I love my embarrassing lumbar support pillow

I love my embarrassing lumbar support pillow

Essentials Week spotlights unexpected items that make our daily lives just a little bit better.


It brings me no joy to admit that LeBron James and I probably wouldn’t have a ton to talk about at a party. But in the (very likely, if you ask me) event that we cross paths one day, I know we’ll have one common passion to discuss: lumbar support.

You may have seen photos of James — on vacation, in a huddle, posing contemplatively by the shore — with a mysterious cylinder strapped to his lower back. That cylinder is the McKenzie Lumbar Roll, a lumbar support pillow that has become one of my most prized possessions. After I slipped a disc in my lower back this spring, my physical therapist recommended that I start using one. I’d never tried an ergonomic pillow before, but it was a welcome experiment: I’d just been cleared to sit during the workday after several unpleasant weeks of standing up or lying on my stomach, and I was anxious to do so in a way that wouldn’t make my pain worse. Read more…

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