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It was a quiet late-fall Saturday night in a three-story Victorian house in the small town of Wellesley, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Patrick slipped into a bathtub filled with warm water to sooth his aching lower back. To his surprise, he couldn't fully relax his back because of the triangular empty space between his aching back and the bathtub wall. The void forced his back to slouch and not able to relax because the forward bending of his lower back made his back uncomfortable. "This is odd." He thought, "much of my Warm Water Therapy's benefit is lost just because of the empty space behind my back."

The next day, he went into Boston to find something to help fill up the void. Despite a full day of searching, he returned home empty handed, because he couldn't find anything that would work. With his early Engineering experience, he began to wonder what could be done about the problem. A few days later, an idea came to his mind. And he went out and bought a role of PVC film, a tube of specialty glue, and a few inflatable baby water tubs, and began to make a back support that would work under water without constantly wanting to float up to the surface. After countless iterations of drawing, measuring, cutting, gluing, and testing, he eventually succeeded in creating an underwater lumbar support that worked perfectly and, years later, landed him with the first utility patent.

Several months later after moving back to Toronto, his excitement with his new creation was still burning. He thought that his problem couldn't have been limited to himself, and began to wonder about how to help others with the same issue. He went out to get some feedback on his new invention from medical professionals. He visited rheumatologists, physiotherapists, and chiropractic doctors. Surprisingly, the positive feedback was mainly focused on its special quality of helping users with proprioceptive stimulation, neuromuscular re-education, and back support. With this feedback, Patrick decided to help more people with back problems by focusing his new invention on these functions advised by medical professionals and turn it into a business. He then began to improve the design, selecting reliable materials, searching for production-partner.

Luckily by the autumn of 2002, Patrick had found a perfect production partner - Fabric Welding Specialists Ltd., in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. The two owners of this factory Terry Rhodes and Harold van Brussel were enthusiastic, supportive and creative. Due to their rich experience and outstanding expertise in the military aerospace industry, Terry and Harold were the best production partners Patrick could have wished for. With their help, the first production sample was born. The rest, as they say, is history. However, Terry, and Harold who sadly has passed-away, shall always be in the memory of Back Vitalizer and our company.

Now you know the past of Back Vitalizer. But did you know that sitting is a leading cause for back pain today? Do you want to reduce or prevent pain, stiffness or fatigue in your lower back due to sitting? If so, Back Vitalizer is the solution you have been looking for!
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