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What Is a Posture Pump?

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The posture pump is a medical device intended to support the natural curve of the spine. It can help correct posture, and restore normal spinal function in patients who have a reduced or reversed cervical curve. While some models are intended for use only on the neck, other models can treat the entire spine. The posture pump is designed to be used in a reclining position. Straps can allow users to tighten the appliance as necessary, and inflatable air cells in the posture pump can be inflated and deflated rhythmically to help lubricate discs, support spinal health, and restore normal spinal curves.

This exercise device is intended for users who suffer from abnormal spinal curvatures. Patients are generally advised to consult a medical professional before using this posture-enhancing device, as it can make some spinal conditions worse. During use, the inflatable air cells in the posture pump press against the joints of the spine. This can encourage movement in the joints, relax spinal muscles, decompress the cartilage discs between vertebrae, and promote proper joint lubrication. With regular use, patients may experience improvements in posture and an increased range of movement in the spine.

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Because abnormal spinal curvatures can lead to degeneration of the joints in the spine, the posture pump is considered a useful tool for patients suffering abnormal spinal curvature. Many patients use the cervical spine model to relieve the neck pain and stiffness often associated with reduced or reversed cervical curve. The full spine model can help relieve the back pain and stiffness that can often accompany abnormal spinal curvature in the thoracic or lumbar spine.

Patients are generally encouraged to use the posture pump at least two to three times weekly, if not every day. Patients are also usually encouraged to combine posture pump use with a regimen of exercises recommended by a medical professional. Strengthening exercises can help condition the muscles of the neck and spine. Strengthening the muscles of the neck and spine can help restore a patient's natural spinal curvature.

Most medical professionals warn that the posture pump can cause soreness and discomfort in the muscles of the neck and back. This may especially be true during the initial stages of use. Soreness and discomfort are generally attributed to the fact that the posture pump encourages neck and back muscles to move in unaccustomed ways.

Experts point out that most forms of exercise can cause muscle soreness and discomfort, especially if the exercise is overdone or the muscles involved are not accustomed to that particular activity. Patients experiencing neck and back soreness after using the posture pump are usually advised to reduce the intensity, length and frequency of their exercises. Intensity, length, and frequency of exercises can be slowly increased as the neck and back muscles develop strength and flexibility.

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