Realign & Relax

The human body isn’t made to sit all day, yet many of us do—to the detriment of our spine and muscles. ARC is an easy solution invented by a doctor-engineer team. This American-made little marvel helps align the spine, ease muscle tension, and relieve neck and back pain caused by prolonged sitting. ARC is elegantly simple. Lay on it for just 10 to 15 minutes and it can help reduce muscle tension and pain. It applies pressure to the muscles at the base of your skull via strategically placed tension point inserts. ARC is a portable back posture support, too. Sit with it behind your upper back to help maintain proper posture. And you can even exercise with ARC to keep blood flowing to your spine, which can really help alleviate neck pain, too. Dr. Gene Shirokobrod specializes in manual spine treatment, and his clients kept remarking that they wished he could work on them at home. He did the next best thing―working with mechanical engineer Corey Fleischer to create an at-home solution. These two Founders made sure that ARC was effective, affordable, and Made in the USA. Those are all things to feel good about.

Verve

ARC Portable Posture Support

Realign & Relax

The human body isn’t made to sit all day, yet many of us do—to the detriment of our spine and muscles. ARC is an easy solution invented by a doctor-engineer team. This American-made little marvel helps align the spine, ease muscle tension, and relieve neck and back pain caused by prolonged sitting. ARC is elegantly simple. Lay on it for just 10 to 15 minutes and it can help reduce muscle tension and pain. It applies pressure to the muscles at the base of your skull via strategically placed tension point inserts. ARC is a portable back posture support, too. Sit with it behind your upper back to help maintain proper posture. And you can even exercise with ARC to keep blood flowing to your spine, which can really help alleviate neck pain, too. Dr. Gene Shirokobrod specializes in manual spine treatment, and his clients kept remarking that they wished he could work on them at home. He did the next best thing―working with mechanical engineer Corey Fleischer to create an at-home solution. These two Founders made sure that ARC was effective, affordable, and Made in the USA. Those are all things to feel good about.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Gene
    Gene

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce ARC to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Debra
    Debra
    8/11/2015 12:15 PM

    I had a fusion at C5-C7, have good range of motion, but have some issues above and below my fusion. Will this be helpful? Thanks so much!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:19 PM

    @Debra Hey Debra, great question! Short answer is yes. Because your fusion is on the lower part of the cervical spine the upper portion (C0-C4) have to take up the slack. By lying on arc will help relieve some of the tension and stress on the muscles and joints. Also, in sitting you will be able to perform various upper back exercises to make sure you stay mobile!

  • Christine
    Christine
    8/11/2015 12:30 PM

    Can this be used in the car?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:34 PM

    @Christine Hey Christine, great question! Someone needs to really tell the car manufacturers that human spines are not designed to be slouched, right?! Yes, you can use arc in the car. You can use it before or after you start driving.

  • Laurie
    Laurie
    8/11/2015 12:31 PM

    Hi Gene - I have pain in one of my shoulders that is especially bad after I drive for long periods. Will this help & can I take it in the car?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:38 PM

    @Laurie Hey Laurie, sorry to hear about your shoulders! Quite often you feel pain in the shoulders but its a result of limited upper back mechanics or neck involvement (called referral pain). Thats one of the main reasons we created arc! To help relieve those aches and pains, naturally and without side effects.

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    8/11/2015 12:34 PM

    I'm eyeing this as a bed-time pillow shaped better than the humped offerings from Tempur-Pedic and the like. Any stories from customers about overnight use in bed? I'm willing to be your first! ;-)

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:40 PM

    @Nathan Hey Nathan, thats one of the most common questions we get! Arc is not designed to be used for sleeping simply because of the unpredictability of sleep. Arc is meant to be used as a long term solution for your neck and upper back mechanics. Using it for 10 mins lying down or any duration sitting. Too much of a good thing is still too much ;)

  • Annellen
    Annellen
    8/11/2015 12:37 PM

    How does this attached to your chair?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:42 PM

    @Annellen Hey Annellen, it doesn't!! We had a lot of discussions about this when designing arc. We wanted a feedback system that let you know when you slumped. So by keeping arc against the chair via your body pressure it becomes instant feedback when you slump and arc slides down.

