Back2Life is a weird devices that claims to relieve back pain. It uses “continuous passive motion” to decompressed vertebrae, release pressure on nerve endings, naturally align the spine.
Lie back, relax, get your legs on Back2Life and after 12 minutes you begin to feel the ease of discomfort, sciatica, skipped discs, and muscle spasms. It also adjusts to your height in seconds and stores anywhere.
But does Back2Life works as well as it claims?
Dedicated To: back pain
- Could help for mid-low back pain
- Could help to relieve pain in short term
- Adjustable to everyone
- Has usage restrictions
- Does not treat the long term cause
Difficulty Level: any.
Regular Price: $149.95 (split into 5 payments of $29.99) + free shipping
Money Guarantee: 30-day (device weighs about 18 pounds, so it’ll probably cost you a pretty penny to send it back to the manufacturer)
Warranty: 1-year, against defects in materials or workmanship.
What’s In The Package
- Posture Fit insoles, which promise to give you “perfect posture” and to cushion impact points, along with a
- 28-page, full color Informational Brochure and User Manual.
If you choose, additional products can also be purchased:
- Ankle Weights: $9.95 plus $2.99 S&H
- Posture Fit Pillow w/Comfort Mat: $29.965 plus $4.99 S&H
What Is CPM Therapy?
Continuous Passive Motion therapy is self explanatory:
- Continuous = Ongoing
- Passive = The machine does all the work
- Motion = Movement
CPM machines are basically exercising for lazy people. Theoretically they should work in relieving short term pain, but in the long term it won’t treat your back pain. Other CPM machine in the market is named Kyrobak (I reviewed it here). Here is a short discription of Kyro:
It’s a machine, that provide a rhythmic, soothing motion, which should activate blood flow and flush oxygen to the spine, gently releasing pressure between the vertebrae, allowing spine decompression. It does this by using:
- Continuous Passive Motion (CPM)
- Oscillation therapies
It’s basically the same as Back2Life just explained in different words.
Why CPM Devices Don’t Provide You The Long Term Relief
If you want to permanently cure back pain or sciatica, you have to address root cause. And root cause is mostly lack of movement, which makes:
- muscles atrophy
- other muscles tense up, to bare the load of atrophied ones
- tension cut’s of blood, oxygen and biochemical circulation in spine
And so your spine starts to tweak in all weird ways, and doctors get an opportunity to blame something looking at in MRI scans.
Currently there are only 2 proven ways to treat back pain it’s: heat and movement. Heat relaxes tense up muscles, movement cures muscle imbalances and allows oxygen, blood and biochemicals to circulate the spine.
All the other treatments or products basically try to simulate what heat and movement can do, and with not much success. If you want cure your back pain for good, you need to strengthen your muscles and cure imbalances.
I’m not saying Back2Life does not work, it does help you to get a quick short relief. It’s basically a good back massage. But before you get it you should be aware of usage restrictions.
Who Shouldn’t Use Back2Life?
According to the company, you should not use Back2Life if you have:
- Undergone back surgery, including spinal fusion, in the last year
- Undergone thigh surgery in the last six months
- If you suffer from grade 2 or higher Listhesis (spinal misalignment)
- In cases where there is central pressure on the spinal cord with the following symptoms: poor balance, urinary problems, numbness in both legs
- If you are pregnant
- If you weigh more than 300lb.
Despite my criticism I like Back2Life, it works for me as comfy message solution. It’s certainly much better than it’s competitor Kyrobak. But don’t think that this devices will cure the pain for you permanently. I suggest you to try it out. Just remember that it’ll probably cost a lot of cash to ship it back to the manufacturer if you’re not satisfied.
What I Recommend Instead?
Research has just proven (once again) that the best defense against recurrent lower back pain is a consistent program of exercise. Really any wiggling is better the nothing. Pain recurrence rates were lowered from 80% to 40% among consistent exercisers, without spending a lot of money on an electronic device.
Of course, specifically structured exercises for back pain and sciatica give you a big edge. Unfortunately, good back pain therapist are just very rare, and usually very pricey. I’m found a lot of success with Ian Hart’s Program My Back Pain Coach @ Relief 4 Life Program. I’m still using it today. This is one of few programs, that you can do at your home every day.