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Affordable Gifts For Lasting Pain Relief

Affordable Gifts For Lasting Pain Relief

At Relax The Back, we truly believe everyone deserves to have a pain-free holiday as we head into 2017. Gifts that provide lasting pain relief do not have to cost a lot of money. We have put together a list of some of our favorite affordable products that will help you and your loved ones relax, reduce pain, and bring comfort to all of your friends and family.

  • Theracane Massager ($30) Find relief from muscle tension, stiffness, and soreness. Perfect for those on the go or for loved ones (or yourself) who are looking for a compact and lightweight self-massage tool.
  • McKenzie Lumbar Roll ($16) Support your spine’s natural curvature and relieve lower back pain with this portable spine alignment roll.
  • Lumbar Extender ($80) All you need is 5 minutes, twice a day, to relieve back pain with the Lumbar Extender. Targeted pressure releases tension and enhances muscle relaxation.
  • Moji Pro Foot Massager ($40) Relief for tired feet. Reduce foot pain by stretching and massaging your foot over the stainless steel massage spheres. The steel allows this tool to be chilled for a refreshing ice massage.
  • Sleep Mask by TEMPUR-Pedic ($29) Soothing sleep is on everyone’s wish list. Cool and comfortable, the TEMPUR foam material conforms to your face shape to help you sleep easier and more peacefully.
  • Self-Inflating Back Rest ($40) A great gift for loved one’s who travel often or have a long commute. This lumbar support is easy to use and even easier to store.
  • Rock-N-Stop Footrest ($69) For your hard-working loved one, this rocking footrest helps align feet with the rest of the body to reduce back pain and muscle tension in the neck.

Add these affordable gifts to your gift list, or wish list, this year. Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific pain needs. Also, be sure to visit us online,, and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Gift Guide: Products For Relief, Rest, And Relaxation

Gift Guide: Products For Relief, Rest, And Relaxation

‘Tis the season of relief! At Relax The Back, we believe that there is no greater present than good health and comfort from aches and pain. These products will help you, and your loved ones, relax, release muscle tension, relieve back and neck pain, and improve overall health and wellness.

Here are our favorite gifts for relief, rest, and relaxation.

  • CoreStretch: Stretch into good health and away from stress. Elongate the back muscles, ligaments, and tendons for a deeply relaxing stretch.
  • Human Touch Perfect Chair: Give the gift of zero gravity comfort with one of our Perfect Chairs. Improving circulation, relieve back pressure, and minimizing strain on the spine are a few of the reasons to love zero gravity.
  • Kneading Back Massage Cushion: This kneading cushion provides a relaxing back massage any place and anytime. Heat delivers instant back tension relief after a long day.
  • Foot Vibration Massager: Tired feet deserve this soothing heated massager. Perfect for under your desk or at home.
  • Teeter Hang Ups Contour L5 Inversion Table: Relief is on everyone’s wish list. Inversion tables decrease pressure on the spine to relieve muscle, shoulder, and back tension. Adjustable acupressure nodes target tense muscles for ultimate relaxation.

Visit your local Relax The Back store for more gift guide ideas for you or your loved ones. Our trained specialists are there to help you find the perfect product for specific pain needs. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for tips to reduce pain and stress during the holidays.

‘Tis The Season Of Relief Giveaway

'Tis The Season Of Relief Giveaway

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of relief and relaxation. At Relax The Back, we know this time of year can become stressful and hectic. We want to help you find year-round relief from pain and tension. Over the next 7 weeks, we will be sharing tips to relax and de-stress during the holidays, gift guides to help you find the perfect gift of comfort and joy for you and your loved ones, as well as a giveaway of our top products.

This year, you get to choose your own giveaway product! Each week you will have the choice between two products. To enter, simply visit our Facebook page and leave a comment on which product you would like to win on the given week’s giveaway post. A new giveaway will be revealed every week. Winners will be selected weekly, at random, prior to the new giveaway being announced. You may enter as many times as you wish.

We hope these tips and products will help you enjoy the holidays in ultimate relaxation and comfort. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more ways to stay pain-free and stress-free this holiday season.

