is an extremely lightweight and durable, inflatable cushion which can
be effectively used in meditation as well as fitting in office chairs,
or in vehicle and airline seats.
It offers three usages:
stability ball in a chair, lumbar support and balance trainer. An
actual medical device which is listed with Health Canada and US FDA, Back Vitalizer
reduces back pain, prevents slouching and strengthens core stability.
Back doctors and patients have tested it and report that it is
extremely effective in alleviating lower back pain and in restoring
mucle balance and strength. It alleviates tension which commonly
develops in the low back muscles of people who sit daily in front of
their computers...so many of us!
When you sit on it, with
your buttocks aligned with the back of the cushion, and not leaning
against the back of a chair, wall or any other support, you are in fact
gently working to strengthen the deep stabilizing muscles and to
develop balance. It is important that the back of your buttocks are
aligned with the rear of the cushion to get all the benefits. If you
are too far foward, you loose the balancing benefits. If you are too
far back you loose the support benefits.
Because 95% of people have weakness in these muscles, it is recommended that you start with a lower level of inflation--1/2 inch in thickness, or less.
Lower inflation makes it easier to use, due to a lower level of
proprioceptive motion required to achieve balance. This allow you to
gradually build up the strength of these muscles in your back, for long
term neuromuscular gain. Then you can try increasing the inflation
levels once you have adjusted to this level of muscle training.
For use while sitting in
a chair, it is also recommended that for the first 2 - 4 months, you
alternate the sitting on and the leaning against positions, every 10 -
15 minutes (if your back muscles are significantly weak to start), or
every 30 -60 minutes otherwise, to gradually prolong the time you can
sit on it. You can try leaning against the cushion in both the
horizontal and vertical support positions, for different supports. When
leaning against the cushion, you are getting the benefit of increased
comfort and support! Note: You may need to adjust the height of your
chair to accomodate the difference in height with the cushion added.