According to Medline Plus, back pain affects 8/10 Americans at some point during their lifetimes. The National Institute of Health reports that a number of factors can increase one's risk of developing back problems, such as being overweight or out of shape, aging, having a job that requires lifting, smoking, poor posture or disease.
Back pain can also come as a result of kidney stones, cancer, tumors, stress, infections, arthritis or pregnancy. To minimize the risk, it's important that we remain flexible and neatly stretched. One of the products people are using the $ 14 Arched Back Lumbar Stretcher Extender Model # 83-4866V by Trademark Global.
To use the Arched Back Lumbar Stretcher Extender Model # 83-4866V, you position the product at your shoulder blades and lie down on your back, allowing the arch to follow the natural curvature of your back. Keep your knees bent with your feet flat on the floor and stretch your arms out over your head for the optimal stretch. You may move the product slowly up or down to provide added pressure where you need it. Amazon recommends that you purchase a pillow like the REAL-EaSE Neck Support (Brookstone) to give yourself a pillowy head and neck support while stretching. Some people find it works best if you slowly pull your knees up to your chest and rock gently to crack your back.
The Arched Back Lumbar Stretcher Extender Model # 83-4866V has received a number of five-star reviews at Amazon. One man says he uses the product after golfing to stretch out. Other people use the stretcher extender following surgery or to treat the pain of bulging disks. This product is used by patients with sciatica, injured rotator cuffs and dull aches from working at a computer all day long. Lisa W. from Ohio says, "Since I started using the stretcher at least twice a day, I have noticed an improved range of motion, and an ease of motion in my shoulders with less pain."
Many consumers note that the Arched Back Lumbar Stretcher Extender Model # 83-4866V is much easier to use than an inversion table and much cheaper than paying a chiropractor. However, they also find that stretching over an exercise ball can often do the same job – if not better.
Not everyone reports the enjoyable "spell cracking" experience that the most ardent reviewers report, but everyone notes that it is at least comfortable and relaxing to lay on. As with any back pain relief product, you're likely to be disappointed if you're looking for a magical cure-all. Yet if you're looking for a product that promotes greater flexibility, stretching, relaxation and relief of tension, then you will enjoy this product.