In 2015 I had suffered from low back pain for seven years. I had tried physical therapy, heat, ice, acupuncture, massage, a traction table, nerve ablation, a steroid injection, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and chronic pain medication. None of these treatments brought about long-term relief. One back surgeon had offered me surgery; two specialists had advised against it. Having exhausted the usual conservative treatment options I started thinking about ways I might cause a permanent change in the lower back without surgery. I began with the following observations: 1) an MRI had shown that I had degenerative disc disease (a compression of the discs) in the lumbar spine 2) ear and nose weights, which hang from their respective body parts and apply a small force over a long period of time, lengthen these parts as long as the force is regularly applied 3) my background in physics and design might enable me to come up with something novel. I therefore theorized that if I could use physics to apply a small traction force to the lower back over a long period of time this might cause a permanent lengthening of the spine, which could in turn bring about pain relief. But how and when could I comfortably apply this force? During the day the spine is in compression the vast majority of the time. This meant that the traction would have to be applied at night, when the spine was naturally decompressing on its own, and it would have to be applied in such a way that the user could sleep comfortably and in different positions. I began experimenting with different designs to accomplish this, building prototypes and sleeping on them to see what worked and what didn't. In the course of sleeping on these prototypes my back pain was decreased by three quarters, and after much hard work the Blueberry microtraction bed was born. In its current form the bed is appropriate for users of all ages, heights, and genders. You can use the bed alone or sleep in a bed with a partner. I've designed our products to look good and make you feel good. I hope it helps you as much as it's helped me.


Peter Lindstrom