Updated: Apr 28
Back in 2000 I was a freshman at Boston University and just getting over the Y2K scare. But back then, 2020 seemed sooooo far into the future. I remember thinking about what kind of cool, futuristic devices would be invented that would improve mankind. Bring on the flying cars and robots!
With 2020 a few days away and the “future” is now upon us, what are these futuristic devices that I would use? I have come to the actualization that it is generally the nontech inventions that prove to be better suited for mankind. I just love how good, old fashioned ingenuity and clever thinking can still duel with the flashy techy devices.
Below are the things I believe will make life and health better this futuristic 2020 year and yes there is just one electronic device that made the list. I’ve added a short description, a link to find it and a word that comes to mind!
1. THE MOFT Lightweight Laptop Stand: Clever!
At first, I was a little confused with the packaging and orientation, but once I figured it out, I was sold. This laptop stand is adjustable with 2 different height settings. I've been using mine with my Macbook daily and it has held up wonderfully. They also come in multiple colors to match whatever laptop you have!
What kind of health benefit: I think the appropriate height and angle for your laptop (assuming this is a device you work on frequently) allows for your wrist and hand to relax and thus reduce strain on your shoulders. It can potentially save you from suffering from carpal tunnel if you work long hours on your computer.
2. TRTL Travel Pillow: Necessity
I saw a video on Amazon for this and instantly knew it was the type of travel buddy I needed. Unlike the cumbersome, giant horseshoe neck travel pillows, the TRTL is lightweight. Its carbon fiber piece is so kick@$$ that I could easily change positions on my last trip to Asia. It was an absolute lifesaver.
On take-offs, I stuck it under my chin. But when I was ready to relax and recline, I adjusted it more to the side of my chin and it was just the ticket.
What kind of health benefit: Prevent neck pain and get good sleep while traveling on a plane or bus/car. Save yourself from a cricked neck!
3. Magic Weighted Blanket: Brilliant
I’ve had a number of patients with restless legs, fibromyalgia, and fitful sleep. I myself have sensory processing disorder (SPD) and respond to pressure and weight to feel “safe”. This works!
There are promo codes all the time so check their website for discounts! I chose the Chenile. Sure it’s pricier, but feels so nice!
What kind of health benefit: This blog is done well, so if you're interested in reading more about the benefits, click here. But here is a brief description.
5 conditions that benefit from weighted blankets:
Needing restful sleep/irritability
4) The Upright Go: Cool!
I made a video about the Upright Pose and will be planning to write about the Upright Go soon.
Biofeedback from this hi-tech app and positioning has been effective for me and many of my patients. In just 30 days I’ve noticed changes in my mechanics to help serve patients and have unconsciously changed habits like sitting and standing.
What kind of health benefit: I have always believed 90% of our chronic non-traumatic issues are related to poor habits and posture. That’s why I speak about it in nearly every blog (Link a few)
Sitting too long and sitting in poor posture has shown in studies to have a number of negative health risks, cardiovascular health being a big one. It’s important to learn to sit and stand correctly, and with the aid of the Upright tech, proper posture has never been easier!
Below is my video of how to set up your posture with the Upright. Keep in mind, I am using an older model of the Upright in the video. The new Upright Go should be positioned between your shoulder blades. I will update with a new video when I create one. For now, enjoy this one!
I hope you enjoy these products as much as I have!