PINELLAS PARK, Fla., July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Greg Ely is the sort of innovator who sees a problem and fixes it. His Neck Assist (http://www.neckassist.com/) device, also known as the Neck and Back Support System or N.A.B.S.S., is the solution to the discomfort and injury that all too often accompanies extended periods of overhead work.
"Everything about Neck Assist has been designed with comfort and good posture in mind," says Ely. "The materials are high quality, and the device is conveniently adjustable for people of different heights."
Neck Assist's vertical headrest bar slides vertically to accommodate users both short and tall. The headrest pivots up and down to allow for more or less range of motion in the neck. The device fits over the shoulders like a jacket, while the lower back support belt keeps Neck Assist firmly in place and encourages better posture when bending, reaching, lifting or otherwise putting stress on the posterior chain of muscles.
Greg Tobin, contractor and owner of ProCon by Tobin LLC, tested Neck Assist extensively on two different job sites. "The back support belt alone provides relief when performing overhead tasks or standing too long on hard surfaces," remarks Tobin. "The headrest is easily adjustable and doesn't impede movement. Once set to the right position, the Neck Assist needed no further adjustment, even after removing the device and putting it back on the next day."
Neck Assist is designed for situations where workers must awkwardly crane their head upwards for extended periods – jobs like overhead plastering, sanding, ceiling installations, light fixture repair and installation, or working underneath vehicles. Not only is Neck Assist great for job sites, it's great for the homeowner too. Weighing less than 2 pounds and easily maneuverable, this device is perfect for DIY projects and favorite hobbies like stargazing.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, back pain is something nearly every American will experience; back and neck injuries are among the leading causes of lost time at work and disability. Neck Assist, along with good body mechanics, can help prevent many of these painful back and neck injuries.
For overhead workers, cervical facet syndrome is a frequent cause of headaches and neck pain. The facet joints run along both sides of the vertebrae; tilting of the head put enormous strain on these joints and can ultimately result in neck pain. If the condition is not effectively treated, pain can even move across the shoulders or down the arms. Other potential problems for overhead workers are repetitive strain injury and generalized neck strain. Forceful, awkward movements increases the risk of both of these complex and difficult-to-treat conditions. As with most muscle and joint problems, prevention is always superior to treatment.
Ely's pitch for Neck Assist was compelling enough to earn a Dream Big America championship for the week of November 28 through December 3, 2014. His vision is to see the device earn medical approval and ultimately enter a partnership to see it mass-produced and made available to everyone who might benefit from it.
About Neck Assist
The Neck and Back Support System, or Neck Assist, is the brainchild of inventor Greg Ely. This device is made for the overhead worker to take the stress off the neck and head, while also providing back support to help users keep their posture and reduce the risk of injury.