Lower back pain is — well — a pain. But, in many cases, there are ways to alleviate it without too much difficulty.
Everyday activities, such as working at your desk for long hours, can contribute to back pain if you don’t have good posture. But fix your posture, and voila! You’re on your way to better a back. Bonus: You’ll look and feel more confident, too!
Training yourself to pay attention to your posture until it is second nature takes some work, but with the following gadgets, props and doodads, you’ll be sitting pretty with the best of them.
As wearable technology and quantitative analysis become more popular than ever, there was bound to be some action on the corrective posture front. Here's a look at a few goodies:
Wear this nifty device around your lower back, and Lumo will measure such metrics as your posture, how many steps you take, how long you sit and how you sleep. It sends a gentle vibration to remind you to sit up straight. Track your progress using the Lumo Back app (only compatible with Apple devices).
The Lumo Lift is similar to the Lumo Back, but way smaller. It’s simply a thin, magnetic shirt clip, bra clip or fashion accessory that buzzes you during 'coaching' sessions to help keep your posture in check.
Sit on this smart cusion and you'll receive reminders to stand up (after taking into account your stress level, sitting time and posture) and fix your posture. You'll also receive stretch guidance to relieve back pain. You can track your progress using the Darma app. The downside: You'll have to wait to buy it since it launches soon on Kickstarter.
This discreet, wearable device passively trains you to improve your posture by monitoring your posture and gently vibrating to alert you to correct your body alignment the moment you start to slouch. It sticks to your lower back under your clothing. Pre-order now for a March 2015 delivery.
This tiny device clips onto your bra strap or T-shirt — or sticks onto your skin — and vibrates when you are starting to slouch. It's cheaper than the aforementioned gadgets and easier to use! No app required.