ORTHO-CYBERNETIC TRAVEL AND SLEEPING PILLOW
A PRODUCT OF MEDICAL RESEARCH
FROM THE INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED HUMAN CYBERNETICS, BERLIN
The therapeutic pillow for adults and children is the result of many years of research in the field of human cybernetics. The knowledge of the biomechanics of the cervical spine region and, above all, the knowledge of the function of the atlas, the first cervical vertebra, is essential.
At the Berlin Institut für Angewandte Humankybernetik the question was pursued why, in particular, arthroses of the atlanto-occipital joints never occur due to wear. It was found that the atlas, the so-called nodder, as a central element of the two atlanto-occipital joints, serves only the function of a dynamic sliding ring between the base of the skull and the second cervical vertebra. The atlas muscles and the related ligaments are responsible for the actual supporting function of the 4.5 – 5 kg heavy head. This means: in order to bear the weight of the head, the supporting load, impact damping, shear forces and mobility in the atlas region are achieved and controlled by muscles alone.
This knowledge provides the explanation for repeated partial muscle tension in the region of the head when mobility is restricted over a longer period, such as during long distance travel by air, bus, train or car. The results of this research enabled us to develop a travel pillow for the relief of these muscles for adults and children.
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Institute for Applied Human Cybernetics