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  • Exercises For Poor Posture

    Poor Posture Exercises

     

    “Posture is important!” “Sit/stand up straight!” “Shoulders Back!” Do any of these statements sound familiar? You’ve probably heard at least one of them in your life. Like it or not, your posture says a lot about you. It can play a huge role in the way you’re perceived by the outside world. For instance, good posture can denote confidence, vitality, trustworthiness, and professionalism. Conversely, poor posture can often imply low self esteem, lack of respect, and/or self-doubt.

    Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in a mirror or window and noticed that, maybe, you weren’t standing as tall as you could be? In that moment, you may make a quick adjustment to your stance and keep walking, but let’s face it: Nobody is acutely aware of their posture 24/7. That’s simply not realistic. it’s worth noting that everyday activities, like constantly looking down at your smartphone, or leaning forward at a computer for a prolonged period, can quickly turn into bad habits that wreak havoc on the neck and back.

    Forward Head Posture, a byproduct of those aforementioned regular activities, doesn’t just create a superficial slumped appearance. This type of forward tilt can cause painful stiffness in the upper/mid/lower back, neck, and shoulders, decreased height, headaches/migraines, and even muscle spasms.

    Technology isn’t going anywhere, so it’s increasingly important to incorporate healthy posture habits into our everyday lives to help “dump the hump.” The good news is, there are a variety of exercises and stretches that can help to not only improve posture, but potentially ease that accompanying pain/stiffness as well! See our highlighted picks below:

    1. Twisted Crunch: In addition to strengthening posture, this exercise also works your abdominal/oblique muscles.

    How To Do It: While lying with your back flat to the ground and your knees bent, place both hands behind your head. Then, raise your upper body into a crunch position, and begin by rotating your left shoulder to your right. Then, simply repeat this sequence, this time, rotating your right shoulder to your left.

    2. Back Extensions: This exercise helps to strengthen the back, providing a solid foundation for improved posture.

    How To Do It: Lying on your stomach, place both arms either at your sides, or in front of you, keeping one hand on top of the other. Place your chin on top of your hands. Begin by lifting your feet off the floor about 2 inches, while also lifting your upper body as high off the ground as you’re comfortably able. Hold this stretch for a few seconds, then release, and repeat the sequence. Note. It’s important to keep your chin lifted without hyper-extending your neck, or, pushing the neck too far backward.

    3. Shoulder Rolls: This is a simple exercise that eases tension and stiffness from being in a prolonged forward leaning seated position and improves posture.

    How To Do It: Either in a seated or standing position, inhale, then bring your shoulders up towards your ears, rolling them backward and then back down. Repeat this sequence several times. Tip* If you're able, try using hand weights with this exercise to take it to the next level!

    4. Seated Twist: One of the most effective and easy posture exercises.

    How To Do It: In a straight seated position on an exercise ball, extend your arms out in front of you. Then, simply twist to the right, come back to center, and then twist to the left. You’ll know you’re doing this correctly when you feel the stretch in your oblique muscles with each twist. Tip* If you're able, try using hand weights with this exercise to take it to the next level!

    5. Posture Pump® Disc Hydrators®: Posture Pump® Neck and Back Disc Hydrators® gently decompress, shape, and hydrate the discs in your neck and back. When the neck and back lose their natural curved shape, the soft discs that are in between the vertebrae become compressed, and rich lubricating fluid is unable to penetrate and hydrate the discs.  This causes premature aging in the form of stiff dry joints and a forward, slumped appearance. Posture Pump® counteracts that by lifting, stretching, decompressing, hydrating and shaping the neck and back into its “vital” natural curved shape.

     

    Posture Pump® Neck And Back Disc Hydrators®:
    • Help to Relieve Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue
    • Shape & Restore the Proper Postural Curves of the Neck and Back
    • Decompress & Hydrate Compressed Discs
    • Decrease Disc Bulging
    • Improve Flexibility and Range of Motion
    • Lightweight, Easy to Operate & Travel With
    • Made in the USA & Built to Last
    • Employs Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression (EED®) via Posture Pump®

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    © 2018 POSTURE PRO, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED • U. S. Patent Numbers 5,713,841
    • 5,906,586 • D508,566S • 7,060,085,B2 • 8,029,453,B2 • 8,734,372 • 8,764,693• 9,095,419 • 9,241,820.  Other patents pending.

