Instructions: How to use the Backpod™

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.

  1. Place the Backpod™ on the floor, flat side down.
    (Don’t use it on a bed or any other soft, springy
    surface.) Sit on the floor with your knees bent up
    and your feet on the floor, and gently lower yourself
    onto the Backpod™ so that it lies lengthwise under
    your spine between your shoulder-blades – as
    shown in the picture on the front cover of this user

  2. Place your hands behind your head, and let your
    shoulders and back relax. Hold your chin in slightly.
    You may feel some slight discomfort but this will
    usually disappear inside a minute as the spine
    stretches out a bit. If you think it’s still too sore, just
    add some more padding over the Backpod™.
  3. Relax in this position for 30-60 seconds. Let your
    elbows also relax and drop, which will stretch your
    chest muscles. Breathe slowly and deeply. Any initial
    discomfort should ease off.
  4. Every 30-60 seconds change your position about
    50mm (2 inches). Work the Backpod™ up and down
    your middle back and about the same distance out
    to both sides. Don’t go up the spine as high as your
    neck or lower than the bottom of your rib cage. Most
    tightness occurs around the shoulder blades, so
    concentrate on that area. Positioning the Backpod™
    about 50mm (2 inches) out to one side of the spine
    between it and the shoulder blades mobilises the
    rib joints, which can get tight just as the spine does.
    Spend several minutes working around the whole
    middle and upper back area like this. You can do
    this once a day at home or at work, most days a
    week. If the spine feels too tender, stretch only
    every second day.
  5. When stretching with the three pillows becomes
    comfortable, you can make the stretch stronger by
    using just two pillows. When that feels acceptable
    drop back to one, and then to no pillow at all.
    Depending on how tight your back is, it may take
    weeks to get to this point. Stick with it – it’s very
    tough material you’re loosening, and it may have
    been frozen up for many years.

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.

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