About 80% of Americans will experience back pain in their lives. And It all comes down to the spine, more specifically the part in the lower back area called the lumbar spine. As most of you know your spine is made of a column separate bones stacked on top of one another – your vertebrae. Between each bone are intervertebral discs allowing your vertebrae to make small movements and absorbs shocks while holding your vertebrae together. The lumbar spine is located at the lower part of your back and is susceptible to compression – resulting in back pains. Our client, Piotr Majewski came to us requesting product design services for back pain.
Piotr Majewski, the inventor of the mumbak, wanted to create a product design to help alleviate back pain due to a compressed spine. It might be because we’re sitting too long. Maybe we’re not lifting heavy things properly. Or maybe we’re hunched over with bad posture. It could be anyone number of things that hurts your back.
Medical professionals recommend a product design or services that offer spinal decompression to alleviate pressure from the intervertebral discs. This is done by carefully stretching the spine.
However, Piotr found that devices on the market were uncomfortable and didn’t allow full control over the device. Inversion tables don’t provide lasting relief from back pain. In addition, it’s not safe for everyone. Not only are they quite heavy to move, which may result in further back pain, they also require the user to hang upside down. Hanging upside down could be risky for anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease, or glaucoma. He needed a firm that provided product design services for back pain and help build a suitable alternative.
Portable, durable, and easy to use, the product design of the mumbak gives you complete control over your movements and doesn’t require you to position yourself in awkward and uncomfortable positions.
Here’s how this product design works. Once you strap your feet into the bindings, just like a snowboard, make sure you’re lying on your back. Feel free to do this on a yoga mat or even in the comfort of your own bed! Piotr also recommends wearing a pair of sneakers so you don accidentally hurt your feet. Once you’re strapped in, pull the trigger on the handles of the telescopic poles and adjust them to your desired height. At this point, you should feel like you’re ready to snowboard… while holding ski poles… while on your back. More importantly, you should feel comfortable.
Next. insert the hook at the bottom end of one of the poles into one of the two push points located on the same side of the device as the hand that you’re holding the pole. It’s a brilliantly simple product design! The bottom ensures a stronger more powerful decompression while the top one is for a gentler and milder decompression. Do the same thing for the other side. Once your locked in and everything’s been adjusted, simply push down towards your feet and hold for 10-20 seconds. Piotr recommends 10 reps, three to four times a week for the best results.
When you’re done, collapsible product design makes it easy for your to store it away!
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