    Beware of counterfeits and purchase an Official Posture Pump® - Made in the USA since 1994.

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  • Health Care Professional Dr. Muffoletto Recommends Posture Pump®!

    Dr. Muffoletto has used and recommended Posture Pump® for over 20 years. He credits Posture Pump® as his “best treatment tool,” noting that Posture Pump® is a great way for patients to get treatment/relief from their symptoms at home.

    Dr. Michael Muffoletto has been practicing Chiropractic care for over 28 years, specializing in conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Over the course of his career, Dr. M has treated countless individuals seeking relief from tension headaches, chronic migraines, stress, and low back pain. He has seen first hand the damaging effects of frequent smartphone and computer use on the neck and back through his own patients. Dr. M notes that the prevalence of smart device use & social media has forced individuals into a compressive forward head posture, which inhibits the neck’s natural and essential curve. If left untreated, this can cause the spine to degenerate, decay, and even become arthritic, prematurely aging individuals so that they appear older than they really are.

    “As we all age, we all would love to have an active lifestyle. and the Posture Pump® unit allows that to happen!.” - Dr. Michael Muffoletto

    Posture Pump® Relieves Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches, & Fatigue, Shapes & Restores the Proper Neck Curve, & Decompresses & Hydrates Compressed, Damaged Discs. Check out more details on our Back Pain Products & Neck Pain Products.

    © 2018 POSTURE PRO, Inc. • U. S. Patent Numbers 5,713,841• 5,906,586 • D508,566S • 7,060,085,B2 • 8,029,453,B2 • 8,734,372 • 8,764,693• 9,095,419 • 9,241,820.  Other patents pending.

    Consult your health care professional before beginning.Prices and colors subject to change without notice. Posture Pump® products are not designed to diagnose or cure disease.Posture Pump®, Neck Pump®, Back Pump®, Scoligon®, Spine Trainer®, Disc Hydrator®, Dual Disc Hydrator®, Penta Vec®, Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression (EED®), Elliptical Back Rocker™, Decompress, Shape & Lubricate™

    Over 3 Million have utilized EED® Technology via Posture Pump®.

    Beware of counterfeits and purchase an Official Posture Pump® - Made in the USA since 1994.

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  • Posture Pump® Dual Disc Hydrator®: Model 1400-D Instructions

    Posture Pump® Dual Disc Hydrator® (Model 1400-D) Relieves Painful Neck AND Upper Back Stiffness, Headaches, & Fatigue.

    Step-By-Step Instructions: Easy to use at home device- just minutes a day for neck AND upper back pain relief, increased flexibility, & range of motion!

    Before you begin, here are some safety precautions:

    • You shouldn't use Posture Pump® without consulting with your Healthcare Professional, as certain joint, nerve, disc, vascular, and other disorders or weaknesses could potentially be aggravated and worsened.
    • Do not use if you have implanted spinal hardware.
    • If you are pregnant, you should not use Posture Pump® beyond your first trimester.
    • Do not use if you are injured.
    • Never inflate to the point of pain.
    • DO NOT cover up or block off open ends of hand pump (Safety Release Valve.)
    • Refrain from re-positioning your body when neck unit is inflated! When using neck unit and back unit together, always apply the back unit first. When all movement with back unit is complete, apply neck unit. Completely deflate neck unit and release head restraint before moving back unit.
    • If pain results during treatment, discontinue use immediately and consult your doctor.
    • If your back is sensitive or extremely stiff, first use the unit on your bed/mattress. As your flexibility increases, you may wish to graduate to a flat, firm surface.
    • An aggressive workout with the Posture Pump® may temporarily cause soreness. If so, reduce the intensity and duration of your treatment.
    • Keep unit out of reach of children at all times.

    WARM UP ROUTINE: Begin by slowly turning the head side-to-side 5 times; then tilting the head forward and backward 5 times; then leaning the neck from side-to-side 5 times.

