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Choosing the right cushion for sciatica

Choosing the right cushion for sciatica

cushion for sciatica

In a previous blog we discussed the merits of how a cushion for sciatica could help to relieve sciatic pain while sitting. In our experience a cushion can be really helpful but not all cushions that say they can help with sciatica while sitting are the same.

The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion was designed specifically to help alleviate the symptoms of sciatica while sitting. There are other cushion designs so to help you we have reviewed the different types of cushion.

Here are five types of cushions for sciatica that we have tried over the years.

Car Seat Gel Cushion

This type of cushion has a professional finish and is generally a well made product. Sitting on this type of cushion is comfortable and the integral cooling pack can be soothing. However, the product does not reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve through the gluteal region or the lower back and the gel pack heats up to body temperature quite quickly. For people with pain in the gluteal area or lower back pain the question to ask is, would this cushion be effective on long journeys?

Memory Foam Seat Cushion

If you purchase a good quality cushion with a professional finish these types of cushion can be comfortable to sit on initially. A moulded shape can give support at the sides to make you feel stable. The cutout in the centre could possibly give relief to people suffering from injury to the coccyx or suffering from haemorrhoids. However, usually within minutes memory foam starts to become hard and uncomfortable, as the foam gets warm, moulds to your body and compression sets. Hard cushions cannot reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve in the gluteal area. For people suffering from sciatica it will not effectively reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve over an extended period of time.

Donut Shaped Pressure Relief Ring Cushion

When initially sitting on this type of cushion it is comfortable. The central cutout could possibly give relief to people suffering from haemorrhoids. However, within one hour, the cushion became hard and uncomfortable because it is made from memory foam. It did not reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve or the lower back, and actually feels like it is putting pressure on the coccyx.

Cycle Seat Cushion

Sitting on this type of cushion for sciatica does relieve the pressure on the sitting bones and the sciatic nerve as it passes through the piriformis. However, after one hour the sitting position becomes uncomfortable due to pressure on the pelvic floor. Also it is not very comfortable to use in the car.

The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion for Sciatica

Obviously we are biased but here are the reasons we think The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is the best option for relieving sciatica symptoms while sitting.

  • Sitting on the cushion is comfortable, although initially it feels a little unusual until adjusted to your personal comfort.
  • Even after sitting on the cushion for a long period (two hours or more) the cushion remains comfortable.
  • The cushion reduces pressure on the sciatic nerve and, when turned through 45 degrees so that the cutout is in the centre at the back of the chair it relieves pressure on the coccyx.
  • The instructions accompanying the cushion are clear and easy to follow.

Conclusion

There are many, varied cushions available online and which one you choose is down to personal choice. The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is based on patient feedback gathered during the design and testing in the product development. The testimonies gathered during testing and after indicate we have designed an effective product. The product has pressure-mapping results, which demonstrate that when used as per the instructions, it does reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve.

When searching for a cushion for sciatica do your research and consider you options carefully.

26 Comments

  1. Kate on August 24, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    My commute to and from work is roughly 30 minutes one way. After 20 minutes, my low back, pelvic floor, and hips are killing me. I have a sports car and have a cushion that is memory foam but it’s too hard. Without the cushion is even worse. I have pain radiating from my left buttock mostly to my ankle. I’m desperate. Can’t go anywhere anymore or travel at all because I’m in excruciating pain to the point I’m writhing in pain. Do you have any suggestions?

    • SPRC on August 29, 2021 at 5:55 pm

      Hello Kate, just review the advice in this blog and keep trying different cushions until you find the one that works best for you. It may be worth checking out the seat position in your car. If you have a sports car with a bucket seat and your hips are significantly lower than your knees when seated this will exacerbate any symptoms that you experience. Also focus your efforts on getting to the root cause of your sciatica symptoms and work with an appropriate healthcare professional that can help you to recover so you don’t experience the symptoms anymore. Best regards.

  2. Katie Blair on April 20, 2021 at 2:41 am

    After a half an hour or so the glutes in my buttocks (it can be on either side, but mostly on the left side) get a burning pain that won’t let up. I can get SLIGHT relief from by placing my hand under the painful side and try to elevate the buttock a little. I need something for relief. I have wondered about a little pillow to fit under my butt cheek or even a rolled towel. I have had sciatica for many years. I am unable to stand for any length of time, etc. What seat would you recommend? TY!

    • SPRC on April 21, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Hello Katie,
      Sounds as though you are very self aware of your condition. We can’t honestly recommend without being biased. From what you describe we would try our cushion:-). You could try some of the DIY solutions you have come up with and see how you get on first before investing in a cushion. Hope you’re feeling better soon. Best wishes.

  3. Carolyn Von Seggern on March 12, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    By looking at the photo of the cushion, it appears it would make you sit crooked, or cocked to one side. If this is helpful to sciatica, I would certainly love trying it, however, it it could cause other low back issues due to sitting crooked, I would need to know that, can you help?

    • SPRC on March 12, 2021 at 5:57 pm

      You’re right to do your research Carolyn. Our FAQ page is the best place to get more answers to questions you may have. https://www.sciatic-relief.com/faq/. Best wishes.

