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The Procliner is based on simple physics and basic body mechanics. The Procliner was scientifically developed for people that experience pain or are just uncomfortable when sitting at a desk or standing at a stand-up desk. Compared to sitting or standing at a desk, the Procliner will:

  • Reduce Low Back Strain up to 70%
  • Eliminate or Greatly Reduce Neck, Shoulder and Upper Back Strain
  • Reduce Strain on the Hips, Legs, Knees and Feet by up to 75% compared to standing at a desk
  • Eliminated negative leg positions causing joint, muscle and circulatory problems when sitting

A Physical Therapist reviewed the Procliner and concluded, "The Procliner not only feels good on the Low Back, but is beneficial for most Low Back conditions."

A Human Factors and Ergonomics Society consultant reviewed the Procliner and concluded, "The Procliner allows users with Neck or Lower Back pain to interact at a computer work station in a manner that decreases pain."

In the Washington Post Bonnie Berkowitz and Patterson Clark outlined the many serious health problems associated with sitting in The Health Hazards of Sitting. In US News, Alan Hedge, a professor in the Department of Design and Environment Analysis at Cornell University stated, "If what you are doing is replacing sitting with standing, you're not actually doing your body any favors. In fact you are introducing a whole variety of new risk factors."

If you experience tight or tired muscles, discomfort or pain, during or after sitting at a desk or standing at a stand-up desk, the Procliner has been scientifically designed and developed to reduce strain and stress on your neck, shoulders, upper back, low back, hips, legs, knees and feet compared to sitting at a desk or standing at a stand-up desk. Do you have herniated disks, bulging disks, tired or sore muscles, leg cramps or pain, shoulder pain, headaches, hip, knee, or foot discomfort or pain while sitting or standing at a desk? A lot of people are in so much pain that they have to take over-the-counter or prescription medicines because of sitting at a desk or standing at a stand-up desk all day. If you have pain or discomfort in your neck, shoulders, arms, upper back, low back, hips, knees, legs or feet when you sit at a desk or stand at a stand-up desk, the Procliner is a must.

REDUCE YOUR PAIN...IMPROVE YOUR COMFORT...PROMOTE YOUR HEALTH with the PROCLINER!!!

The Procliner has a unique design that positions the user to eliminate or greatly reduce the effects of major painful forces on the body, while also supporting the user to eliminate or greatly reduce painful strains to the body!

Low Back

1) It is widely documented that sitting at a desk increases the pressure, strain and stress on the lumbar spine and low back. The Procliner positions the user in a manner that will reduce low back pressure and supports the user to provide a reduction in low back strain compared to sitting at a desk. The best "ergonomic" chair cannot do this because you are still sitting! Once you set the Procliner, getting on and off the Procliner is easier than sitting in a chair and standing up from the chair. The Procliner makes it easier to move the body.

2) Recently, the stand-up desk has experienced some popularity. When you stand at a desk, the PRESSURE strain and stress on your lumbar spine and low back is approximately 5 times as much as when you lie down. But due to the strain on the overall body standing at a desk is less recommended than sitting. The Procliner positions the user in a manner that will reduce low back pressure and supports the user to provide a reduction in low back strain compared to standing at a stand-up desk. The best stand-up desk cannot do this because you are still standing!

A physical therapist reviewed the Procliner and concluded, " Because of the unique design of the Procliner, the torso is stabilized in a way that results in most people experiencing a mild low back distraction component. This not only feels good on the low back, but is beneficial for most low back conditions."

The Physical Therapist who tested the Procliner actually wanted one for his home office. He currently does not have painful issues with sitting or standing at a desk. He feels strongly that reducing the strain and stress with the Procliner will be a successful Proactive strategy and promote his long-term health!!!

Let's review, sitting at a desk and standing at a desk greatly increase low back strain! The Procliner provides a "traction" position that not only reduces the strain and stress on the low back, but the Procliner can be beneficial for most low back conditions and can be used before pain occurs as a successful Proactive Procliner strategy. No ergonomic chair or stand-up desk can even come close. For low back comfort, you Need the Procliner.