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    1. After warm-up routine, place deflated unit on a comfortable, firm surface. Deflate air cell(s) by pushing the button on the pump and squeezing air cell(s). With Comfort Visor™ forehead restraint untangled at back of unit, slide and center unit under the back of your neck, snugly against your shoulders and upper back. Note that if you are not snug, comfortable, and centered on the inflated neck bladder or back bladders, or if it seems to inflate unevenly, completely deflate all air cells, remove Comfort Visor®, then re-center yourself on the unit and reapply Comfort Visor™.
    2. Center your neck on neck cradle measuring with your index fingers. 
    3. Apply Comfort Visor™ by centering it across your forehead. While holding it there with fingers, lightly tighten one side at a time until snug and centered. Allow it to slide back toward hairline as you pull all slack out of Comfort Visor™ ends equally while holding frame down with fingers. Comfort Visor™ will mold to the shape of your forehead as it slides back. Re-position until it feels secure and comfortable. Note: For smaller heads and shorter necks, locate Comfort Visor™ in forward slots. For larger size locate Comfort Visor™ in back slots.  
    4. Hold back of unit down with tips of index fingers or thumbs and further tighten Comfort Visor™ if necessary.
    5. Press ends of Comfort Visor™ straps across the Velcro® forehead section. Comfort Visor™ should be as snug as possible without lifting up the back of the unit and may be tightened further after the first repetition. (Back of frame may lift slightly during application on some surfaces. THIS IS NORMAL.) 
    6. Slowly pump unit up to your own comfort level; never to the point of pain. Model 1400-D Dual Disc Hydrator® usually 2 to 12 complete pumps. Pump fewer times during first week of use. (Pump is equipped with automatic air release valve, limiting inflation.) Never cover up or block off open ends of hand pump.
    7. Wait approximately 10 seconds; then release all air by pushing the manual air release button on the pump. Repeat approximately 10 to 15 times.
    8. Next, inflate unit to a comfortable level (never to the point of pain) and relax on inflated unit for 1 to 5 minutes on first session. Gradually work up to a maximum goal of 15 minutes by adding a few minutes to each session or as directed by your Healthcare Professional. Inflate unit at lower levels the first week, thus reducing soreness commonly caused by aggressive usage. 
    9. Completely deflate unit, release Velcro® straps from forehead and remove Comfort Visor™.  Roll off unit to your right or left side slowly and carefully without turning your head. When you are free from the unit and standing or sitting in an upright position, gently and slowly repeat warm-up routine to acclimate your neck muscles to the weight of your head.
    10. Keep unit near bed or night stand and repeat the above treatment as recommended by your Healthcare Professional. Keep unit out of reach of children at all times.

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     Air Cell Positional Adjustments

    Upper Air Cell: Air cell should be centered to expand straight up unless otherwise recommended by your Healthcare Professional. To adjust unoccupied air cell: Fully inflate air cell, forcefully CENTER or tilt completely in the desired direction, HOLD and deflate fully. Air cell is now repositioned. Apply as directed.

    Q: My muscles were sore a day or two after my Posture Pump® session. Is this normal?

    A: Just like performing any new exercise, an aggressive workout with Posture Pump® can temporarily make you sore. To reduce this occurrence, inflate the unit at lower levels and keep your sessions under 10-minutes for the first 2 weeks. This will allow your body to gradually adapt to more aggressive sessions.

    If you've purchased your Posture Pump® with the Comfort Pad attached, this easily folds up and is lightweight. Simply wipe down with a damp cloth for cleaning. There are 4 plastic pegs that connect the Comfort Pad to the neck frame, so be sure to KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS.

    LOCALLY MADE & DURABLE CONSTRUCTION: Made in the USA & Built to Last

    Over 3 Million have utilized EED® Technology via Posture Pump®.

    Posture Pump® Dual Disc Hydrator® (Model 1400-D): For Relief of Painful Neck AND Upper Back Stiffness. 

