After years of treatment for back pain, I decided to try to help myself. These are my reviews of several devices that I've tried.
Back pain relief
Self-help devices for back pain can be used at home. They can help many sufferers when they cannot get to their chiropractor.
Everyone has dealt with pain at some time in their life. You may overdo exercising or working in the garden. Back problems can be chronic or acute, severe or dull—but they are always a reminder that something is wrong.
These products should not be used by anyone who hasn't been to a chiropractor or orthopedic physician first to rule out any serious condition. Since I was diagnosed with scoliosis at an advanced age, I had been receiving spinal adjustments that have helped greatly with back spasms, migraine headaches, lower back pain, shoulder pain and correcting my leg lengths.
After years of treatment, I decided to try to help myself. I began researching online for to learn more about back pain and treatment options. I didn't want pharmaceutical pain relievers or any more trips to the DC's office. They can become inconvenient and expensive.
While searching one day, I came upon a back adjustment device that was designed by a doctor. “How bad can this be?” I thought. I'll order it and see if it really works.
The Spine-Worx Re-alignment Device is a hard plastic mold with a channel in the middle that is the length of a spine. Your spine gently conforms to the shape between the two raised sides, and this allows the vertebra to straighten.
I ordered this and I have to say, it was a little tough the first time I tried it. It is recommended that you slowly lay down on it with a pillow to support your head. You may not be able to stay for the full fifteen minutes at first, but by slowly increasing the time you lie on it, it will become easier. The makers instruct users to try it twice a day, morning and evening, and you will feel relief. Now I only need it every month or so, unless I've overdone my exercises or sat too long.
According to the makers of the Spine-Worx, there are many benefits.
By cradling and elevating the spine, it isolates the vertebrae into a neutral position where gravity gently places spine into alignment. By lying on the device, it will help to relieve muscular pain, pressure, and irritation, thus relieving stress and tension.
Also, it cannot cause any harm or damage since the back conforms to its normal and natural shape. Almost any age can use this,although it is recommended that children wait until they are 17 years old and first timers with back pain get a chiropractic consultation first to use out serious problems.
It is designed to relieve pressure to the mid (thoracic) and lower (lumbar) back only. This is not designed for the neck (cervical) region.
The last reason to use it is that portability and expense. The device is 2 pounds, measures 24” x 7 “ x 3 “ so it can fit into a small luggage bag. The price ranges from $15.00 for used to $50.00 for a new one.
This back relief device has worked for me and I have reviewed a few more. Please find more information at the bottom of the page.
The TrueBack has been advertised recently on late-night infomercials and the Internet. It is basically like the Spine-Worx, except it is wider.
The material is ABS plastic, weighs 4 pounds and measures 24 inches long and 8 inches wide.
Some people who are heavier and larger may find the wider surface easier to stabilize them.
It is officially listed as a non-powered orthopedic traction device and is also designed to relieve tension and stress by allowing the spine to float in the channel.
The manufacturers,Trademark Global, claim that this device will not only correct the spinal problems but prevent new pain from occurring.
It seems that stretching the spine is the key to living pain-free.
Arched Back Lumbar Stretcher Extender
The third back correct device I am discussing is the Arched Back Lumbar Stretcher Extender, model 83-4866-v. This appears to be a generic brand and it is padded and upholstered on a frame for durability.
Lying on this for 5 to 15 minutes and stretching your arms over your head,is supposed to realign your spinal column and relax tight muscles. It is light weight,portable and measures 16” x 4” x 10” approximately.
I found another company by the name of North American Healthcare to be selling the same device.
Lumbar Extender Back Stretcher
The fourth back alignment device I like is the Lumbar Extender Back Stretcher by LumbarExtender.
It too is white and black, lightweight, portable and easy to use.
It is more expensive than the rest, but a used one may be found.
Back Magic is almost the same but all black and is half the price.
Made of hard plastic ,with three adjustment levels, and can hold up to heavier weights.
Just five to 10 minutes a day or whenever needed. Some people use it every day for preventative maintenance.
