be comfortable.