Don’t Shop ‘Til You Drop: Holiday Tips & Gift Guide For Pain Relief


Don’t Shop ‘Til You Drop: Holiday Tips & Gift Guide For Pain Relief

The holiday season is officially here. While this time of year is filled with traveling, gift giving, family time, and merriment, it also brings up a lot of stress and anxiety. Did you know the average American will spend roughly 42 hours a year on holiday activities alone? That’s one standard work-week spent shopping, wrapping gifts, traveling, and attending parties.

The stress and demand of the holidays can take a toll on your body leading to back pain, muscle aches, headaches and more. We’ve put together a few helpful tips to prevent pain as well as a gift guide for stress-free shopping ideas.

  • Plan ahead: Make a list of items you wish to purchase to cut down time spent wandering crowded malls and stores. Online shopping can help you cut down on your list without dealing with holiday crowds.
  • Take breaks: Set aside time for your favorite workout class, a movie, soak in a warm bath or listen to soothing music. You’ll enjoy the holidays more if you take time to relax and de-stress.
  • Stay hydrated: Dehydrated contributes to chronic muscle spasms, fatigue, and anxiety. Set reminders on your phone to drink or track your water intake to be sure you’re drinking enough.
  • Say “no”: Often, we feel we have to say yes to all social events around this time of year. This can leave you feeling more stressed than cheerful. Instead, make plans with friends and family after the holidays wind down.

Gifts for Every Body and Every Budget:

Need more help with holiday shopping? Head to your local Relax The Back location and our trained specialists will help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones (or yourself)!

Visit us on Facebook starting November 14th to enter our ‘Tis the Season of Relief Giveaway for a chance to win products so you can find relief and relaxation this holiday season!

6 Cooling Products For Everyday Use


While the summer months are beginning to wind down, the heat and humidity don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Warm weather can worsen pain symptoms and make it difficult to sleep, work, and relax.

Find respite and relief from the hot summer weather, or year-round if you’re naturally hot, with these cooling gel products.

  • Technogel Anatomic Pillow: Always sleep on the cool side of the pillow. A layer of cooling gel relieves pressure on your head and neck for ergonomic support throughout the night. The design of the Anatomic pillow also alleviates neck, back, and shoulder pain.
  • Technogel Standing Mate: Enjoy the benefits of standing with the added bonus of cool, comfortable support that provides ergonomic relief for your feet, legs, and back.
  • Technogel Living Seat Supports: Take Technogel’s cooling gel relief on the road. This seat support helps you sit comfortably, longer, making those long commutes easier on your body.
  • PureRelax Zoned Gel Topper by Relax The Back: Gel infused memory foam dissipates heat away from the body while providing support and comfort where you need it most.
  • ChiliPad: Do you and your partner prefer different sleep temperatures? The ChiliPad allows you to control the temperature on your side of the bed with the touch of a button. Sleep cool while your partner stays warm.
  • TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze: Cool your body from head to toe with an extra plush layer that draws heat away from your body. TEMPUR-Pedic’s signature adaptive support layer underneath molds around your body’s shape for a customized sleep experience.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to test out each of these products and feel the immediate cooling effect. Comfort and relief are a visit away.

6 Ways to De-Stress and Relax

relaxLife is all about balance. While productive work days and extracurricular activities can improve certain aspects of life, oftentimes, these busy and productive days can lead to increased stress and anxiety. Stress takes a toll on one’s overall health and wellbeing. From depression and irritability to physical pain such as dizziness, nausea, and chest pain, stress can present itself in many different ways.

It is important to make time for yourself to relax. Allowing for downtime will reduce the harmful effects of stress, help you avoid burnout and fatigue, and relieve built up tension.

With National Relaxation Day occurring on August 15th, we want to provide a few simple ways that you can de-stress and relax. Whichever way you decide to relax, use this time to fully unwind, recharge, and refocus.

  • Read: Take a break from a busy day to sit back in your favorite chair with a book or magazine.
  • Exercise: Physical activity can lift spirits and help beat stress. Try yoga, Pilates, or running.
  • Listen to music: Whether it’s classical, country, or top 40, listening (and singing) to your favorite song can improve your mood.
  • Meditate: Silent meditation has shown to relieve stress and depression.
  • Massage: Headaches, muscle tension, and stress are often linked together. Massage can release tense muscles to help you feel more relaxed.
  • Get in touch with your creative side: Color, paint, and calligraphy, have become popular ways to unwind and relax.