    Dual Disc Hydrator®: Our most comfortable neck model (works neck and upper back). Upgraded from the Model 1100-S to decompress in two areas with even more comfortable corrective deep relief! Two uniquely angled EED® air cells* decompress and shape the neck and upper back (hump region)to relieve compressive forward upper body posture. New Comfort Visor™ gently molds to the shape of the forehead (no chin or jaw contact). Does not hyper-extend the neck. Operating at moderate pressure levels, the “Dual” provides extremely comfortable disc decompression & hydration while shaping and restoring the proper neck curve.

    • Relieves Painful Neck and Upper Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue
    • Shapes & Restores the Proper Neck Curve
    • Decompresses & Hydrates Compressed Discs
    • Decreases Disc Bulging
    • Reduces and Corrects Forward Head, Neck and Upper Back (Hump) Posture
    • Applies Reversing Pressure to Upper Back Humps
    • Improves Flexibility and Ranges of Motion
    • Lightweight, Easy to Operate & Travel With
    • Made in the USA & Built to Last
    • Employs Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression (EED®) via Posture Pump®

    BUY IT NOW!

    © 2018 POSTURE PRO, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED • U. S. Patent Numbers 5,713,841
    • 5,906,586 • D508,566S • 7,060,085,B2 • 8,029,453,B2 • 8,734,372 • 8,764,693
    • 9,095,419 • 9,241,820.  Other patents pending.

    Beware of counterfeits and purchase an Official Posture Pump® - Made in the USA since 1994.

    Consult your health care professional before beginning treatment.
    Prices and colors subject to change without notice.
    Posture Pump® products are not designed to diagnose or cure disease.
    Posture Pump®, Neck Pump®, Back Pump®, Scoligon®, Spine Trainer®, Disc Hydrator®,
    Dual Disc Hydrator®, Penta Vec®, Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression (EED®),
    Elliptical Back Rocker™, Decompress, Shape & Lubricate™

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  • Texting and "Tech Neck" Are Major Causes Of Neck & Back Pain

    Texting: It’s just a harmless, fun, and fast way to stay in touch with friends and family.  You get so many texts on a daily basis - you hardly think twice when you bend your head over your smartphone, furiously typing your answer back.

    But did you know that this seemingly innocuous habit could be one of the biggest causes of your neck and back pain?

    Text-Neck: it’s exactly what it sounds like, and apparently, real

    According to an article published in Surgical Technology International, the average person juts their head forward between 15 to 60 degrees to read and respond to texts on a phone.  The amount of force exerted on the neck is surprising: if you bend your head down by 15 degrees, you’re putting 27 pounds of pressure on your neck.  At the opposite end of the spectrum, you’re placing a whopping 60 pounds of pressure on your neck if you’re bending your head by sixty degrees.

    To put that in perspective, that’s the average weight of an eight-year-old.  And if you’re texting non-stop – well, you might as well just give piggyback rides at the playground.

    Think you don’t text much?  Think again: The average American spends about an hour on their smartphones each day.  Whether it’s texting friends or reading an article on the train to work, this constant activity can add up to serious neck and back pain.

    According to a Study in the Spine Journal  the neck usually curves back, but as people engage with their phones for longer and longer periods of time, they get disc and posture issues.

     

    So how can you reduce the amount of pressure you exert on your neck?

    • Limit the amount of time you spend on your smartphone. Designate certain times of the day for responding to texts. Minimize these times as much as possible, as this can help reduce the amount of pressure on your neck.
    • Hold your phone up more toward your face. If you hold it at eye level, you can reduce the amount of pressure on your neck.
    • Strengthen your back and neck muscles. Get 30 minutes of cardio activity each day, followed by light strength training.

    Posture Pump® Dual Disc Hydrator® Model 1400-D relieves painful neck and back stiffness.

    Posture Pump® is an online retail leader specializing in neck and back related pain products.  Posture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate  the spine, which can help alleviate the symptoms caused by neck and back conditions.  With all the Texting, Smartphone, Gaming and Computer Use happening on a daily basis, Hunched Posture, Chronic Headaches, and Spinal Degenerative Changes Common in the Elderly, are NOW seen early in life! Help Counteract the Harmful and Damaging Effects of Tech Neck/Texting Neck with Posture Pump®!

