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10 Best Lumbar Support Cushions That All Desk Workers Need

10 Best Lumbar Support Cushions That All Desk Workers Need

There’s another epidemic on the rise and it’s a real pain in the…back. You’re probably even experiencing it right now. 8 out of every 10 Americans will experience back pain at some point in their life, if not chronically.

Not surprisingly, around 54% of those with back pain are desk workers. But the actual cause of the back pain can be difficult to pinpoint. Only 10% of those who seek medical treatment typically find the source of their pain. That means that 9 out of 10 patients will never know what is causing their issue. That is because there are many external factors that could be contributing to the pain such as physical activity, but an association is not the same as finding a cause.

Americans spend around $50 billion a year treating back pain. If we take the measures to prevent damage to our backs, then we can avoid issues down the line. Especially for those of us who spend long hours sitting behind a desk (raises hand), we need good lumbar support to sit properly and give our backs a break.

Here at Lifehack, we have hand picked 10 Lumpar support cushion for you to sit right and keep your back free from pain.

1. Duro-Med Relax-A-Bac, Lumbar Cushion, Lower Back Support Pillow With Wooden Lumbar Support Board and Alignment Strap

    This orthopedic design relieves tension and keeps your spine in proper alignment. The lumbar cushion itself is made of highly resilient, shaped memory foam. The convenient elastic strap doesn’t only help to hold the cushion in place, but it makes it easy to transport as well! It’s basic, simple, affordable and great for traveling.

    Available at Amazon.

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    2. Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Back Cushion – Orthopedic Design for Back Pain Relief – Lumbar Support Pillow With Dual Premium Adjustable Straps

      This product is made out of memory foam for a customized fit. It helps to relieve both acute and chronic pain from: back aches, muscle aches, arthritis, stenosis, herniated discs, and general back pain.

      Available at Amazon.

      3. Angel Sales PosturePro Lumbar Support

        Super light weight, you can take it anywhere! The gentle support will cradle your back and help to correct your posture. It’s made from a breathable mesh material that helps to circulate air and keep you cool. It also will conveniently slip over the back of your car seat for a more comfortable ride.

        Available at Amazon.

        4. Lower Back Lumbar Support – Therapeutic Grade Back Support Cushion

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          Heads, shoulders, knees and toes! This system will keep your ears, shoulders and pelvis in total alignment while still maintaining the natural curve of your spine. You can use it just about anywhere, it’s great for travel and driving. It’s made up of a high quality memory foam that will adjust comfortably to your unique shape.

          Available at Amazon.

          5. Fellowes Professional Series Back Support

            This here is a two-tiered support system that features a mid-spinal support to improve posture. And a lower lumbar support that conforms to the natural curve of your body. The innovative Tri-Tachment System eliminates the need for readjustment. The memory foam responds to your weight and warmth for a custom support. To assemble, place the support on your chair, position yourself comfortably, and click the straps into place.

            Available at Amazon.

            6. The Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll D-Shaped

              The supportive roll designed by physiotherapists is positioned just above waistband level you stimulate you into improving and maintaining your posture. The roll is D-shaped, so the flat backside sits against the chair, while the curve of the roll contours to your body. It’s both simple and affordable.

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              Available at Amazon. 

              7. Posture Trainer Back Support – Patented and Trademarked – Free Custom Designed Cover with Straps

                This item has been awarded a Gold Medal for the best for Fitness & Wellness in INPEX . The majority of users have reported that they find the back support to be very comfortable and adapt quickly to their backs being placed in Optimal Functional Seating Posture.

                Available at Amazon.

                8. LoveHome Memory Foam Lumbar Support Back Cushion With 3D Mesh Cover Balanced Firmness for Lower Back Pain Relief – Ideal Back Pillow

                  Use this product to relieve your back pain and tightness from long term sitting. It supports the natural curve of your back to achieve perfect spinal alignment and promote a healthy posture. Chiropractors recommend that lumbar support or lumbar cushion be used after spinal surgery to promote accurate alignment during healing, and for people who suffer from chronic back pain, Piriformis, Lumbosacral Spondylosis, Fibromyalgia etc. The cushion will never flatten out, the memory foam will hug your back to provide comfort and relief. The extension straps make the lumbar pillow extremely versatile. You can attach it to an assortment of household chairs, car seats, sofas, and wheelchairs.

                  Available at Amazon.

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                  9. Motion Trend Lumbar Support – Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam Back Cushion

                    The high density memory foam makes it so that this pillow never loses its shape. The anti-bacterial, odor resistant bamboo charcoal leaves you always feel fresh and supported. You’ll never slouch or sit improperly with the aid of this high quality lumbar pillow.

                    Available at Amazon.

                    10. PrimeTrendz TM Lumbar Cushion in Black

                      This simple and affordable cushion will help you to maintain good posture. The supportive office chair cushion helps the lumbar and sacral region of the spinal column stay comfortably aligned.

                      Available at Amazon.

                      Featured photo credit: Core EM via google.com

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                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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                      Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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