Warnings and precautions

When used sensibly, the Backpod™ is safe to use for almost all common musculoskeletal conditions involving the upper back, middle back and neck.

It is a passive device and entirely under the user’s control.

The only force applied comes from the user’s own upper body weight which they can lower gently to lie on the Backpod™.

They can get off again if there are problems.

Bodystance Ltd is not liable for any damage or injury resulting from non-directed or non-sensible use of the Backpod™, its user guide or website videos.

If problems or pain persist when using the Backpod™ or following its programme, see your doctor or other appropriate health practitioner.

It is not possible to build a single product perfectly suited to every patient;

however, the Backpod™ and its programme should benefit the vast majority of upper back and neck problems.

That the Backpod™ and its programme do not fully solve your particular problem is not grounds for the return of the product – you may also need specific health practitioner intervention(s) as well.

Treatment soreness

Any effective stretch of tight muscles, tendons or ligaments may produce some discomfort, even mild soreness – just like any warm-up muscle stretch. This doesn’t do any harm.

Patients commonly describe a “good pain, which is doing the right thing.”

Use of the Backpod™ should be graded with pillows and even layers of fluffy towel over the Backpod™ itself so it’s not too uncomfortable on any one stretch.

Stretching only every second day is recommended if the spine is too tender.

If pain is clearly extreme, or persists for more than a day or two, see your doctor or other health professional.

Don’t use the Backpod™ if there is reason to suspect a bony fracture, e.g., a heavy impact on the spine or ribs.

Don’t use the Backpod™ in the presence of recent surgery, wounds, infections, inflammation, shingles or other skin lesions in the area.

Don’t use the Backpod™ for children.

Their bones are still growing and their joints are usually fully flexible anyway.

However, the Backpod™ programme of muscle strengthening, posture education and home massage can be extremely
helpful. It is also available as videos on our website

Osteoporosis and osteopenia

These are conditions of reduced bone density, making the bones more at risk of a fracture.

The Backpod™ should be used with increased caution, but mild degrees of these conditions are not a total contra-indication.

The Backpod™ provides only a passive stretch of the spine, and can be gently graded by using pillows under the head and padding over the Backpod™ itself. If unsure, check with your doctor first.

Scheuermann’s Osteochondritis

The Backpod™ may irritate this condition when it is in the inflammatory phase.

However, it is highly appropriate for treatment of the common tight flexed middle and upper back that remains once the inflammation has settled.
If unsure, check with your doctor first.

Straight or concave middle and upper backs

This is the one fairly common case where the standard use of the Backpod™ won’t help.

About 5% of middle backs are straight or even slightly hollowed.
This is usually because of a fall on the back or other impact, or an excessively rigid upright posture.
The Backpod™ used in the usual way will push these spines further in the wrong direction,
causing compressive loading on the joints at the back of the bony vertebrae, which can then jam.

If you think you might have this sort of back, just get someone to look at your spine between the shoulder-blades.
If it’s straight or hollowed, and the Backpod™ is not helping, see your health professional.

There is an effective use of the Backpod™ for this type of spine outlined on page 17 of the Health Practitioner pages: “Backpod™ for straight or concave thoracic spines”.
The Backpod™ programme will help in any case – especially the massage
(see pages 13 & 14:  Massage – two simple techniques”).

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