If you’re on a journey in a bus or car and need lumbar support, we have a trash hack that’ll take care of your back. Two of the greatest impacts of travel are single-use water bottles and lumbar fatigue. This hack takes care of both. Disc related back pain, caused by bumps in the road and sitting for long periods of time, can be averted by using an empty water bottle as your lumbar support.
Fill your bottle up partially with air, making sure it squishes to the touch and place it between the car seat and your lower back: An instant lumbar pillow prevention of your disc-related back problems.
Although we prefer to encourage others not to buy drinks from plastic bottles, if you have a stash of them we have about 100 plastic bottle reuses in our Trash Backwards app:
Dr. Steve Overman is a founding partner and director of The Seattle Arthritis Clinic and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center.