My posture was admittedly awful before buying this product. I slouched a lot partly through laziness and partly due to a lack of confidence which then just turned itself into a generally bad posture. Sitting down all day at the desk and spending too much time on the computer was putting tension in my neck and back and making me feel increasing uncomfortable.
And about from all that I was aware of how my posture was making me appear to others after seeing photographs of myself. The way that I was standing was making my figure look way worse than it actually was and I also looked uncomfortable in myself.
The Bodi-Tek Back Magic was recommended to me by my friend who regularly suffers with back pain. After trying hers out whenever I popped round for a chat, I eventually ended up buying my own so that I could use it all the time. The purpose of the product is to release tension and pain in the back and to properly align your spine, meaning an improved posture and a pain free back.
What does it look like?
The product is black in colour and so is suitable for both men and women. The top half of the product is a rainbow arched shape while the bottom half lies flat on the floor. It can be adjusted to make the rainbow half higher and steeper. You have to put it together yourself when it first arrives but it's simple to do and even I managed it by myself.
How do you use it?
The best thing about this product is that is actually does all the work for you. In fact the more that you relax, the better is will work. The product has three stages and each one arches your back a little more so you need to start off with the lowest one first.
The first time that you use this you need to sit down on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Then lean back over the product so that it creates an arch in your back and relax into that position for five minutes with your arms by your side. You may not find the correct position first time and you may need to move around a bit until your find the place where it is comfortable on your back.
If the stretch feels too intense you can have a cushion for your head and if it doesn't feel intense enough then you can straighten your legs and rest your arms flat on the floor behind you.
It is recommended that you do this for five minutes twice a day and as you feel your tension releasing and see your posture improving, you can increase the steepness of the arch twice more. When your five minutes is up, you roll off the product and sit up slowly. It's quite hard to do that bit gracefully!
How does it work?
The tension and pain in our backs is caused by tight muscles and the loss of the curve of your spine. A poor posture will mean that your spine isn't properly aligned and this will also cause back pain. By reinstating the curve of your back and properly aligning the spine, this product will get rid of back pain and keep it away if used continually. The product forces your back to do a massive stretch which in turn releases the tension in your back.
Firstly, all I was suffering with was a poor posture and some tension in my back. From the very first use I could feel a difference and there was an improvement in my posture. If you have a more defined problem than mine then your results won't happen as quickly but they will happen eventually if you persevere.
My friend used hers for a couple of weeks before she felt a difference but she had suffered with back pain for years. If you have a back problem that your doctors knows about then you'll need to see them before using this because you won't want to antagonise it.
Whatever level of back pain that you suffer with, I would say that you should start with the lowest level because this product stretches your back more than it looks like it's going to. I also think the feeling of using this takes some getting to but it gets easier with time and soon enough you'll be able to relax while doing it.
When you get off this you need to be careful. As you have been lying with your head lower than the majority of your body, you will experience a rush of blood and I always feel really dizzy for a few seconds. Using a pillow prevents you getting quite so dizzy so I would always advise that. Don't try to stand up too quickly when you first get off. My back also hurts for a minute when I get off because I have been lying in the same position for a few minutes. But then this fades and the tension is gone.
I find that my posture has really improved from continued use of this. My back feels stronger so it's not so easy and tempting to fall back into the slouching position. This in turn means that as I am not slouching, then the pressure and tension isn't building up in my back anymore so there's no pain or discomfort. I also find that as my posture is better my stomach looks flatter and I look more confident to those around me.
The product is light and easy to carry so it can be moved to different areas of the house without much effort. It is also easy to take apart so that it can be stored away in a small space but as I try to use my twice daily, I find it easier to just leave it as it is.
I bought mine from Amazon for around £20. It is also available from Argos and many other online websites but you'll be looking at paying closer to £30 if you buy it elsewhere.
All in all, this is a simple product that will only take up ten minutes of your day but will give you fantastic results. You should see a big improvement in your posture and a reduction of tension in your lower back.
Don't forget to check with your doctor before using this if you have a medical condition. It really has made a big difference not only to the way I hold myself but to my confidence as well.
As a long time back sufferer I have to say that this is by far the best back support I have ever purchased. whilst it works okay for the advertised purpose, it is second to none as a versatile and easily portable backrest: I now have one at home (can be used comfortably when dozing off on the sofa in front of the tv!) one on my office chair and one in the car. I also use it when travelling or at the theatre, for prevention of trouble or cure as required.
I previously had a Backfriend and I have used various types of support cushion, but this leaves them all standing as well as being very competitively priced. I cannot understand why the manufacturer does not also market it for this purpose.
A number of friends and work colleagues have become converts: perhaps I should buy shares in the company...
I've been suffering from a little back trouble of late, which isn't a very good sign at my age! I tried ignoring the problem, but it's been gradually becoming worse. Having recently reached a point of complete agony, I decided to consult my sister whom of which is a physiotherapist and recommend the back magic product.
The product claims to provide a gentle, corrective skin stretch while you relax, that helps to relieve stress, increase flexibility and improve your posture - not bad! So having shopped around online, I finally purchased one for £22.44 from Amazon - considerably cheaper than what they retail on the manufacturers website.
