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Compressed Spine and Protruding Abdomen with Lumbar Support

Dennis Zacharkow, PT

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When you call, you will speak directly with physical therapist and YogaBack inventor Dennis Zacharkow. Dennis will answer your questions and take your order.

Why "YogaBack Your Posture"?

... Because Driving is the #1 Cause of Back Pain & Distorted Posture!

• Herniated Lumbar Disc • Low Back Pain • Sacroiliac Pain • Mid-Back Pain
• Upper Back/Neck Pain • Tail Bone Pain • Headaches • Round Back Posture • Round Shoulders • Forward Head Posture • Impaired Diaphragmatic Breathing • Loss of Lower Abdominal Muscle Tone • Loss of Pelvic Floor Muscle Tone

Forget about Lumbar Support...
"YogaBack Your Posture"

Only YogaBack fulfills the 4 fundamental requirements (B•E•S•T) for achieving your Optimal Core Posture-the key to enhancing your health, posture, performance, and appearance...while relieving your pain, tension, and fatigue.

Breathing - YogaBack promotes proper diaphragmatic breathing as opposed to unhealthy "upper chest" breathing.

Elongation - YogaBack elongates the spine, as opposed to lumbar support which compresses and shortens the spine.

Stability - YogaBack stabilizes the pelvis in its proper neutral position and stabilizes the rib cage in its proper elevated position... PLUS optimal co-activation of the diaphragm and deep lower abdominals (transversus abdominis) stabilizes the spine.

Tone - YogaBack promotes proper activation of the deep lower abdominals (transversus abdominis), resulting in a taut lower abdominal wall, as opposed to relaxing and overstretching the lower abdominal wall with lumbar support.

Reviews of YogaBack

"Finally, an easy to use, effective back support..."
                    - Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy - Dec. 2001

"... it's definitely an effective back support and makes driving very comfortable."
                  - Highways Magazine - Nov. 2005

"Truckers Make Their Choices Known. Top 20 Readers' Choice For Most Interesting Products Of 2005"
Readers #3 Choice...YogaBack For Driving. "YogaBack hit it big in February 2005 with its multi-adjustable dual back support system. The result is less stress to the back and neck with less fatigue from better breathing."
                    - Land Line Magazine - March / April 2006

"This is a product I found while doing research on lumbar support, and it has changed my quality of life." ... "I highly recommend this product for all drivers and office workers."
                   - Lissette Morales
                   Auto Driveaway Digest, Fall 2010

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comparison

Typical slumped driving posture Compressed spine and protruding
abdomen with lumbar support
YogaBack's Scientific Dual Back Support System

"YogaBack Your Posture" & Drive Pain-Free!

 If health professionals paid more attention to driving posture and the science of sitting, they would have fewer patients to treat for back pain. Instead, their "state of the art" advice to patients is: 1) Use a rolled towel or lumbar support in the lower back when driving, and 2) get out of the car and stretch after every 15-30 minutes of driving.   This typical advice shows absolutely no understanding of the dynamics of driving posture and back pain, yet this  advice comes at an hourly rate of at least $100 to $150!                                                                                                

What You Need to Know About Driving and Posture, Pain, & Safety 

1)  Most individuals are well aware of the results from conforming their bodies to car seats when commuting to work and traveling: low back pain, upper back and neck pain, headaches, and fatigue. These common health complaints develop from a slumped sitting posture that rounds the back and shoulders, restricts diaphragmatic breathing, and protrudes the lower abdomen. 

     What most individuals are not aware of is the major cause of these health complaints is the great disparity between their anatomy and the design of car backrests. As soon as one leans against the backrest, the trunk collapses due to inadequate support for the rib cage and pelvis.

2)  People who drive cars are more than twice as likely to develop a herniated lumbar disc than people who do not drive cars (Kelsey & Hardy, American Journal of Epidemiology, 102:63-73, 1975).

3)  The risk for developing a herniated lumbar disc is approximately twice as great for sitting while driving compared to prolonged sitting in an office chair (Kelsey & Hardy, 1975).

4) Low back pain is significantly related to time spent driving a car at work (Pietri et al., Scandinavian Journal of Work and Environmental Health, 18:52-58, 1992).

5) Days absent from work due to low back pain is 6 times higher for individuals driving more than 20 hours per week compared to individuals driving less than 10 hours per week (Porter & Gyi, Occupational Medicine, 52(1):4-12, 2002).

6) Driving a car is more detrimental than sitting (without driving) and standing postures with regard to low back pain (Porter & Gyi, 2002).

7)  When commuting to work by car in the morning, the very fixed sitting posture of driving (typically with a round back, round shoulders, and forward head) becomes your ingrained movement pattern for sitting the rest of the day at your desk and computer. 

8)  A Slumped Driving Posture and Driving With Lumbar Support are both "passive" sitting postures (see  illustrations below). Using YogaBack for Driving results in an "Active-Alert" sitting posture that promotes Safer Driving with:
Improved field of vision from increased head rotation.
Faster reaction times at the foot pedals and steering wheel from optimal trunk stabilization.
Less pain and discomfort, thereby reducing driver distraction.
Less fatigue due to optimal diaphragmatic breathing.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1.2 million crashes each year are due to distracted drivers. YogaBack's Active-Alert Posture is your best defense against distracted and fatigued drivers-- cell phone use, texting, eating, drinking, lack of sleep. You can't be an effective defensive driver if you're forced to distort your posture in the driver's seat.

