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Sitting correctly can help avoid many types of back pain but in particular lower back pain. Try some of the following tips to avoid a flare-up of your pain. Poor posture is a hard habit to break. You need to be constantly aware of your posture to avoid aggravating your back.

  1. Stay flexible if you are desk bound, move around every 30 minutes, do not get chanined to your desk.
  2. Sitting at yur computer is a very important one. This is because you have to lean forward or stretch out with your arms, both of which can cause back ache. To stop this happening set your keyboard so you rest your arms on the desk to use it, and your screen so that your head is straight when you look at it.
  3. Always sit with your arms level with the top of the desk as this will help you avoid flicking up your wrists or hunching your shoulders to type.
  4. When using a keyboard and mouse, keep them close to the front of the desk so that you do not find yourself in a position where theres a gap and you are needing to extend your arms forward when typing. If you do not do this you can quickly bring on shoulder and neck tensions as our arms are suprisingly heavy when extended forward.
  5. Buy as many ergonomic products as you can afford, they will all make a difference.
  6. When you sit down the weight going through your discs is increased threefold so stand up for a couple of minutes on a regular basis.
  1. If work is leaving you exhausted and in pain then design a flexible plan that works best for you. Maybe try some products like a telephone headset, or keyboard tray that you can use elsewhere.
  2. At the office, rearrange your workspace for comfort and easy accessibility.
  3. Keep your back straight with your shoulders pulled back. Slouching cannot only cause back pain but also neck pain.
  4. Pull your chair close to your desk, and this will help to keep you straight and upright.
  5. If necessary build a supportive back using cushions or lumber supports.
  6. Always try to ensure your lower-back curve is supported as this is particularly good for easing tension build up on sensitive backs.
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Christmas is nearly upon us and many chronic pain sufferers will struggle to get out during and after the festive period. Apart from the buying of presents, there are lots of other activities that come about at this time of year. For instance, the nativity play, the Christmas party, the family get together and the list goes on.

The simple act of sitting down on something that is not suitable for say a person with a back problem could actually create more pain for them. So, I’ve looked into portable outdoor seat/supports/cushions just for this reason. My top choice would be –

Highlander Folding Outdoor Sit Mat Lightweight Padded Portable Stadium Seat which is constructed from High-Density foam and a hard-wearing durable Polyester. It’s LIGHTWEIGHT, COMPACT AND PORTABLE: Weighing only 380g and measuring 40x40x4cm when folded and will offer comfort and support use after use. This one I found was available on Amazon and is £13.99

The Back Booster helps support the lower back, helps relax lower back muscles and is very lightweight and portable, nylon carry bag included. It inflates in a few breaths and deflates to pocket size and is £14.99 available from The Back Booster.

A coccyx cushion of which there are quite a few about. I cannot live without mine and have them in every car and upstairs in my stud. Whenever we go away take one with me and use it when I go to the cinema. I would honestly be quite miserable without mine so here’s a couple to choose from. The Drive Coccyx Cushion which is on Amazon at the moment for £9.95 This fully portable, uniquely designed cushion can help relieve that pressure and may help to prevent back pain by suspending your coccyx over the cutout section.

Or The Sciatica Relief Cushion which performs just like its name and is well worth the investment of £31.50 The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is a class 1 medical device designed to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve while sitting allowing the nerve space and time to heal. By placing the cushion on your seat every time you sit you are able to stretch your sciatic nerve whilst reducing the increased pressure the nerve experiences during sitting. This cushion is specifically designed for people who have sciatica pain symptoms that are aggravated or exacerbated while sitting or seated. It is easy to use, safe and specifically designed for sciatica pain relief.

I would also add this Adjustable Tripod Walking Stick and seat as if like me you cannot even stand for long in a queue then this is just perfect. The Height adjustable walking stick seat is designed to provide support and comfort and provides a stable and comfortable seated position when you need a break from standing. This particular one is from Amazon for £25 but there are also a number of them on Complete Care Shop website. 

Finally the Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion from Complete Care Shop which is ergonomically designed, and provides excellent levels of comfort to the user and is ideal when travelling. It is suitable for long train, plane or car journeys and is of a lightweight, compact nature making it tremendously portable. Made from high-quality memory foam, it helps to alleviate pressure and tension and will not lose its shape. This black Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion is supplied with a removable velour cover and costs £8.89

Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion

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Inflatable Lumbar Support Cushions for travel are a must for people suffering from low back pain. I find travel in a car particularly painful and also on a flight. Using a support cushion definitely helps with the pain but with all the additional hand luggage you have when you travel a lumbar support pillow is something you would probably leave behind.

However, you can still have your support pillow by investing in an inflatable lumbar support pillow which can easily be packed in your hand luggage ready for the journey. Three of the best inflatable lumbar support cushions are –

  1. Runnacc is an ultralight inflatable pillow for neck and lumbar use while traveling, available from Amazon for £12.99
  • THE MOST COMPACT ULTRALIGHT INFLATABLE CAMP PILLOW ON THE MARKET – folds to the size just like a soda can, and inflate to a comfortable head or lumbar support. This backpacking pillow can be easily carried in your backpack or pocket for easy access!
  • IMPROVED ERGONOMIC DESIGN for better neck support so you can get a good sleep!
  • ENHANCED COMFORT and DURABILITY: Enhanced design and layers for head support that is constructed from strong, durable, water-resistant material. Whether you’re leisurely vacationing with your family, camping for the weekend, or backpacking the mountains – this is the best air travel pillow!
  • EASY to INFLATE and DEFLATE – To inflate, open exterior valve, then inflate by mouth. To deflate, open exterior valve to release.
  • IDEAL CHOICE- Perfectly suitable for camping, hiking, beach traveling and tent traveling, etc.

 2. Winomo is another inflatable pillow for neck or lumbar support while traveling and again is available on Amazon for £12.99 Compact, ultra-lightweight and inflatable camping pillow. It can be folded to the size of less than a soda can and inflate to a comfortable head or lumbar support.

  • Portable. With small folded size, you can put it in your backpack for easy access.
  • Ergonomic design for better neck support so you can get a good sleep.
  • Enhanced design and layers for head support that is constructed from strong, durable, water-resistant, elastic TPU fabric.
  • Easy to inflate and deflate. The big valve allow you to inflate or deflate fast and easily.

3. BackBooster 1001 is a larger inflatable lumbar support cushion but also folds away after use, from Amazon for £14.99

  • inflatable lumbar cushion for traveling, working, and driving
  • High-quality, waterproof PVC construction with nylon strap
  • Inflates in just a few breaths and deflates to pocket size
  • No metal parts; includes convenient nylon travel bag
  • Measures 13.5 x 14 x 3.1 inches (W x H x D)#