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Thread: "out of chair time" cushion

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    "out of chair time" cushion

    I've been searching for something to use on those occasions, in a restaurant or whatnot, where I don't sit in my chair, and can't use my cushion (seat too high, seat belt gets in the way, etc). Jay makes a "protector", but it's really pricey. It's also quite large, and wouldn't be that handy to have stuffed in your bag to use on the fly.

    http://www.sportaid.com/jay-protector-adult.html

    I recently bought one of these to help my dishes dry quicker, and realized that it might be a great solution!

    http://www.amazon.com/Dry-Dock-Hygie.../dp/B003BED040

    It's a thin layer of honeycomb (like Supracor cushions), with a mesh overlay, and terry-cloth towel material on the back. It folds in flat, and is quite thin. For some, it certainly won't be enough protection. But it's certainly better than nothing, and I think for some things like sitting in a car seat, or when I get on the floor to do some of my exercises, it might be just the item!

    I bought one for just slightly more than this at Storables here in Seattle (probably with shipping would be about the same cost).
    Last edited by jgrant27; 03-25-2011 at 05:17 PM.

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    What about the self-inflating cushions sold in camping stores? Rolls up tight and expands to give some cushion when you want it.

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    I have those in various sizes (from full on sleeping bag length to just a small lumbar rest). I find that they aren't that comfortable to balance on...if you have them fully inflated they make you quite wobbly, and if you deflate them too much they don't provide any protection. Definitely good for floor exercises (I need to remember to get mine out for that!).

    That's part of the reason why just using my chair cushion doesn't always work. It tends to be too thick, and especially when I want to use it in the car, creates a balance problem. Even thought I have an L2 injury and strong trunk muscles, I don't always want to be challenging my balance and working (it's okay to relax now and then).

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    Good point- they are really either flat or really inflated. I have a cheap drive gel cushion that I use on and off my chair. I can stand so I couldn't justify spending 300+ on a cushion. The drive gel cushion was 50 from amazon. I have a 3' and it can get a bit wobbly when I'm on the floor. It's good on softer surfaces though- like on my couch. Maybe try a 2"er? I sink in pretty far on the 3" (no bottoming out) but there is some 'gel wobble'.

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    I use a thin cushion made by roho. I like it especially in my car, where my regular cushion is too thick.

    My elderly mother in law complains that she cannot sit in a wooden kitchen chair for long, b/c her bottom hurts, and she uses this when visiting me. It seems to work for her too. (Pointing this out, since she can feel, not that she is sci).

    https://www.sportaid.com/roho-ltv-seat-cushion.html

    Interesting on that dry-dock thing. Is it working well for you? It certainly would be easier to have with you "just in case". (I kind of depend on the fact that the cushion I use is in my car, so usually relatively handy).

    eta .... I just re-read your post, and it wasn;t as much as a question as a suggestion, sorry ....
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    I've only tried the dry-dock when sitting on the floor for about 30 mins at a time, and about 30 mins in the car (that car ride isn't usually enough to aggravate me, but we'll see on my next road trip). It's definitely helpful for the floor, usually by the time it's been 30 mins I'm really starting to have an uncomfortable sensation...I don't have good enough sensation to know for sure what is wrong (evidence based on that pressure sore I got from a barstool), but if I pay attention I can tell that something is wrong.

    The gel drive cushion that Blue Ring mentioned does look like it would be good to use, especially if out-of-chair situations happen a lot. I have no problem if I'm sitting on a couch or a recliner or whatever, it's just really hard surfaces (wooden chairs, the floor) that cause a problem.

    This thread looks like it will be useful to others - we now have a little list of options! I know different things work best for each of us!

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    Maybe I will try it, I can give it the mother-in-law test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjean423 View Post
    eta .... I just re-read your post, and it wasn;t as much as a question as a suggestion, sorry ....
    sjean - don't worry, I still find suggestions helpful! And this dry-dock thin is super thin, I know it won't be useful for everyone or for long periods of time. I figured that since it's so easily portable I'll be more likely to use it than something that requires a big bag (or someone else carrying it) to use. Plus this is a topic that comes up for lots of us, and something w/more protection is likely to be more useful!

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    I have a Stimulite Silver that is about 1 to 1.5" thick and is good for when I drive, and I use in airplanes because it is unaffected by air pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donno View Post
    I have a Stimulite Silver that is about 1 to 1.5" thick and is good for when I drive, and I use in airplanes because it is unaffected by air pressure.

    Don

    That is a great Idea-for airplane-I use my roho mid profile--but it is still bad for bottom of legs due to pressure point on plane..unless I put my feet up on a bag or pillows.
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