  • Alison
    Alison
    8/11/2015 12:45 PM

    Can you clarify the sizing? The video shows the blue one as the larger size but then the photos show what looks like a man taller than 5'4" using the orange (small) one.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:49 PM

    @Alison Hey Alison, great question! The regular size (blue) is designed for people 5'4" or taller and small size (orange) for under 5'4". There are sometimes variations in neck sizes that go beyond height. In those instances we offer free exchanges!

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    8/11/2015 1:03 PM

    Would you recommend this for someone with scoliosis?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:08 PM

    @Elizabeth Hey Elizabeth, thanks for your question! Scoliosis in itself is not a huge issue unless its a high angle of curvature. A lot of people have minor scoliosis and don't even know about it! Arc will help whether you have scoliosis or not if you have tight and ache upper back and neck muscles. But its a part of the solution, not the entire solution. You still have to stay active and do proper exercises!

  • Edee
    Edee
    8/11/2015 1:04 PM

    I'm only 5'3, but have a long torso - would that effect which size I should use?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:10 PM

    @Edee Hey Edee, excellent question! I would recommend still going with the small size.

  • Jane
    Jane
    8/11/2015 1:11 PM

    Hi Gene,

    will this help get rid of headaches that are caused by arthritis in the neck?

    Jane

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:16 PM

    @Jane Hey Jane, very insightful question! Most people don't realize that a lot of headaches are caused or have contribution from the neck. There are two common causes of neck related headaches--the joints and muscles. Arc helps establish neutral joint mechanics which reduces over input into the muscles helping relieve tension. This helps alleviate headaches. So long answer short...yes, but it may take several uses.

  • Traci
    Traci
    8/11/2015 1:13 PM

    You mentioned in an answer, "The regular size (blue) is designed for people 5'4" or taller and small size (orange) for under 5'4"." I'm 5'4" tall, sometimes shorter depending on whether or not I've recently visited the chiropractor. Would I use the orange one for my chair at work as well as lying on the floor?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:18 PM

    @Traci Hey Traci, thanks for your question! Yes you would use the same arc for lying down and sitting!

  • Meera
    Meera
    8/11/2015 1:18 PM

    Hello,

    I am 5'3". I recently had a disc bulge at L3-L4, and L4-L5, and sever sciatic pain. I spend prolonged hours in front of the computer. Will this help me at work?

    Thanks,

    Meera

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:24 PM

    @Meera Hey Meera, sorry to hear about your low back issues! Honestly, arc will help provide relief in sitting but if you have severe pain I strongly recommend seeing a physical therapist first.

  • Traci
    Traci
    8/11/2015 1:21 PM

    Gene,

    I have two more questions. Previously I mentioned that I'm 5'4", Would you suggest the larger one for me? Also, my son likes to get adjusted at the chiropractor. This should be beneficial to children also, correct? Thanks again!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:29 PM

    @Traci Hey Traci, thanks for contributing even more! Since you are right at the size middle ground, I would recommend the small size. In regards to your son, it depends on what he wants to achieve.

  • Traci
    Traci
    8/11/2015 1:34 PM

    @Gene He wants to relieve some of the pain he feels in his back. When he complains, I'll sometimes massage his shoulders. And sometimes I'll have him lay on the floor and gently pull his legs. He feels everything move back into place and feels better. He's 9-1/2 and plays several sports. So adjustments for him, and really anybody, are beneficial.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2015 3:16 PM

    I hear you, Traci, and I empathize with your son as I've been there. I find it works best when sitting during the day. I like it so much I am using it multiple times (hopefully that is recommended). I find it helps in the upper back where your son seems to be feeling it.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 5:08 PM

    @Traci @Mike In that case I would strongly recommend an exercise program to help provide stability for his spine and strength for his legs. Arc will definitely help him out when sitting or lying but at his age a long term plan is important!

  • Joanne
    Joanne
    8/11/2015 1:30 PM

    I would like to order but am discouraged by postage...over $35! Same has happened with other Grommet products. Any cheaper shipping method?? JE

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:39 PM

    @Joanne Hey Joanne, I completely understand. That would be a great question for the awesome Grommet team!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2015 1:48 PM

    Hi Joanne, there shouldn't be any issues with standard shipping. We just calculated it and found ground shipping just over $4. Of course that will drive the price over $35, but that is with the product included not shipping alone. If there is something else in your cart or you are selecting a premium shipping method, that would push the price closer to what you are describing. Please let us know if you continue to have trouble!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:49 PM

    @Mike ????