Enjoy BIG savings on Perfect Chairs going on now through September 30th! Relax in comfort when you save $500 of select premium leather Perfect Chair models.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to try one out first-hand and register to WIN your very own Perfect Chair. Our trained specialists will share the many benefits of neutral posture while helping you feel the difference in comfort when you recline in the zero gravity position. Head to your local store for more details.

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Top 3 Massage Products For The Office

1200x627_BlogPost-1Aches and pains are a common problem at the office. With days fully booked with meetings, conference calls, and deadlines, stress can quickly build up. Stress not only affects your mood and mental health, it can also lead to muscle tension, fatigue, and aches and pains.

There are a number of ways to combat stress at the office. Incorporating massage therapy into your workday can help reduce stress, pain and discomfort.

Massage At The Office

Massage away stress and tension to rejuvenate, invigorate, and increase energy so you to take on the rest of the work day or leave work feeling refreshed. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day, you’ll begin to feel the benefits of massage with these products.

  • Kneading Back Massage Cushion: With four heated massage heads, this cushion can provide relief while sitting at your desk. Release tense muscles during the soothing timed program that lasts up to 20 minutes.
  • Omni Roller Massager: Relieve stress and stiffness that can accumulate from long hours at the computer. The Omni also helps massage away pain associated with migraine headaches.
  • Neck & Shoulder Massager: Choose from 20 massage programs that deliver the utmost versatility for a deep-tissue massage. In as little as 8 minutes, this massager provides a healthy, soothing massage to your neck and shoulders.

Stop by your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained consultants. Try our many massage products in-store and feel tension slip away. Whether it’s pain in your neck, back, or shoulders, or you suffer from migraine headaches, our consultants will help you find relief at the office based on your specific needs.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as we will be giving away our favorite massage products for office, home, and travel over the next few weeks!

Relax In Comfort At Home With Our Help

homeAt Relax The Back, we believe in a 24-hour approach to pain relief. This means providing solutions to back pain and discomfort at work, during your commute, and at home. Oftentimes, pain and discomfort doesn’t go away when you walk through your front door.

If you experience pain at home, we’re here to help.

In our store we help people focus, discern, and prioritize their health and pain concerns. We strive to match them with the most effective and cost saving approach and product.”- Astrid Frayne, from our Victoria, BC location.

Through individualized attention, our trained specialists will help you find the best product solution for your needs. When visiting one of our many locations, you have the opportunity to try products that address your specific pain concerns. Feel the difference of a full body massage or targeted relief with handheld massagers, like the Theracane. Recline into zero gravity comfort and decompress the spine or experience spinal pressure relief using an inversion table.

Here are some of our franchisee owners’ favorite products to help you relax in comfort at home:

  • Zero Gravity Recliners: Elevate legs, decompress your spine, and reduce stress in this neutral posture position. This is by far our franchise owners’ favorite!
  • Massage Chairs: From shiatsu to traditional style massages, massage chairs increase blood flow and comfort at home.
  • Handheld massagers: These provide targeted therapy to soothe muscles.
  • Foot massagers: Use rejuvenating rollers and air massage to relieve tension after a long day at work.
  • Inversion Tables: Counteract the force of gravity on the spine to relieve back pain.
  • Foam Rollers: Rollers help improve flexibility, relieve muscle tightness, and are used for soft tissue mobilization.

If you are experience pain and discomfort at home, visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained specialist who can help you try our numerous home, fitness, and massage products to help you relax in comfort at home.

Invest In Health: 5 Ways to Spend Your Tax Return


Tax day is just around the corner and this year, planning for the future is top of mind for many Americas. According to the annual Tax Returns Survey, 49.2% of those expecting to receive a refund plan to save the money to improve their financial health by planning for future purchases, paying down debt, and getting closer to savings goals. While many are putting their refund into savings, others plan to use their refund for everyday expenses, indulging in salon or spa services, or big purchases like a TV or car.

If you’re expecting some money from Uncle Sam this year, we recommend using part of your refund to invest in your health. Caring for and maintaining your overall health and wellness with help prevent pain and discomfort from escalating to more severe conditions and reduce the chance of high medical bills in the future.

