Developed by Jason Rosser, a leading osteopath, Pro-back’s cleverly designed flexi:bak is hand made from eco-friendly rubber wood and promises to help relieve lower back discomfort.

The Flexi:bak costs at around £69.95 and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.

Tester’s comments

“As most physios or osteopaths will tell you, competitive riding isn’t the best form of exercise for someone who regularly suffer back pain, but unless you willing to give up (I’m not!), then you need to find an alternative solution to painkillers.

“The flexi:back is a long-term solution rather than a quick fix so you do need to use it on a regular basis for the best results.

“The first time you use this wooden ‘back exerciser’, it’s helpful to have a friend or partner on hand to read you the instructions as it’s not easy to get the exact positioning under your spine correct by yourself.

“It is designed to reverse the curves in your lower back and encourage the lumbar and sacroiliac joints to open up, so initially might feel a bit strange, but once you get used to it, the feeling is fantastic. Inch by inch you can feel the tension and trauma float away as the weight-bearing joints open up and pressure is relieved.

“There’s no doubt that the flexi:bak is therapeutic and although every user will need a different period of adjustment, providing you’re willing to spend 10mins a day using it, you should notice a difference and begin to feel more flexible and loose.

“The flexi:back, which is endorsed by doctors, might not replace visits to the osteopath, but it goes a long way to helping riders’ wear and tear and that has to be good news!”

For more information contact Pro-bak Ltd freephone (tel: 0800 1691768)