Best Seat Cushion for Sciatica

best seat cushion for sciatica

It is common for sciatica symptoms to get worse when you sit. What to do when prolonged sitting makes the pain unbearable, yet you still need to go through an 8-hour work day, not to mention the drive to the office and back?

best seat cushion for sciatica

The best way to get rid of sciatic nerve pain if you are stuck in a chair for 8 hours is by using an appropriate orthopedic seat cushion. The cushion relieves the pressure on your back and helps maintain better posture, which helps alleviate the pain. 

The Best Office Chair Cushion for Sciatica

Coccyx is a unique part of the body that takes most of the pressure on when we’re seated and it can be put through quite a bit in a day, with little to no support offered by most types of office chairs. The Aylio Coccyx Cushion has been designed to support your coccyx and take all of the weight you have to offer so that your tailbone won’t touch the seat and there’ll be no pressure in your spine.

The Aylio Coccyx Cushion is considered the best seat cushion for office chair due to its well-rounded support not only for the coccyx area, but also for buttocks, hips and thighs. Here is what makes it one of the best seat cushions for sciatica relief

  • Ergonomic design with contoured surface for exceptional support;
  • ​Lightweight one pound design so you can take it anywhere you go;
  • ​Measuring 18 x 14 x 3 inches to suit all sizes;
  • Ideal for light and heavy users of any weight;
  • Removable velvet cover for softness and easy cleaning;
Aylio Coccyx Seat Review

One small design feature that could do with updating in the next version is something that helps it grip your seat. There are other brands with a rubber stop on the bottom which prevents the cushion from sliding off, and that’s exactly what the Aylio Coccyx Cushion could use to make it a perfect product. If you like the non-slip bottom seat pillows, check out our review of Soft and Care Seat Cushion which offers an excellent alternative. 

But if you’ve been hunting around for the best office chair cushion for sciatica but don’t want to pay premium prices, you’ll be thrilled to know you can get the Aylio Coccyx Seat Cushion for around $40. This is somewhat higher than other brands but you’ll feel nothing except comfort and quality when you choose this product.

The Aylio Coccyx Cushion is also backed by the brand’s famous lifetime guarantee of quality, so although you might be spending a little extra you know that it’s worth your while. When compared to other seat cushions that only offer a year or less, spending that extra $10 will give you a whole lot more value and peace of mind.

The Best Car Seat Cushion for Sciatica

Now being stuck at that rush-hour traffic after a long day at work is a challenge in and of itself. But being stuck there with a terrible sciatica pain is the next level of torture. Fortem Seat Cushion to the rescue!

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The Fortem Seat Cushion is the perfect choice for someone looking to relieve sciatica pain and give themselves more comfort in the car. What makes this cushion our top pick for the best car seat cushion for sciatica is the versatility it has to fit in all kinds of vehicles including trucks, SUVs, and all cars. As an added bonus, you can even take your Fortem Seat Cushion on the plane to add to its traveling repertoire and save yourself from another painful trip in the air.

The Fortem Seat Cushion is made from premium materials and designed to suit every different type of body. Fortem has thought of everything when designing this pillow, and it comes in two parts with a seat cushion and lumbar support. The back pillow is to support the natural curve of your back and the seat cushion relieves the pressure on your coccyx, spine, hips, and thighs to give you the most comfortable seat of your life.

Some customers have mentioned that the seat is a little small for all body types, so it’s best to do your measurements before investing. The Fortem cushion measures just under 18 inches at its widest, so if this sounds right for you then you shouldn’t pass it up.

This cushion has all the things you look for in an easy to care for and quality made product, with a convenient carry handle that makes it great for travel, a 3D ventilated mesh cover that can be removed and washed with ease, and a lifetime warranty so you know it’s been made of premium materials and quality craftsmanship. If you would like to lean more about this cushion, take a look at our detailed review here.

The Best Seat Cushion for Sciatica

You have probably heard about the Purple brand already, since these guys made a big splash with their marketing. What you probably didn't know is that Purple's developers are a rocket scientist (really, check their website) and a comfort tech genius. And, boy, did that Purple seat cushion not disappoint us. It became our favorite cushion...ever.

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So what is there so special about this cushion? The answer is - a hyper-elastic polymer. Yep. Doesn't sound like much, and sure enough doesn't sound...comfortable. But it is! It allows your weight to be distributed evenly while also letting the air flow through the pillow, giving you that ultimate experience of sitting on a cloud. 

What makes Purple one the best seat cushions for sciatica? Let's dive deeper.

  • Innovative one-of-its-kind hyper-elastic polymer mesh
  • Variety of shapes, thickness and sizes
  • Removable and washable cover with rubberized non-slip bottom
  • Ideal for those with severe pain
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purple seat cushion
purple seat cushion

Purple cushions come in a variety of shapes, so if you prefer a cushion that is lighter and easier to carry around, Everywhere Purple®Cushion will be a light and compact version for you. It also is one of the most affordable, going for about $35. The Royal Purple Cushion, which we sit on every day now, is one of the most popular options, offering 2 inches of cloud-like seating goodness. It is quite wide and bulky, though, so if you are planning to walk around with it a lot - it will not be the best option. Purple goes on to offer the Ultimate cushion, which is even longer and wider, and everything you can think of in between. All pillows come with a removable case that is super easy to wash.

On the downside...the only thing we can come up with is the price. The Royal cushion we settled on for our everyday use goes for about $79, but looking back at how sitting felt like before and what it feels like now - it's totally worth it. Sitting on a Purple cushion is something you have to experience for yourself to really appreciate the technical ingenuity that made this possible. And if you decide to go for it - try the Egg test. You'll be amazed. 

Hope you found the perfect seat cushion for sciatica pain and can start going through your days without the excruciating pain. If you need to take a deeper dive into the various seat cushion options available, check out our detailed guide

Dr. Svetlana Parshenkova
Dr. Parshenkova, MD, received her medical degree in 1998 from KSMU University. Svetlana has worked for Servier Laboratories for over 11 years, managing a number of blockbuster drugs. She enjoys blogging and reading in her free time.
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