With the rise of the information age and most of us spending hours on our laptops, tablets, and smartphones, more and more people complain of upper back pain, neck pain, and/or headaches. This is as a result of constantly bending over while we work or play on our electronic devices, which is known for contributing towards poor posture and a hunched upper back, something we like to call the iHunch.
The Backpod by Bodystance is a specialized physiotherapy device that is designed to stretch out a bent and stiffened upper and middle spine to help relieve upper back pain, neck pain and stiffness, and headaches. Although it was specifically designed for relieving the iHunch, it can also be used safely for all groups and medical conditions with problems from bending forward, such as Ankylosing Spondylosis or Scheuermann’s Disease.
It is an excellent product that also helps to decrease the stiffness in the joints of the rib cage, which means it can be used for conditions like Costochondritis and Rib Pain during pregnancy. Reduced stiffness of the rib cage is also great for improved breathing and chest mobility, which can be significantly beneficial to people with Asthma, or other chronic chest conditions, and even athletes.
The Backpod is an award-winning innovation from New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August, who has had over 30 years of experience in treating back pain. The Backpod offers an easy-to-use, conveniently-sized device that you can use in your home or wherever you are.
Manipulation treatments from a physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath are the usual go-to for tight upper backs, necks and rib cages. But these treatments can become expensive as time goes on, and if you are not regular with them, the affected areas usually just tighten up again. Regular use of the Backpod keeps the joints of your upper back and rib cage stretched out, for longer-lasting relief and a reduced need for ongoing expensive treatments.
The Backpod can be used in conjunction with manipulation treatments from a physiotherapist, osteopath, or chiropractor, as it can help to enhance them.
Features & Benefits of the Backpod by Bodystance:
Aims to pull your spine into a pain-free perfect posture
Helps stretch out the joints of the upper back to relieve upper back stiffness/pain, neck pain/stiffness, and associated headaches
Helps stretch out tightened or stiff joints of the rib cage and thoracic spine
Aims to provide longer-lasting relief from repetitive pain by reducing the need for expensive manipulation treatments to keep stretching out your spine &/rib cage
Class 1 medical device that’s easy to use in the comfort of your own home
Conveniently sized at 12.9 ounces so you can take it with you wherever you go
One size fits all
Can also be used in sitting, and particularly when driving for extra comfort and support when gripping the steering wheel
Approx 20cm long x 12cm wide x 6cm high (at highest point)
The Backpod by Bodystance Can Be Used For:
Neck pain and stiffness
Painful or tight upper back
Tight rib cage
Rib pain in pregnancy
Osteoarthritis of the spine
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Precordial Catch Syndrome
How To Use the Backpod by Bodystance:
Start slowly so that your body can adjust to the new posture and movement gradually
When you first start using the Backpod, we recommend placing three pillows on the floor. This is because your spine can be really tight, and too painful to put much leverage on initially.
You can gradually reduce the number of pillows to allow for a stronger stretch (it can take up to two or three weeks to get to no pillows).
Lie back with the Backpod roughly between the shoulder blades.
Bring your hands up above your head, chin tucked in and keep your knees up.
Your upper body will now be lying on the Backpod, stretching out the spine in the opposite direction to all the forward bending that happens during a normal day.
Hold the position for roughly 30 seconds then slightly re-adjust, so you begin to work the Backpod to the top of the back, up to shoulder level and out to the sides to stretch the rib hinges.
Remember to keep your chin in and your shoulders relaxed, so that it stretches the pectoral (chest) muscles and you’re getting a complete stretch.
We recommend doing this for several minutes every evening. It may take a few weeks for things to loosen enough for you to not feel any soreness.
NB: Using the Backpod on a bed will not be effective due to the springy nature of the bed. For the intended results, this item is meant to be used on the floor.
The outer cushion (which is green in color) is made from hypoallergenic synthetic rubber.
The blue core is made from super-strong polycarbonate.