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:50 PM

    @Mike Lesson learned...emoji fist bumps do not work on this chat...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2015 2:12 PM

    I got you, Gene! ;)

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 2:17 PM

    @Mike Nice, thanks!

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    8/11/2015 2:07 PM

    My mom has arthritis and compression fractures in low back. Could this help?

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    8/11/2015 2:16 PM

    As seems more for cervical spine and thoracic spine her issues more in LS spine.

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    8/11/2015 2:16 PM

    As seems more for cervical spine and thoracic spine her issues more in LS spine.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 2:18 PM

    @Cheryl Hey Cheryl, thanks for your question! You are correct, this is more for cervical and thoracic spine directly. If your mom sits for prolonged periods and needs help with postural mechanics or ability to perform some sitting exercises then arc will help.

  • Jack
    Jack
    8/11/2015 6:06 PM

    @Gene Can I lay on this to relieve muscle and nerve pain on both sides of my spine near the interior side of my scapula's.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 10:19 PM

    @Jack Hey Jack, great question! The medial (inner) part of the scapula (shoulder blade) is often times a hot spot for people. It feels like a giant knot and all you want is for someone to massage it out. And often it feels good but doesn't really do much long term. This is because the cause is often from your thoracic spine and the effect is felt near your scapula. Using arc in sitting and performing some of the lean back exercises really does an effective job and relieving that knot feeling.

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    8/11/2015 2:12 PM

    I am 15 weeks post-op from three level ACDF (3/4-5/6). I'm in physical therapy now to strengthen and align neck and back. I have a short neck. Is there a benefit to me here? So hard not to slouch when I sit all day!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 2:20 PM

    @Melissa Hey Melissa, hope your fusion recovery is going well! Glad to hear you are in physical therapy. I would recommend since you are still in physical therapy to run it by your PT prior to purchasing. They usually have a plan for your rehab and recovery. Arc should be helpful in your rehab process but let your clinical team know first!

  • Evon
    Evon
    8/11/2015 2:18 PM

    With all due respect, why does this piece of plastic cost so much?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 2:23 PM

    @Evon Hey Evon, great question! I guess 'so much' is a matter of perspective. The quality of the plastic, the memory foam pad, the custom made rubber inserts combined with the versatility of arc for neck and upper back pain relief makes the price point not only cost effective but very reasonable.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2015 3:08 PM

    Not to mention it is made in the USA!

  • Lynn Ann
    Lynn Ann
    8/11/2015 2:39 PM

    Hi - I have spurring on T8 and have been using a pool noodle on a string to do relatively the same thing this is doing when I travel in the car. My problem is that the noddle eventually squishes down and I think this would be a great replacement - however, not having a way to secure it to a car seat is keeping me from purchasing. It's such a pain always having to adjust or find the noodle when it's time to get in the car. Do you have plans to make this easily transferable to automobile?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 2:56 PM

    @Lynn Ann Hey Lynn Ann, great question! We get a lot of similar questions about using towels, tennis ball or as in your case a pool noodle (very creative by the way). Currently, we do not have any strap system for the car or chair...but we are looking into it. Arc has a flat contact surface so it shouldn't slide as much as your pool noodle.

  • Denise
    Denise
    8/11/2015 3:37 PM

    Gene, I am exactly 5'4"...an a small frame. Which size do you recommend that I purchase? Denise

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 3:38 PM

    @Denise Hey Denise, thanks for checking in! I recommend the small size arc!

  • Denise
    Denise
    8/11/2015 3:45 PM

    Thank you...I thought so! Denise

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 3:49 PM

    @Denise Happy to help :)

  • Rue
    Rue
    8/11/2015 4:32 PM

    I have chiari formation in neck and have had a spinal chord tumor (benign)removed in L2-L3. 66 years old. Will this help in constant pressure point to alleviate pain. Thanks so much!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 4:36 PM

    @Rue Hey Rue, thanks for your question! Honest answer...maybe. Since Chiari Malformation is a long standing issue there are lots of changes that your body undergoes to compensate. Some of those changes being joint and muscle related. Arc may help alleviate some of that but again will depend on your status. Hope that helps!

  • Rue
    Rue
    8/11/2015 4:41 PM

    @Gene many thanks I will certainly give it a try ...at least before surgery:) anyway. Appreciate your feedback!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 5:06 PM

    @Rue Happy to help! Good luck!

