Rib pain is common part throughout a pregnancy, as the baby bulge gets bigger. The rib cage needs to expand to accommodate it and if the rib joints around the back are too tight then it can’t. The pain can be felt at the rib joints on the backbone or on the breastbone. Lying back on the Backpod is a gentle and quick way of stretching the tight rib hinges free.
The Backpod is particularly effective at stretching posterior rib joints. Other spinal fulcrums like foam rollers and Swiss balls aren’t. The long cylindrical shape of a roller means you can’t get much specific leverage onto a tight rib joint, and all balls and rollers are unstable, so your muscles can’t relax on them. Anything too squashy like a rolled towel or tennis ball can’t give enough leverage. The small stable peaked shape of the Backpod is specifically designed to stretch tight rib joints.
Home stretch for tight rib muscles: The other part of freeing up a tight rib cage is stretching the shortened muscles between the ribs. How to do this is shown 10 minutes into our video on fixing costochondritis. The twisting stretch shown after that is also useful, but only if the baby bulge isn’t very big.
Home massage for your ribs and back: As well, the sitting massage shown in the Backpod’s user guide can be used all through pregnancy. Work all the way down to the low back.