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Old 1st Jan 2021, 10:29
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Supporting your back in the cockpit seat

Hello guys,

i have some problems with my lower back. I’m interested if anyone of you is using a lordosis pillow or something similar and can give me advice where I can get a good one for the Airbus A320 seat.
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Old 1st Jan 2021, 22:39
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Search “Backfriend.” I used one following surgery for a prolapsed disc and found it very good. Post retirement I still use one on my study chair.
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 19:16
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I used to have a lot of problems with my back, including a prolapsed disc.

I wanted surgery to sort this out but that was not deemed suitable for whatever reason.

For the last year or two I have done the following exercises:-

Lie on the floor on your back with your legs stretched out. Pull your left knee up and pull it right into your chest with your hands. Hold for a few seconds. Return that leg straight on the floor and do the same with the other leg. Repeat this 5 times for each leg: left, right, left, right etc.

Next, still lying down; pull both knees upright so your feet are touching your bum and your legs are 90 to your body. Then keeping your knees together, and your shoulders flat on the floor; twist both legs to the left so your knee touches the floor. Hold for a few seconds. Return your knees upright and twist in the other direction to touch your knee to the floor. Repeat this 5 times for each direction; left, right, left right etc.

I was sceptical and was convinced that I needed surgery. However, since doing these exercises my back has been really good for the last couple of years, (and I fly long-haul). I now do 3 repeats instead of 5, and I do them every weekday, not at weekends.

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Old 5th Jan 2021, 19:24
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Two sideline certification considerations to keep in mind.

(a) seat upholstery comes with flammability requirements.

(b) for seats designed to modern standards, there are some dynamic seat test considerations. These are the reason that modern aircraft seats are so uncomfortable as the spine load criteria dictate rather firm upholstery.

Probably not in the forefront of your thought processes for the case of a back concern but, nonetheless, folks should be aware.

Me, I routinely took the sheepskin from my car seat when flying. Made for increased comfort on any sector length.
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 20:04
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Do not sit on your wallet . It can skew your pelvis and cause sciatic nerve issues later in life . Deep knee bends help stretch out the lower back muscles and improve blood flow for repair and healing . Be very gentle with any exercise using your spine as any new twists and turns can cause unexpected damage . Get early Physiotherapist advice . Physiotherapists have some amazing healing strategies to prevent further damage .
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Old 5th Jan 2021, 20:46
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As long as it’s ‘just’ muscular back pain would strongly recommend daily yoga stretches and core strengthening exercises like planks. 5-10 minutes a day that’s it and I’m sure it will help. I can vouch for it!
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 12:44
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Posture curve

The log carried an advertisement in the 70s. I bought one and it helped considerably as the Trident had seats made by teleflex who do the boating cables. Had a couple of the designers in the cockpit "deliberately designed as hard and uncomfortable per request by BEA's chief pilot as he didn't want his pilots falling asleep". The VC10 was a different kettle of fish. Good luck a chiropractor sorted me out permanently in the end.
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 22:03
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Originally Posted by fitliker View Post
Do not sit on your wallet . It can skew your pelvis and cause sciatic nerve issues later in life . Deep knee bends help stretch out the lower back muscles and improve blood flow for repair and healing . Be very gentle with any exercise using your spine as any new twists and turns can cause unexpected damage . Get early Physiotherapist advice . Physiotherapists have some amazing healing strategies to prevent further damage .
Occurs to me that any half-decent chiropractor/physio should be able to develop a strategy to reduce the thickness of the offending wallet.

Sorry. Hat, coat, etc.
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