In a normal spine, the head should be suspended directly over the spine. This keeps the weight of the head over the body's center of gravity. The natural curvature in the neck is similar to the shape of a banana, and measures approximately 34 to 39 degree. This arc called cervical lordotic curve, acts as a shock absorber for our head.
Since we live in a forward facing world, the repetitive use of computers, TV, video games, and even backpacks have forced our head shifting forward and the neck curve flattens. This condition is called Forward Head Posture (FHP).
Here’s a little experiment for you to try… Find a banana, straighten it, and then bend it in the opposite direction… This is equivalent to the damaging effect of Forward Head Posture.
Within the middle of our spine are the spinal cord and some fairly important blood vessels. If a soft, flexible and squishy banana can’t handle bending-type forces, imagine what happens to your body when the rigid bones of your spine compromise the critical nerve fibers and blood vessels they’re supposed to protect!
Ideally, the head should sit directly on the neck and shoulders, just like a golf ball sits on a tee. The weight of the head is more like a bowling, which can weigh up to 14-lbs, so holding it forward, out of alignment, puts a strain on our neck and upper back muscles. The result can be muscle fatigue and, all too often, an aching neck.
Because the neck and shoulders, instead of the spine, have to carry the weight of the head all day in an isometric contraction, this causes neck muscle to lose blood, get damages, cause pain, fatigue and tension. When spinal tissues are subject to a significant load for a sustained period of time, they deform and undergo remodeling changes that could become permanent, eventually lead to a symptom called Frozen Shoulder. This is why it takes time and efforts to correct FHP. In addition, FHP has been shown to flatten the normal neck curve, resulting in disc compression, damage, and early arthritis.
People with uncorrected FHP can potentially suffer chronic or unpleasant conditions, such as long term muscle strain, disc herniation, pinched nerves and blood vessels, like thoracic outlet syndrome, fibromyalgia, and early degeneration and arthritis.
The x-ray below on the left demonstrates a flattened cervical spine. Common sense would suggest that this patient would have some degree of neck pain. Furthermore he has a history of high blood pressure and chronic lower back pain! He’s had multiple disc surgeries in the lumbar spine before the age of 55… Sadly, these procedures haven’t provided any long-term relief.>
If you have ever suffered from neck pain or pinched nerves in the neck, your Doctor may have suggested Forward Head Posture be the root cause and recommended neck traction as a form of treatment.
IZEST® Neck Relax helps stretch the cervical spine to its normal curvature. By laying face up on it, the weight of your head acts as a traction system, helping to alleviate tension headaches and neck pain by gently stretching the upper chest and anterior neck muscles.
Clinical tests have shown that IZEST® Neck Relax can be an effective therapy for neck problems and can help with relief of pain, decrease pressure on nerves and ease muscle spasms. It may improve the blood supply to neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments and promote relaxation by relieving pressure, stiffness and stress in the neck, head, and shoulders.
It’s lightweight, comfortable to use, easy to travel with and effective for neck pain relief. Just lie on it and relax. Use for 10 minutes per session, 2 sessions a day. You’d be surprised by its amazing therapeutic effects.
If you experience the following symptoms, then you should try Neck Relax.
Correct posture contains a cervical lordotic curve in the neck. The loss of the normal neck curve leaves you 4 times more vulnerable to neck pain, and also accelerates disc degeneration.
The Neck Relax is the most effective means to restore proper neck curve because it places your neck in extension during therapy. With traction, you may feel some discomfort initially, but that would not be uncommon. With continued and regular use along with some neck exercises, you can probably have noticeable correction within approximately three to six months. If this causes any dizziness or increase in pain then the Neck Relax may not be the right tool for you.
This product is NOT recommended for people with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or cervical spine surgery.
IZEST Neck Relax Classification:
Health Sciences Authority of Singapore Registration Approval Number:
Medical Devices GDP Certificate Number:
Class A (Low Risk) Medical Device
Doctor of Chiropractic (USA)
1. Lay the Base Plate on a secured mat or on the floor, with the end of the single slot against your knees. Insert the Arch Plate into the single slot.
2. Position your hands as shown in the photo to bend the Arch Plate and gently slide it into the Level 1 position on the Base Plate.
Please disassemble the Arch Plate and Base plate if you do not use it for a long time.
Estimate a location for the IZEST® Neck Relax. Slowly lie down onto it with your knees bent and your arms supporting your upper body. Align the lower portion of your neck to the Neck Support, and hang your head over the Head Rest curve.
Rest your arms on your waist. This is the start up position which provides the least amount of stretch to your neck. You can adjust the position of the Back Stretch up and down, or put a thin pillow beneath your head if you feel too much stretch.
Raise your arms over your head and shoulders, extend your arms fully. Gradually extend your legs fully. This provides moderate stretch. You can stay at this position for no more than 10 minutes per session, one or two sessions a day. If you feel your arms numb, you can rest your arms on your waist for a while, then continue the previous step.
With a few sessions of stretching and relaxation, if your neck curvature gradually restores, you may either stick to Level 1 position, or change to Level 2 for maximum stretch. Take EXTRA care when using Level 2. Stop using it when you feel persistent discomfort.
Roll onto your side and off the Neck Relax. Raise up your head with your hand and rest your arm on the floor for 30 seconds before getting up. You can’t suddenly stand up, or else you may feel dizzy or faint.
Forward Head Posture (FHP) is the most common postural alignment today. The reason is because of the positions we regularly put ourselves in. If we are always slouching at a laptop for example, the body gets used to that. Over time this shifts tour head downward. Also, as degeneration and arthritis sets in we tend to lose some disc height and curvature in our spine.
These days FHP is more common than ever. More and more of us work on the computer, then take a break only to text, and then go home and work with a laptop in our lap, then read in bed with our head propped on three pillows. Notice that all these activities put us in forward head posture!
For every 1 inch of forward head posture, your neck & shoulder muscles have to work 3 times harder than usual to hold your head in place.
According to Kapandji (Physiology of the Joints, Volume III), for every one inch that your head moves forwards, it gains 10 pounds in weight Just like a bowling ball. The muscles in your upper back and neck are concerned, because they have to work that much harder to keep the head (chin) from dropping onto your chest. This also forces the suboccipital muscles (these muscles are responsible for raising the chin) to remain in constant contraction, putting pressure on the 3 suboccipital nerves. This nerve compression may cause headaches at the base of the skull. Pressure on the suboccipital nerves can also mimic sinus (frontal) headaches.
IZEST Neck Relax is the most effective means to restore proper neck curve because it places your neck in extension during therapy. With continued and regular use along with some neck exercises, you can probably have noticeable correction within approxim
IZEST Neck Relax is classified as Class A (Low Risk) Medical Device. It’s registered with and approved by Health Sciences Authority of Singapore (Registration Approval Number: NFY-DEV-000855-12).
It has been widely recommended in doctors’ clinics and is endorsed by Doctor of Chiropractic (USA)
You should not use Neck Relax with: fractures, post-operative conditions, severe rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory disease, any malignancy, mental disorders, spinal cord injuries, dental problems, high blood pressure or blood clotting disorders.>