By Robert Wald
About twenty years ago a friend of mine, Londi Palmisano, a California certified massage therapist, was trying to come up with some sort of device that would work really well for stretching the back and other muscles of the upper body. I think she had a moment of genius when she sat down and sketched a picture of what is now known as The Body Archer. Needless to say, I found her design to be really interesting, and it felt great to stretch my back on it. But I was already involved in my own entertainment industry career and I wasn’t thinking much about marketing a fitness product at the time. Londi didn’t have the resources to market The Body Archer on a large scale, but she managed to have a few a few of them built at a local woodworking shop. Only a handful of her lucky customers were able to experience her incredible invention. Without exception, every one of them fell in love with The Body Archer!
After recently retiring from my work in motion pictures and television, and now dealing with that all too common lower back pain, I remembered Londi’s device and, not being one to actually “retire,” I decided to try to help make Londi’s great product available to a larger audience. So, Body Archer LLC was born. What a great feeling it is to present a product like The Body Archer. I get to help my friend fulfill her dream by showing her product to the world! It’s good looking, it’s clever and it really does work, whether you use it for stretching or as a super comfortable chair. It is simply a no nonsense product that performs as advertised, and it’s attractive enough that you don’t have to hide it in a closet! It’s a really nice piece of furniture to add to your home. Please have a look at our testimonials. These are real people who have used The Body Archer and their comments are completely unscripted. Best of all, it’s built in California, USA! We’re very proud of that!
By Cheryl Caplow
Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans, a quarter of whom suffer from chronic lower back pain. If you experience serious back pain, even occasionally, you are not alone. We spend about $600 billion a year in treatment and lost productivity costs from these often mysterious ailments, according to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine.
Even if you don’t have a “bad back”, any sort of physical pain can interfere with your daily life. In more severe situations, it can impact your quality of life—causing you to miss work and social activities that you enjoy and making you unable to accomplish even simple, everyday necessities.
Here are 10 tips for preventing back pain.
1. Listen To Your Back. If performing a certain activity is painful, it’s probably not good for you. Prevention is key. For instance, repetitive activities, or straining while lifting, can often cause lumbar spine pain. The Body Archer is an excellent way to stretch pulled back muscles, but ignoring back strain can make it much more challenging to treat.
2. Stay active. The best back exercise routine is one that combines stretching, strengthening, and aerobic activity. It doesn’t really matter if you go to a gym, walk, bike, swim, or just regularly run around with your kids or pets; staying active and keeping your body moving encourages spinal health.
3. Range of motion exercises. Learn how to stretch your back properly, and stretching daily helps to keep joints flexible and to relieve stiffness. Here are some great examples of how to incorporate The Body Archer into your back stretching routine. These stretches for back pain can also stretch your neck and overall spine as well.
4. Back Strength Workouts Such As With Weights or Machines. Avoid injury! Make sure to get instruction in the proper use of your equipment before beginning your back training program. Begin with lighter weights, but be sure to do your lifting every day to sustainably increase muscle strength. Strong muscles help support and protect your spinal health.
5. Low Impact Aerobic Exercise. Walking, biking, and swimming at least 2-3 times per week will increase stamina, and flexibility, and endorphin levels, often doing wonders to fix lower back pain.
6. Stretching Your Back. Regular stretching exercises aid muscular and spinal flexibility. They can also reduce joint stress, loosen up ligaments, and improve the flow of blood and nutrients throughout the body. A back exercise routine can offer advanced pain management, while preventing a stiff lower back or limitation of movement. If you start your day with a few back pain exercises at home, it will not only be invigorating, but can also promote spinal health.
7. Safe Lifting. Lift the right way to retain spine flexibility and prevent back pain: stand as close to the object as you can and use your legs to lift, instead of your back or upper body and avoid twisting. Bending your knees will keep your arms at the same height as the item. Be sure to keep your back straight. Don’t be afraid to ask for help for any items that are too heavy!
8. Healthy Sleep, Healthy Back. How much and how well you slept the night before can have a direct impact on how you feel and perform during the day. Sleeping on your side rather than on your stomach minimizes spinal strain. Putting a pillow under your knees when lying on your back, or putting a pillow between your knees when lying on the side can also help.