Click on any of the links below for articles on important driving and posture issues by Dennis Zacharkow, PT :

- Car Backrests/Headrests: 4 Design Fallacies Causing Back and Neck Pain Driving - New December 2014

- Wall Street Journal Posture Article Misinforms - New December 2014

- Pregnancy and Postpartum: The Need for Sacral and Lower Thoracic Support - Driving, Sitting, Breastfeeding - New December 2014

- YogaBack Posture: The Key to Faster Reaction Times Driving - New December 2014

- The Instability of Unsupported Sitting: Pelvic and Respiratory Factors - New December 2014

- Is Fidgeting Healthy? - New December 2014

- The Fallacy of Analyzing Posture Based on the Surface Contours of the Body - New December 2014

- A Holistic Approach to Correcting a Sway Back Standing Posture - New December 2014

- The Fallacy of Anchoring the Rib Cage - New December 2014

- Proper Weight Bearing on the Seat Surface - New December 2014

- Proper Forward Leaning Posture - New December 2014

- Bucket Seats: Why They Cause Pain & Discomfort - New December 2014

- Why High Heels Inhibit an Elongated Standing Posture - New December 2014

- 7 Inhibitors to an Elongated Standing Posture - New December 2014

- What is the Proper Positioning of the Hands and Arms in Optimal Standing Posture? - New December 2014

- How the Desk Affects Sitting Posture - New December 2014

- 8 Reasons to Avoid Sit-ups - New December 2014

- New Car Headrests (Head Restraints) Designed Too Far Forward: Hidden Costs are Neck/Back Pain and Distracted Driving - New March 2013

- Driving with Sacral Support: The Key to Preventing a Herniated Lumbar Disc - New March 2013

- Slumped Sitting Posture #1 Cause of Poor Standing Posture - New March 2013

- Risks of Driving with Forward - Sloping Seats - New March 2013

- 25 Tips for Pain-Free YogaBack Driving

- Women's Driving Posture: An Overlooked Health Issue  (The most detailed analysis of driving posture and health issues.)

- Slumped Posture Undermines Safe Driving

-
YogaBack Turns Your Commute Time into Effortless Posture Therapy Time!

- New Solution to Drivers' Back Pain Rejects Lumbar Support

-The Problems with Lumbar Support  (The original critique of lumbar support from 1990)

- Fact Sheet: Women's Epidemic Round Back Posture

- YogaBack for Dressage

- The Problem with Traditional Abdominal Exercises

- Round Shoulder Misconceptions

- Why Lower Thoracic Support?

- The Problem with Traditional Diaphragmatic Breathing

All articles Copyright © 2013 by Dennis Zacharkow, PT

Check out the detailed comparison below between YogaBack for Driving, Slumped Driving Posture, and Driving With Lumbar Support. For the fastest ordering, or any questions, call us at 1-800-SITTING (1-800-748-8464) or 507-252-9293 and speak directly with physical therapist and YogaBack inventor Dennis Zacharkow. Dennis will answer your questions and take your order, or simply use the YogaBack for Driving order form to FAX or mail. (Sorry, no online ordering.)

 

 

Typical Slumped Driving Posture

   Protruding lower abdomen - increases stress to the lower back                                                               

   No pelvic stabilization - increases stress to the lower back from road shock and vibration                     

   Round back posture with round shoulders and forward head - increases stress to neck/upper back

   Shortens and compresses spine                                  

   Impairs diaphragmatic breathing - increases fatigue     

   Restricts head rotation - limits driver's field of vision

 

 

 Distorted Driving Posture with Lumbar Support

   Protruding lower abdomen - increases stress to the lower back

•   No pelvic stabilization - increases stress to the lower back from road shock and vibration

   Upper trunk displaced behind pelvis - increases stress to neck/upper back

   Shortens and compresses spine

   Impairs diaphragmatic breathing - increases fatigue

   Does not correct round back posture

Yogaback for driving system description


Black and Taupe Fabric

FEATURES OF THE YOGABACK FOR DRIVING

Pad

The soft polyurethane foam used in other back cushions provides no postural correction or stabilization, and actually fatigues your back. YogaBack's exclusive polyethylene foam stabilizes your pelvis, spine, and rib cage in your optimal healthy and alert driving posture.

Slim Profile so you won't be pushed forward on your seat.

No awkward attachment straps

Upholstery-grade Fabric Cover
(Breathable, 100% Polypropylene)

Personalized fitting instructions included

MADE IN THE U.S.A.

PATENT PENDING

FULL 1 YEAR WARRANTY

30 day return policy (See the YogaBack for Driving Order Form)

Available now for $69.95 plus $12.95 shipping and packing.
(2 YogaBacks for $63.95 each)*

(3 YogaBacks for $61.95 each)*
*add $4.00 shipping and packing for each additional YogaBack

Experience YogaBack's Other Benefits...

  • YogaBack Your Office Chair* for Pain-Free Computing.
    *Chair backrest must extend all the way down to seat, with no open space.
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Plus... bring your YogaBack when shopping for a new chair.

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The YogaBack Company
P.O Box 9113, Rochester, MN 55903   
1-800-SITTING (1-800-748-8464)


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