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Low Back, High Priority Most people fight a battle with lower back pain at some point in their lives. In addition to the devastating effects of spinal subluxations, many cases of lower back pain result from an inadequate curvature in the lumbar spine. A healthy lower back should consist of a strong, stable forward curve. A lost or diminished lumbar curvature significantly weakens the spine and is the precursor to arthritis and disc disease. Since the lower back is the foundation of the spine, structural weaknesses here can affect the rest of the spinal column as well. Sitting for prolonged periods without proper support can place strain on the lower back, as the pelvis tends to roll under and flatten out the lumbar curvature. One of the most effective and easiest ways to ease lower back strain and help restore or maintain stability in the lumbar spine is to use a lumbar support cushion when sitting. When used correctly and consistently, a lumbar cushion gently supports proper alignment of the lumbar curvature which can ease muscle strain, reduce disc pressure, and decrease fatigue to the lower back.Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your lumbar support cushion: •When sitting, place a firm lumbar support pillow in the small of your lower back. You
should feel slight forward pressure on your lumbar spine. •If necessary, begin with just a few minutes at a time and gradually build up to using a support at all times possible when sitting. This habit is especially important when sitting for long periods such as while at work or on the computer, and also when sitting on something that lacks firm support for your lower back, as is the case with most couches and recliners. •It is common to experience some minor discomfort in the early stages of using a lumbar support pillow. This usually indicates that your spine lacks the proper curve and is not accustomed to being in its correct posture. Barring any more serious symptoms such as sharp or pinching pain, stick with using the pillow. Most people find that any discomfort associated with using a lumbar support will resolve within a few weeks time. •Lumbar supports come in all shapes and sizes. Some are designed specifically for office chairs, while others are more multipurpose. Be sure to choose one that is the right fit for your primary use. •Remember to use your lumbar cushion when travelling. Airline seats are notorious for aggravating lower back pain and automobile seats, even with a built-in lumbar stabilizer, often lack sufficient support.