Author: Dr. J

Relax the Back: Solutions for Back Pain

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Once again (thanks to  the internet and our ever growing network of friends, clients, and colleagues) I was introduced to another back pain related site I never knew existed.  An associate recommended I check out

Let me clarify a few things.  Although new to me, Relax the Back is nothing new.  Since I am in the Midwest I’d actually never heard of them, but they’ve been around since 1984 and have over 100 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Unfortunately the closest store is about 70 miles north of my home in a town I’ve only been to twice. Just thought I’d point out I haven’t been living under a rock. . . well ok maybe a small one.

Relax the Back is dedicated to helping their customers treat and prevent back and neck pain. They provide a wide variety of products, posture supports, and self care solutions to help them achieve this goal.

Their website offers 7 main categories. These categories are an interesting blend of products such as ergonomic workplace seating and accessories, recliners, mattresses and pillows, massagers, zero gravity recliners, self help books, Dvds, inversion tables and more.  According to their website their physical store sales associates go through rigorous training in areas such as posture and ergonomics in order to gain the knowledge needed to  best serve their customers.

According to their website Relax the Back has experience working in harmony with many Medical and Health Care practitioners.  Overall I like their co-care approach and patient self-help philosophy. Rather than advocating their clients use their products as an alternative to professional healthcare they advocate a symbiotic relationship.  They also do a great job of advocating the fact that there is more to your healthcare than the treatment you receive in a Chiropractor’s or other provider’s office. Patients need to realize they can take a proactive approach and protect their spines while they are at rest and this site does a wonderful job of driving this point home.

Since I’ve never set foot in a Relax the Back store I’m planning on taking a short road trip up north this weekend with my son to check out their nearest location.  I’ll try and post an update when I do.

Even though there isn’t a physical store within about 60 miles of my Chiropractic practice I plan on picking up and/or ordering some copies of their print catalog to keep around the office. I’m sure many of my patients would like the idea of ordering some of their unique products online. I like to provide my patients with alternatives to the products I carry in my practice as well as a way to easily shop for large products I can’t stock. is a perfect fit for those purposes.

All in all I really like their site.  Check out my quick summary of my likes and dislikes below.  As I’ve done before I wanted to point out some interesting products I found in my visit to their site.

What’s Hot:

  • Physical store locations with trained employees
  • Print catalog
  • Unique product offerings
  • Ergonomic work stations and office chairs
  • Zero gravity recliners
  • Live chat available online
  • A very non-cluttered and easy to use site. All products are grouped into 7 manageable categories.
  • Gift cards available
  • A price match guarantee policy
  • Back and Neck Health information provided by

What’s Not:

  • No stores close enough to my Chiropractic practice!
  • Free Shipping provided on orders over $300. (I’d like to see free shipping offered at a slightly lower purchase price).

As promised here are just a few of many products from their site that I was drooling over:

  • iJoy Board (SKU# MAIH161): This thing is pretty awesome and I may just end up picking one up for my home and office.  This motorized board helps build core strength, coordination, and stability. Simply grab the infrared remote and hop on the board. Try to maintain your balance while it simulates the motions of surfboards, skateboards, or snowboards in action.  The iJoy features variable speeds and difficulty and pre-programmed 15 minute run times. What a fun alternative to your Chiropractic practice’s wobble board!
  • Inversion Tables: They currently offer three inversion tables and I can’t pick just one!
  • Zero Gravity Recliners: They have tons of these recliners and I’m having a tough time picking just one!
  • Outdoor Zero Gravity Recliners: Relax in comfort outdoors!
  • Lumbar Extender Plus (SKU# SMCI002): A nifty new revision of the standard lumbar extender featuring a “trigger point massage top”. An affordable way to restore and maintain lumbar curve and prevent low back pain.

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Great Source for Affordable Chiropractic Anatomical Models and More

Hi everyone! I recently came across a site that I wanted to share with all of you. is an awesome site that offers some very cool and very affordable anatomical models, wall charts, gifts, and many other items you’ll want in your Chiropractic practices.