Here are a few of our favorite healthy ways to spend your tax return this year:

  • Invest in your work – With most of our waking hours being spent at an office, it’s important to have spine-friendly office equipment. Whether it’s a standing desk, ergonomic office chair, or footrest, we can help you create the perfect ergonomic workstation to keep you pain-free and productive throughout the day.
  • Invest in fitness – Upgrade your home gym this tax season. Release and massage away muscle tension with our variety of foam rollers, decompress your spine while increasing flexibility and circulation with a Mastercare Inversion Table, or give yourself a total body massage with the Moji Curve Pro Handheld Massager.
  • Invest in sleep: Many health concerns can improve with a good night’s rest. Invest in a quality mattress, mattress topper, or pillow to improve the quality of your sleep while reducing your risk of stroke, weight gain, and memory loss.
  • Invest in relief – Reduce stress and aches after a long day with a massage. Find comfort, relaxation, and a therapeutic experience in the comfort of your own home when you invest in a massage chair, handheld massagers, or a massage cushion.
  • Invest in memories – Above all else, invest in memories and experiences with the ones you love. Take a trip or sign up for a cooking class – these activities can lead to increased happiness and health and will provide lasting memories with loved ones.

When it comes to your home, office, or bedroom, you’ll find the right product for your needs with the help of our trained specialists. Since no one body is the same, our experts will speak with you to determined what pains and discomfort you experience daily, while showing you a number of product solutions to provide relief. When you visit your local Relax The back location, you have the opportunity to test each and every product while receiving one-on-one support to ensure you can maintain pain-free living wherever you are.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to find more pain-free and healthy living tips.

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How 30 Minutes of Exercise a Day Can Improve Health


Did you know 9% of premature deaths globally are due to physical inactivity? That’s roughly 5.3 million deaths that could be avoided each year. Studies have shown staying physically active reduces the risk of arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases, to name a few.

Even with this information, when life gets hectic exercise (and often sleep) is one of the first things that gets put on the backburner. This in turn leads to your health suffering and medical expenses accumulating later on in life.

We only need 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 days a week to start seeing improvements in mood, brain power, sleep quality, and overall happiness.

It’s never too late to make your health a priority. The benefits of only 30 minutes a day of exercise are vast. Take a look at this helpful infographic to read more about the risks of inactivity, the benefits of exercise, and more.


Choosing A Massage Chair

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Studies continue to show the positive effects massage therapy has on one’s health. Getting massages regularly can greatly improve your mental, physical, and emotional wellness. With our line of massage chairs, a therapeutic massage can take place any time of day, for any amount of time, in the privacy of your own home.

Massage therapy benefits

Massage therapy can be beneficial to all; especially those who are experiencing pain and discomfort throughout the day. Along with reducing soreness and aiding in relaxation, massages help:

  • Reduce the amount of tension headaches and migraines by allowing the body to maintain a level of relaxation and stress-relief.
  • Improve circulation due to oxygen and nutrients being kneaded through soft tissues and vital organs.
  • Stretch tight or weak muscles.
  • Reduce and ease back pain through improved flexibility and range of motion.
  • Improved sleep quality.
  • Decrease the stress hormone, cortisol, while increasing the feel-good hormones, dopamine and serotonin, resulting in less stress, depression, and anxiety.
  • Manage and reduce chronic pain naturally to improve quality of life.

Choosing a massage chair

When it comes to massage and other comfort-related products, choosing a massage chair should come down to personal preference. We recommend visiting your local Relax The Back store to test out different styles of massage chairs. Our trained specialists can help you find the perfect chair for your specific needs.

