Drivers Beware:
Lumbar Support Can Be Harmful To Your Health!


YogaBack for Dressage

YogaBack is the effective and effortless way to optimize your posture, breathing, and core stability for Dressage, while relieving your back pain.
Depending on your posture, the hours spent sitting "off your horse" -- in your car, office, and home-- can either impair or enhance your Dressage Seat.
If your car seat and office chair distort your posture like this:

sitting poorly

Slumped, round back posture 

problems driving

Distorted, lumbar support posture

...then you are also training your body to ride like this!


YogaBack effortlessly patterns your neuromuscular system in your optimal, pain-free Dressage Posture as follows:

new solution
YogaBack's Adjustable Sacral and Lower Thoracic Supports

1. YogaBack's Adjustable Sacral Support ...

For optimizing your Dressage Seat, posture training with YogaBack's Sacral Support will:

Raised position of diaphragm due to activation of transversus abdominis

2. YogaBack's Adjustable Lower Thoracic Support corrects the main cause of a round back, round shoulder, and forward head posture-- the hinging forward and downward of the rib cage due to flexion of the lower thoracic spine.
    The T10 - T12 area ( just below the shoulder blades) is called the "hinge area" for spinal flexion.


  YogaBack's Lower Thoracic Support, adjustable to support any individual's T10 -T12 region...


YogaBack's holistic posture training is very different and much more effective than doing various segmental excercises such as crunches in an attempt to improve one's posture.

YogaBack training is also very different from trying to teach the neuromuscular system the complex task of integrating several isolated posture cues all at once. These posture cues vary among practitioners, but usually include some of the following: "Tuck your chin", "Raise the top of your head", "Shoulders back and down", "Widen the back", "Draw the navel back to the spine", "Tilt your pelvis forward and back, and then find the middle position", "Pull your sitting bones together". (Focusing on several of these posture cues while driving your car can be both distracting and dangerous!)

With YogaBack training, the pressure stimultion from the sacral and lower thoracic supports is activating the extensor reflex of the trunk, resulting in a spontaneous co-activation of the transversus abdominis, pelvic floor muscles, diaphragm, and lower thoracic erector spinae. YogaBack's active-alert posture from co-activation of these muscles results in faster reaction times, both while driving your car and riding your horse.

YogaBack turns your driving time into effortless Dressage Posture Therapy Time. (YogaBack can also be used in office and home chairs, as long as the chair backrest extends all the way down to the seat, with no open space.)


The Problems with Traditional Diaphragmatic Breathing

Lowering of diaphragm from relaxation of transversus abdominis

With traditional diaphragmatic breathing, one is taught to focus on expanding the lower abdomen at the start of inspiration. This breathing technique actually restricts diaphragmatic breathing, besides causing other problems.

Expanding the lower abdomen at the start of inspiration relaxes the transversus abdominis, resulting in a lowered position of the diaphragm and excessive shortening of the diaphragm. This relaxation of the transversus abdominis also increases the compressive stress on the lower back.

In addition, expanding the lower abdomen on inspiration results in a forward displacement of the center of gravity, which can be detrimental to one's riding stability by the increased postural sway with each breath.

YogaBack breathing involves a spontaneous co-activation of the transversus abdominis and diaphragm. Activation of the transversus abdominis results in a raised position of the diaphragm at the start of inspiration. As the diaphragm descends, the transversus abdominis optimizes diaphragmatic breathing by preventing excessive shortening of the diaphragmatic muscle fibers. This inspiratory transversus abdominis muscle activity also improves the diaphragm's ability to lift the lower ribs, thereby expanding the lower rib cage.

Co-activation of the transversus abdominis and diaphragm reduces the fatigue and spinal compression from traditional diaphragmatic breathing. Riding stability is enhanced from the decreased forward displacement of the center of gravity and decreased postural sway.





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