"[The AlignMed Shirt] Truly is functional apparel. You put it on and it stabilizes you, almost like a splint. If you have a tree that's bending, a stake can hold it into position so it grows to stay upright. The same is true of a misaligned spine."
NBA star Dwight Howard has worn one, so has Peyton Manning. Major league pitchers have worn them. NBA player Eric Gordon of the New Orleans Pelicans was wearing one last Monday when he returned from a 21-game layoff with a torn labrum.It's a "Posture Shirt," made by a company called Alignmed, and its job is to help keep the wearer's shoulders properly positioned, a key to reducing fatigue.
Inventions are often the result of personal experience. So is the case of the one that I am about to introduce to you, as well as its creator who happens to be the perfect example. Meet, Bill Schultz, known as the "mad scientist," who became passionate about finding the alternative that would allow him to avoid spinal fusion surgery.
For years, Joan Weissman played tennis competitively, racking up a shelf full of trophies — until she was sidelined by chronic rotator cuff and biceps pain last year. “I thought I’d never play tennis again,” says Weissman, 71, of Columbus, Ohio. Then a tennis pro at her club suggested something that sounded crazy at first — a shirt designed to ease her shoulder, arm and back pain
Back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting at a desk or other work station. But that misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck. Truckers don’t just sit. They don’t ride a desk. They drive. They can’t take even a quick break whenever they need to stretch their legs.