As the name suggests, they offer many high quality and affordable anatomical models. I was actually pretty blown away with the products offered. This isn’t your standard anatomical model site that offers 2 overpriced spine models and a few chiropractic relevant wall charts.  This site has nearly anything you can think of with countless variations of spine and vertebrae models.

Want a small and affordable desk-sized spine model? They have it.  Want a deluxe muscled spine model? They have those too. How about a color coded and muscled spine model with disorders?  You betcha! Want a spine with a rib cage? How about a complete skeletal torso? You get the idea. This place has it all.

Have something a little more specialized in mind? They have some awesome cervical spine models, including life size and oversize atlas/axis models perfect for upper cervical doctors.   You can also find spinal degeneration models and models explaining osteoporosis and disc herniation.  I also noticed some very interesting, and large, spinal cord models.

In the market for some anatomical wall charts for your Chiropractic practice? They have loads of those too.  You simply can’t beat their amazing prices. At the time I wrote this article they boast several Chiropractic relevant wall charts for only $7.95!

If you can’t tell, I am pretty impressed with this site. It is much better than some of the anatomical model and chart companies I have dealt with in the past.  I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.  I’ll wrap things up by providing my handy breakdown and summary.

What’s Hot:

  • Tons of products
  • Amazingly low prices on many items. Many choices under 50 bucks.
  • Free or affordable shipping options
  • Ties, T-shirts, Keychains and other great gifts.
  • Many of their products are Made in the USA
  • Shopping by price, category, and profession
  • 128-bit secure server for safe ordering
  • Order by faxing purchase order
  • Gift cards
  • Powerful store search function
  • Discounts on large orders
  • Clear and easy site design that’s easy to navigate and use

What’s Not:

  • Tons of choices (I want 2/3 of their inventory!!!)
  • No print catalog (but if it helps keep overhead and prices low, who cares?)
  • I could get myself into trouble by ordering too many things!
  • I wish I would have known about this site when I was a Chiropractic student or BEFORE I purchased spine models for my Chiropractic practice!

10 Products you Can’t Miss

Although you definitely need to spend an hour or so browsing this site, I wanted to share 1o of my favorite products.

  1. Vertebral Simulator: Lumbar Disc Herniation Model – This nifty little model demonstrates the process of disc herniation in one of the best ways I’ve seen yet.  A exclusive.
  2. Understanding Low Back Pain Chart: An attractive and extremely affordable chart explaining many concepts and topics about low back pain.  A ton of information on an attractive chart wall chart.
  3. Lifesize Atlas/Axis model: A handy model for any doctor and under $20 at the time of this writing!
  4. Oversize Atlas/Axis/Occiput model: A larger than life version perfect for an upper cervical practice!
  5. Exploring the Spine 3D Anatomy CD-Rom: A great way for the modern Chiropractor to educate patients. This computer CD-Rom is also priced below the retail price of most other sources.
  6. Spine X-Ray Tie: A very cool neck tie featuring an image of a full spine a-p x-ray. 100% silk and an Awesome Chiropractic gift!
  7. Spine Anatomical T-Shirt: Spine anatomical chart T-shirt that would make a great affordable Chiropractic gift.
  8. Muscled Cervical Spine Model: A beautiful muscled cervical spine model on a walnut base.
  9. Osteoporosis of the Spine Model: A spine section mounted on a base showing details of osteoporosis.
  10. Spinal Nerve Function Chart: A more colorful and modern version of the meric type chart listing spinal nerves and related organs and potential dysfunction.


Our New Chiropractic Poster Receives Award!


Our newest Chiropractic poster has already received an award!  Our newest poster, “Lumbar Vertebrae Funk” received the Zazzle Top 10 Poster Views Award for June 28, 2010, just after its release, making it one of the most popular posters on the site for that day.

The poster, inspired by the popularity of the logo, is a collage of fun and funky colored lumbar vertebrae on a black background.

The poster is available in a variety of sizes and prices so head on over to the store to check current pricing and size options.

Check out the poster over at our Zazzle store.

We offer our posters via Zazzle because it allows us to offer high quality professional printing with high quality inks, custom framing options and more at affordable prices. Stop by our Zazzle store and check out all of our chiropractic posters, coffee mugs, neck ties, t-shirts, and a variety of other Chiropractic related gifts.