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Using an posterior wedge cushion

You have been provided with a wedge cushion to improve your posture and help ease aches and pains. Posture wedge cushions help relieve pressure on your back by altering your posture. They are designed to be used on standard chairs at both home and school.

How do I use the cushion?

The posterior wedge cushion is designed to be sat on, with the thicker end at the front of the chair and the thinner end at the back of the chair. It is designed to tilt the pelvis backwards, reducing the curve in your lower back.

Photograph of blue wedge cushion with labels showing the thinner end where your bottom sits and the thicker end where your knees go

How does it work?

The cushion encourages the pelvis to tilt backwards, reducing the curve in your lower back. This should relieve stress on your back and thus help reduce back pain. The cushion should encourage a normal curve while sitting.

How often should I use the cushion?

Begin by sitting on the cushion for 20 minutes in order to develop tolerance for the improved seating position. You may find that your back is achier for the first week. This is normal as your muscles get used to the new posture. Once you begin to feel comfortable in the position, use the cushion whenever you sit on your regular school or dining chairs. Your therapist will continue to review your posture.

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Physiotherapists: Claire Hill, Davina Ford, Caroline Marr

Occupational therapists: Jill Baker, Kieran Murphy, Nicola Holland

Nurses: Gemma Greenacre, Liz Lee, Clare Crossland

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sheffield.boneteam@nhs.net

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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

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