The Original McKenzie Heavy Duty Lumbar Roll
Made from a high-density foam, the Original McKenzie Heavy Duty Lumber Roll supplies firm, comprehensive support to your lower back and spine. Available in two sizes for different builds and preferences, this support is ideal for anyone who experiences pain and discomfort from sitting in a chair with poor lumbar support, and who has found lighter supports ineffective.
Who Can Make Gains with the Heavy Duty Lumbar Roll?
The Original McKenzie Heavy Duty Lumbar Roll is a lumbar support which helps to prevent and reduce lower back discomfort caused by long periods of sitting in an unsupportive chair. It specifically targets therapy towards the lower back and spine.
The Key Area of Support Offered by the Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll
Which Options Are Available?
There are two options for the Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll available:
- The 4" (or 100cm) roll
- The 5" (or 125cm) roll
Please select your preference from the drop-down menu at the top of this page.
What Causes Back Pain when Sitting?
Generally speaking, sitting down causes the back muscles and ligaments to stretch, which puts stress on the surrounding tissues. Over time, this can build into discomfort, fatigue and ultimately pain. Since many chairs do not support the natural shape of the spine, they can encourage sitters to adopt hunched or bent positions, which only make this strain worse.
How Can a Lumbar Support Resolve This Pain?
By gently pushing in on your lower spine, a lumbar support helps your body and spine to achieve a more natural posture. This allows the muscles and ligaments surrounding your spine to relax, and gradually reduces the strain on surrounding tissues.
What Is the Difference Between the 4" and 5" Rolls?
There is only one difference between the two models of the Original McKenzie Heavy Duty Lumbar Roll: the 4" model has a diameter of four inches (or 100cm) and the 5" model has a diameter of five inches (or 125cm). This has an impact on the kind of support they can offer, since the 5" model compresses to a larger size than the 4" model. Generally speaking, the 4" model is better for those with smaller builds and the 5" model for those with larger builds, but this will vary slightly by every individual's body and comfort preferences.
How Do I Use the Original McKenzie Heavy Duty Lumbar Roll?
It is exceptionally easy to use the McKenzie Heavy Duty Lumbar Roll. For best results it should be strapped to your chair at waist height. Then you should sit upright, as far back in your chair as is possible.
What Are the Dimensions of The Roll?
The diameter of each roll varies according to its title (4 and 5 inches respectively). However, both models of the lumbar roll are the same length: 29cm (around 11.5 inches).
How Long Is the Strap?
Because it is elasticated, the McKenzie Lumbar Roll strap is able to fit a large number of chairs comfortably. Before being stretched it is around 20 inches long (allowing for a total circumference of around 31 inches including the roll itself) and it can stretch to a maximum of 31 inches (allowing for a total circumference of around 42 inches).
Who Can Benefit from a McKenzie Heavy Duty Round Roll?
A McKenzie Heavy Duty Round Roll is ideal for anyone who experiences significant back discomfort from sitting in straight backed chairs or chairs which do not provide proper ergonomic support to their spine, and who has found lighter rolls ineffective at reducing this discomfort. This is particularly true for anyone whose job demands they sit for long periods of time without many opportunities to stand or walk around, such as office workers or professional drivers.
How Dense Is This Lumbar Roll?
This heavy duty lumbar support is firm and dense. It features a foam density of between 40kg to 42kg per cubic meter and foam hardness rated at 180 Newtons. It is the ideal option for anyone who experiences back pain and discomfort when using a lighter roll.
How Comfortable Is the McKenzie Round Roll?
While it may not initially feel as comfortable as a lighter alternative, because the roll compresses down when lent on, it does not feel too awkward to sit against. More importantly, there are significant benefits to be felt over elongated periods and particularly the course of a work day, in the absence of discomfort.
Which Kinds of Chairs Is This Lumbar Roll Suitable For?
The Original McKenzie Heavy Duty Round Roll works well with a wide selection of chairs of different kinds, including:
- Office chairs
- Settees or sofas – if there is an appropriate back-cushion or other location to strap the support
- Arm chairs
- Car Seats
- Desk chairs
- Kitchen/dining chairs
- Any other straight backed chair in which you must spend extended periods
When Should I Use the McKenzie Heavy Duty Lumbar Roll?
You should use the Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll whenever you expect to sit for a long period of time, even before your back pain has developed – since it works best to prevent the emergence of discomfort. Because it uses a standard clip buckle, the roll is easy to attach and remove from chairs, so can be moved between different seats during the day.
What if I Want Something with a More Shallow Profile?
If you require a cushion with less depth than this round roll, the Original McKenzie Slimline Lumbar Roll is an asymmetrical alternative with a depth of 2 inches (roughly half that of this Original McKenzie Round Roll). This flatter design is ideal for elderly users, or those with smaller builds, and features a crescent shape to hug the contours of your back.
What if I Want a Standard Density Lumbar Roll?
The original Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll has none of the added flash of other models of Original McKenzie Lumbar Rolls, but offers everything you need for effective lower back pain and discomfort relief. Its standard foam body is medium density, and is comfortable to use despite its larger size than some models.
Is There a Travel Alternative?
The Original McKenzie Airback Lumbar Roll is an inflatable alternative designed to maximise comfort and prevent pain when travelling. This can be a particular problem on planes, trains or coaches, and the inflatable design of the Airback allows it to be quickly packed away or used whenever needed.
Is There a More Advanced Alternative?
Featuring an injection moulded foam in place of the firm density foam of the standard model, the Original McKenzie Super Lumbar Roll offers superior, dynamic support. This is perfect for those who continue to experience discomfort even with a standard roll support.