Did you know you can get lower back
pain from sitting in a car with too little head room and
knee space? If you are too tall to comfortably fit into the
seat of a small car and you find yourself uncomfortably
scrunched, you'll make the problem worse if you try to
correct it with a portable sitting support. Back cushions
and seat inserts raise you up even higher.
If you find that you don't have enough
head or knee room in your car to allow you to sit properly, get
a different car! We're not kidding! Many tall folks can
only drive without pain in a truck or van.
A lumbar cushion, when properly
fitted, increases your lumbar curve (lumbar lordosis) and
straightens your torso, stretching some people 2" or
more upwards. Look in a mirror and see how much you
"grow" when you move from a slumped sitting
position to sitting up straight.
A seat cushion or seat wedge
can raise your body 1" to 3" higher. Even a
relatively thin seat liner will raise you higher, since it
prevents you from sinking into the softer car seat. This is
a problem not only for head room, but also for knee space
under the dashboard and steering wheel.
A combined support, with both lumbar and
seat sections, can raise you 4" to 6" higher!
For most people, the higher you sit in your
car the better you'll feel, and the less back and neck pain
you'll have. Unfortunately, cars often have too little head
and knee space to allow the best sitting posture, especially
for taller people.