  • cecelia
    cecelia
    8/11/2015 4:35 PM

    can I return it if it doesn't work for me?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2015 4:37 PM

    Hi Cecelia, you sure can. As Gene said, definitely give it a couple tries, but you can find all the details about our return policy here.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 4:38 PM

    @cecelia Hi Cecelia, great question! Our goal has always been making a great product and helping our customers feel and live better. If arc does not fulfill that goal we are happy to refund your purchase. Please check out The Grommet return policy for all the details for the actual return process.

  • cecelia
    cecelia
    8/11/2015 6:11 PM

    @Gene

    this looks like something I can use in the car as a passenger on long trips. Will it help with lower back pain?

    I'm 5' 10" with a slender neck. can I still get the blue one?

    Does it come with an exercise booklet for stretches etc.?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/12/2015 9:28 AM

    Hi Cecelia, as Gene mentioned, it's best to exercise regularly and move consistently for relief in your lower back. But using this flat on your back or on your chair with upper arm exercises, you should find some relief as well.

    Based on your height, you could certainly get the blue one. Unfortunately, there are no exercises provided in the box, but you can easily find some online via the arc website or other sites.

  • Tanya
    Tanya
    8/11/2015 4:38 PM

    Besides tension pain in my shoulders, I also have a pinched nerve in my neck. Will this help?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 4:42 PM

    @Tanya Hey Tanya, thanks for your question. Well believe it or not your neck issue may be directly relating to your shoulder tension. The nerves that control the muscle around the shoulders come from your neck! If you have over activation of nerve ending in the neck it can cause your muscles to activate too much making them feel tight! Arc will help your joints and surrounding muscle to relax. The exercises that go along with it are just as important to make sure you properly strengthen the muscles around your neck to make sure the problem doesn't return.

  • Chris
    Chris
    8/11/2015 5:39 PM

    This sounds like something I can use also, but what I really need is something like it to relieve back muscle tension in my lower back caused by degenerative disc disease in the lower lumbar. Do you have anything like that in the works? It seems like the pain and tension in my lower back are now affecting the muscles in my upper back. Is that possible?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 5:53 PM

    @Chris Hey Chris, great question! Degenerative disk disease (DDD) is helped by exercise, movement and good daily mechanics. You will compensate to find pain relieving positions which can cause tension in your upper back, which may be your situation.

  • Shea
    Shea
    8/11/2015 5:59 PM

    I don't see anything that would keep it in place, such as on the chair back...if I lead forward or get up , what is keep it in place?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 6:01 PM

    @Shea Hey Shea, thanks for your question! You are right if you slump arc will slide down your chair giving you instant feedback that you are slumping. If you have to get up, we built in a way for arc to hang right on your desk edge until you get back!

  • Carol
    Carol
    8/11/2015 8:03 PM

    Just to be sure, I'm 5'4". Do you think I should order the smaller size?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 9:59 PM

    @Carol Hi Carol, thanks for confirming! Yes, go for the smaller size!

  • Char
    Char
    8/11/2015 8:33 PM

    Hello,

    My daughter was participating in a sports event when after climbing a wall fell several feet landing on the back of her neck. Since then she has pain in her upper back and neck-cannot sleep on a pillow. Her doctor has explained she has some compressed disks. Will this product help her.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 10:02 PM

    @Char Hey Char, sorry to hear about your daughters injury. First I recommend she gets evaluated by an orthopedic physical therapists, to make sure her neck and upper back mechanics are normal. Arc will help relieve tension and provide improved posture mechanics but if there is an underlying issue its best to get it treated by a clinical professional first!

  • Sonya
    Sonya
    8/11/2015 9:03 PM

    I have recently developed siatica issues while driving for more than an hour our so. Could this help with that issue?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 10:04 PM

    @Sonya Hey Sonya, thanks for your question! Im guessing when you say sciatica you mean radiating leg pain? There are lots of potential causes for that pain, believe it or not most not sciatic (a nerve from your low back) related. Arc will help maintain proper sitting mechanics and may reduce overall tension. Usually the best option is combining exercises before driving, good sitting mechanics with arc and simple exercises after driving. Keeps the blood flowing and reduces stiffening of your muscles.