When choosing your massage chair, here are some general guidelines to follow:

  • Comfort level of chair: Some massage chairs have certain contours or shapes that will fit a particular body shape or need. Sit down in different types of chairs to find one that works with your body and specific needs.
  • Strength of massage: The strength and type of massage varies from model to model. Let our specialists know which type of massages you prefer – are you are looking for a softer massage with targeted relief areas or a more intense, vigorous massage? Perhaps you enjoy heated massages? The DreamWave Massage Chair by Inada, for instance, features a heated seat and offers a Shiatsu style massage whereas the Zen 3D Massage Chair by Relax The Back includes 5 massage programs ranging from Swedish, to Shiatsu, to Air massage.
  • Personalization and presets of a chair: As noted above, some massage chairs come with preset massage programs. Take time to experience these preset programs and settings when testing out each chair. Some chairs offer more variability, which works well for a chair that will have multiple users.
  • Additional features and accessories: Certain massage chairs allow you to recline to zero-gravity, such as the Human Touch ZeroG 4.0. Some chairs include a foot and calf massager, which also acts as an extended leg rest. The Ultimate Smart Chair by Relax The Back comes with a tablet to customize user profiles, a USB port and speakers with Bluetooth capacity for listening to music or watching movies. Look into all options available to you when choosing your massage chair.
  • Appearance: There are many fabric and material combinations to choose from as well as shapes and sizes and prices to fit your budget of massage chairs.

Head to your local Relax The Back store to try available massage chairs in your area. You can also visit us at to see our full line of massage chairs and other massage products.

How To Improve Your Health in 2016

Improve your healthAfter the holidays and with the start of a New Year, we often find ourselves reflecting on the past year and looking forward to a fresh start. If taking better care of yourself and getting healthy are part of your plan, try these ways to help improve your health in 2016:

  • Make realistic resolutions and goals: Strive for goals that are attainable. Instead of creating a long list of resolutions that exceed your current lifestyle, pick 2-3 goals that can be broken down into sub-goals. This will help you measure and achieve your resolutions. For instance, limit intake of foods you may enjoy but find less healthy, not completely avoiding it at first, and increasing weekly workouts to 1-2 additional days; eventually working up to daily workouts and elimination of all unhealthy foods in your diet.
  • Make a plan: There’s still plenty of time to make goals and a plan for 2016 to improve your health. Sit down, write down your goals, and create a plan to work towards those in the New Year. Decide how you’ll handle temptations, as well as how you’ll reward yourself for making small victories. It’s important to not feel rushed or stressed when deciding on ways to improve your health. Your mindset should be clear and focused on improvement.
  • Find what makes you happy: So often we pick ways to improve our lifestyles or our health based on what we believe to be “the norm”. Making the decision to improve your health should include things that truly make you happy. If you enjoy walking or hiking instead of yoga, add a weekly hike to your schedule instead of signing up for unlimited yoga classes. Go to the spa to relax or take time for regular massages. Find activities and nutrition plans that work for you. This way you’re setting yourself up for success, not failure.
  • Improve Comfort: From the office to the bedroom, improving comfort will lead to improving your health and overall wellness. Reducing daily pain and discomforts can help you live a more comfortable and productive lifestyle. Visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained specialist who can help you find product solutions for your specific needs. Whether you’re working in an office from 9-5, commuting for work, or having difficulty sleeping, we can help you improve your health and have your best year yet!

Gift Guide: Products That Restore and Relieve


Nothing brings joy like the gift of comfort and good health. At Relax The Back, we offer a wide range of product solutions that are sure to relieve pain and discomfort, promote relaxation, and bring comfort to all members of the family. If you’re wondering what to get family and friends this year, look no further.

Here are our top products that restore and relieve this holiday season:

  • Dr. Riter’s Real-EaSe Neck SupportKeep neck pain at bay this holiday season! This neck support cradles your head and neck allowing your shoulder and neck muscles to rest in a fully relaxed position.
  • Haven Foot Massager: Give feet total reflexology that uses rejuvenating rollers, kneading air massage, optional deep heat therapy, and two-tension relieving programs for the gift that keeps on giving long after the holidays are gone.
  • CoreStretch: Stretch into the New Year as you (or your loved ones) feel stress dissipate through deep stretching, elongating the back and stretching muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your shoulders, hips, and legs.
  • Teeter Hang-Ups Inversion Table: Spinal relief is within reach this season. This inversion table decreases pressure on your spine to relieve muscle, shoulder, and back tension. Learn more about the benefits of inversion tables.
  • Omni-Motion Perfect ChairHelp your loved ones glide into Zero Gravity relief with our Perfect Chair. This back-friendly product relieves back pressure, expands lung capacity to improve breathing, supports muscles and improves circulation. Check out 5 reasons to love zero gravity for more information.

