When you sit on a chair like mine all day it’s bound to play havoc with you back. It’s awful in terms of back support and to be straight up (oh no, did you see what I did there?) if I sit on the chair too long I notice I slouch which can’t be good for my back or neck and as if that wasn’t enough my backside goes numb too. Ok, so I am not here to complain about my numb bum (giggles profusely, sorry I am a big kid, be thankful this review isn’t on YouTube…. yet).
Our backs or spines to be more precise are not dead straight like metal poles so sitting back on a straight surface is not ideal. The lower back has a natural inward curve and in order to sit correctly, you need to allow for this and provide suitable support. You can’t seem to get this with normal cushions, trust me I’ve tried so when Sittingwell.co.uk contacted me and asked me to review their cushion of course I said yes. Bad posture can lead to numerous complaints including back pain, neck pain, headaches and more.
The sitting well cushions are available in two options polyester or feather filled. My preference was feather filled and within a short period of time mine was winging it’s way to me. Did you notice how little lower back support my chair offers. Yes that’s my dining chair and a lovely one at that but not designed to be sat in all day. The cushion arrived and was packed in an ethically sourced reusable zip up canvas bag for easy transportation and to keep it clean if I choose to take it out and about. I am seriously considering taking it for the school run.
This company really has put some thought into the packaging with the reusable zip up bag and also the 100% degradable bag the actual cushion comes in. Launched this year the company aims to help make back pain caused by sitting become a thing of the past. The cushions are designed to help reduce pressure on the joints, ligaments, muscles along the back of the spine and the discs. By sitting incorrectly – slouching for example we compress our internal organs which can affect their efficiency and we don’t help our stomach muscles either so forget that flat stomach as slouching has the opposite effect. By using a cushion such as the sitting well cushion you help offer that much needed support to your back and spine.
The standard polyester back support cushion combines a back support integrated within a standard size cushion giving the best support for your back without anyone knowing you are using a back support. It doesn’t come with a cover and will fit inside a 45cm x 45cm cushion cover. Over time the polyester fibre padding will compress making it more difficult to restore back to its original shape. The feather padded cushion will last significantly longer, simply plump it up at the sides and it will be as good as new. There is a choice of covers with this polyester/cotton mix or cotton.
The deluxe feather back support cushion is identical except of course it has a duck feather filling and comes with a 100% cotton cover.
So just to reiterate the cushion I am reviewing is the duck feather cushion. On one side you can see the curve where there feathers are and the other side is flat and is where the back support is hidden. You can see that this will clearly offer far more support then if I didn’t use a cushion. For my needs the simple cotton cover is fine but you can always buy a cushion cover that works well with your homes colours.
Stating the obvious but there was a marked difference when I started using the cushion. The cushion made it far easier for me to sit up straight without slouching and also my new sitting position served as a reminder to hold in my stomach muscles!!!!! – my six pack is on its way.
These cushions can be used anywhere you sit so on dining chairs as you have seen, in bed if you sit and read or watch tv, the sofa – sofas don’t give sufficient back support.
These are handmade in the UK which is good to know as I think it’s important to support companies in our own country.