Neck

3) Studies show that when you sit or stand at a desk your cervical spine is under approximately 12 to 60 pounds of force, strain and stress. The more you tilt your head forward to work at a standard or stand-up desk, the greater the strain and stress on your cervical spine. This results in tight muscles, discomfort and pain in your shoulders, upper back, arms as well as headaches. So when you sit or stand at a desk and tilt your head forward to do work, look at a computer screen or keyboard, play computer games, watch a movie or video, text, read a book or sign your name, the force on your cervical spine and the strain on your neck, shoulders and upper back greatly increase. It doesn't matter if you are sitting at a desk or standing at a desk, neither provides neck or cervical spine support. The Procliner comfortably supports your head with the EZ View Headrest and eliminates or greatly reduces the force to the cervical spine. The Procliner positions your cervical spine and supports your neck in a manner that reduces the strain on the neck, shoulders and upper back compared to sitting or standing at a desk.

A Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Consultant reviewed the Procliner and concluded, "The Procliner is successful in performing the function it was designed to fulfill, to allow users with neck or lower back pain to interact at a computer workstation in a manner that decreases pain."

Let's review, when sitting or standing at a desk the user has about 12 to 60 pounds of strain and stress on the cervical spine. The Procliner with the EZ View Headrest eliminates or greatly reduces this strain and stress. Neither an ergonomic chair nor a stand-up desk can even come close. For neck, shoulder, upper back, and head comfort you Need the Procliner.

Arm Support

4) Studies show that movement of the arms causes strain and stress on the cervical spine, neck, shoulders, traps and upper back. The Procliner has a unique arm support that supports your arms in a comfortable position ready to do work, ready to play computer games, ready to use a keyboard, ready to use a smart phone, ready to watch a video, ready to text or email, ready to read a book or ready to sign your name. This arm support reduces strain on the cervical spine. Only, the Procliner supports the user's arms and reduces neck, shoulder and upper back strain compared to sitting or standing at a desk.

In Effects of arm support or suspension on neck and shoulder muscle activity during sedentary work, Schuldt et al, used an EMG to show reduced neck, shoulder and upper back muscle strain while arms are supported. They Stated that, It is suggested that arm suspension (support) may be used to improve ergonomic conditions at workplaces.

Hips, Legs, Knees, Feet

5) Studies well document user pain in the hips, legs, knees and feet when sitting at a desk or standing at a stand-up desk. The Procliner Eliminates negative leg positions causing joint, muscle and circulatory problems when sitting at a desk. The Procliner allows the user to position his or her legs for less pain, improved comfort and better health! Most users experience a mild hip distraction or "traction" effect when using the Procliner.

The PROCLINER was developed for a male 5'10" tall and weighing about 170 pounds. When he is on the PROCLINER he weighs ONLY 30 to 40 POUNDS! The Procliner can reduce Strain on the Hips, Legs, Knees and Feet by up to 75%, or more, compared to standing at a stand-up desk.

During one user testing of the Procliner, the user weighed 167.4 pounds when standing at a stand-up desk while weighing only 30.5 pounds when on the Procliner. This was a reduction in strain to the users hips, legs, knees and feet of approximately 82%.

Approximately 20% of varicose veins in working age people is due to prolonged standing.

6) Only the Procliner WILL NOT ALLOW THE USER TO "CHEAT!" When the user sits at a desk or stands at a stand-up desk, poor posture happens. With the Procliner:

  • No More Droopy Shoulders
  • No More Forward Leaning Neck
  • No More Hunching the Body Forward
  • No more "Texting" Neck
  • No More Forward Leaning Torso

The Procliner positions the user in a good posture position and does not allow posture "cheating." Sitting at a desk or standing at a stand-up desk is uncomfortable, painful and hazardous to your health when you don't "cheat." When you "cheat" the strain to your neck, shoulders, upper back, low back, hips, legs, knees and feet can be worse!

Additional Information:

  • Most people have a laptop. Using a laptop while sitting at a desk or standing at a stand-up desk is an ergonomic catastrophe for strains and stresses to the user's neck, shoulders, upper back, low back, hips, legs, knees and feet. The user of the laptop is fully supported on the Procliner and the user can easily see the screen as well as keyboard in their field of vision.
  • Research has shown that the person going from the stand to sit position can experience up to 213% of their body weight in sitting force. Also, when the user goes from the sit to stand position the leg muscles are strained.
  • Ergonomic experts recommend a sit, stand, move cycle for working at a desk. It is recommended to sit for 20 minutes, stand for 8 minutes and move (walk) for two minutes. This cycle is very difficult to maintain. Research has shown that sit-stand workstations have little evidence of widespread benefits. Studies have shown that use of sit-stand stations rapidly declines so that after 1 month a majority of people are sitting all the time, so compliance can be problematic.
  • In the sit, stand move cycle, standing at a stand-up desk is recommended less than 50% compared to sitting. Think about this: sitting is Dangerous (Huffington Post), Harmful (Mayo Clinic) and can Kill you (CNN), and standing at a stand-up desk is recommended less than sitting...How unhealthy is standing at a stand-up desk? This implies that standing at a stand-up desk might be very, very bad for the individual!

