The following are answers to frequently asked questions about our products.
Which is more effective for lower back pain: Owl Comfy or Hug Comfy?
When sitting for extended periods, we often tend to protect the ischium area from pain by leaning on the pelvis as we sit; however, doing this puts a load on the lower back and causes pain. With Owl Comfy, EXGEL distributes the load that tends to concentrate in the ischium, making it less likely for pain to develop in that area. This enables sitting with an upright pelvis. Owl Comfy is recommended for those who need a soft seat. Hug Comfy, on the other hand, firmly supports the lower back, the sacral, and the pelvis. Hug Comfy is recommended for those who want their pelvis naturally upright when they sit.
Are EXGEL cushions effective against lower back pain?
Basically, a posture where you sit with your pelvis upright makes it hardest to put a load on the lower back. However, this also puts the most pressure on your ischium. When using an EXGEL cushion, the EXGEL gently cradles the ischium area and relieves pain so that you can sit for extended periods while making it difficult to put a load on the lower back. However, some people experience lower back pain and fatigue due to muscle or skin problems. This product is not guaranteed to reduce pain and fatigue in these situations or provide a therapeutic effect.
Can this be used on cushy chairs or sofas, or on chairs with curves?
Basically you want to attach the cushion to a stable seat, but you can use it if there is no discomfort when sitting. Please note that EXGEL cushions are soft and may wrinkle or deform when used for extended periods.
Can you use it on the floor?
Yes. Please note that your seating posture will change, so how it feels may differ.
Will there be a problem if I use a cushion for the home in the car?
You can use a cushion for the home in the passenger seat and back seat. When using one in the driver’s seat, be sure to check whether it hinders your vision or interferes with your operation of the pedals.
Will there be a problem if I use the cushion on a heated floor, electric carpet, or with a seat heater?
If it feels cold, wait for it to warm to the appropriate temperature. Do not heat the cushion with fire or high temperature heating appliances. When heating the cushion while it is on a heater, it may take time to heat as the EXGEL cushion conducts heat poorly. Be aware that placing a heater atop the EXGEL cushion to heat it may leave marks on the surface of the cushion.
Can I wash it?
For products with covers, if the cover is dirty you can place the cover in a net and wash it with a neutral detergent.
The cushion itself cannot be washed. Products without covers will use different fabrics. Please consult the user instructions for information.
Will it correct my pelvis?
The cushions are designed to reduce the load on the buttocks and the lower back. It will support your pelvis, but not correct it.
I’m worried about lower back pain. Which cushion is right for me?
EXGEL excels at distributing body pressure. It distributes the load around the ischium area, where it tends to concentrate the most when we sit, and supports the entire body, thereby relieving the load on the buttocks and the lower back. However, there are many causes of lower back pain. We recommend you try our cushion to see which works best for you. Our products are not guaranteed to reduce lower back pain or provide a therapeutic effect.
How much weight can it support?
The cushioning effect will vary depending on your weight. Owl REHA passed 150kg endurance tests (JIS T9271).
At what temperature can it be used up to?
It can be used in general day-to-day temperature ranges. It will slowly harden in sub-zero temperatures, while it will slowly soften in high temperatures. Product quality may suffer in temperatures exceeding 80C°.
How long can the product be used?
A feature of the EXGEL material is that it suffers little age-related deterioration. The life of the product will vary with usage frequency and so on. Judge the life of the product based on wear and tear to the covering and so on. Although there is no particular service life, causes of deterioration include UV rays and heat. Treat the product with care and you can enjoy long years of use.