How to sit on a doughnut cushion

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How to sit on a doughnut cushion
Donought cushions can help take pressure off injured or sore backs. (pain in my back image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from

The doughnut cushion is a soft pillow-like cushion with a hole in the centre. It is used to alleviate pain in the back, pelvic region, and is popular among those who suffer from painful haemorrhoids. The benefit of this simple device is that it takes pressure off sensitive and sore regions on our body which, in turn, helps the healing process. You need to use a doughnut cushion properly though, to reap all the benefits it has to offer.

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Things you need

  • Doughnut cushion
  • Chair

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  1. 1

    Rest the doughnut cushion on a flat surface, such as a chair or bench. Make sure that there is no curvature to the chair or bench, as this can affect the way your weight is distributed on the cushion once you sit down.

  2. 2

    Sit on the cushion with your buttocks centre to the hole in the cushion. Your hips should be about even with the edges of the pillow. If you find that your hips are overlapping the pillow or that you have extra space on the sides, you probably need a different size doughnut cushion. The perfect fitting doughnut cushion will be as wide as your hips.

  3. 3

    Lean forward to relieve even more pressure off your back and pelvic region. This is an important step to take with painful pelvic injuries such as broken tailbones. This small change in posture can mean the difference between significant discomfort and a comfortable sitting position.

Tips and warnings

  • Sit gently if you have an inflatable doughnut cushion. While all doughnut pillows can handle your weight, plopping down on it may be too much for the pillow to handle and the pillow may burst.
  • Test different doughnut cushion to see what material is most comfortable for you. Common doughnut cushion material include inflatable rubber and memory foam.

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