Active Seat


A Seat Cushion Providing Motion When You Sit! Research Indicates Continuous Motion Promotes A Healthy Back; Helping To Tone Muscles, Increase Circulation And Nurture Discs. The Active Seat Creates Continual Motion As You Are Sitting. A Great Solution For Long Periods Of Sitting At Home, The Office Or In A Vehicle.

The Active Seat Is Self Inflating And Measures 15″ X 11″, Weighing 7 Ounces. It Comes With A Carry Case And Adjusts To Preference When Needed.

Ships Free To US: 1-3 units via USPS, Greater than 3 units usually UPS Ground Continental U.S.


Active Seat – Therapy While You Sit An Inflatable Seat Cushion For Back Pain Relief & More

The Active Seat helps you become active while you sit. Slight instability may not even be noticeable, but it is working to help. Functions as seat cushion for active sitting, a customizable support for the back and as foot rest or leg exerciser; the Active Seat keeps a measure of instability which you control by the inflation level. Durable, yet soft enough to use as a pillow!

Active Seat Is Fully Adjustable To Your Needs

As a back support: Maintain the natural curve of the lumbar spine, helping to reduce fatigue and stiffness while you sit!

As a seat cushion: Reduce back pain, relieve stress on the spine, improve sitting posture and strengthen the lower back while you sit!

As a foot rest: Exercise your feet to improve blood circulation and reduce swelling in your legs and feet while you sit!

At work, office, driving, wheelchairs, airplanes, camping, anywhere you sit.
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The Active Seat is self inflating and measures 15″ x 11″, weighing 7 ounces. It comes with a carry case and adjusts to preference when needed.

active seat in car

When using it for a seat cushion, only inflate to about 1/4 full or less, as just a little amount of inflation will allow it to activate the muscles. If you are traveling long distances or sitting for long periods at work, you can simply inflate or deflate when you require more or less activity levels. If using in the back support position as well as the foot cushion and exercising position, you can inflate it to half full or more. For use as an inflatable pillow – inflate to preference up to 4 inches.

Lightweight and easy to use, the Active Seat is great to use at home, work or on the road. I particularly like the seat cushion and back support used together. Only a slight amount of inflation is needed for the seat cushion use (about one quarter) and more for the back support (about one half ). Together, they encourage good posture, which is important for the neck also, and keeps a low level of activity in the muscles. This encourages better muscle tone and helps increase blood flow. It is also essential for proper disc nutrition which is lacking in painful conditions like disc disease.

Easily adjusts without pumps; it self inflates to a level, general seat cushion. Decrease the level by simply pushing the air out, or increase inflating by mouth like inflating a beach ball. Just open, allow to relax, open the valve, let it self inflate, adjust to preference, close the valve and push in flush. For traveling; easily deflates and rolls up to about 11 x 4 x 3. It’s that simple and easy to use! A campers favorite for use as a cushion and pillow.

Helps Alleviate Back Pain And Stiffness From Sitting

active and carry case

The Active Seat is encased by a very durable, yet comfortable covering. This eases pressure points, increases comfort and allows it to be used as a pillow that inflates and deflates for travel. Using regularly, especially in combination with one behind your back and sitting on the other, can really change your sitting experience for the better.

Use the Active Seat wherever you sit; in the house, office, classroom, car, truck, plane, wheelchair, scooter, theater, concert or stadium.

  • Relieve Back Pain, stiffness and fatigue
  • Exercise the deep stabilizing muscles in lower back
  • Relieve disc pressure and prevent static load of the spine
  • Increase blood circulation to back muscles
  • Improve postural stability and functional balance
  • Support natural curvature of your spine
  • Improve the health of your spine
  • Promote blood circulation in legs and feet, and reduce swelling in legs
  • Also used as an inflatable pillow for camping and travelling
  • 90 day warranty under normal use

The Active Seat is not for recent injuries in the acute or inflammatory stage, but can help rehabilitate muscles that have become weakened. It can also be used as a foot rest where you can push the toes down and then the heels down which increases blood flow to the lower extremities and may be helpful to reduce swelling.