  • Dianne
    Dianne
    8/11/2015 9:15 PM

    Is there a way to measure the neck space so that it would correspond to the right color size? I am 5'51/2". I have disc issues from c3-c6. Want to order and avoid having to exchange. Your thoughts?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 10:07 PM

    @Dianne Hey Dianne, great question and one we get quite often! We've tried various forms of measurement and even developed a sizing chart but end of the day height worked as well as anything we developed. As unpleasant as exchanges can be we will do our best to make it quick, painless and free if you do need to exchange.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Verve

ARC Portable Posture Support

Realign & Relax

The human body isn’t made to sit all day, yet many of us do—to the detriment of our spine and muscles. ARC is an easy solution invented by a doctor-engineer team. This American-made little marvel helps align the spine, ease muscle tension, and relieve neck and back pain caused by prolonged sitting.

ARC is elegantly simple. Lay
on it for just 10 to 15 minutes and it can help reduce muscle tension and pain. It applies pressure to the muscles at the base of your skull via strategically placed tension point inserts.

ARC is a portable back posture support, too. Sit with it behind your upper back to help maintain proper posture. And you can even exercise with ARC to keep blood flowing to your spine, which can really help alleviate neck pain, too.

Dr. Gene Shirokobrod specializes in manual spine treatment, and his clients kept remarking that they wished he could work on them at home. He did the next best thing―working with mechanical engineer Corey Fleischer to create an at-home solution. These two Founders made sure that ARC was effective, affordable, and Made in the USA. Those are all things to feel good about.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Gene
    Gene

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce ARC to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Debra
    Debra
    8/11/2015 12:15 PM

    I had a fusion at C5-C7, have good range of motion, but have some issues above and below my fusion. Will this be helpful? Thanks so much!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:19 PM

    @Debra Hey Debra, great question! Short answer is yes. Because your fusion is on the lower part of the cervical spine the upper portion (C0-C4) have to take up the slack. By lying on arc will help relieve some of the tension and stress on the muscles and joints. Also, in sitting you will be able to perform various upper back exercises to make sure you stay mobile!

  • Christine
    Christine
    8/11/2015 12:30 PM

    Can this be used in the car?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:34 PM

    @Christine Hey Christine, great question! Someone needs to really tell the car manufacturers that human spines are not designed to be slouched, right?! Yes, you can use arc in the car. You can use it before or after you start driving.

  • Laurie
    Laurie
    8/11/2015 12:31 PM

    Hi Gene - I have pain in one of my shoulders that is especially bad after I drive for long periods. Will this help & can I take it in the car?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:38 PM

    @Laurie Hey Laurie, sorry to hear about your shoulders! Quite often you feel pain in the shoulders but its a result of limited upper back mechanics or neck involvement (called referral pain). Thats one of the main reasons we created arc! To help relieve those aches and pains, naturally and without side effects.

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    8/11/2015 12:34 PM

    I'm eyeing this as a bed-time pillow shaped better than the humped offerings from Tempur-Pedic and the like. Any stories from customers about overnight use in bed? I'm willing to be your first! ;-)

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:40 PM

    @Nathan Hey Nathan, thats one of the most common questions we get! Arc is not designed to be used for sleeping simply because of the unpredictability of sleep. Arc is meant to be used as a long term solution for your neck and upper back mechanics. Using it for 10 mins lying down or any duration sitting. Too much of a good thing is still too much ;)

  • Annellen
    Annellen
    8/11/2015 12:37 PM

    How does this attached to your chair?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:42 PM

    @Annellen Hey Annellen, it doesn't!! We had a lot of discussions about this when designing arc. We wanted a feedback system that let you know when you slumped. So by keeping arc against the chair via your body pressure it becomes instant feedback when you slump and arc slides down.

  • Alison
    Alison
    8/11/2015 12:45 PM

    Can you clarify the sizing? The video shows the blue one as the larger size but then the photos show what looks like a man taller than 5'4" using the orange (small) one.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 12:49 PM

    @Alison Hey Alison, great question! The regular size (blue) is designed for people 5'4" or taller and small size (orange) for under 5'4". There are sometimes variations in neck sizes that go beyond height. In those instances we offer free exchanges!

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    8/11/2015 1:03 PM

    Would you recommend this for someone with scoliosis?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:08 PM

    @Elizabeth Hey Elizabeth, thanks for your question! Scoliosis in itself is not a huge issue unless its a high angle of curvature. A lot of people have minor scoliosis and don't even know about it! Arc will help whether you have scoliosis or not if you have tight and ache upper back and neck muscles. But its a part of the solution, not the entire solution. You still have to stay active and do proper exercises!

