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Not all positioners are alike
The bodyCushion™ is the original body positioner. For 22 years after its invention, it was the singular positioner in the healing arts: invented and hand-crafted in Ashland, OR, in the United States -- warranted, durable, of superior design and function, a tool that bespeaks the professional standing of the practitioner.
In 2010, the first of many cheap imitations manufactured in China came onto the U.S. market. These were designed to “sort of look like” the bodyCushion™ but without our commitment to quality.
Now there are several low-cost, cheaply made bodyCushion™ lookalikes. We want to make sure that healing-arts professionals are aware of the differences -- not to disparage other products, but to help you make an informed choice.
‘Cheap’ imitations come with costly impacts on health
The low-quality foam in the cheap imitations are chemically expanded and give off toxic “off-gassing.” Off-gassing refers to the release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and exposure can result in eye, nose and throat irritation, nausea, and headaches.
The off-gassing from these imitation products can continue for years, and have extremely negative health effects. They are known to produce cancer and are endocrine interrupters’ affecting the client’s endocrine (hormonal) system.
U.S. manufacturers have eliminated the most harmful VOCs, however, there may be cases of non-compliance and different standards in other countries.
Because our products are used in health and therapeutic applications, and regularly used with pregnant women, we feel it is of the utmost importance to use the highest quality materials in order to avoid potential exposure to any toxic substances that may cause harm.
No chemical influence in our foam
The foam in the bodyCushion™ is CO2-expanded with no chemical influence. There is no off-gassing, no odor, no negative health effects. The foam in the bodyCushion™ is ultra-cell, premium foam, protected by a “Lifetime Warranty,” guaranteed never to break down and never to go flat. This foam has been field-tested for 30 years without a single failure in more than 100,000 user experiences.
Not only do copies and imitations mislead the customer in terms of quality and support, they also tend to be produced in foreign factories that do not adhere to the sound environmental and labor practices upheld in the United States of America.
bodyCushion™ appearance is protected by ‘trade dress’
How will you know if you are purchasing an authentic bodyCushion™ and not a counterfeit or cheap imitation? The answer is, the bodyCushion™’s physical appearance is protected by a recognized “trade dress,” which was established by a lawsuit brought before the United States District Court in Mississippi in July of 1996 (Body Support Systems, Inc. vs. Blue Ridge Tables, Inc.).
Trade dress refers to the physical appearance of the bodyCushion™, including its size, shape, color, design, and texture, as well as the manner in which the product is packaged, wrapped, labeled, presented, promoted, or advertised, including the use of distinctive graphics, configurations, and marketing strategies. Trade dress has no formal registration requirements and receives legal protection simply by being distinctive and recognizable.
The bodyCushion™ difference: a matter of health, safety and comfort
From the smell of it, our competitors are not concerned with the unpleasant and potentially unsafe odors emanating from their imitations. By offering lower prices, violating our trade dress, manufacturing in foreign factories, and using cheap, inferior materials that could potentially cause you harm, our competitors hope to win your business. For your health, safety, and comfort, we encourage you to support our small business, as well as other U.S. manufacturers that have your best interest at the heart of their business models.
If you believe you have purchased a counterfeit bodyCushion™ or cheap imitation of one of our other products, we encourage you to contact us. We will assist you in finding the authentic Body Support Systems products you are looking for, and we will reach out to any retailers or manufacturers that may be in violation of our trade dress. Our products are available all around the globe. Contact us if you need assistance finding a distributor of our products in your area.