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Release your body today – Win 1 of 2 BodyBolsters!

Thanks to PLATINUM Media & Communications Pty Ltd and bodybolster we are giving away 2 BodyBolsters valued at $79.90 each.

About the product

bodybolster competition imagePhysical activity is critical for the health of the human body. The human body was designed to be used. The more we use our bodies, the healthier they will become.

Developed to promote movement and support the back actively, the BodyBolster was designed to improve posture and physical function. Rather than holding the spine and torso in a static, passive position it actively supports the back. The air-filled device encourages mobility, allowing healthy, micro joint movement through the spine.

The BodyBolster has two main functions. It provides postural support for occasions of sitting, lying or propping. It can also be used as a conditioning tool for the purpose of stretching, increasing mobility and strengthening. The springy, active support of the BodyBolster adds more movement to the supported position. It increases muscle contraction because the muscles which support the spine and torso remain active.

Versatile and portable, it can be used for travel, in the workplace or for exercise support. The BodyBolster comes with a range of in-chair exercises to stretch, release muscle tension, improve blood circulation, reduce health risks such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and to support your back and neck.

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Read an interview with Andrew Ellis – Bsc (Ex. Sc), M. Phty, Physiotherapist and City Clinic on King Physiotherapist, CEO World Health Webinars talking about text neck and how the BodyBolster can help.

Competition details:

Who can enter? Members only
How often? Once a day
Promotion starts: 10/03/2014
Promotion ends: 28/03/2014 

How to enter

Provided you are a myVMC member (sign up here) simply fill in the form below and answer the question.

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Tell us what are your top tips for maintaining good posture?  (in 25 words or less)


  • Terms and Conditions

    Participation in the myVMC Competition (Competition) indicates your acceptance of the terms and conditions of entry set out below.

    1. The Promoter is Virtual Medical of Level 1, 414 Scarborough Beach Road, Osborne Park, Western Australia. Postal address is PO Box 1173, Osborne Park 6916, Australia. ABN 12097593587.  Phone: +61 (08) 9388 0344. Fax: +61 (08) 9388 0611. The prize is sponsored by PLATINUM Media & Communications Pty Ltd, Level 6, Suite 602, 447 Kent Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000.
    2. Promotional Period. The Promotion will be open from 3pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Monday 10 March 2014 until 5pm AEST on Friday 28 March 2014.
    3. Eligible Entrants. Entry is open to all Australian residents, aged 15 years and over, who are new or existing members of myVMC, except employees or contractors of the Promoter or prize sponsor, and members of their immediate families. Entrants under the age of 18 must obtain the prior permission of a parent or guardian to enter.
    4. To enter you must: a) be a new or current myVMC member
      b) submit an answer to the question asked, and
      c) submit all required contact details
    5. Prizes. There are 2 (two) prizes.Each consists of one bodybolster sponsored by PLATINUM Media & Communications Pty Ltd, RRP $79.90. Total prize pool RRP $159.80
    6. Winners: The winners of the competition will be the people who submit an entry that the judges regard as the best in terms of creativity and originality. Chance plays no part in determining the winners. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding their decision.
      Incomplete, illegible or incorrect entries or entries containing offensive or defamatory comments, or which breach any law or infringe any third party rights,  including intellectual property rights, are not eligible to win.
    7. Notification: Winners will be notified by email and asked for their postal address to send the prize to. The prizes will then be sent to the winners by Australia Post. The winners may also be posted on (including their name and state).
    8. Change of address: It is the entrants’ responsibility to inform the Promoter if their residential address, email address or phone number changes during the Competition Period.  Prizes will only be delivered in Australia.
    9. Unclaimed prizes: In the event that the Prize has not been claimed by 12 noon AEST 18 April 2014, subject to any directions given by State and Territory gaming departments the prize will be awarded to the next best eligible entrant as chosen by the judges.
      General Conditions
    10. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and are not redeemable for cash. All other costs associated with a Prize are the responsibility of the winner. The Promoter shall not be liable for any Prize that may be lost, stolen, forged, damaged or tampered with in any way before it reaches the winner.
    11. If the Promoter is unable to provide a winner with the nominated Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to supply an alternative prize of the equal or greater value, subject to any written directions given by State or Territory gaming departments.
    12. Entries will be deemed to be accepted at the time of receipt by the  Promoter. No responsibility will be taken for lost, late or misdirected  entries. The Promoter is not responsible for technical difficulties with the entry mechanism and does not warrant that the entry mechanism will  be available at all times.
    13. If, for any reason, the Promotion is not capable of running as  planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering,  unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failure or any other causes  beyond the control of the Promoter, which corrupt or affect the  administration security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this Promotion, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to  take any action that may be available, subject to State and Territory  regulations.
    14. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify entries in the event of non-compliance with these terms and conditions of entry. In the event there is a dispute concerning the conduct of the Promotion, the decision of the Promoter is final and binding on each entrant and no correspondence will be entered into.
    15. The Promoter reserves the right to request winners to provide proof of identity, proof of residency at the nominated prize delivery address and/or proof of entry validity in order to claim a prize. Proof of identification,  residency and entry considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the Promoter. In the event that a winner cannot provide suitable proof, the winner will forfeit the prize in whole and no substitute will be offered.
    16. The Promoter makes no representations or warranties as to the  quality/suitability/merchantability of any of the goods/services offered as prizes. The Promoter or prize sponsor shall not be liable for any damage or loss whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with this promotion, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
    17. By entering the competition, each entrant agrees to the use of their 25 word statement for printing, broadcast, publicity and promotional purposes, without compensation, and agrees that the Promoter will own all intellectual property rights, in any such material.
    18. The personal information provided by participants to the Promoter  may be used by the Promoter for the purpose of conducting the Competition. The Promoter is bound by the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988.