  • Edee
    Edee
    8/11/2015 1:04 PM

    I'm only 5'3, but have a long torso - would that effect which size I should use?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:10 PM

    @Edee Hey Edee, excellent question! I would recommend still going with the small size.

  • Jane
    Jane
    8/11/2015 1:11 PM

    Hi Gene,

    will this help get rid of headaches that are caused by arthritis in the neck?

    Jane

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:16 PM

    @Jane Hey Jane, very insightful question! Most people don't realize that a lot of headaches are caused or have contribution from the neck. There are two common causes of neck related headaches--the joints and muscles. Arc helps establish neutral joint mechanics which reduces over input into the muscles helping relieve tension. This helps alleviate headaches. So long answer short...yes, but it may take several uses.

  • Traci
    Traci
    8/11/2015 1:13 PM

    You mentioned in an answer, "The regular size (blue) is designed for people 5'4" or taller and small size (orange) for under 5'4"." I'm 5'4" tall, sometimes shorter depending on whether or not I've recently visited the chiropractor. Would I use the orange one for my chair at work as well as lying on the floor?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:18 PM

    @Traci Hey Traci, thanks for your question! Yes you would use the same arc for lying down and sitting!

  • Meera
    Meera
    8/11/2015 1:18 PM

    Hello,

    I am 5'3". I recently had a disc bulge at L3-L4, and L4-L5, and sever sciatic pain. I spend prolonged hours in front of the computer. Will this help me at work?

    Thanks,

    Meera

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:24 PM

    @Meera Hey Meera, sorry to hear about your low back issues! Honestly, arc will help provide relief in sitting but if you have severe pain I strongly recommend seeing a physical therapist first.

  • Traci
    Traci
    8/11/2015 1:21 PM

    Gene,

    I have two more questions. Previously I mentioned that I'm 5'4", Would you suggest the larger one for me? Also, my son likes to get adjusted at the chiropractor. This should be beneficial to children also, correct? Thanks again!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:29 PM

    @Traci Hey Traci, thanks for contributing even more! Since you are right at the size middle ground, I would recommend the small size. In regards to your son, it depends on what he wants to achieve.

  • Traci
    Traci
    8/11/2015 1:34 PM

    @Gene He wants to relieve some of the pain he feels in his back. When he complains, I'll sometimes massage his shoulders. And sometimes I'll have him lay on the floor and gently pull his legs. He feels everything move back into place and feels better. He's 9-1/2 and plays several sports. So adjustments for him, and really anybody, are beneficial.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2015 3:16 PM

    I hear you, Traci, and I empathize with your son as I've been there. I find it works best when sitting during the day. I like it so much I am using it multiple times (hopefully that is recommended). I find it helps in the upper back where your son seems to be feeling it.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 5:08 PM

    @Traci @Mike In that case I would strongly recommend an exercise program to help provide stability for his spine and strength for his legs. Arc will definitely help him out when sitting or lying but at his age a long term plan is important!

  • Joanne
    Joanne
    8/11/2015 1:30 PM

    I would like to order but am discouraged by postage...over $35! Same has happened with other Grommet products. Any cheaper shipping method?? JE

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:39 PM

    @Joanne Hey Joanne, I completely understand. That would be a great question for the awesome Grommet team!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2015 1:48 PM

    Hi Joanne, there shouldn't be any issues with standard shipping. We just calculated it and found ground shipping just over $4. Of course that will drive the price over $35, but that is with the product included not shipping alone. If there is something else in your cart or you are selecting a premium shipping method, that would push the price closer to what you are describing. Please let us know if you continue to have trouble!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:49 PM

    @Mike ????

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 1:50 PM

    @Mike Lesson learned...emoji fist bumps do not work on this chat...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2015 2:12 PM

    I got you, Gene! ;)

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 2:17 PM

    @Mike Nice, thanks!

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    8/11/2015 2:07 PM

    My mom has arthritis and compression fractures in low back. Could this help?

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    8/11/2015 2:16 PM

    As seems more for cervical spine and thoracic spine her issues more in LS spine.