There is a 90 day warranty against any defects. Because the inner bladder is inflatable, you should keep it away from sharp objects.

The Problem

activating musclesBabies who are strapped in high chairs, after about ten minutes, become restless, throwing their toys on the floor and reaching out to their parents. Parents may assume that the baby has become bored with the toy and offer another. The reality is that the baby has had enough of sitting down; the baby just wants to move about (change posture).

Constant sitting in a still position is linked to lower back pain, neck pain and other health issues. With more and more hours being spent in the sitting position, not only at work, but in leisure time, there is an increasing need to provide motion to avoid the harmful effects on the spine, ligaments and muscles.

People are gradually being forced to spend longer periods of their life sitting down. As the trend moves towards traveling longer distances to work, people will spend an increased amount of time sitting in cars, trains or planes. At work, with the advent of the electronic office, people are working longer hours and performing many tasks sitting in their seats without getting up and doing other activities.

Office work has become so dependent on computers that soon no one will be working without a computer on their desk. This also means that more and more people will be spending a longer time in front of computer screens and adopting fairly static postures over extended periods.

The sitting position automatically causes the back to assume a poor posture (kyphosed or straightening of the normal curve) and places strain on the bones, joints, discs, muscles, ligaments and tendons. The spine consists of bones called vertebrae, but the flexibility and movement within the spine is due to the discs between each vertebra. If the back is subjected to long term abuse in terms of bad sitting postures adopted, the looses the natural shape and flexibility. The vertebrae become compressed and this can cause the disc to bulge and press against the spinal cord or nerves and that gives the feeling of pain in the back.

Static work over long periods is damaging to the metabolism of the muscles. They do not get a sufficient supply of energy and cannot get rid of waste products. Muscles need oxygen and to get rid of their metabolic waste products. Dynamic work is healthier, because the muscles have the opportunity to alternate between action and relaxation.

inflatable seat cushion

Sitting and adopting unhealthy static postures without short frequent breaks, become at risk for back problems in the future. The question is not how good or ergonomic the seat is, but whether the users adopt bad static postures over extended periods or frequently changing dynamic postures. Of course a seat designed with sound ergonomics principles can reduce the ill effects of static postures, but it cannot eliminate them totally.

Low back injuries like disc herniation can be caused by long periods of sitting from the constant pressure of inactivity. It has been shown that tears in the disc can happen during sitting under conditions that truck drivers experience.

The Solution

The Active Seat helps promote activity as the response to slight changes in posture allows muscles to alternate between tension and relaxation and allows spinal discs to compress and decompress. This encourages blood flow and hence prevents any build up of pressure on buttocks, legs and back.

How Does It Work

It invigorates and rejuvenates the back and spine through producing a continual motion as you are sitting. Doctors and researchers are aware that for muscle, joint and cartilage, long periods of immobilizing or remaining still is harmful and damaging. Since the spinal column is composed of muscles, joints, ligaments and discs that connect to work as a whole, it needs a gentle, yet continuous motion be healthy. Motion is a guiding principle of rehabilitation; whenever your joints move, circulation of blood and fluids increase to the areas. The result is the back gets the nutrition and oxygen needed to keep the structures healthy.

A barely perceptible transferring of the air filled bladder produces the motion in the spine and the resulting counterbalancing action of the muscles. It uses the inherent energy of the body to generate motion. Using it regularly, the bones, joints, ligaments and muscles of the back can become healthy and stay that way. Most of all it can provide needed relief and help you become more productive and enjoy life more!

active sittingThe unstable nature forces your body to make subtle posture corrections when you sit, especially when using in a moving vehicle. These minor corrections, for some individuals, will alleviate back pain and muscle stiffness associated with long periods of inactivity while sitting. The pain cycle will work against many back pain sufferers as they do not want to move the back due to pain. This leads to the condition worsening, more pain and further fear of motion. Using the Active Seat can help break this cycle, encouraging motion using a controlled, yet gentle way.

The minor unstable action will stimulates reflexes, tone abdominal muscle groups, activating back muscles, permitting better posture control. Because the muscles vary between continual activation and relaxation, compensating for the instability, internal stabilizing results to help in relief of pain and improvement of spinal health.

