Being a mother is back-breaking work. Starting from pregnancy and even after they move out children cause a lot of wear and tear on a mom’s body. From all-night rocking sessions, lugging toddlers, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, more laundry … you get the idea.
The device itself looks odd. It’s basically a bar with roller skate wheels on it. But once the mom-brain fog clears and the instructions are read, you’ll realize the device actually gets mounted in a doorway. (OH!)
It also might be a good idea to try The Backmate out for the first time alone. It’s on par with trying out yoga — you do not want little ones seeing your face!
As you use the device you can adjust the amount of pressure simply by applying more or less yourself as you lean into the bearings. And you can adjust the device to reach all those spots you’d have to be a contortionist to reach. No matter what hurts whether it’s your neck and upper back, your lower back or any point in between as well as any other spot you can imagine on your body you’ll find relief.
The best part is you don’t have to get on the floor or turn upside down to get it.
The Backmate isn’t just another run-of-the-mill piece of equipment that will go out for the garage sale. It was designed by international motorcycle racer Eric Bostrom who was searching for relief from countless injuries he incurred riding motorcycles at 200+ mph and founded with Dustin Bouch a NASA and Northrup Grumman aerospace engineer. It is made from stainless steel and engineering-grade polymers that can support up to 300 pounds of weight.
The first couple tries using it will require patience. Set up is simple, it’s finding where on your back the rollers will land as you face the device that gets complicated. You also have to relax into it, let the bar accept some of your weight — it’s secure, it’s okay to let yourself go.
As easy as setup is, don’t forget to remove the device after use if it’s a frequently used entry point. It’s really, truly not going to move and you don’t want to walk into it carrying that laundry basket.