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    8/11/2015 2:16 PM

    As seems more for cervical spine and thoracic spine her issues more in LS spine.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 2:18 PM

    @Cheryl Hey Cheryl, thanks for your question! You are correct, this is more for cervical and thoracic spine directly. If your mom sits for prolonged periods and needs help with postural mechanics or ability to perform some sitting exercises then arc will help.

  • Jack
    Jack
    8/11/2015 6:06 PM

    @Gene Can I lay on this to relieve muscle and nerve pain on both sides of my spine near the interior side of my scapula's.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 10:19 PM

    @Jack Hey Jack, great question! The medial (inner) part of the scapula (shoulder blade) is often times a hot spot for people. It feels like a giant knot and all you want is for someone to massage it out. And often it feels good but doesn't really do much long term. This is because the cause is often from your thoracic spine and the effect is felt near your scapula. Using arc in sitting and performing some of the lean back exercises really does an effective job and relieving that knot feeling.

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    8/11/2015 2:12 PM

    I am 15 weeks post-op from three level ACDF (3/4-5/6). I'm in physical therapy now to strengthen and align neck and back. I have a short neck. Is there a benefit to me here? So hard not to slouch when I sit all day!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 2:20 PM

    @Melissa Hey Melissa, hope your fusion recovery is going well! Glad to hear you are in physical therapy. I would recommend since you are still in physical therapy to run it by your PT prior to purchasing. They usually have a plan for your rehab and recovery. Arc should be helpful in your rehab process but let your clinical team know first!

  • Evon
    Evon
    8/11/2015 2:18 PM

    With all due respect, why does this piece of plastic cost so much?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 2:23 PM

    @Evon Hey Evon, great question! I guess 'so much' is a matter of perspective. The quality of the plastic, the memory foam pad, the custom made rubber inserts combined with the versatility of arc for neck and upper back pain relief makes the price point not only cost effective but very reasonable.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2015 3:08 PM

    Not to mention it is made in the USA!

  • Lynn Ann
    Lynn Ann
    8/11/2015 2:39 PM

    Hi - I have spurring on T8 and have been using a pool noodle on a string to do relatively the same thing this is doing when I travel in the car. My problem is that the noddle eventually squishes down and I think this would be a great replacement - however, not having a way to secure it to a car seat is keeping me from purchasing. It's such a pain always having to adjust or find the noodle when it's time to get in the car. Do you have plans to make this easily transferable to automobile?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 2:56 PM

    @Lynn Ann Hey Lynn Ann, great question! We get a lot of similar questions about using towels, tennis ball or as in your case a pool noodle (very creative by the way). Currently, we do not have any strap system for the car or chair...but we are looking into it. Arc has a flat contact surface so it shouldn't slide as much as your pool noodle.

  • Denise
    Denise
    8/11/2015 3:37 PM

    Gene, I am exactly 5'4"...an a small frame. Which size do you recommend that I purchase? Denise

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 3:38 PM

    @Denise Hey Denise, thanks for checking in! I recommend the small size arc!

  • Denise
    Denise
    8/11/2015 3:45 PM

    Thank you...I thought so! Denise

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 3:49 PM

    @Denise Happy to help :)

  • Rue
    Rue
    8/11/2015 4:32 PM

    I have chiari formation in neck and have had a spinal chord tumor (benign)removed in L2-L3. 66 years old. Will this help in constant pressure point to alleviate pain. Thanks so much!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 4:36 PM

    @Rue Hey Rue, thanks for your question! Honest answer...maybe. Since Chiari Malformation is a long standing issue there are lots of changes that your body undergoes to compensate. Some of those changes being joint and muscle related. Arc may help alleviate some of that but again will depend on your status. Hope that helps!

  • Rue
    Rue
    8/11/2015 4:41 PM

    @Gene many thanks I will certainly give it a try ...at least before surgery:) anyway. Appreciate your feedback!

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 5:06 PM

    @Rue Happy to help! Good luck!

  • cecelia
    cecelia
    8/11/2015 4:35 PM

    can I return it if it doesn't work for me?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/11/2015 4:37 PM

    Hi Cecelia, you sure can. As Gene said, definitely give it a couple tries, but you can find all the details about our return policy here.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 4:38 PM

    @cecelia Hi Cecelia, great question! Our goal has always been making a great product and helping our customers feel and live better. If arc does not fulfill that goal we are happy to refund your purchase. Please check out The Grommet return policy for all the details for the actual return process.

