Back Joy Courtesy: Amazon.com
It's estimated that 80% of Americans suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. Gail Goins had surgery for hers but still suffers from it frequently. She said sitting at her computer all day doesn't help a bit.
"You have a tendency to get tense and your shoulders get up around your ears and you are looking like that," Gail said as she bent over.
The Back Joy claims it is a revolutionary, easy-to-use, portable sitting device that prevents back pain.
"It looks strange," said Gail. "It looks like a bicycle seat or the top of a bar stool possibly."
Gail will try anything that promises relief, so she agreed to try out this $50 back orthotic.
It takes a little practice to sit on it. "You put it on the edge of the chair, sit on it and then skootch back on it to the back of the chair," Gail said. "And I'm sitting up straighter already."
In fact we could see improved posture immediately with the use of the Back Joy. The device is small enough to take with you, home, the office, even in the car.
We took the Back Joy to the Duluth Multicare Clinic so Doctors of Chiropractic Robert Grace and Jared Wiskind could take a look. They said while it won't help everyone, the science behind it seems sound.
"Sitting in a chair all day long you tend to slouch and this would keep you from slouching," said Dr. Grace.
"It puts your back into a neutral position and if you're in a neutral position that in itself is going to relieve a lot of the pressure in the lower back and you're going to have less back pain," said Dr. Wiskind.
It's supposed to work by cradling the space around the two sitting bones at the base of the pelvis. Whatever the reason Gail said it worked for her.
"I've been sitting on it for weeks," she said, "and I believe it helped."
The Back Joy is for people that weigh between 118 and 285 pounds.
"I say for people with lower back problems and posture problems," said Gail, "two thumbs up."