Stretch Mate Orthopedic Back Stretcher
The fifth back alignment device I am discussing is the Stretch Mate Orthopedic Back Stretcher by TVTimeDirect. The manufacturers state that it is ergonomically designed to cradle your spinal column and helps your muscles stretch.
This will realign your vertebrae and relaxes tightness. It is very lightweight ,weighing less than 3 pounds, made of lightweight plastic, which may not support those weighing over two hundred pounds, according to some reviews. This is priced new at $28 so used ones may be found at $10.
I recently was introduced to the idea of stretching my spinal cord for the best pain relief available.
Lying on an inversion table and then being tilted backwards is a very strange sensation. If you can get over the fear of falling on your head, then it may be an investment worth the money.
There's no need to worry about falling since your ankles are strapped to the metal frame. You may need someone to tilt you back and then upwards when finished unless you're near a piece of furniture to pull yourself up.
It is more expensive and weighs more,but if all else wasn't worked then you can buy a portable home inversion table like the Inversion Therapy Table shown in the photo.
It weighs 52 pounds, can accommodate heights of 4'10” to 6'6' frames and hold up to 250 pounds.
The measurements are 77.5 “ long by 27” wide and 79.5 “ high.
The best part of using this device is that it can be folded up and stored away when not in use.
It also is a cost-saving measurement, since doctor visits and chiropractic care are almost eliminated.
The new Vacupractor back pain relief device looks so simple a device that no believes that it works.
Looks can be deceiving, though. The inventor has many satisfied customers and now is being offered on Amazon as well as other sites.
It may look odd and too simple to work, but there are many satisfied users and the inventor states sales are climbing.
Summary of spinal adjustment devices
In summary, there are many products available that can help a person who is suffering from lower back pain and tight muscles. Most of the products stretch the spinal column—and it is the stretching of the muscles and spinal column that is key to relieving back pain.
The Spine-Worx was the first back alignment product I ever tried and liked, but I am planning to get the True Back Realignment Device due to the wider surface. It looks a little more comfortable, and I want to see for myself if it is better or not for my back.
The Stamina Gravity Inversion Table was recently added to my review because I still had back pain. I think this is a good product and there are others to choose from. The newer ones are lighter and more portable than those found at the chiropractor's office, so more people are willing to try them.
People have choices today, and for those who have had chiropractic care in the past and are aware of their spinal problems, I think this these spinal adjustment devices are safe to use.
Whenever you feel extreme pain or a new type of pain, I highly recommend seeing a chiropractor or going to the emergency room for X-rays.
I am not a physician; just a fellow back pain sufferer who has reviewed and used some back pain relief products.
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© 2009 Stacie L
Stacie L (author) on October 08, 2016:
Ladyguitarpicker; you are blessed to not have back pain...it can ruin many days. Thank you for reading my spinal alignment devices for back pain relief hub!
stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on October 05, 2016:
I am blessed in that I do not get very much back pain. I just seem to get everything else. Great hub, Stella
Stacie L (author) on February 12, 2014:
I know is more comfortable for larger heavier people but i cannot give medical advice for scoliosis users, as everyone's case is different.
These home devices are for those you already know their situation and have mild issues. Your situation is not mild.
Run this by your chiropractor and see if its safe.
Anxious Rattle on February 08, 2014:
Im new to your page, i was looking up on google info on True Back because i just bought it. I have scoliosis (double curve) and my chiropractor was talking that an older guy had scoliosis too and he stopped going to her because he has an inversion table and he use it for 20min a day and is pain free.
Do you know of anyone who has scoliosis and had used true back and felt better?.
Because i used it for five minutes but my neck hurts.
Stacie L (author) on November 12, 2012:
James-wolve: Hello and I think you may benefit from a trigger point device for your shoulder pain. I wrote another Hub about trigger point pain that you may find useful. I am not dispensing medical advice; just my experiences and maybe it will help you too.
Tijani Achamlal from Morocco on November 10, 2012:
Thanks for information.Does spine worx device help to elevate the shoulder blade pain too?
