The Weekly is a community newspaper, so reviewing a national product seems out of place. But given that so many people suffer from back pain, I hope this one helps some of you out there.
With lower-back surgery in 1987 and a car accident that damaged my neck, shoulder, and upper-back muscles in 1992, proper posture is vital to me. Well, it’s vital to everyone, although for some it doesn’t come easily. And something as simple as slouching becomes very painful very quickly.
As a BDN writer, I spend my day at a computer workstation. We’ve been working on proper ergonomics, but I experienced pain every day regardless. Over eight years here, it worsened every day. So in October 2013, after my daily level of agony had finally become completely unbearable, I began searching for back-support devices. I’d tried similar devices before, but they were never as glorious as they always sounded.
Then, while researching online, I stumbled upon the device that would change my life: the BackUp, by a company called Nada-Chair.
I’m not an easy sell, even after heavily researching user opinions. So I emailed the company some questions.
“Your product sounds extraordinary,” I wrote, “but all the others did, too.”
The founder and the product’s creator, Dr. Victor Toso, responded by mailing one to me free of charge — something he often did to the media. Free or not, the moment I first used the Nada-Chair was life-altering. I wrapped it around my lower back, looped the straps around my shins, and pulled it snug — and it was absolutely magical. I immediately knew I’d pay double its price if I ever lost this one. It’s that life-changing.
The Nada-Chair products are not traditional back braces or abdominal girdles; most models, like the one I received, encircle your lower back but aren’t constrictive. What you do is hook loops around your shins, which act as the anchors; when you cinch it up, the device prevents your pelvis from rolling back, which instantly ends slouching and corrects posture — without tiring, pain, or even effort.
There’s little pressure from the padding against your lower back. The blood supply to your lower legs runs behind your knees, so there’s no discomfort from the straps around the shins, although I highly recommend the add-on CushShins for increased comfort. It doesn’t inhibit movement, and you can easily stand without undoing anything.
It’s not hyperbole to say this thing is revolutionary, and experts have long agreed. When Toso first exhibited it in 1985 at the Challenge of the Lumbar Spine conference in Minneapolis, Dr. Arthur White, an orthopedic surgeon and back-pain sufferer, said of the device, “It’s a keeper.”
“Those words launched my company,” Toso told me in an email interview.
White, who founded the noted San Francisco SpineCare Medical Group that today labels him “a forefather of American spine surgery,” described the device as being like an extra muscle that never tires. And Toso has worked for nearly 30 years to counter what he calls the misinformation of so-called ergonomic chairs, which he says universally fail.
“All chairs fail in their ergonomic task of maintaining posture and protecting the [spinal] discs,” he said. “If the health-care professionals are truly interested in their patients protecting against damage to the most important discs, they will teach the use of our products, which are the only devices that I know of on this planet that actually work.”
It was a bold statement, so I vowed to try my BackUp for three months before writing about it; now, at that deadline, it’s still just as life-changing as the first time I put it on, every single day.
There are many varieties of the Nada-Chair. Mine is the Back-Up, designed for workstation use, but there are versions for outdoorsmen, hikers, drivers, and even children. The basic model starts at just $59, which seems stunningly low, but the products are mostly sold only directly from the company or at trade shows.
Of course, everyone’s results will vary. I can only tell you that I was in agony every single day, and the major part of my problem was instantly corrected and remains so. I’m reminded of that on the rare occasion I don’t don my BackUp before hitting the keyboard. It takes just a minute for the pain to begin, and just seconds to rectify it with my BackUp. With a 30-day money-back trial, it’s worth giving it a whirl.
Now, you don’t have to take my word for any of this. You can try it out yourself at the Bangor Home Show, April 11-13, at the Cross Insurance Center.
So let me sum this review up:
Revolutionary. Magical. Life-changing.
That’ll do it.
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