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April 2022

Lower back pain: a common stress.

We speak with ex-Premier league player Paul Ifill, Hurricanes Poua strength and conditioning coach Luke Vasu, and amateur rower Holly Lill on their battle with back pain and what they do about it.

How common is lower back pain?

From the elites to the amateurs - lower back pain doesn’t discriminate. It affects hundreds of millions of people and is the leading cause of disability globally.

Go down any street, into any workplace, sports facility or gym, and you’ll meet a lot of people with lower back pain. It affects nearly 7.5% of the global population and an estimated 60–70% of the industrialised world’s population at one point or another.

The causes of lower back pain are varied. It could be from a devilish mixture of dysfunctions. Hamstrings too tight, glutes not activating, a bad gait (walking form) or weak core muscles can all be ingredients in the muscle pain stew. Often, to fix pain, we have to unravel years of dysfunctional movement, sitting too much and general problems. Too often, we view lower back pain as the problem itself, rather than the symptom of a larger, underlying problem below the surface.

The most common treatment for lower back pain?

The most common recommendation you’ll receive for lower back pain is to take anti-inflammatories, rest, and ice. This helps to reduce the symptoms of pain - but inflammation is actually a critical part of the healing process. The inflammatory response increases the amount of blood flow to the site of injury to get more nutrients and white blood cells to an area in need.

There’s a reason that the creator of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate, the old standard in athletic injury recovery) has disavowed the icing of injuries. In stopping the inflammation process, you’re hindering your progress through injuries, not helping it.

If an injury happens - work to increase blood flow to the area and allow genuine healing - not just mask symptoms with painkillers and a lack of movement.

But what about the pain and how can I speed up the recovery process?

Technology to treat lower back pain.

There are thousands of gadgets and gizmos out there. Acupuncture mats, massage guns, the treatment industry is full of “wonder treatments” but do any of them actually work and how many are backed by science, and industry approved, at every level?

Myovolt provides a unique product in that instead of relying on percussive force to work muscles, it uses focal vibration. This eases the muscle, allowing blood to flow into the deeper parts of the muscle, helping to relax knots and bring relief. It’s been clinically proven to work for both warmup and recovery, increasing mobility, warming the muscle up and relieving pain.

But don’t take our word for it. We’re working with athletes around the world, at every level to help to ease lower back pain and increase beneficial outcomes for all. We recently partnered with the Hurricanes, a professional rugby franchise in Wellington, New Zealand. Read more here.

“But downtime, chilling at the lake, or nap time - I’ll pop Myovolt on for ten minutes, it’s really awesome. Releases all the muscles in my back, it makes my life so much easier.”

Relief in any weather with the Hurricanes.

Recently the Hurricanes women’s team, the Poua, took part in the first women’s Super Rugby competition (called Aupiki, meaning “the ascent to the upper-most realm”) in New Zealand. Myovolt was on the sideline for these talented women as they played through the Super Rugby Aupiki season, with Myovolt’s back and shoulder units providing cover for and from pain and injury.

“As rugby players progress through their season, the knocks add up. A bad fall here, a hard tackle there, a high impact sport can wreak havoc on joints and muscles. It’s extremely important for players to be able to sort out pains as they arise, lest they have to play through pain.” Hurricanes Poua and Manawatu Rugby Union, Strength and Conditioning Coach Luke Vasu.

Luke has been working with the Poua during their season, as well as Manawatu’s Academy and Women’s teams. He says an important aspect of training, and longevity is adaptation to the routines.

“For some of these girls it was the first time they played full-time professional rugby. So it’s getting used to it, getting that balance right. You can enjoy rugby a lot, but you need to get used to playing full-time.”

This is where Myovolt shines according to Luke.

“Players would use it pre-game, in between sessions, post-game. Myovolt was there. Girls could take it back to their room and use it. It’s easy to see the benefit of the product in a full-time environment.

“Even today, they were frothing about it at the gym. Which is a good sign.”

Myovolt has an easy to use, hands-free design. Simply strap it on, hold the button down, and enjoy a ten minute, physio-at-home treatment. Luke says it’s as easy as pie.

“First thing off the bat, it’s quite easy to use. Easy to charge. Light, compact, and straightforward. The girls would say ‘I’ve got a sore back’, boom. Here you go.”

Myovolt helped bridge the gap between full-time play for the Hurricanes Poua and club rugby for some of the girls. A lot of the rugby players aren’t on full-time contracts, and so finding time during the day to use products is a major asset.

“Coming out of the Hurricanes environment into club rugby, it’s an adjustment. Some players are mothers, some study, some work, so having products like Myovolt will go a long way.”

Lower back pain - a common stress.

In this article we talk to ex-Premier league player Paul Ifill, Hurricanes Poua strength and conditioning coach Luke Vasu and amateur rower Holly Lill about their approaches to managing lower back pain in sport.

How common is lower back pain?

From elite sport, to the workplace and in everyday life - lower back pain doesn’t discriminate. It affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide and is now the leading cause of disability.