9. Adjust Your Back Position. Take a cue from your fidgety toddler and, when you’re forced to sit still for a while, move around at least every 20 minutes. Sitting on The Body Archer, you can rock from side to side during your day, stretching your hips and lower back. These back pain relief exercises in the home can relieve the tightness you feel after a long day. Using The Body Archer as a posture chair as a spine stretch machine settles your into a new position form the neck down. When you get up to take a break from work, you will also benefit from a higher level of standing comfort.
10. Work Smart With The Body Archer. Proper ergonomics can help reduce upper and lower back stress. Make sure your workspace, including keyboard, mouse, screen, phone and chair, is set up for your height and functionality.
By Cheryl Caplow
Flexibility is important for everyone, but especially for rehabilitation after a back injury.
Approximately 8 out of 10 people will experience the symptoms of back pain at least one time in their life. It used to be that bed rest was recommended after a back injury. But now, the most recommended treatments include gentle stretching and strengthening of the back muscles to enable you to resume your daily activities as soon as possible.
People who suffer from lower back pain should be encouraged to help with their own recovery by exercising and getting physical therapy, are seldom given the knowledge and tools needed to accomplish this, according to Verne Mooney, MD in his recent article“Rehabilitation and Exercise for a Healthy Back.” Of course, getting better is only the beginning, since further episodes of back pain are quite common as time passes. Whether suffering from the first bout of low back pain or following extensive treatments or even surgery, it is important for patients to avoid or minimize the severity of recurrences by rehabilitating the back
Flexibility, the ability to move freely, is an important factor in the rehabilitation process. If you have ever strained a back muscle or pinched a nerve in your neck, you will remember how carefully and slowly you had to reinvigorate those muscles. Stretching on The Body Archer with its sturdy construction and 20 inch height, can soothe and ease muscles that are relearning their proper alignment. Back arching regularly at home after professional treatments by a physical therapist can reinforces those positive changes long after formal rehabilitation visits are over.
Maintaining flexibility can also help you avoid many diseases. As an example, being able to walk comfortably for a half hour a day helps keep oxygen flowing to your heart and your brain, keeping you alert, active, and less likely to acquire any number of ailments, from heart disease to Alzheimer’s. Stretching your muscles and spine keeps your joints supple, healthy, and able to perform daily tasks important to your general health.
As we age, we lose flexibility. We can’t prevent this process, but we can, however, slow it down. Flexibility is an important indicator of joint health, and important to remaining mobile and self-sufficient. However, upper back and neck exercises after an injury can be especially challenging. Because it doesn’t require intense movement or superior strength, the Body Archer is a superior option for a full spine stretcher and can help adults of any age regain their body’s correct positioning and functionality.
Check out these instructional videos for how to maximize the benefits of Stretching on The Body Archer.
Remember, if you have severe back issues or previous back injury, it is always best to talk with your doctor before trying any new exercises or stretches.
By Cheryl Caplow
What is stretching?
Stretching is the deliberate lengthening of muscles in order to increase muscle flexibility and joint range of motion. What happens if we don’t stretch? As you age, your muscles tighten and range of motion in the joints can be minimized. This can put a damper on active lifestyles and even hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be simple, such as zipping up a dress or reaching for a can off of the top shelf, now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make daily living activities easier.
Are there benefits from stretching?
Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from a regular stretching program:
Stretching is important for people of all ages! One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase your range of motion, which means your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs.
Why does stretching feel good?
Regardless of the scientific and unscientific reasons, we can all agree that stretching generally feels great for a number of reasons. First, the brain is cleared and receives more oxygen. This is especially helpful when waking from a night’s sleep, after a nap, or even after sitting for a sustained period of time. When the body is at rest it uses less oxygen, breathing becomes shallower and the blood circulates more slowly. Stretching galvanizes the body’s metabolism and kicks it up a few notches—almost like turning up a rheostat.
Plus, in addition to that good feeling, a consistent stretching program will improve flexibility and joint movement.
Best of all, nothing seems more satisfying than stretching one’s back. Maybe that’s because our backs are the center of our nervous systems and bear most of our weight, including all that stuff we lift and carry around. Is it any wonder that it is estimated that about 80% of us experience back pain on a regular basis?
So start stretching today and let us know on our Body Archer Facebook page how much better you, and your back, feel!