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Portable neck massage tool for day to day pain
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Neck pain is a common problem among many people. Sleeping wrong, working at a desk job for hours, and using your cell phone for long periods of time can cause neck pain. 

This project was inspired by my mom that experiences chronic neck pain. Working a 9-7 job doing nails all day. She comes home and still has time to cook and clean for me and my siblings. She never asks for help or anything in return. However, over the summer she asked me for a neck massage. This made me realized how debilitating the pain was for her. 

Having experienced neck pain myself, I find myself using random objects to help massage my neck. I've used my key fob, sharpie markers, and even fidget spinners as a tool to massage trigger points in my neck. Some of these objects work surprisingly well to reach the deep tissue spots in your neck that are hard to relieve. I thought to myself "Why not design my own massager"?

3D printed prototypes (form explorations)

Having recently invested in a 3D printer, I was able to finally put it to good use for this project. It came in handy to have something to hold and learn from. I was able to experiment with different sizes and different ways of holding my product. This allowed me to dial in on the two final forms that I am offering as rewards.

Form 1

3D Print (Wet sanded and Coated with filler primer)
Demonstration of how to hold
Dimensions
  • Used for pin pointing spots at the base of the skull
  • Reaches deeper in your muscle tissues to target trigger points
  • Easy to apply more pressure to tighter areas

Form 2

3D Print (Wet sanded and Coated with filler primer)
Demonstration of how to hold
Dimensions
  • Covers bigger area of muscle
  • Allow for rotation - increase mobility to smooth out bigger knots
  • Use on levator scapulae (muscle on side of neck)

Pro-tips

Pick a spot where there is tightness. Gently work the area to warm it up. After its warmed up, begin to apply more pressure keeping the massager on one area. As you hold the pressure, rotate your neck side to side to allow for different areas to be targeted. Don't forget to breathe! It is important to breathe to allow your body to relax.


Rewards

As a one-man team, I will not be able to complete a large quantity of orders. There will be a limited on how many will be made. There is a possibility of rewards being added depending on how the campaign goes.

13$ 

You will get to choose between which on the 2 forms you like best and you will receive your choice in the mail. Thanks for the support!

22$ 

You will get a set of 2 of the forms in the mail. Thanks for the support!


Goal

These two products will be molded into a silicon mold and the final product line with be made out of white urethane plastic. The 400$ dollars will go towards silicon, urethane plastic, packaging, and shipping. A small amount will go towards the development of future projects, as well as my 3D printer that will aid me in future projects. If the campaign gets funded, I hope to use the funds and information I've acquired to make more products that can help people with their problems. Thank you for the support, it means a lot!

Who am I?

Wow you actually read all the way to the end? I guess you deserve to know more about me if you made it this far. I am a 4th year Industrial Design student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I spend my free time at the gym, wiggling my fingers, and playing video games. Recently, I've been focusing more on my mental health, which this kick starter hasn't had ANY affect on (thanks Ted). As someone that worries about everything all the time, I forget to breathe. I've been trying to meditate more alongside seeing a therapist, both of which I recommend to everyone. Special thank you to Ted Burdett, I've already learned so much and hope to learn more. Thanks again for the support!

P.S. Here is my instagram if you were confused about what "wiggling my fingers" meant

Risks and challenges

This is my first project I've done on kick starter. I would be lying if I told you that everything will run smoothly. However I plan to use this project as a learning tool to further my skills as an Industrial designer. As a one man team, I plan to be completely transparent on the status of the product. I will be updating everyone that is supporting through my journey.

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    Form 1

    A ring like object that will help ease your knots. Pick this one if you experience pain towards the base of your skull.(right behind the ear). Thanks for the support!

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    Bigger surface area to cover bigger muscles around the neck. Pick this is you experience more pain towards the middle of your neck (levator scapulae). Thanks for the support!

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    You will receive one set of both the forms when they are shipped. Thanks for the support!

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    Set (Form 1 + Form 2)

    Due to popular demand of wanting both the forms, I added in this reward to be able to get both. Thank you to the early backers that pledged! The support means a lot.

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