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Back2Back PT offers 2 types of products at this point which include, products for everyday life, and products for the working healthcare professional.

Every person from every walk of life will benefit from proper support of the spine. Our unique back support cushions provides superior support for anyone, whether sitting in a chair, driving a car, or stretching out their back while laying flat.

For the working healthcare professional, whether a back and spine specialist or a researcher, our unique Head Posture Spinal Curvature Instrument (HPSCI) provides a demonstrated method for measuring head posture and spinal curvature. Backed by published research, our instrument has demonstrated its capabilities. Back2back PT also offers books and articles for the healthcare professional.

 

The Back2BackPT Inflatable Lumbar Support Cushion

Inflatable Cushion

The Back2BackPT Inflatable Lumbar Support Cushion can give any seat the perfect lumbar support you need to treat your back right! Use it in the car, on an airplane, in the office, or at home. Our Lumbar Support Cushion puts proper lumbar support in the palm of your hand!

* Easily inflated or deflated with built in hand squeeze pump.

* Provides even support across lower back

Three Chamber

* Adjustable firmness to suit any user.

* Excellent for car, air travel, office, home.

Cushioon sitting

* Built in strap allows for easy attachment to any seat.

Elastic Strap

* Compact when deflated and lightweight for easy carrying.

Folded cushion

The Back2BackPT Roll

Close In Posture

The Back2* 3-in-1 design

1. Lumbar cushion
2. Soft tissue roller
3. Massager

* Incorporates unique dense spherical inserts embedded in a foam cushion.

* Offers optimal support for the lower back, enhancing the natural curvature of the spine.

* Promotes healthy sitting posture whether in the home, office, car, airplane, virtually anywhere!

Back2backPT’s core 3-in-1 cushion is like no other back support cushion available today.

The HPSCI

The Head Posture Spinal Curvature Instrument (HPSCI) is a hand-held device that allows the physical therapist to perform two distinct measurements on a patient. First, it can be used for measuring head posture via the craniovertebral angle (CVA). The HPSCI has two mechanical arms; the stationary arm has a small bubble gauge to ensure and maintain proper vertical position and the moving arm is aligned with the tragus of the ear. The axis of rotation is in line with the C7 spinous process of the subject and the CVA is measured in degrees. The device need not make contact with the body for measurement purposes and therefore is completely noninvasive. Reliability for the HPSCI with assessment of the CVA has been shown to be high (R>.9) for intra-rater and good (R>.72) for inter-rater and validity testing has been completed. When measuring curvature of the spine, the HPSCI has a vertical slide with a moveable horizontal rod with a scale. The movable horizontal rod will remain parallel to a fixed lower rod, and the differential difference between the tips of each rod can be easily read off a scale on the movable rod. The bubble gauge is used to keep the instrument in a vertical position. The tips of the two rods are placed on determined points on the spine to measure spinal curvature. For more information please contact:

Dr. Wilmarth mwilmarth@back2backpt.com

HPSCI

As a research tool, the HPSCI has demonstrated its value having been used in numerous studies around the word. Some of the publications using the HPSI are referenced below:

* Postural Assessment of Adolescents Pre- and Post-Intervention with the BodySense Program http://northeastern.edu/expo/view_abstracts/abstract.php?sid=355

* Relationships between sagittal postures of thoracic and cervical spine, presence of neck pain, neck pain severity and disability , 30 April 2010 Kwok Tung Lau, Ka Yuen Cheung, Kwok Bun Chan, Man Him Chan, King Yuen Lo, Thomas Tai Wing Chiu Manual Therapy October 2010 (Vol. 15, Issue 5, Pages 457-462)http://www.manualtherapyjournal.com/search/quick?search_area=journal&search_text1=Upper%20thoracic%20angle&restrictName.ymath=ymath

