Claire Little, MPT, graduated from North Carolina State University in 1996 in Zoology/PreMed, and from East Carolina University in 1999 with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. She now works at Run Raleigh Physical Therapy, in Cary, NC, specializing in outpatient orthopaedics.
Claire's passion and drive in treating her patients comes from her desire to help them for life. Helping people understand how and why they got to this point, as well as ways to modify posture, strength and daily positions, are key to long term success.
Claire began having trouble with her neck and upper back approximately 5 years into her career. She started focusing much of her exercise regime toward stretching and postural strengthening exercises.
She was able to reduce her pain, only to have it return as soon as she started driving. After realizing that the position of the head rests and seat backs in many popular cars was recreating the exact slouched position she was trying to correct, she began working on a solution.
Claire's initial goal was to create a supportive cushion for her own upper back that would improve the alignment of her neck and thoracic spine, thus avoiding the neck, shoulder and arm pain that she got with driving. Since then, she has continued to notice the trend of being able to improve her patients' pain, only to have them return back at square one after taking a trip in the car. She would teach them some of her own tricks of folding a towel behind their upper back. Yet they would be noncompliant due to the same inconveniences she experienced, such as the towel shifting or falling down. So she then began designing the Travel Buddy.