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Choosing a cushion for sciatica

Choosing a cushion for sciatica

In a previous blog we discussed the merits of how a cushion 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 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 these types of cushion 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

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 to relieve your sciatic pain symptoms do your research and consider you options carefully.

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