Why YOU need a m.e.c.a. Wedge
You sit! Even if you don’t sit often now, you sat during the most developmental years of your life for example, cross-legged on the floor in Kindergarten or at a desk in primary and secondary school. You might even be sitting at this very moment. And if you’re someone who does traditional abdominal work on the ground, ball…. you definitely need a MECA Wedge. You are making the time to take care of yourself. You
have the best of intentions. You probably don’t even know you are sacrificing your back. You may not even feel it. But the reality is you are compromising your spine while you strengthen your abdominals. Why benefit one area and harm another when you can benefit both?
While you sit your back is “Creeping”.
One of the most groundbreaking discoveries regarding back pain has been the understanding of the concept of something called “Creep”. Understanding what Creep is and how it affects the human spine has provided tremendous insight into the underlying cause of most back problems. The main cause of most back conditions is almost always the same. No matter what the named diagnosis is, whether its degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, back spasms, lumbago or facet syndrome; the driving force behind all of these conditions is Creep.
What is Creep?
Creep is the gradual elongation and weakening of the soft tissues that support the lower back. Soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs and fascia are all subjected to Creep. Imagine a telephone pole held in an upright position by four wires facing North, South, East, and West. When these wires all have the same tension in each of the four directions, the pole stands straight.
Now imagine we do something to alter this normal and balanced state. Suppose we attach a rope to the top of the pole and pull the pole in the direction of the South wire. Imagine what happens to the tension on the wires. The South wire begins to get loose and slack as tension on it is relieved. Conversely, on the opposite side, the North wire starts to experience more tension and stress.
Now imagine what happens if we continue to pull on the telephone pole in this same direction for two hours every day over a 15 year period. What would happen to that stressed and strained wire on the North side? It would become slightly elongated over time and then become fatigued, lax, and unstable. As a result, the pole will no longer stand up straight. It will become unbalanced and begin to lean toward the direction it is being pulled because of the weakness and instability in the opposing North wire. The other wires may also be forced to work harder to adapt to the changing distribution of weight and force. This is exactly what Creep does to the supportive soft tissues in the back of your spine.
You’re probably wondering what can cause such a catastrophic chain of events in the soft tissues along your spine. As mentioned, the simple act of sitting causes Creep. Thus a lifetime of sitting causes a change in weight distribution on the supportive tissues of your lower back and begins to stretch them in one direction. Over time this causes the spine to become unstable and this resulting instability leads to dysfunction, fatigue and eventually pain.
Fortunately, the MECA Wedge is designed to “unload” (remove the tension placed upon) the supportive soft tissues of the lower back that have been subjected to Creep. In other words, it can reverse the negative effects of sitting. Unlike the wires in our analogy, our bodies are resilient and will heal and recover from injury. Soft tissues will heal when the weight, or load, is taken off of them. Even more encouraging is the fact that it does not take the equivalent amount of time to unload the soft tissues as it did to load them. Ligament will actually respond to unloading with the MECA Wedge in about 10 minutes. When performed daily to counteract the detrimental effects of creep, the supportive soft tissues of the back eventually become more pliable and elastic and are able to respond to unloading even more quickly in the future.
So why do you need a MECA Wedge?
The answer is simple: because everyone sits. Regardless of age, gender, or health status; everyone is subject to the negative effects of sitting and therefore Creep. Sitting is performed frequently, especially during the most developmental years of our lives. Although it can have negative consequences, sitting is an unavoidable fact of life even if not done often. Preventative tactics such as maintaining a good sitting posture are important, but they cannot reverse the effects of sitting or creep.
Therefore, we should focus our attention on what we can do to reverse the negative effects of sitting because although we can be mindful of how we sit avoiding sitting all together is not realistic. Going back to Dental Health, we can’t simply avoid eating in an effort to avoid dental problems. So, as an alternative, we focus on properly using a toothbrush and floss to reduce the likelihood of dental complications from eating.
Just like brushing and flossing our teeth, the more consistent we are with proper and beneficial technique, the more effective our back pain prevention efforts will be. The MECA Wedge allows everyone to quickly and correctly reverse the negative impacts of sitting, creep, and spinal loading. So why do you need a MECA Wedge? If we sit, we creep, if we creep we need to unload, in order to unload the MECA Wedge is essential.