BackDoctor 1.0 for iOS – Video Course to Alleviate and Prevent Back Pain

By on Dec 28, 2010 at 5:24 am

Kirkel, Germany – iHanWel, creator of the multi-award winning iBody app, today is pleased to introduce BackDoctor 1.0 for iOS, a video instructional and exercise course to alleviate and prevent back pain. Developed by physicians and physiotherapists, the app includes a Beginner Program, Advanced Program, Speed Program, Cervical Spine Program (neck), and Lumbar Column Program (lower back). The app features a video demonstration of each exercise with optional timer function, 3 educational videos, an exercise calendar, and tips on specific problems. Each program is designed to take approximately 30 minutes, and is performed 2 or 3 times per week. The Speed Program, to be used only when time does not permit a normal program, can be completed in just 10 minutes. BackDoctor 1.0 for iOS, with exercises for a healthy back and spine, is also available in an HD version for iPad.

Statistics show that approximately 80% of all people will suffer from back pain at least once in their lives. BackDoctor was developed to teach individuals how they can help alleviate back pain themselves, without drugs or outside help. Even more importantly, the course materials supply the user all the information they need to protect themselves from ever suffering from back pain at all. BackDoctor offers a practical guide for people seeking to prevent lower back and neck pain with the help of physical conditioning. The App features easy-to-do exercises that can be performed in gradual increments. BackDoctor’s videos and photos make all exercises easy to understand and perform without any exercise equipment.

A targeted training program for strengthening back and stomach muscles can prevent damage to the spine and intervertebral discs, and also alleviate back pain. The App’s exercises were selected by physicians and are demonstrated in detail by a certified physiotherapist. Along with videos for the individual exercises, BackDoctor also provides professionally produced, animated videos providing basic information on the anatomy of the spine, the significance of the trunk muscles, symptoms that indicate one should see a doctor, and other details that will increase the viewer’s understanding of back problems, and enable them to take active steps to prevent them.

Feature Highlights:
* Complete program for the alleviation and prevention of back and spine pain
* 5 different Programs: Beginner, Advanced, Cervical, Lumbar, and Speed
* Each program exercise contains detailed photos and step-by-step instructions
* Each exercise has a professionally produced video to demonstrate and describe how to perform the exercise correctly
* An Introduction provides tips and cautions regarding types of pain
* The app requires no exercise equipment of any kind
* Developed by physicians and physiotherapists, there are 57 different exercises
* Users may set an audible timer to help them exercise for the proper amount of time
* Special High Definition version available for iPad

Operable in either portrait or landscape mode, the app starts with a full screen view of the human spine and back. The screen shows which of the 5 programs the user last used, the last exercise completed, and when they are scheduled to exercise next. Control buttons along the bottom of the screen include: Home, Programs, Calendar, Basics, and More. The Programs button displays a scrollable screen of the 5 different programs, an Introduction, and an All selection that allows access to all 5 different programs without returning to the Programs page. The Beginner Program consists of 10 basic exercises, each with its own page that includes photos and instructions. From the top of any page the user may activate an exercise timer, or play back the video demonstrating and describing the exercise.

The remaining 4 programs also have 10 exercises each, and the Speed Program contains 7 quickly completed exercises. Both the written instructions and the video narration provide complete guidance regarding stance, movement, alignment, and duration of each activity. Touching the Calendar button brings up an exercise calendar that the user can use to schedule sessions and keep track of their progress. The Basics button accesses 3 animated videos: Anatomy – The Structure of the Spine; Trunk Muscles – Significance of Your Trunk Muscles; and Disc Herniation – How It Happens. Finally, the More button reveals the Setup page where various settings can be set on/off, including push notifications for the next exercise period.

“Back problems are among the most common, debilitating, and painful physical ailments that people suffer with on a daily basis,” stated company President, Hanno Welsch.” BackDoctor provides a complete video/text/photo course for helping to ease back pain, and for preventing it from ever starting.”

Language Support:
* US English, French, German, and Spanish

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* iPhone iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4 tested)
* iPad iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 4 tested)
* 153 MB

Pricing and Availability:
BackDoctor 1.0 for iPhone/iPod touch is $4.99 (USD), and BackDoctorHD 1.0 for iPad is $9.99. Both are available worldwide through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category. Review copies are available upon request. BackDoctor is on sale for the holiday season.

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Based in Kirkel, Germany, iHanWel is a privately held company founded in 2008 by software development team Hanno Welsch and Karin Mueller. With a sole focus on the iOS platform, iHanWel combines their unique skill-set with a passion for developing award-winning, innovative applications in the fields of health, wellness, fitness and lifestyle for users around the world. Copyright 2008-2010 iHanWel. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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