  • cecelia
    cecelia
    8/11/2015 6:11 PM

    @Gene

    this looks like something I can use in the car as a passenger on long trips. Will it help with lower back pain?

    I'm 5' 10" with a slender neck. can I still get the blue one?

    Does it come with an exercise booklet for stretches etc.?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/12/2015 9:28 AM

    Hi Cecelia, as Gene mentioned, it's best to exercise regularly and move consistently for relief in your lower back. But using this flat on your back or on your chair with upper arm exercises, you should find some relief as well.

    Based on your height, you could certainly get the blue one. Unfortunately, there are no exercises provided in the box, but you can easily find some online via the arc website or other sites.

  • Tanya
    Tanya
    8/11/2015 4:38 PM

    Besides tension pain in my shoulders, I also have a pinched nerve in my neck. Will this help?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 4:42 PM

    @Tanya Hey Tanya, thanks for your question. Well believe it or not your neck issue may be directly relating to your shoulder tension. The nerves that control the muscle around the shoulders come from your neck! If you have over activation of nerve ending in the neck it can cause your muscles to activate too much making them feel tight! Arc will help your joints and surrounding muscle to relax. The exercises that go along with it are just as important to make sure you properly strengthen the muscles around your neck to make sure the problem doesn't return.

  • Chris
    Chris
    8/11/2015 5:39 PM

    This sounds like something I can use also, but what I really need is something like it to relieve back muscle tension in my lower back caused by degenerative disc disease in the lower lumbar. Do you have anything like that in the works? It seems like the pain and tension in my lower back are now affecting the muscles in my upper back. Is that possible?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 5:53 PM

    @Chris Hey Chris, great question! Degenerative disk disease (DDD) is helped by exercise, movement and good daily mechanics. You will compensate to find pain relieving positions which can cause tension in your upper back, which may be your situation.

  • Shea
    Shea
    8/11/2015 5:59 PM

    I don't see anything that would keep it in place, such as on the chair back...if I lead forward or get up , what is keep it in place?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 6:01 PM

    @Shea Hey Shea, thanks for your question! You are right if you slump arc will slide down your chair giving you instant feedback that you are slumping. If you have to get up, we built in a way for arc to hang right on your desk edge until you get back!

  • Carol
    Carol
    8/11/2015 8:03 PM

    Just to be sure, I'm 5'4". Do you think I should order the smaller size?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 9:59 PM

    @Carol Hi Carol, thanks for confirming! Yes, go for the smaller size!

  • Char
    Char
    8/11/2015 8:33 PM

    Hello,

    My daughter was participating in a sports event when after climbing a wall fell several feet landing on the back of her neck. Since then she has pain in her upper back and neck-cannot sleep on a pillow. Her doctor has explained she has some compressed disks. Will this product help her.

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 10:02 PM

    @Char Hey Char, sorry to hear about your daughters injury. First I recommend she gets evaluated by an orthopedic physical therapists, to make sure her neck and upper back mechanics are normal. Arc will help relieve tension and provide improved posture mechanics but if there is an underlying issue its best to get it treated by a clinical professional first!

  • Sonya
    Sonya
    8/11/2015 9:03 PM

    I have recently developed siatica issues while driving for more than an hour our so. Could this help with that issue?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 10:04 PM

    @Sonya Hey Sonya, thanks for your question! Im guessing when you say sciatica you mean radiating leg pain? There are lots of potential causes for that pain, believe it or not most not sciatic (a nerve from your low back) related. Arc will help maintain proper sitting mechanics and may reduce overall tension. Usually the best option is combining exercises before driving, good sitting mechanics with arc and simple exercises after driving. Keeps the blood flowing and reduces stiffening of your muscles.

  • Dianne
    Dianne
    8/11/2015 9:15 PM

    Is there a way to measure the neck space so that it would correspond to the right color size? I am 5'51/2". I have disc issues from c3-c6. Want to order and avoid having to exchange. Your thoughts?

  • Gene
    Gene – Special Guest
    8/11/2015 10:07 PM

    @Dianne Hey Dianne, great question and one we get quite often! We've tried various forms of measurement and even developed a sizing chart but end of the day height worked as well as anything we developed. As unpleasant as exchanges can be we will do our best to make it quick, painless and free if you do need to exchange.

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