The Backpod: Lie back and treat yourself.
The Backpod for upper back and neck pain - premium home treatment for the iHunch and other conditions.
The Backpod and its home program were developed in New Zealand specifically to counter the huge upsurge of pain and headache in people hunching over computers and smartphones. So the Backpod is ideal for all problems which involve hunching.
It also specifically stretches tight rib cage joints, so helps with breathlessness and other conditions involving these.
Why the need for the Backpod?
Nothing else gives such an effective stretch to tightened, hunched spines, or to the tight rib joints which are part of that problem and others. This isn’t hype but science.
Regardless of how fit or strong you are, you’ll perform better again if your lungs can take in more air. This is often limited by a tight rib cage, especially these days after much bending over computers and smartphones. The Backpod is particularly effective at stretching free tight rib cage joints. So if you can pull in more oxygen, you’ll perform better.
Home test for tight ribs: An indication that the rib cage itself is tight and restricted is that upper body rotation will also be limited. You can test this yourself. Sit squarely on a bench or desk. Then twist your torso to each side. Normal range would be about 90˚, with your shoulders coming in line with your thighs. If the joints round the back where your ribs hinge onto your backbone are tight or frozen, you won’t get that far.
You also won’t be able to take a completely full breath in - because the tight rib joints won’t let you. Being short of breath can simply be a rib cage tightness problem - it's not necessarily the lungs. This is often missed by doctors.
Free up your rib cage: The Backpod is particularly effective at stretching these posterior rib joints. Other spinal fulcrums like foam rollers and Swiss balls aren’t. The long cylindrical shape of a roller means you can’t get much specific leverage onto a tight rib joint, and all balls and rollers are unstable, so your muscles can’t relax on them. Anything too squashy like a rolled towel or tennis ball can’t give enough leverage.
The small stable peaked shape of the Backpod is especially designed to stretch tight rib joints. We don’t think, from 30 years of New Zealand manual physiotherapy expertise, that there’s anything else that does this effectively - for clear, scientific reasons.
Hit a ball further: A freely moving rib cage doesn’t just mean you’ll be able to take in more oxygen. It also means your thoracic rotation will be full and easy. This has important implications for some sports. If your torso rotates better, then regardless of your strength and fitness you’ll hit a ball further in golf, baseball, cricket, tennis, squash, etc. This is unequivocal. It's like saying if you release the hand brake then your car will go faster - of course it will. Also, you’ll run, walk and swim more easily.