Interview with Andrew Ellis – Bsc (Ex. Sc), M. Phty, Physiotherapist and City Clinic on King Physiotherapist, CEO World Health Webinars

What is Text Neck?

The use of mobile phones and smart devices has seen a dramatic rise in the number of patients attending physiotherapy clinics with neck and shoulder pain, even headaches.  Text neck is a condition where patients are spending  prolonged periods of time looking down at their phones. This pressure through the front of the neck and continual stretching of the posterior structures of the head and neck is leading to pain and dysfunction.

How common is text neck and who’s most likely to get it?

Text Neck is becoming more and more prevalent with up to 5-10 patients per week presenting to City Clinic with such symptoms. We are predominantly seeing younger people who spend excessive amounts of time on their smart devices with the problem. However, older individuals are also presenting with cases of Text neck – especially after a stressful week at work if they have been using their mobile phone more than usual.

How long do you have to spend with this posture to suffer from text neck?

Not long. Minor cases have been demonstrated to occur with just 10-15 minutes of continual phone use. I have found that individuals riding public transport are most at risk, as the unexpected bumps of travel can damage the neck as it sits for a prolonged period of time in the vulnerable flexion position.

How is text neck treated?

Physiotherapy is excellent for the treatment of Text Neck. I personally have found excellent results using Trigger Point Dry Needling, massage, spinal mobilisations, active range of movement exercises and strength / stabilisation exercises. By far and away, my favourite rehabilitation tool is the “Body Bolster”. The Body Bolster can be used to release tension from the head, neck and upper back and is a crucial element to a successful rehabilitation program –

What are the implications of ignoring text neck?

Text neck usually moves in one direction when ignored. That’s the wrong way! It usually gets worse to the point where an individual will end up at the GP looking for pain medication or City Clinic looking for some kind of a release. Long term implications include headaches, upper cross syndrome (where the muscles of the upper back and neck become weak having ramifications on posture) and shoulder pain. Severe cases may result in sensorimotor deficits of the cervical spine such as balance loss and dizziness.

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Posted On: 25 February, 2014
Modified On: 5 June, 2014


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