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    Ah, yes, it’s time for another one of those "As seen on TV" gadgets. 

    This one is called Neck Magic Air Cushion in case you never got to see the late night commercials. Even though it’s a “as seen on TV” product, I got mine on Amazon. Neck Magic Air Cushion is supposed to relieve stiffness in your neck, head and shoulders. It works by using a strange device that goes around your neck, which you inflate with air. It smells awful, because of the rubber-type material it's made from, but the instructions say the smell will evidentially go away. I tried it, as you’ll see in the video. It did inflate and extend fairly easily when pumped, but not having a neck ache, I couldn't judge if it would reduce pain. It did induce pain when I pumped too much air into my Neck Magic Air Cushion. I strongly advise  stopping the pumping action before you feel a lot of pressure on your neck. As you'll see the video, I couldn't talk before I released the air from the device. As you can imagine for $11.00 or so, you can’t expect much. Reviews on Amazon ranged from “this works” to “this is a total waste of money”. Out of 5 stars, it earned 2.5 stars from about 71 reviews. Here’s a bit more info from Amazon: An even, gentle stretch to help relieve neck, head and shoulder stiffness and stress! It can battle tight muscles, neck discomfort, tension headaches and more. Easy-to-use inflation bulb. 5 air chambers inflate up to 5 1/2" for a relaxing stretch. Adjusts to fit, approx. 9" diameter. It’s $10.95 at the link below and I have Amazon Prime, so I got mine into two days with free shipping. 

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