     

    Posture Pump® Relieves Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue, Shapes & Restores the Proper Neck Curve, & Decompresses & Hydrates Compressed, Damaged Discs.

    Buy it Now!

    Beware of counterfeits and purchase an Official Posture Pump® - Made in the USA since 1994.

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  • See What Frequent Texting/SmartPhone Use Can Do To Your Neck, & Watch How Posture Pump® Can Help


    The ever-growing prevalence of smartphones/gaming/computer use today is wreaking havoc on the necks and backs of individuals both young and old. More and more are developing forward head posture from engaging in seemingly benign everyday activities, such as texting, often without realizing how much time throughout the day is spent in a forward head/“slumped” position to do so, whether it’s looking down at a smartphone, or leaning forward towards a computer screen. Over time, this puts considerable stress on the cervical spine and can cause potentially irreparable damage long-term. 

    While poor posture is certainly nothing new, seeing more and more individuals at an alarmingly early age suffering with poor posture and painful neck and back stiffness stemming from frequent smartphone use/texting, or "Tech Neck," is a more recent development within just the past decade. Of course, it would be unrealistic to "quit/give up” using computers & smartphones altogether. However, using Posture Pump® regularly works to counteract the harmful and painful effects of "Tech Neck," so individuals can continue to live their day-to-day without painful stiffness and poor posture. 

    Posture Pump® products Relieve Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue, Shape & Restore the Proper Neck Curve, & Decompress & Hydrate Compressed Discs. Help Counteract the Harmful and Damaging Effects of Forward Head Posture. With all the Texting, Smartphone, Gaming, and Computer Use, Hunched Posture, Chronic Headaches, and Spinal Degenerative Changes Common in the Elderly, are NOW seen in early life!  

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  • How Tech Neck/Texting Neck Affects Your Spine

    woman textingTexting: It’s just a harmless, fun, and fast way to stay in touch with friends and family.  You get so many texts on a daily basis, you hardly think twice when you bend your head over your smartphone, furiously typing your answer back.
    But did you know that this seemingly innocuous habit could be one of the biggest causes of your neck and back pain?
    According to an article published in Surgical Technology International, the average person juts their head forward between 15 to 60 degrees to read and respond to texts on a phone.  The amount of force exerted on the neck is surprising: if you bend your head down by 15 degrees, you’re putting 27 pounds of pressure on your neck.  At the opposite end of the spectrum, you’re placing a whopping 60 pounds of pressure on your neck if you’re bending your head by sixty degrees.
    To put that in perspective, that’s the average weight of an eight-year-old.  And if you’re texting non-stop – well, you might as well just give piggyback rides at the playground.
    Think you don’t text much?  Think again: The average American spends about an hour on their smartphones each day.  Whether it’s texting friends or reading an article on the train to work, this constant activity can add up to serious neck and back pain.

    Texting Hurts Spine
    Photo from Kenneth K. Hansraj, MD, Chief of Spine Surgery , New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

    So how can you reduce the amount of pressure you exert on your neck?

    • Limit the amount of time you spend on your smartphone. Designate certain times of the day for responding to texts.  Minimize these times as much as possible, as this can help reduce the amount of pressure on your neck.
    • Hold your phone up more toward your face. If you hold it at eye level, you can reduce the amount of pressure on your neck.
    • Strengthen your back and neck muscles. Get 30 minutes of cardio activity each day, followed by light strength training.

    In addition to these tips, you can visit www.PosturePump.com.

    Posture Pump® is an online retail leader specializing in neck and back-related pain productsPosture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can help alleviate the symptoms caused by neck and back conditions.  With all the Texting, Smartphone, Gaming and Computer Use happening on a daily basis, Hunched Posture, Chronic Headaches, and Spinal Degenerative Changes Common in the Elderly, are NOW seen early in life! Help Counteract the Harmful and Damaging Effects of Tech Neck/Texting Neck with Posture Pump®!

    Posture Pump® Relieves Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue, Shapes & Restores the Proper Neck Curve, & Decompresses & Hydrates Compressed, Damaged Discs. To view our back pain products click here and to view our neck pain products click here.

    Visit our website at www.posturepump.com.

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