Ergonomic Seat Cushions

Written by Sierra Rein
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Most expensive ergonomic chairs already contain properly aligned seat cushions built into their frames. However, everyone is born with different physical attributes that may not be attended to by all consumer office chairs and automobile seats. In these cases, it is essential that a separate ergonomic seat cushion be purchased and added to the existing chair; otherwise, an individual may suffer long bouts of back pain, numbness in the legs, and stiffness.

The most common ergonomic seat cushions are meant to support the lower and upper backs. Called "lumbar supports," these cushions curve the spine backwards ever so slightly so that the lower back is forward and the upper back is straight. In this position, the muscles in the lower back can rest and the upper back will refrain from hunching over all the time.

For business travelers, ergonomic seat cushions can literally save their backs. Long hours on the road or in airplane seats can take their toll on the lower back, especially if the person is on the move more than once a week. If you travel a lot for your company, invest in a travel-size lumbar support pillow, inflatable back cushion, or a U-shaped neck support system. These items can usually be written off in one's taxes as a business expense.

Ergonomic Seat Cushions for Short or Tall People

One of the biggest problems with office chairs (especially those that are not adjustable by height) is that shorter than average people are sometimes stuck seated below the level of the desk, while taller than average people are left seated with their knees at a higher position than their hips. These positions are both ergonomically unsound. It is a good idea for a shorter person to add a wedge-shaped cushion under her rear (and then support her feet with a footrest) and for the taller person to put a large cushion on her chair so that her thighs lie parallel to the floor. In addition to proper ergonomic positioning, these seat cushions also relieve the buttocks and upper thighs of any numbness caused by poor circulation.

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