* The correlation between craniovertebral angle, backpack weights, and disability due to neck pain in adolescents, C.H. Cheung1, S.T. Shum1, S.F. Tang1, P.C. Yau1, Thomas T.W. Chiu1 1Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Volume 23, Number 3 / September 2010 Pages 129-136http://iospress.metapress.com/content/c5311850n102055t/?p=477b79cef1da4b0e98ed775202261bb9&pi=3

* The relationship between head posture and severity and disability of patients with neck pain , 16 March 2007 Chris Ho Ting C.H.T. Yip, Thomas Tai Wing T.T.W. Chiu, Anthony Tung Kuen Poon Manual Therapy April 2008 (Vol. 13, Issue 2, Pages 148-154)http://www.manualtherapyjournal.com/article/S1356-689X%2806%2900177-9/abstract

* Postural Changes Following Backpack Loading in School-aged Children. Wilmarth MA, T Hilliard. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, Volume 15, Number 3, Pages 26-29, 2003.

* The Amount and Variation of Craniovertebral Angle Changes in College-aged Students Using One- strapped and Two-strapped Backpacks and Bags. SanAgustin C, Raymond J, Wilmarth MA and Hilliard T. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, Volume 15, Number 3, Pages 30-33, 2003.

* Effectiveness of Specific Postural Exercises in the Treatment of a patient with Temporomandibular Dysfunction: An Evidence-based Case Report. Wilmarth MA. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Volume 33, Number 2, Page A-45, 2003.

* Safe and Effective Head Posture Measurement in the Elderly: Use of the Head Posture Spinal Curvature Instrument in the Clinical Setting. Wilmarth MA, Hilliard T, Behenna J and Evangelista D. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Volume 33, Number 2, Page A-45, 2003.

* Measuring Head Posture via the Craniovertebral Angle. Wilmarth MA, Hilliard T. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, Volume 14, Number 1, Pages 13-15, 2002.

* Craniovertebral Angle Following Backpack Loading. Wilmarth MA, Hilliard T. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Volume 32, Number 1, Page A-40, January 2002.

* Treatment of a Cervical Spine Problem: A Case Report Based on the McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Treatment with the Introduction of the Use of the Head Posture Spinal Curvature Instrument for Objective Patient Assessment. Wilmarth MA. The McKenzie Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, Pages 17-29, 2001.

* Normative Values of Head Posture and Cervical Spinal Curvature in the Mexican Population. Chencinski L, Condon A, Wilmarth MA. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Volume 31, Number 1, Page A-40, January 2001.

* Intrarater Reliability of a Hand Held Device Used to Measure Head Posture and Cervical Curvature.Wilmarth MA, Hilliard TS. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Volume 32, Number 5 supplement, May 2000.

* A New “User-Friendly” Instrument for Measuring Head Posture and Specific Cervical Spine Curvature. Wilmarth MA. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Volume 29, Number 1, Page A-43, January 1999.

Books and Articles

In addition to our unique products, Back2backPT offers links to books and literature available for purchase. Follow the links below to see what is available!

>> Rhabdomyolysis: Implications for PTs by Jennifer M. Lee, MSPT, DPT and Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC, Cert.MDT 4.5/5 Stars

>> Musculoskeletal Essentials: Applying the Preferred Physical Therapist Practice Patterns
ISBN-10:1-55642-667-4 Copyright 2006 by SLACK Incorporated
Dr. Marie Corkery and Dr. Mary Ann Wilmarth, Author Chapter 4. Edited by Marilyn Moffat, Elaine Rosen, Sandra Rusnak-Smith

>> Hippotherapy A Therapeutic Treatment Strategy
by Kate Violette, PT, DPT, CSCS and Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC,
Cert.MDT
Article available for Purchase from TodayinPT
4.6/5 Stars!

>> Redirecting Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior
by Ziadee Cambier, PT, DPT and Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC,
Cert.MDT
Article available for Purchase from TodayinPT 4.4/5 Stars!

>> Pediatric Standing Equipment Indications and Implementation by Jonathan Greenwood, PT, MS, c/NDT, CEIS, PCS and Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC, Cert.MDT Article available for Purchase from TodayinPT 4.5/5 Stars!