If you walk down any street, go into any business, sports facility or home you’ll find people with lower back pain. It affects nearly 7.5% of the global population at any given time and an estimated 60–70% of the industrialised world’s population will be affected by this condition at some point in their lives.

The causes of lower back pain in sport are varied and it could be caused by an acute injury, or more commonly develop over a longer period due to repetitive strain or a mixture of movement dysfunctions. Hamstrings too tight, glutes not activating, a bad gait (walking form) or weak core muscles can all be ingredients in the development of lower back pain. Often, to fix pain, we have to unravel years of dysfunctional movement, sitting too much and general problems. Too often, we view lower back pain as the problem itself, rather than the symptom of a larger, underlying problem below the surface.

The most common treatment for lower back pain?

The most common recommendation you’ll receive for lower back pain is to take anti-inflammatories, rest, and ice. This helps to reduce the symptoms of pain - but inflammation is actually a critical part of the healing process. The inflammatory response increases the amount of blood flow to the site of injury to get more nutrients and white blood cells to an area in need.

There’s a reason that the creator of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate, the old standard in athletic injury recovery) has disavowed the icing of injuries. In stopping the inflammation process, you’re hindering your progress through injuries, not helping it.

If an injury happens - work to increase blood flow to the area and allow genuine healing - not just mask symptoms with painkillers and a lack of movement.

But what about the pain and how can I speed up the recovery process?

Technology to treat lower back pain.

There are thousands of gadgets and gizmos out there. Acupuncture mats, massage guns, the treatment industry is full of “wonder treatments” but do any of them actually work and how many are backed by science, and industry approved, at every level?

Myovolt provides a unique product in that instead of relying on percussive force to work muscles, it uses focal vibration. This eases the muscle, allowing blood to flow into the deeper parts of the muscle, helping to relax knots and bring relief. It’s been clinically proven to work for both warm-up and recovery, increasing mobility, warming the muscle up and relieving pain.

But don’t take our word for it. We’re working with athletes around the world, at every level to help to ease lower back pain and increase beneficial outcomes for all. We recently partnered with the Hurricanes, a professional rugby franchise in Wellington, New Zealand. Read more here.

But downtime, chilling at the lake, or nap time - I’ll pop Myovolt on for ten minutes, it’s really awesome. Releases all the muscles in my back, it makes my life so much easier.”

Relief in any weather with the Hurricanes.

Recently the Hurricanes women’s team, the Poua, took part in the first women’s Super Rugby competition (called Aupiki, meaning “the ascent to the upper-most realm”) in New Zealand. Myovolt was on the sideline for these talented women as they played through the Super Rugby Aupiki season, with Myovolt’s back and shoulder units providing cover for and from pain and injury.

“As rugby players progress through their season, the knocks add up. A bad fall here, a hard tackle there, a high impact sport can wreak havoc on joints and muscles. It’s extremely important for players to be able to sort out pains as they arise, lest they have to play through pain.” Hurricanes Poua and Manawatu Rugby Union, Strength and Conditioning Coach Luke Vasu.

Luke has been working with the Poua during their season, as well as Manawatu’s Academy and Women’s teams. He says an important aspect of training, and longevity is adaptation to the routines.

“For some of these girls it was the first time they played full-time professional rugby. So it’s getting used to it, getting that balance right. You can enjoy rugby a lot, but you need to get used to playing full-time.”

This is where Myovolt shines according to Luke.

“Players would use it pre-game, in between sessions, post-game. Myovolt was there. Girls could take it back to their room and use it. It’s easy to see the benefit of the product in a full-time environment.

“Even today, they were frothing about it at the gym. Which is a good sign.”

Myovolt has an easy to use, hands-free design. Simply strap it on, hold the button down, and enjoy a ten minute, physio-at-home treatment. Luke says it’s as easy as pie.

“First thing off the bat, it’s quite easy to use. Easy to charge. Light, compact, and straightforward. The girls would say ‘I’ve got a sore back’, boom. Here you go.”

Myovolt helped bridge the gap between full-time play for the Hurricanes Poua and club rugby for some of the girls. A lot of the rugby players aren’t on full-time contracts, and so finding time during the day to use products is a major asset.

“Coming out of the Hurricanes environment into club rugby, it’s an adjustment. Some players are mothers, some study, some work, so having products like Myovolt will go a long way.”

A hat trick from back pain.

Paul Ifill, head coach at Christchurch United Football’s first team, is no stranger to injuries. An ex-premier league player, he played for prominent teams such as Crystal Palace and Sheffield. In that time, he’s seen it all. An entire career’s worth of fads and quick fixes, most that fade away as quickly as they pop up.

With Myovolt though, he’s singing a different tune.

“I think people will be on board once they give it a go. That’s what got me. Over the years I've seen so many gimmicks and bands and treatments and they’re crap. Most of the time you try it, if it doesn’t work you never use it again. But Myovolt, I tried it, it was good, I tried it again, and it really works.

