An easy way to stretch and massage muscles are to use a foam roller. The idea is that you roll the desired body part over the usually rigid foam to stretch, thus eliminating any discomfort you might have. However, when it comes to your back I found that the rollers leave a lot to be desired, until now.
I have spinal stenosis and herniated disks and standing at the easel all day long or sitting in front of a computer for an extended time period usually leaves me aching. Those of you suffering from back pains know that shooting pain down your back and legs is just one part, walking like a hermit crab or looking at things that you drop thinking :"Yup, that's going to stay on the floor today..." are hallmark signs of people whose back is not working properly.
I recently received a physician designed Lumbar PT Device from Spinal Labs for review. The Lumbar PT Device looks like a cushion that is flat on one side and rounded on the other. It is made of a hard foam that is molded and has orthopedic massaging spikes. It is shaped in such a way that it follows the natural contour of the lumbar region.
The idea is to place the Lumbar PT Device on a hard surface. Then you slowly lie down and position the device so that it fits under the natural curve of your back. Then you bring your feet up so that your feet are resting on the floor at a 45 degree angle. By slightly moving from side to side gravity helps to stretch your back and back muscles and the spikes act like acupressure trigger points that further help to massage and relax muscles.
The movement improves circulation in the affected back areas and relieves muscle tension. The gradual stretch feels just wonderful. I like my cushion so much that I even put it against my back when I am sitting on the sofa. It helps me to sit straight and massages my aching back everytime I move against it. On the website it says "A little Every day Goes a Long Way.." and I have to agree with them. Since I have been stretching on this device, I have found a way to get some pain relief.Spinal Labs PT Lumbar Chronic Back Pain Stretcher Device $39.99 Spinal Labs