Active Seat Science

According to a 2006 study in the the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Sitting posture of subjects with postural backache. The authors noted Postural Syndrome is a painful disorder caused by prolonged static loading of normal soft tissues continued until the point when mechanical stress triggers discomfort. They noted that students with back pain tended to sit for longer periods without interruption, and when they were sitting tended to adopt a more flexed (kyphosed) posture.

According to a 2004 scientific review published in the journal Spine, regarding the low back and injury, the accumulation of repeated stationary work like sitting is harmful. Sitting for one day may not be harmful, however, when done for hours each day, over months and years, it may be enough to overcome the protective effect of muscles, joints and ligaments, leading to muscular spasm, chronic pain and disability.

A 2007 study published in the European Spine Journal indicated the prevalence rate of reported low back pain in those occupations that require the worker to sit for the majority of a working day is significantly higher than the prevalence rate of the general population. They also noted an association between the presence of sciatica pain and sitting for more than half of working time.

A 2014 study in the Journal Of Sport And Health Science focused on “Active Sitting” and some of the suggested benefits, like a reduction of pressure on spinal bones, better awareness and control of body position, improved spinal posture, activation of core stabilization muscles, and increased burning or fat tissue as well as calories.


When using a small amount of air for active sitting, simply fold the cushion in half and seal the valve.

The authors concluded, “The subtle trunk motion presented during active sitting on air-cushion could play a role in reducing low-back conditions. Individuals with occupations requiring prolonged sitting should consider active sitting as a means for maintaining and promoting low-back health.”

A scientific literature search was presented in a 2008 Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation regarding the loss of curve in the lower back from bad sitting posture (kyphosis). The authors indicated the potential damage that can result from prolonged sitting in poor posture and the need for health care professionals to advise frequent motion when sitting at work or home. They also indicated the relationship between forces that compress the spine during long term static (still) sitting are similar to forces in disc degeneration. The authors stated, “Finally, it is essential to educate the public regarding the importance of movement during sitting, in particular on long haul flights and road trips. A long period of sustained kyphosed sitting followed by retrieval of heavy luggage using a flexed and rotated spinal maneuver is potentially hazardous to spinal structures.”

A 2010 study in the journal Work, which is dedicated to both prevention as well as rehabilitation, indicated that a seat which promotes activity by using a measure of instability can relax the neck muscles as well as upper and lower back muscles and improve posture compared to a standard cushioned type seat. The scientific study indicates a cushion like the Active Seat may even help in the prevention of neck, shoulder and arm problems by helping to correct forward head posture.

multifidus muscles

A 2015 study in the journal Physical Therapy In Sport demonstrated that an unstable sitting surface has a beneficial effect on the multifidus muscles of the lower back. They used a large ball as a sitting surface and measure the cross section area of the mutifidus compared to sitting on a stable surface. The unstable surface actually increased the cross sectional area of the muscle, indicating a value in rehabilitation.

The authors of a 2010 issue of the Journal of Injury, Function & Rehabilitation indicated the importance of the stabilizing action of the lumbar spine multifidus muscles. They noted multifidus muscle dysfunction is “strongly associated with low back pain.” They explain that the muscle dysfunction results from pain, but the dysfunction can continue after the pain is resolved and be a factor in future episodes of back pain.

The long term or chronic dysfunction of the multifidus muscles leads to weakening and degeneration of the muscles, and can be seen on an MRI as replacement of the muscle with fat tissue. Active rehabilitation of these muscles is possible with an unstable sitting surface provided by the active seat.

A 2014 study in the Journal of Radiology Case Reports indicates that active rehabilitation of multifidus muscles can be seen on MRI as a decrease in the fatty infiltration of these muscles of MRI. The authors noted the decrease in fat in the muscle was associated with improvement in the function of the lower back for individuals receiving muscle rehabilitation.

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Author Bio

Stephen Ornstein, D.C. has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Sherman Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy from Dr. Hanne Albert, PT., MPH., Ph.D., Myofascial Release Techniques from Logan Chiropractic College, and learned Active Release Technique from the founder, P. Michael Leahy, DC, ART, CCSP.