Show your loved ones just how much you care with a thoughtful gift that will help improve their health and overall comfort. Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained specialist who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific needs. Also be sure to visit us online ( and on Facebook and Twitter.

Day In The Life: HR Professional Laurie Ruettimann

Day In The Life: HR Professional Laurie RuettimannRegardless of gender, age, or occupation, nearly everyone will experience pain and discomfort during their lifetime. At Relax The Back, we aim to reinforce the importance of an ergonomic workstation and its effects on our health by providing product solutions and tips to help our community.

We recently reached out to Laurie Ruettimann who is a writer, speaker, and an HR professional. She visited her local Relax The Back store to receive an in-store assessment regarding her workstation setup and to discuss any pain or discomfort she experiences throughout the day.

Here is a look at what it’s like to be an HR expert, how she manages pain during the workday, and a brief note on some furry colleagues:

What does a normal workday look like as an HR expert? 

The normal HR professional is both active and inactive. We move from meeting to meeting. Then we sit. We crane over our computers, laptops and mobile devices. We listen to webinars, we take calls, and we meet with people wherever they need us. Lots of stopping and starting throughout the day.

Where are your main points of pain throughout the day?

Do you mean emotionally or physically? Just kidding. I have lower back pain and tight hip flexors. I am a runner and I do Pilates to strengthen my core.

Explain your previous workstation station setup.

I work from home. I have a flat, boring desk. A cheap chair. Cats who always try to sit on my lap while I’m writing email.

We provided you with slatted footrest and an in-person store assessment. How are you feeling after your new setup was in place and you’ve had some time with the slatted footrest?

I am petite, so the slatted footrest allows me to adjust my chair to the proper height so I’m not leaning forward with poor posture. It helps! 

Any tips you would like to provide our community to help them have a pain-free and productive day?

It’s no joke: sitting is the new smoking. You don’t have to be an athlete. You can make small, incremental changes to your lives and feel the benefits right away.

Please describe your in-store experience with us.

The Raleigh store is centrally located and easy to find. The store manager, Leon, was very helpful and attentive. He asked great questions and showed an interest in helping me solve the problem of my back pain. In addition to him being very informative about the products, he was also very funny.

What were you most excited about when you visited the store?

Relieving the pain in my back.

Were all of your questions answered that you had prior to visiting us?


Anything else you would like to share with us?

I think your store manager said it best when I was in there – wellness is attainable at all levels of health and income. Start small, make incremental changes, and celebrate small victories.

You can follow Laurie on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for insightful news and information.

If you’re suffering from aches and pains at the office, visit your local Relax The Back store to have an in-person store assessment with one of our ergonomic experts. They will help create a healthy, ergonomic workstation.

High Tech Office Ergonomics

High Tech Office ErgonomicsWith 33% of work-related injuries being caused by poor workstation setup, it is no surprise that many offices are beginning to move away from traditional setups to workstations focused on providing proper ergonomic support.

Studies have shown we are sitting, on average, 56 hours a week. Regardless if you maintain an active lifestyle outside of work, you can still be susceptible to pains and discomfort from sitting for prolonged periods of time. Creating a comfortable, ergonomic workstation plays a big role in your physical health, stress, energy, and productivity levels.

High Tech Ergonomics

Today, ergonomic products are evolving to keep up with the high tech advances of society. Most recently, a former Apple engineer and his company, Stir Works, released the first ever height adaptive “smart” desk. The Stir Kinetic Desk was created to help users effortlessly move while they work throughout the day. When we’re spending half of our waking hours at work, it is important to invest in your health.

  • Learns: This desk senses your presence while working and keeps track of your daily movements. It begins to adapt to your specific needs the more you use it. By tracking your habits, it is able to customize moving from sitting to standing to benefit you best. Stir focuses on keeping you active, so you can focus on working.
  • Breathes: Known as the “whisper breath”, the Stir Kinetic gently rises and falls to remind you to move. This breath invites and reminds people to move throughout the day. This physical engagement is a gentle push in getting people to be more active at their desks.
  • Quantifies: While it tracks your daily movements and habits, the Stir Kinetic Desk shares information with you regarding how much you sit, stand while working and extra calories burned through it’s touchscreen pad.