Stacie L (author) on August 21, 2012:
Thanks for stopping by my back realignment hub and commenting
Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on August 20, 2012:
Stacie L (author) on June 01, 2012:
The back stretcher may help as long as you know what condition your back and spine are in. You can try it out and see.
Chris Silvey from Louisiana, Missouri on May 08, 2012:
I been trying some exercises, but that back stretcher seems like it could help.
Stacie L (author) on October 20, 2011:
hey suki: i can't help with only that little information but a Pilates does what you are describing.
suki gadwah on October 20, 2011:
Maybe you can help, I've been trying to find a replacement for a "machine" that had a major part lost during a Home move. I had my perfect answer to my back pain. It was a bench with a rolling cylinder that extended, aligned and gently "cracked" my back. It relieved a lot of pain. Friends laughed when they first saw it, but after one use, they would go straight for it every time, please help me find a replacement!! Can't find one anywhere!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacie L (author) on July 30, 2011:
My article DOES tell people to see a healthcare professional first-as a matter of fact I tell people to know the condition of their back before using any of these.Please read it
Matt Stark from Albany, CA on July 29, 2011:
Great info and review of these products. Thanks! I would caution people with severe back pain to see a healthcare professional first, but these devices certainly have their place. And besides a chiropractor or MD, a Physical Therapist can evaluate your back too.
Stacie L (author) on December 29, 2010:
back pain connect; thank you for reading my hub and commenting :-)
Back Pain Connect on October 27, 2010:
Simple yet effective tools to assist fighting of back pain.
Stacie L (author) on October 23, 2010:
@myhtbuster; thanks for commenting...I'm not sure you can find these in stores,maybe just the inversion tables.
mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on October 22, 2010:
Nice hub, Stacie L. I'm going to see if I can find some of these products at the department store. I never knew about most of them and am glad to have found this hub.
Stacie L (author) on July 29, 2010:
eslir;thank you for reading and making your suggestions
esllr from Charlotte on July 29, 2010:
Great advice here. When laying down on your side place a pillow between your legs to relieve back stress at night.
Stacie L (author) on July 23, 2010:
wander1: thanks for stopping by to comment. back pain seems to be a subject everyone can relate to!
wander1 on July 12, 2010:
Thanks. I know that at least some of theese back pain products helps. Some of them are new to me, but will give them a try.
Stacie L (author) on June 09, 2010:
to theherbivorehippi;i'm glad to provide some information that may help you and others with their back pain.
theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on February 09, 2010:
Wow, these are some really interesting products! I have never heard of any of them! I have horrible backaches. I am going to have to try one of these!
Stacie L (author) on October 14, 2009:
Well I've read some articles on the turtle device and it looks like it may help also. Thanks for commenting on my hub, Yuki San
Yuki San on August 19, 2009:
Has anyone tried the Turtle? It is one of the latest devices to relieve all kinds of back pain instantly. I am considering trying one (there is 90 day trial period for free at www.turtlerelief.com) and want to hear some reviews and feedback on this product. Thanks.
Stacie L (author) on July 14, 2009:
thanks for participating "Rob", but if you read my article ,you would have seen my disclaimer about only using these products if you know your backs condition.=)
Stacie L (author) on July 08, 2009:
yes, stickyfoot...it's great to have so many new self help products to use in your home.
it saves time and money....and that's important in this economy
thanks for your comments
Stickyfoot on July 08, 2009:
Wow... I had no idea that there were so many products for back pain. I've been to a couple different chiropractors and they've never mentioned any of these products. Thank you for writing this article, opened my eyes to what is out there!
Stacie L (author) on June 01, 2009:
I think you may be a candidate for the Trueback..;)
whatziz on June 01, 2009:
I had terrible back spasms. The only thing that helped me were muscle relaxers - and a very potent pain reliever - think "House, MD" -from prescriptions from my doctor. I found I could not continue to sit on a certain CHAIR! Ever since I moved to a hard bench and I never had those horrible spasms again. You can't believe the pain! I had to lie on the floor for hours waiting for the meds to kick in! Whatever works - good for you!