The Backpod™ is designed to stretch out a bent-forward and stiffened upper and middle back.
When the joints in the spine have jammed up enough, and the very tough tissue surrounding them has tightened,
you can’t free them up using your own muscles or body movements. It’s no longer enough to just “sit up straight” –
you haven’t got the leverage to unlock a specific joint or stretch out the stiffened ligaments around it on your own.
You can do it with the help of the Backpod™ though.
Your own body weight provides the force, and the shape of the Backpod™ localises it to the particular areas that need to free up.
The stretch provided by the Backpod™ needs to be strong, so the first time you use it, start off with three pillows under your head, and if necessary layers of fluffy towel over the Backpod™ itself.
This will make the stretch more comfortable.
It should definitely not be actually painful.
However, the Backpod™ is a real treatment device, not a gimmick, and you could feel some slight discomfort to start off with.
It’s like stretching a muscle – if you couldn’t feel anything, then you wouldn’t be doing anything useful.
If you feel you need more leverage turn the Backpod™ sideways across your spine. The tighter
curve across the Backpod™ will apply more localised pressure to your back.
When you can do a session on the Backpod™ with no pillows and no discomfort you’ve reached your
What this means is that nothing is jammed and everything has been stretched back to normal
flexibility, and no longer hurts to move.
To keep everything freed up, just use the Backpod™ once a week,
or only if things feel as if they’re getting tight again.
Using the Backpod™ in a sitting position:
You can also use the Backpod™ in a chair or car seat.
Just slip it down between your upper back and the seat and lean back onto it.
This sitting position gives a milder stretch than the lying position.
When driving a car or truck you can push back against the steering wheel to give a stronger stretch against the Backpod™, so it’s an excellent opportunity for plenty of stretching when commuting or on a long trip.
Further treatment: The Backpod™ can stretch out a tight spine more effectively than anyone can with just their own exercises.
But some spines can be so tight that they also need manipulation or mobilisation from a manipulating doctor, physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor.
These practitioners can unlock joints so that the Backpod™ can then stretch them the rest of the
way, and then keep them free.