While a high tech ergonomic desk can help make a difference in your health, a desk alone will not solve all of the problems associated with poor workstation setup. From your monitor arms, to your mouse and keyboard setup, to your desk light, the positions of your workstation equipment play a role in helping you stay comfortable and pain-free. Think of your desk as a cockpit, similar to your car or an airplane. All of your essential pieces of equipment should be within arm’s reach to prevent unnecessary movement and straining. Be sure to have enough space on your desk to move freely without forcing awkward postures or exertions.


Top Man Cave Products

Perfect ChairWith March Madness around the corner, it’s time to fill out those brackets and get your Man Cave ready for college basketball. We often talk about the importance of sleep comfort and creating a comfortable workstation and your home should be no different.

Below you will find some of our top Man Cave picks to ensure you are watching your favorite sports teams in total comfort and relaxation.

  • Sit back with ease and allow your muscles, joints and spine to recover from the effects of gravity with the Zero Gravity Perfect Chair. Add an Accessory Tableor a Wedge Table, if you have two or more chairs, to hold snacks and drinks. For a limited time, save $500 on our Premium Leather Perfect Chairs!
  • Feel back pain and the stress of the day melt away with our heated Kneading Back Cushion.
  • Spend those timeouts and TV-breaks decompressing your spine with an Inversion Table.  Inversion therapy relieves pressure on your spine, thus relieving muscle stiffness, back pain, and shoulder tension.
  • Relax after a long day at work with a therapeutic massage. Create a truly customized massage experience with our Zen 3D Massage ChairFive programs allow you to adjust every inch of your massage, listen to soothing music, and turn on mood-enhancing therapy lighting for a complete relaxation experience.Foot Massagers, such as the Haven Foot Massager, can relieve fatigue, encourage relaxation, and help improve blood circulation.

What are your must-haves for the perfect Man Cave? Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists who can help you find the perfect products for your specific needs.


5 Reasons to Love Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity

When our bodies are properly aligned, our bones, rather than our muscles, support our weight. Reclining to a Zero Gravity position allows for our bodies to reach this state. Developed by NASA, the Zero Gravity, or “neutral position”, concept takes stress off of your spine by elevating your feet to the same height as your heart. Investing in back-friendly products and furniture that promote a neutral posture will improve back health and provide significant relief.

For more benefits, take a look at these 5 reasons to love Zero Gravity:

  1. Correct Spinal Support: Unnecessary strain and discomfort is avoided when our spine is properly aligned and supported. Zero gravity minimizes strain on your spine, muscles, and ligaments.
  2. Back Pressure Relief: By raising our feet to the same level as our heart, our spine is able to decompress to align in a natural S-shaped curve. This reduces tension in your lower back and cervical.
  3. Improved Circulation:  Stress on the heart is minimized in this position. Oxygen-rich blood is able to reach fatigued muscles easier, which allows for faster recovery times.
  4. Expanded Lung Capacity: Being in a zero gravity position opens the angle between the torso and the thighs, thus improving breathing and increasing blood and oxygen.
  5. Recommended by Doctors (and astronauts): Zero gravity allows for a perfectly balanced state in which the body experiences an absolute minimum of internal and external stress. It is the optimal position to prevent and relieve back and muscle pain.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists and test out one of our Zero Gravity chairs. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more pain relief tips and products.

Give The Gift of Quality Sleep

Sleep ProductsThe importance of quality sleep is no secret. Chronic sleep loss can lead to serious health risks such as high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, and weight gain. This holiday season, help your loved ones get the best night’s sleep they can with a gift that will continue to give long after the holidays are over.

