DO I RE­ALLY NEED?

Daily Mail - - Good Health -

Lum­baCurve for lower back pain, £79, lum­bacurve.com THIS hard plas­tic de­vice, the size of a small cush­ion, is de­signed to re­lieve pain by stretch­ing out your back: you lie on the floor and slide it un­der your lower back.

EX­PERT VER­DICT: This could do a lot for lower back pain, says Dr An­drew Martin, a chi­ro­prac­tor and founder of the Ac­tiveBacks clinic in London.

‘It helps you stretch in a way you wouldn’t oth­er­wise be able to,’ he says.

‘Peo­ple get pain in their lower back when the nat­u­ral slight ‘c’ shape of the lum­bar spine be­comes straight­ened by bad pos­ture or sit­ting in an of­fice chair. Bend­ing back over this curved de­vice would help re­store the nat­u­ral cur­va­ture and ease pres­sure and pain.

‘ It is sim­i­lar to an­other prod­uct I rec­om­mend called Back Magic by BodiTec, which would be more suited to those stretch­ing for the first time be­cause it’s less curved.’

If you feel pain in your leg, stop: it may be a trapped nerve and you should seek help.

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