Back Pain

Poor Sitting Posture leads to Back Pain and Neck Pain

A study was done to evaluate the changes in head, cervical, lumbar, and pelvic position in different sitting positions to determine if there is a relation between lumbar posture (low back) and cervical posture (neck) during sitting.

“Poor posture and, in particular, poor sitting posture, is considered to be a major contributing factor in the development and perpetuation of back and neck pain, (Bland, J., 1987; Kirkaldy-Willis, W. H., et al., 1992).”


Businessman with backache
Irritated young businessman at the office, feeling his back tired after working at laptop, uncomfortable chair, feeling itching, difficulty sitting, touching his left side with pained face expression


Loss of Lumbar Lordosis as Cause for Back Pain

“The loss of lumbar lordosis and forward inclination of the head are generally considered to produce significant mechanical stress during sitting, (Bendix, T., et al., 1983; Bland, J., 1987; Mannheimer, J.S., 1991; and McKenzie, R.A., 1981, 1990).”

“Various methods of controlling lumbopelvic posture in sitting have been studied.”

“These methods include the use of a lumbar support pillow or backrest, and changing the seat inclination, (Anderson, B.J.G., Et al., 1975). ”

Forward Sloping Seat Surfaces Used Since the 1880’s

A forward-inclining seat surface or cushion like the Original Buttpillow (TM) can help maintain the natural curve of the lumbar spine (lumbar lordosis) while sitting, which reduces risk factors for back pain and neck pain.

Forward sloping seat surfaces were first used by typists in the 1880’s to help minimize risk factors for back pain.

Changing Posture Minimizes Risk of Back Pain

The study  titled, “The Influence of Different Sitting Positions on Cervical and Lumbar Posture,” written by Kathleen M. Black, M.S., P.T.; Philip McClure, M.S., P.T., O.C.S.; and Marcia Polansky, Sc.D., Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, P.A., U.S.A., was published in Spine, Volume 21, Number 1, pp. 65-70, 1996.

The above-mentioned study is followed by a “Point of View” written by Jerold E. Lancourt, M.D. North Dallas Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.

In the “Point of View,” Dr. Lancourt advises, “change in position may be the most critical element, not the adoption of one static position which is ‘good,’ in optimal posture.”

Frequent Changes in Posture with The Original Buttpillow™

The Original Buttpillow™ can be used for frequent changes in sitting posture as follows:

  • Tilt the Original Buttpillow™ wedge forward to maintain lumbar lordosis when leaning forward in your chair or at your desk.
  • Tilt the the Original Buttpillow™ wedge back into your back-rest when you are able to lean back, and your chair is supporting your lumbar spine.
  •  The Original Buttpillow™ wedge can also be used as a lumbar support for another change of posture.