We started by looking at how the spine works both Structurally and Functionally, and how Compensatory Patterns form.

We sought to address the following:

What are some of the dominant patterns or trends in the spine that develop in Standing, Weight Bearing and Movement?
Which are the areas of the spine that predominantly become restricted, and which areas as a result often become unstable?
Which areas of the spine compensate rotationally, and in flexion and extension?
How can we effectively initiate and teach rotational stability of the pelvis?

The objective was to create a geometric pattern to model the movement of the spine, and design the device from this geometric pattern.

Design Protocol:

The Device is to have 3 Curves to support the natural curvature of the Spine.
The pelvis is to be supported under the Sacrum and positioned up off the ground, creating an “Open Loop” for the Pelvis.
The Pelvis must be able to move in all 3 Planes while the user is lying on the Device.
The base of the device is to be curved both Longitudinally (allowing for extension) and Laterally (Activating Pelvic Rotational Stability in the User).
Most of the Material, and therefore Support under the Lumbar Spine, reducing Extension and Flexion. The least amount of material under the Thoracic Spine, encouraging the most amount of movement.
A slight decline in the Device, encouraging gentle decompression of the Intervertebral Discs evenly throughout the Spine.
Scapular cutaways in the Device allow the scapular to move freely.
The importance of a Highly Resilient Material, engineered to compress to roughly 50% of its volume, and then to push back against the User. Only a material with these mechanical properties will work with the above design protocol.
The material must be able to move and stretch in all 3 […]