Here are our top gifts for sleep for those in need of a quality night’s rest:

  • ContourSleep Posture Cushion ($75): Your loved one will enjoy a sound sleep, without pain. The ContourSleep Posture Cushion eases pressure on tender knee joints and helps keep hips and the spine properly aligned.
  • Snoozer Body Pillows ($70-$215): These J-shaped pillows will help provide your loved one with proper spinal alignment and improves circulation. The Snoozer Body Pillows are great for those with a chronic condition or injuries that require deep, relaxing support no matter the position.
  • ContourSleep Wedges ($79-$228): Give the gift of customized comfort with our Relax The Back sleep wedges. Prevent acid reflux and alleviate lower back pain and muscles spasms with these versatile wedges. They help to reduce pressure on the spine to relieve tension and increase circulation.
  • Technogel Pillows ($169): For the person who always likes the cool side of the pillow! Find consistent ergonomic comfort and support with the Technogel pillow. A layer of cool gel disperses body heat, offering a cool, refreshing sensation against your skin.
  • PureRelax Gel Mattress Topper ($299 – $449): This gel infused memory foam topper provides cooling relief and the right amount of cradling comfort where your loved one needs it most.

Give a gift that keeps on giving with these great sleep products. Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained sleep expert who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific needs. Also be sure to visit us online ( and on Facebookand Twitter.

Gifts of Comfort: Stocking Stuffers

Gifts of comfort come in all sizes. Whether you are buying for your daughter, father-in-law, or family friend, we have gift ideas that everyone will be happy to find in their stocking on Christmas day.

Below we’ve listed our favourite stocking stuffers to help relieve pain and discomfort this holiday:

  • Sleep Mask by Tempur-Pedic ($29): Soothing sleep makes the perfect gift! Cool and comfortable, this mask is made with pressure-relieving TEMPUR material, so you can nod off in total darkness. Perfect for loved ones who travel often.
  • ErgoTravel Keyboard ($40): This waterproof, flexible, and worry-free keyboard prevents strain on arms, wrists, and back while providing ergonomic support for your hard-working loved one.
  • Moji 360 Foot Massager ($39): Know a loved one that can never have too many foot massages? The Moji 360 mimics the touch of a professional massage therapist to revitalize sore, tired, and aching feet.
  • Self-Inflating Back Rest ($40): For work, at the movies, or in the car, this lumbar support is easy-to-use and easy-to-store. This is a gift that keeps on giving, long after the holiday season.
  • TEMPUR All-Purpose Pillow ($49): This pillow’s unique “peanut” shape allows for multi-purpose ergonomic support. Its space-saving size makes it a perfect travel neck roll, lumbar cushion, or leg spacer.

Add these great gifts to your loved ones (or your own) stocking this year. Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained specialist who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific needs. Also be sure to visit us online ( and on Facebook and Twitter.

Great Affordable Gifts to Wrap Up Relief

At Relax The Back, we truly believe nothing brings joy like the gift of comfort. Show your loved ones how much you care with a gift that keeps on giving. We’ve put together a list of our favorite affordable gifts that are sure to relieve pain and discomforts, aid in relaxation, and bring comfort to all members of the family. If you’re wondering what to get friends and family this holiday season look no further. Here are some great affordable gifts to wrap up relief:

  • Theracane ($35): Relieve stiffness and pain as you control the pressure to massage deep into tense muscles. Perfect for anyone on the go.
  • CoreStretch ($70): Perfect for the office or while on vacation, the CoreStretch helps you safely stretch muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your back, shoulders, hips, and legs. Reduce pain, enhance mobility, and increase flexibility with this lightweight, portable tool.
  • Slatted Footrest ($69): Footrests help align feet with the rest of the body to help reduce strain on your back and neck muscles.
  • Lumbar Extender ($99): 5 minutes, 2 times a day is all you need to relieve back pain with the Lumbar Extender. Targeted pressure is applied along your vertebrae to release tension and enhance muscle relaxation.
  • Neck & Shoulder Massager ($149): Find relief after your holiday travels with the powerful percussive action of this Neck and Shoulder wrap. With built-in heat and 20 automated programs, you’ll loosen muscles and quiet aches.
  • Haven Foot Massager ($249): Give tired feet a comfortable treat with total reflexology. The Haven Foot Massager uses rejuvenating rollers, kneading air massage, optional deep heat therapy and two tension-relieving programs.
  • Sit-to-Stand WorkPad ($299): Give the gift of mobility in the workspace. This ergonomic work stand can be rolled anywhere. The single-handed height adjustment allows for immediate and effortless transition from sitting to standing.

Treat your loved ones (or yourself) with something special this year. Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained specialist who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific needs. Also be sure to visit us online ( and on Facebook and Twitter.