  • The Procliner reduces strain and pressure plus promotes movement:
    • When an individual is sitting, muscles including the buttocks, hips, low back, core, upper back, shoulders, arms and neck are strained to maintain the individual in the erect seated position.
      • Sitting =Muscle Strain
    • When an individual is sitting, joints including the hips, pelvis, lumbar spinal discs and facets, thoracic spinal discs and facets, cervical spinal discs and facets, shoulders and arms are under pressure when the individual is in the seated position.
      • Sitting=Joint Pressure
    • When an individual is standing, muscles including the lower leg, upper leg, buttocks, hips, low back, core, upper back, shoulders, arms and neck are strained to maintain the individual in the erect standing position.
      • Standing=Muscle Strain
    • When an individual is standing, joints including the feet, ankles, knees hips, pelvis, sacrum, lumbar spinal discs and facets, thoracic spinal discs and facets, cervical spinal discs and facets, shoulders and arms are under pressure when the individual is in the standing position.
      • Standing=Joint Pressure
    • The Procliner Supports the user in a manner that eliminates or greatly reduces strain on muscles including feet, lower leg, upper leg, buttocks, hips, low back, core, upper back, shoulders, arms and neck compared to sitting or standing at a desk. The Procliner promotes relaxation of muscles in the user's body compared to sitting or standing at a desk.
      • Procliner=Eliminated or Greatly Reduced Muscle Strain
      • Procliner=Relaxation plus Increased Energy
    • The Procliner Positions the user in a manner that eliminates or greatly reduces pressure on the joints in the user's body compared to sitting or standing at a desk.
      • Procliner=Eliminated or Greatly Reduced Joint Pressure
      • Procliner=Relaxation plus Increased Energy
    • The Procliner eliminates or greatly reduces the negative static body positions with joint pressure and muscle strain compared to sitting or standing at a desk. Once you become familiar with the Procliner, it is easier to get on and get off the Procliner than it is to sit in and stand from a chair. Sitting in and standing from a chair requires a lot of muscle strain, it is like doing a squat. With the Procliner, you can just step off.
      • Procliner=Eliminated or Greatly Reduced Negative Static Body Positions
      • Procliner=Easy Healthy Movement
      • Procliner=
        • Improved Comfort
        • Increased Energy
        • Better Performance
        • Improved Well Being

7) There are going to be times when you may want to sit or stand. ONLY the Procliner Workstation allows you to adjust the work surface height to sit and work at a standard height desk, stand at a fully adjustable stand-up desk, or use the Procliner when you want the highest level of comfort.

The Procliner Is:

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Requires little space...the Procliner, a chair, and a work surface (for a printer, files, etc..) will all fit in about 50 square feet. You can Procline plus sit and stand in an office that is about 50 square feet.

8) The Procliner can also be used at a standard desk. Just remove the workstation attachment and slide the front of the Procliner under the desk as you would a chair. Improve your comfort while working at a standard desk.

9) The Procliner can accommodate users from approximately 5'0" to 6'4" and up to 190 pounds. The Procliner has several adjustments. Once the user makes these adjustments, the Procliner is positioned for that user and no adjustments are needed for successive uses.

The work surface of the work station platform measures about 18" x 20." This work surface can be custom made for a different size to fit the needs of the user. The Procliner is approximately 25" wide and 48" long (at the base). With the work station platform, the Procliner is about 60" long and weighs about 65 pounds.

A Procliner with a weight limit of approximately 250 pounds is under development. A Procliner with a power adjustable work surface is under development.

The Procliner was designed to be easily assembled and comes with everything needed for assembly, including tools. Assembly is only 12 bolts. The Procliner breaks down to ship in a box that is approximately 53" x 28" x 14" weighing about 65 pounds. This is a box that is easily shipped and can be conveniently inventoried.

The Procliner is the most versatile, strain reducing, comfort improving and health promoting work station on the market. Reduce your Strain...Improve your Comfort...Promote your Health-with the Procliner by Spine Comforts.