“With the price point, it’s value for money. It’s not a one time treatment.“

Myovolt - Your new crewmate.

Myovolt isn’t just for professionals. Holly Lill is a rower for the Rangi Ruru Girl’s rowing eight. She has been rowing her entire secondary school career, but found issues almost right away with a slipped disc in her first season. With such a terrible injury so early in her rowing career, she found herself limited and unable to compete in certain boats.

Holly has spent the last few years with chiropractors and physiotherapists, trying to make sure that her injury doesn't get worse and she can still row. Coming into her final year of schooling, it’s still a major irritation, but she’s adapting. Training 7 to 9 times a week in preparation for the Maadi Cup, the most prestigious competition in secondary school rowing, maximising recovery and reducing pain is what she values most. Myovolt back has been implemented into her training, and it’s been a hit, not just with her, but her crewmates.

“It’s definitely helped my back, and helped the recovery process. It’s so easy to pop on during downtime. It’s also very popular within the squad. Multiple peers of mine have back injuries, it’s a pretty common injury to have with rowers.

“But downtime, chilling at the lake, or nap time - I’ll pop Myovolt on for ten minutes, it’s really awesome. Releases all the muscles in my back, it makes my life so much easier.”

Holly and her crewmates ended up winning at the Maadi Cup, in the girls eight and the girls coxed four. With a time of 6 minutes and 54 seconds for the eight and 7:22 in the four, they rocketed through to the podium. With the gold swinging on their necks, it was back to the boatshed for a physio session with Myovolt.

In conclusion.

If you’re struggling with lower back pain, understand that you’re not alone. It affects countless people per year, causing them strife and a lack of desire to live their lives to the fullest. If your lower back pain is causing you issues, don’t go looking for infomercials, go see a professional, and get a diagnosis. Follow a protocol to reduce symptoms, and address dysfunctions. To help reduce symptoms, try out a low-impact rehabilitation device like Myovolt, clinically proven to provide your muscles with good vibrations. The lower-back device is available here.

Myovolt. Good vibrations. Great recovery.

A hat trick from back pain.

Paul Ifill, head coach at Christchurch United Football’s first team, is no stranger to injuries. An ex-premier league player, he played for prominent teams such as Crystal Palace and Sheffield. In that time, he’s seen it all. An entire career’s worth of fads and quick fixes, most that fade away as quickly as they pop up.

With Myovolt though, he’s singing a different tune.

“I think people will be on board once they give it a go. That’s what got me. Over the years I've seen so many gimmicks and bands and treatments and they’re crap. Most of the time you try it, if it doesn’t work you never use it again. But Myovolt, I tried it, it was good, I tried it again, and it really works.

“With the price point, it’s value for money. It’s not a one time treatment.”

Myovolt - Your new crewmate.

Myovolt isn’t just for professionals. Holly Lill is a rower for the Rangi Ruru Girl’s rowing eight. She has been rowing her entire secondary school career, but found issues almost right away with a slipped disc in her first season. With such a terrible injury so early in her rowing career, she found herself limited and unable to compete in certain boats.

Holly has spent the last few years with chiropractors and physiotherapists, trying to make sure that her injury doesn't get worse and she can still row. Coming into her final year of schooling, it’s still a major irritation, but she’s adapting. Training 7 to 9 times a week in preparation for the Maadi Cup, the most prestigious competition in secondary school rowing, maximising recovery and reducing pain is what she values most. Myovolt Back has been implemented into her training, and it’s been a hit, not just with her, but her crewmates.

“It’s definitely helped my back, and helped the recovery process. It’s so easy to pop on during downtime. It’s also very popular within the squad. Multiple peers of mine have back injuries, it’s a pretty common injury to have with rowers.

“But downtime, chilling at the lake, or nap time - I’ll pop Myovolt on for ten minutes, it’s really awesome. Releases all the muscles in my back, it makes my life so much easier.”

Holly and her crewmates ended up winning at the Maadi Cup, in the girls eight and the girls coxed four. With a time of 6 minutes and 54 seconds for the eight and 7:22 in the four, they rocketed through to the podium. With the gold swinging on their necks, it was back to the boatshed for a physio session with Myovolt.

In conclusion.

If you’re struggling with lower back pain, understand that you’re not alone. It affects countless people per year, causing them strife and a lack of desire to live their lives to the fullest. If your lower back pain is causing you issues, don’t go looking for infomercials, go see a professional, and get a diagnosis. Follow a protocol to reduce symptoms, and address dysfunctions. To help reduce symptoms, try out a low-impact rehabilitation device like Myovolt, clinically proven to provide your muscles with good vibrations. The lower-back device is available here.

Myovolt. Good vibrations. Great recovery.

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Myovolt Back fits comfortably around the lower back, side, hips or abdominals and delivers a 10 minute focal vibration treatment at the press of a switch. The neoprene back brace has adjustable fit ...

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Myovolt Back fits comfortably around the lower back, side, hips or abdominals and delivers a 10 minute focal vibration ...