A padded toilet seat is designed to remove pressure from the hips and lower back, as well as the bursa at the outer side of our hip. In addition, a soft toilet seat relieves pressure from the Iliac arteries and the superficial femoral artery which runs down the thigh. In this way, the padded toilet seat prevents the unpleasant feeling of the leg falling asleep in people with weak circulation. In fact, even people with normal circulation will experience numbness down the leg when sitting for five minutes or more on a toilet seat that isn’t padded or softened.
The comfort of a padded toilet seat permits people to sit longer, which increases bowel movements and, in turn, reduces chances of bloating or stomach pains.
Despite their health benefits, padded toilet seats are often shied away from. People tend to think of soft toilet seats as a sign of growing old or of poor taste in decorating. In fact, padded toilet seats can add comfort at any age, and with a variety of models on the market, soft toilet seats are by no means a decorative eye-sore.
The cheap padded toilet seat offered at your local home improvement store is made by Glacier Bay and is offered in a standard round shape, in either white or bone. This soft toilet seat is likely to fit most simple toilets and will blend in, the way a hard toilet seat would (see picture). Furthermore, the cost of this soft toilet seat is only slightly higher than a simple hard toilet seat.
For a wider variety of padded toilet seats, Bemis offers different shapes, sizes and colors of soft toilet seats. This is especially helpful in the case of elongated toilets, as these require the large, elongated soft toilet seat, which exceeds the round one by about ten inches.
It’s easy to determine which toilet seat will work for your toilet, as the industry works with standard sizes for the most part. Measure your current toilet seat from the screw caps to the rim of the toilet. All soft toilet seats come with this measurement on the box. Avoid buying a soft toilet seat that is too small, as this will look odd and be uncomfortable. By the same token, avoid a padded toilet seat that’s too large. Rather than settle for a less than perfect fit, search online for the measurements you need, using the query word: “Elongated soft toilet seat” or “Bemis toilet seat”.
To install the toilet seat, lift the cap covers that conceal your current toilet seat, release the screws by slipping your hand under the toilet to grab the nuts that are holding the screws tightly in place. You’ll need to get on your knees and bend, so if you have knee or back problems, have someone else do this. Attach the padded toilet seat in the same manner, and use a screwdriver to make the job easier.
Finally, though the soft toilet seat will wrinkle after it is used, the cushioning will soon inflate again, and the padded toilet seat will look normal. Clean the soft toilet seat in the same manner as a hard toilet seat, but avoid using abrasive brushes that may wear down the outer skin of the soft toilet seat overtime.
Your back is an important body part so keep it in best shape and for back pain issues, the spine surgeons will discuss options with you on how to deal with it.