Our back plays an integral part in our day-to-day lives, and nothing makes that quite as clear as when we injure our back or suffer from back pain. Suddenly, even small routines become a burden or even painful. Thankfully, there are countless inventions out there to help assist those suffering from back pain. While some of these might feel futuristic or even unrealistic, the world is filled with items that might alleviate the suffering.
Imagine a world where sweeping and mopping didn’t involve going at your floors with a mop or broom, overworking your back muscles, and potentially straining (or re-injuring) something. Instead, it involved the press of a button. Inventions like the Roomba and Robomop can make that imaginary world a reality. These items are small “robots” that can travel around your floor, picking up dust and dirt. While some warn that robotic floor cleaners are not as efficient as the standard mop and broom, those who would view the household chore as a literal pain might be okay with the compromise.
Frequent traveling can be incredibly tough on the back. Not only is one seated for hours at a time (and usually in cramped quarters), but one also has to lug heavy luggage behind them. It’s enough to give anyone a backache – and it can make life very difficult if you already have back pain. The automated suitcases might be just the answer, then. Released just this past November, the Cowarobot follows its owner around via a GPS tracker. It can go as fast as 4.5 MPH (or 7.25 km/h) for upwards of 12.5 miles (20.1 kilometers) at a time. The suitcase itself is not exactly the cheapest piece of luggage on the market (the MSRP is around $699USD). However, it might become the item of choice for frequent travelers suffering from back pain. With automated luggage, dragging or lugging our suitcases will become a thing of the past.
This might seem like a given, but foam rollers are an incredible invention for back pain sufferers. The same way athletes use a foam roller to roll out their overworked muscles, a foam roller could relax or even get out the “kinks” in your back. But a foam roller can be used for more than just that. There are plenty of core exercises one can do with a foam roller. While everyone’s cause of back strain, pain, or injury will be different, core strength and stability can help a lot of people with their symptoms.
On a related note: sitting on a stability ball has been shown to improve posture, work the core, and prevent the dreaded “desk chair slouch”. Stability ball chairs can also add a fun, modern touch to the standard office or cubicle. The chairs – which sell for anywhere between $30 and $100 – are comprised of an inflated stability ball secured in to a stationary base. Added bonus to the stability balls? One can even drape their backs over the ball portion for a good back stretch (that is, if that would be comfortable for your back, and your coworkers would be okay with seeing you laying across your chair like that!).
Alright, we can all pause for a moment and chuckle at the concept. But, on a serious note, someone with back pain might dread that area of cleaning. The leaning over and down (while scrubbing, no less!) could aggravate something in our back. A self-cleaning toilet is exactly that: a toilet that will clean itself, whether by a push of a button or through a programmed cleaning schedule. Depending on the make and model, the toilet might clean its inner bowl, the seat, the lid, or all three. Self-cleaning toilets (as well as self-cleaning bathrooms in general) can be found everywhere in Europe. However, be forewarned that a self-cleaning toilet is quite the investment: one can cost anywhere between $6,000 and $15,000 USD. Have you suffered a back injury?
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