The Procliner is patent pending. Procliner and Spine Comforts are registered trademarks of Spine Comforts LLC. Spine Comforts LLC has a patent for a heavy duty Procliner to be used at a desk. Spine Comforts LLC is the owner of the domain names www.procliner.com and www.spinecomforts.com.

Nothing contained herein should be considered a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment. Should you have any questions concerning your condition and/or the Procliner, please consult your healthcare provider.

References:

Dr. Jan Lefkowitz, a New York City chiropractor, says that body pain, herniated discs, nerve problems, and painful joints are the direct result of long office hours. Dr. Lefkowitz continues that when you're sitting the spine is under a lot of pressure.

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. a health psychologist at Stanford University and leading expert in neck and back pain says that work is putting a huge mental and physical stress on our bodies, and around 80% of Americans will experience chronic pain in their lifetime as a result.

John Edwards Swartz MD FACP and Sheldon Margen MD and the editors of the UC Berkley Wellness Letter state that sitting and standing put considerable pressure on the lower back, standing exerts five (5) times more pressure than lying down and sitting, surprisingly, is even more strenuous. In fact, researchers believe that poor sitting posture is a major contributor to lower back pain.

Gail M. Jensen, in the journal of American Physical Therapy Association, indicated that standing causes about four (4) times as much pressure in the third lumbar disk versus lying supine, sitting causes about 5.5 times as much pressure in the third lumbar disk versus lying supine, and sitting while bent forward 20 degrees causes about 7.5 times as much pressure in the third lumbar disk versus lying supine.

Kenneth K. Hansraj, MD Chief of Spine Surgery, New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine in the Assessment of Stresses in the Cervical Spine caused by Posture and Position of the Head, stated that compared with neutral, flexing the head forward at 45 degrees and 60 degrees caused about 5 and 6 times the force to the cervical spine, respectively, when compared to the neutral position.

Bonnie Berkowitz and Patterson Clark, The health hazards of sitting, published in The Washington Post January 20, 2014, wrote that we know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe, Heart Disease, Overproductive Pancreas, Foggy Brain, Strained Neck, Colon Cancer, Mushy Abs, Tight Hips, Limp Glutes, Poor Circulation in Legs, Sore Shoulders and Back, Inflexible Spine, Disk Damage, and Soft Bones.

Seth S. Leopold M.D. Professor, UW Orthopaedics Sports, says that typical symptoms of hip arthritis are pain in the groin, thigh, or buttock; the pain is generally worse with weight bearing (walking, standing) or twisting.

Ryan Nunley, MD, Washington University Physicians, says that groin pain is a common complaint in people who have hip problems. Many times people think their groin pain is due to a pulled muscle, but it can be frequently due to irritation inside the hip joint. Groin pain that comes from the hip typically develops slowly over time without specific injury or trauma. The pain is worse when the hip is flexed, for example, while sitting in a low chair or while driving.

Rachel Grumman Bender, at Fast Company, states that: Desk Job Danger No. 1: Lower Back Pain, Desk Job Danger No. 2: Wrist Strain, Desk Job Danger No. 3: Neck and Shoulder Pain, Desk Job Danger No. 4: Eye Strain, and Desk Job Danger No. 5: Tight Hips.

According to Knee Pain Explained, the second most common cause of knee pain is Chondromalacia Patella and is aggravated by sitting for long periods.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, back pain and related symptoms rank among the second most frequent medical complaints. Disability from low back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost work time and is the most common cause of disability in people under 45 years of age. The Cleveland Clinic also indicates that during flexion that occurs with sitting, intradiscal pressure is greatest and the disc exerts pressure on the thinnest, least supported area of the surrounding ligament known as the annulus fibrosus. As a result, the disc can herniate. Mechanical low back pain is usually aggravated by static loading of the spine (prolonged sitting and standing), long levered activities (e.g. vacuuming) or levered postures (bending forward). According to the Cleveland Clinic, in the United States, the lifetime prevalence of back pain is approximately 80%. The one year prevalence rate of 15% to 20%, the highest prevalence is in the 45 to 64 age group. Applying this to the US population, there are approximately 310 million people in the US, therefore approximately 248 million people will experience back pain in their lifetime. Also, 37.2 million to 49.6 million people will have back pain for at least one year.

Dr. Jason Freedman, a specialist in orthopedic surgery, stated, "Standing desk aficionados tend to experience more pain in the lower back, legs, and feet."

Dr. Rob DeStefano, a chiropractor in private practice in New York City, said "Yes, standing too much can become uncomfortable and irritate the hips or back if they have prior injuries."

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