It arrived shortly and was quickly put to the test. It was incredibly easy to assemble and came with both an instructions booklet and stretch guide. The exercise is pretty self-explanatory, and simply involves resting your back over the curved arch it creates. As recommended in the user guide, I used the product in 5 minute intervals, twice daily. I wouldn't describe the exercise as the most relaxing or comfortable of experiences but then again, it wasn't torture either!
The item consists of 3 different positions that are easily altered depending on preference. The first is level 1, which provides the smallest stretch - ideal for beginners. Level 2 is a slightly greater stretch which is border-line for the more intermediate of users. And lastly, level 3, the biggest stretch is recommended solely for the most advanced.
After initially beginning with the level 1 setting over 5 months ago, using twice daily without fail, I have since progressed to the level 2 position and almost ready for 3. I have, as of yet suffered no trouble with back pain (touch wood) or at very least minimal since initial usage. I feel my posture and flexibility has improved significantly - which is an added bonus. I would, without doubt recommend this product to anybody seeking some back relief, or simply to improve their posture/flexibility - money well spent! 10/10
The Back Magic is designed to stretch out your lower back and for me it works really well. I spend a lot of time sat at a desk and a little while ago I bent over and my back clicked; it was quite painful for a while and continues to get very stiff. I have only had the Back Magic for a couple of months, but it really helped from the first time I used it and seems to have more positive effect the more regularly I use it. I think it is even helping my posture, which is not always great when I'm working.
It's well designed to be light and easy to 'assemble' - all you have to do is slot the two bits of plastic together so I'm not even sure it counts as 'assembly'! It's easy to take with you if you go away as you can take it apart, so it packs flat. Despite being light it is sturdy and built to last.
I'm not a doctor or anything, so I can't guarantee that it will help everyone, but based on my experience I would definitely recommend anyone with lower back pain to try this.
I firstly would like to point out that the title is not spelt incorrectly and that this review does not refer to a well known box of chocolates nor does it dabble in the occult.
The heady claim is that it is a product to relieve back pain due to tight muscles, the loss of lumber curve and spinal alignment. I am not a medical practitioner so I can only comment on how it is helping me. If you have a recognised back or neck condition including any spondylosis, osteoporosis, severe arthritis, spondylolisthesis, spinal lesions/tumours, and acute fractures, consult your doctor before use.
So, what it is supposed to do? Well, it was designed to make life more enjoyable through better back health. You use it to stretch muscles and relieve back pain due to tight muscles, excessive flexion and poor spinal alignment.
I have a sit-down job and, try as I might, I usually end up in the wrong posture position. As I'm now getting older, I'm starting to feel the odd twinge in my back getting out of a car, standing up or getting out of bed.
What does it consist of? Open up the box, and you think "Is this it?" It is made up of only two elements, both dark grey in colour and made of a thick plastic material. When assembled, it measures only 15 inches by 10 inches, with a variable height. Part one is the base, which is flat and consists of a rectangular piece with one set of grooves at one end, the narrower end, and three sets at the other wider end (this determines the curve of the arch).
The second piece is the support arch, which is flat when you take it out of the box. It is wider at one end and throughout its length, in the middle, is a hole shaped like a letterbox. Its purpose is described later.
How do you put it together? Place the base on the floor with the wide ends nearest to you and up against your knees. Slide the wide end of the support arch into the single slot on the wide end of the base. Gently bend the cradle arch (quite easily as it is surprisingly pliable), and slot into the furthest away set of slots (level 1). Voila, it's assembled. If you use the nearer slots, level 2 or 3 respectively, you increase the curve. The photo shows level 1 which should be used when you first start off. Place a cushion or pillow behind to rest your head.
What next? The narrow end should always be positioned towards your head with the wide end towards the base of your spine. Sit with your back to the arch and slowly lie back onto the support arch with your knees bent. The wide end needs to be close to the base of your spine so that the arch supports the lumber region of your back. That 'letter box' hole I referred to earlier is where you try to cradle your spine and provide extra comfort.
You can vary the routine by raising your arms above your shoulders and by also stretching out your legs. Always use level 1 initially. When you start off, use for just one minute, twice a day. Even with this minimum amount of use, you will feel discomfort as your body adjusts which I can attest to. Build up to a five minute session morning and night, before progressing to level 2 or 3 if you feel ready for it. The instructions state level 3 should only be considered by capable high flexibility, yoga, pilates, gymnastics and athletic persons (so that's me out!).
Due to its small size and easy assembly it is completely portable and you can take it anywhere. I have noticed a real loosening in my back and I am standing taller after only a few weeks use. Individual results may vary where some users experience immediate relief and noticeable benefits while others may take several weeks.
The instruction manual is very easy to follow, containing step by step assembly instructions with illustrations showing the correct positions to follow as you exercise. You can also do a thoracic stretch by sliding the Back magic towards your head. That stretch isolates and targets many postural muscles.
I purchased mine off QVC for just under £19 plus P&P, and as they have a no quibble, money back 30 day guarantee, you can try it, and return it if it doesn't work for you.
I hope you find this review helpful, and may be it can help you.