The Flexibak for backpain
Cradle that eases spinal pain
A great article from the Mail-online,
Steve Lydon has suffered from lower back pain ever since he was involved in a motorcycle accident 20 years ago.
Left with two injured vertebrae in the lumbar part of his spine and three compressed discs, he spent three months in traction in hospital. That helped mend the damage, but the pain never went away.
At times it was so bad that Steve, 43, couldn’t stand, sit or walk, and was unable to work at his company organising races for ex-Formula One cars. ‘It was miserable,’ said Steve, who lives in Northleach, Gloucestershire. ‘I used to get terrible sciatica in my right leg, to the point where my toes went numb.’ When he heard about a new device, designed specifically to relieve lower back pain, he was more than willing to try it.
Called flexi:bak , the device has been created by osteopath Jason Rosser and his former practice partner David Ponton. It is made of eight wooden segments, each of which sits independently on a self-lubricating nylon-covered aluminium rod.
The segments, and the spaces between them, have been designed to support the lower spinal column and bodyweight in such a way that gravity begins to reverse the compression accumulated throughout the day.
The patient lies on the floor and slips the flexi:bak under his or her pelvis. The segments then cradle the pelvis and the backbone, tilting the back upwards. As the weight-bearing lower lumbar spinal joints begin to relax, pressure on inflamed muscles, strained tendons, bulging discs and compressed nerves is relieved.
Patients rock gently from side to side, allowing the segments to massage the area. Steve, who has been using flexi:bak for six months, says his back has been better than at any other time since the accident. ‘It works so quickly, too,’ he says.
‘If I stand awkwardly, or stumble, the pain sometimes returns. In the past I used to have to trek to the osteopath. But the device alleviates the pain immediately.’
The origin of most back pain is the compression of the lower back joints.
To reverse this, osteopaths recommend swimming and other exercises; flexi:bak has the same effect, and ten minutes’ use a day is sufficient to alleviate pain for most people.
The device has been clinically tested and has helped patients suffering from a range of problems, including arthritis, sports injuries and rheumatism. Every person involved in the tests reported an improvement. It also proved particularly effective in helping pregnant women.
Nicholas Marcer, former senior lecturer at the European School of Osteopathy, has evaluated flexi:bak and says he was impressed with the results.’I would expect that if it was used early in pregnancy, flexi:bak may help prepare the body for the postural changes that inevitably occur,’ he says.
‘It would also keep the pelvic area free throughout the whole pregnancy and possibly make for an easier delivery.
‘It is not just another gimmick. It will help relieve back discomfort but, in addition, will have more far-reaching positive effects to the user’s general health.’
Before using any back device, consult your doctor.
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