Spinal Alignment Devices for Back Pain Relief
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.
Consult Your Doctor or Chiropractor
If you have back pain, visit a doctor or chiropractor to discuss your condition and proper treatment. The devices reviewed in this article should be used only by those who have a full understanding of their condition.
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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