Koala Hug Review – Lumbar support for active lifestyles

The Koala Hug is a revolutionary concept in lower back-health designed by renowned orthopedic surgeon Professor David Segal M.D. He has over 30 years of clinical experience with the spine and has come up with a product that’s not only practical, but also delivers on it’s promise to reduce lower-back pain.

The Koala Hug is the first anatomically designed lower back device that supports the lumbar spine without placing any pressure on the abdomen. It’s a non-invasive treatment for reducing lower back pain, not intended to replace surgery or medication.

Product Features

  • For most adults, one size fits all
  • Simple to use and to adjust. All it takes is a one time adjustment and you’re set.
  • Comfortable back cushion provides constant, focused support
  • Front cushions rest comfortably on hip bones, without pressing on abdomen
  • Sleek, low profile design that can be worn outside your clothes or under jackets or sweaters
  • Low maintenance, easily transportable

Koala Hug Benefits

  • Provides relief from lower back pain
  • Naturally encourages correct posture
  • No abdominal pressure, providing complete freedom to breathe, eat and move
  • Suitable for most activities, including exercising, working, walking, sitting and standing
  • Dynamic action promotes active participation of user, for long term benefits
  • Effective from as little as a few hours a day
  • No pressure on abdomen
  • Body weight is balanced proportionately over spine
  • Pressure on weight is shared between inter-vertebral discs
  • Strengthens muscles surrounding the spine

The Koala Hug, unlike other worn lumbar support units, does not fully enclose your midsection. These types of units feel constricted, can make it difficult to take deep breaths and are overall uncomfortable, especially after a decent sized meal.

Also, if worn in excess, they can cause the muscles around the lower spine to begin to atrophy compounding the problem when not wearing the brace.

Dr. Segal’s Koala unit is pretty ingenious. The front of the Hug anchors on your hip bones (left and right side of your pelvis) applying pressure on your lower back with a cushioned rectangle to reduce pain and discomfort.

It’s designed to strengthen the lower back muscles by actively participating with the body, working to improve your posture and not damaging your core  or lower back muscles.

Because of it’s low profile, it can easily be worn whilst engaging in non-contact sports like tennis, bicycling baseball and golf (unless of course you get beaned by a stray tee shot, than at that point golf is reclassified as a contact sport! 🙂 ).

I’m one of the 80% of the U.S. population that suffers from lower back pain. Mine tends to ache on the lower right side. It usually happens from sleeping wrong or doing something stupid like tossing heavy kids into a swimming pool, when I know my back is “not as young as it used to be..”

As Murphy’s Law would have it, these flair ups usually occur a few days before I’m slated to hit the links. Playing golf with this pain, sucks. You end up involuntarily changing your swing to avoid the sharp pain when making contact with the ball, which then sets your plans for the PGA Tour back a couple months..

I received the Koala Hug a while back to review, but in order to really put it to the test, I had to wait until the ‘ol back was at it again. Since receiving the review product, I’ve donned the unit for a couple of practice sessions working with the oh so sweet Tour Striker and TaylorMade R11 Driver and logging two 18-hole rounds of golf.

I’m a fan of the product. As a matter of fact, as I sit here writing this review, I’m wearing the Koala Hug. It’s not an instant cure for lower back pain, but it lessons it to a very tolerable level. On the golf course, it made playing with an achy lower back bearable without the constant spike of pain lancing through your spine.

Having said that though, you need to take the time and put the unit on properly. The website has videos and directions on how to properly fit and wear the Hug and it would behoove you to check them out.

There’s no set instructions on how to break the unit in, but in my experience it was a gradual process. If I wear it for too long in one setting, it starts to chafe my lower back and hip bones. I came up with a two-on two-off rotation that seemed to work pretty well.

The Koala Hug retails for $99.99 and is available at koala-hug.com, Brookstone and Relax the Back.

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