    • Patricia Keller on August 8, 2021 at 5:43 pm

      I would like to know the answer to this question too!
      Patricia

  4. Candy Hazen on December 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Does the home/office cushion work on a soft sofa? What would you. recommend?

    • SPRC on December 13, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      Hello Candy,
      The home/office can be effective on some soft furnishings, but for sure if it is a really soft sofa the effectiveness of the design will be diminished. If it is a long deep seated sofa that you sink way down into then there is probably no cushion out there that will be effective on that type of surface. Best to try the one you think that would work best and if it is not for you return it. Best wishes

  5. JB on December 12, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I suffer from pain in both buttocks after sitting for more than an hour. My left side bothers me more than my right, I will be in the car for more than 10hrs in the next few weeks. What do you suggest? Can two cushions be used a once? A little background: I suffered from a high hamstring tear a few years ago. My PT called it death by a thousand cuts due to yoga and spin class. I haven’t been able to sit comfortably for more than an hour since.

    • SPRC on December 13, 2020 at 8:01 pm

      Hello Julie,
      Our cushion can be used if you experience pain on both sides. We have a video on our cushion page that shows that. If you’re going to be in a car for 10 hours then plenty of stops to stand up and move around will be in order. High hamstring tendinopathy or proximal hamstring tendinopathy can be difficult to shift and requires a very specific approach. No doubt you have been working on that with your PT.

  6. DAVID CATRON on November 8, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Sitting in my recliner really irritates my sciatic nerve in my lower back on my left side. What do you recommend for comfort.

    • SPRC on November 9, 2020 at 8:58 am

      Hello David,
      If you have pain in your lower back only then that sounds like back pain, which could be nerve root irritation where the nerves exit the spine. Sciatica symptoms tend to be in the buttock and down the leg. If you have a recliner chair where you can adjust the angle of recline consider experimenting with the angles of incline. You may find there is a particular angle that irritates you more than others. Take care.

  7. Evan w Lane on November 7, 2020 at 11:41 am

    What does the sciatic pain relief cushion look like? I find any seat that puts pressure on the back part of my legs is very hard to take. If a power seat tilts forward enough great but most don’t. I pick up cars for a living, any help would be very much appreciated.

  8. Jacob B. Groby III on October 13, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    After about an hours drive I get the Pain in my leg as described by others, can you please provide a Catalog number or where to purchase the Car/Travel cushion to try. Funny thing is that it happens in my 2007 Marquis and my 2019 Journey BUT NOT my 1960 GMC Truck Bench seat – go figure

    Thanks
    Jake

    • SPRC on October 13, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      Hi Jake,
      You have some valuable information there. Check out your seat positions in the different vehicles. https://www.sciatic-relief.com/sciatica-information/driving-with-sciatica/. Sounds like you sit in a higher position in the GMC Truck Bench seat. Hip height relative to knee height may have an impact on the pain you experience. Experiment with the seat positions and see what happens. Best wishes.

    • Tom Methven on July 4, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      Hi
      I’ve been suffering excruciating pain from piriformis syndrome for 6 weeks . It affects my right leg from toe to hip .

      I’ve had medical and physio therapy support and treatment but the pain remains .

      It definitely gets worse when I I sit for any length of time and I’ve been told the reason Is that sitting squeezes the piriformis muscle on to the sciatic nerve

      I have been told to buy a cushion that ensures that when I sit, my knees are always at a level below my hips.

      Does the sciatic pain relief cushion do this. ?

      If not Can you recommend another cushion?

      Thanks for your help

      Tom Methven

      • SPRC on July 5, 2022 at 5:17 pm

        Hello Tom,
        Keeping your hips above knees is a good strategy to employ. How you adjust your car seat can help with this. If you want to raise your hips higher then a wedge cushion is probably the best cushion to do that, however wedge cushions tend to be fairly hard so that will put more pressure on the sciatic nerve. The cushion we supply is designed to take pressure off the sciatic nerve while sitting. Good luck in your search.

  9. Karen Robson on August 9, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    I need a sciatica cushion to ait onin my armchajr,which one is suitable

    • SPRC on August 10, 2020 at 8:02 am

      Hello Karen,
      The Home/Office cushion is the better option for an armchair.
      Best wishes

    • Margaret Green on October 8, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      Will the sciatica cushion help with my sciatica when sitting in my chair at the moment I’ve noticed if I lie to one side on the chair it seems to take the pressure off my sciatica leg but this cannot be a good position for my back would this cushion be better for mysciatica and back.

      • SPRC on October 8, 2020 at 6:48 pm

        Hi Margaret,
        The cushion is designed to take the pressure off the affected side so you don’t have to lean. As you say you can cause other issues if you adopt an unusual position to get away from the pain while sitting. Best wishes.

  10. BRENDAN Kelleher on December 30, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I get sciatic in left leg if driving more than 1 hour

    • SPRC on January 1, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Brendan,
      What you describe is something we hear quite frequently. Worth giving our car/travel cushion a try to see if that helps. Best wishes

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