‘What about the shoulder blades or Scapular joints then? I get pain in my shoulder blades. I can’t seem to shake it off as it feels deep. In fact, that gives me the biggest bother in my back!’
I hear what you’re saying. Truth be told, 3 out of 5 BackHug trialists told us that they would also like to have treatment in their shoulder blades. In hindsight, the need for shoulder blade treatment seems obvious now! Excuses are that we had a lot on our plate, and the message got lost. But it never went away like any other engineering (or back!) problem. Burying your head in the sand is never a good solution. Lesson learned!
The two shoulder blades sitting against the back of the ribs on both sides are classified as ‘floating’ joints. That means they simply float on top of your ribs, held by a large pool of muscles.These floating joints rotate when you move your shoulders and arms. In other words, if the shoulder blade joints become tight, it is very likely to cause problems in the movement of the shoulders and arms, including tight upper back discomfort.
It is never too late to do the right thing. Our engineers belatedly scrambled together to catch up with this important shoulder blade treatment feature through some intensive prototyping and testing. We tried one design idea after another. And then, boom, we hit on something that worked! Although you could almost say we ‘winged’ the innovation, it works beautifully. Given the shape of the shoulder blade the innovation is designed to treat, it’s fitting that it should be a ‘Wing’ treatment!