Vehicle Lumbar Supports – Should You Use One?

29 Nov, 2016 | Dr. Malik | No Comments

Vehicle Lumbar Supports – Should You Use One?

Car Lumbar Supports - Should You Use One?

If you have a long commute and are experiencing back pain, a lumbar support seat cushion may be right for you. Driving can put considerable stress on the lower spinal muscles and joints, leading to pain and discomfort. Add the aggravation of driving and the stop-and-go traffic, chances are your back is not too pleased with your daily commute.

Our lower spine curves inwards causing a dip, often referred to as the ‘small of the back’. This area is quite stressed under normal circumstances. When driving, the back is doing its best to provide support when you are operating the driving pedals. Every time you are pressing down on the pedals, Newton’s third law comes into effect (For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction). The back muscles need to counter this opposing force on the spine by tightening up. Over time the muscles tire out, leading to pain and discomfort.  

Back supports come in all shapes and sizes. We have found Obusforme back seats to be the most beneficial and comfortable. Below are links to our favourite back supports:

http://www.obusformecanada.com/product/the-obusultraforme-backrest/

http://www.obusformecanada.com/product/customair-backrest-with-adjustable-lumbar/

http://www.obusformecanada.com/product/the-obusforme-lowback-backrest-support/

In addition to a back support, foam rolling your back can help alleviate the back tension and stretch out tight muscles. It can also help prevent injury and improve recovery times.

Drive Safe!