TillyLou James, Physiotherapist, Yoga teacher and Inventor of the’ Buttafly’, an ergonomic seat for yoga, meditation and realigning the spine www.thebuttafly.com
TREAT YOUR OWN BAD BACK
We are not very kind to our backs, often spending much of our time doing the same things. Whether this means sitting or standing all day or doing activities involving repetitive movements like bending, twisting or lifting, it tends to be our back that takes the brunt of it.
Spending 5-10 minutes a day lying down with a Standard Buttafly carefully positioned under the pelvis can provide just the right kind of support for the deep muscles of the trunk to relax and facilitate for the spine to release, unravel and lengthen as you literally lie back and unwind.
This can be particularly helpful at the end of a long tiring day but also first thing when the body has been in its habitual sleeping shape during the night.
There is something very specific in the technique that avoids all pressure on the base of the spine and introduces a very gentle inversion, since the position means that the pelvis rests higher than the shoulder girdle.
It can take a bit of practice to get the position just right first time and we encourage everyone to watch our instruction videos on www.thebuttafly.com for the full instructions and helpful hints.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Lying down on our back, especially on a hard surface like the floor, most of us can get a sense of how much of our weight is taken through the triangular bone at the base of the spine – known as the sacrum.
Taking the same position with a Standard Buttafly placed low down under the pelvis effectively “floats” the sacrum – the sacrum and lower back are now off-loaded and free to move gently aided by gravity.
NEW INTERPRETATION – OLD CONCEPTS
Off-loading the spine is something physiotherapists have worked with through the ages and at one time “traction beds” were routine equipment found in clinics and hospitals. Likewise, changing the body’s relationship with gravity is not a new concept and inversion tables and gravity boots (which are used to hang upside down like a bat) have been around for decades.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU LIE ON THE BUTTAFLY?
Start off with 5 minutes – it takes a few minutes to fully relax. Those who complain of niggles from time to time and who know their posture to be poor will likely benefit for 15-20 minutes. It’s ideal to work out for yourself what is the optimum time, working up in 5-minute increments.
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Anyone under treatment is advised to discuss with their medical practitioner. There is no guarantee that the Buttafly will work for you, but hundreds of people have found relief using it for various back issues. The most important factor is that IT MUST BE USED CORRECTLY, and the position MUST feel comfortable.
For further information visit www.thebuttafly.com