Frequently Asked Questions

why back-a-line works

Back pain is caused by “spinal mechanics” that are out of natural balance. This generally  occurs over time as a result of the various stresses we put on our back.

A Harvard Medical School study proved  that a “curved and firm” surface when pressed against the lower back created proprioceptive feedback, a dynamic that subconsciously retrains your spinal mechanics to their proper, natural balance.

Back-A-Line patented the only way to create proprioceptive feedback.

A Miami University (OH) study  showed that Back-A-Line keeps the spine in a safe range of motion and credited the successful results to proprioceptive feedback.

Back-A-Line works at the subconscious level which major medical school studies have proven to be the most effective way to restore the back's natural balance.

What makes the Back-A-Line support "dynamic"?

“Dynamic” means that there is a Bio-feedback phenomenon, created by Back-A-Line’s patented lumbar pad, which causes spinal tissues to maintain a safe range of motion. Since postural “habits” – usually bad – have been part of our spinal mechanics for most of our lives, it’s almost impossible to correct them at the conscious level. It must be corrected at the subconscious – or behavioral – level which is the result of this Bio-feedback. A Harvard Medical School paper found that a “curved and firm surface”, pressed against the spine, was the best way to create this “dynamic”, and the reason why only Back-A-Line can use the term.

Does Back-A-Line work for everybody who has a back problem?

Most everyone with back pain will find relief when wearing Back-A-Line's Dynamic Back Supports. However, those with spinal anomalies – scoliosis, spinal fusion, kyphotic posture – may NOT be able to adjust their spine to the curve of the lumbar pad, making it somewhat uncomfortable to wear. That category represents about 5% of the population. But Back-A-Line works for most people who have moderate to severe lower back pain or fatigue problems. We are not a substitute for medical treatments or for medical professionals [although a number of them recommend our product]. Back-A-Line is also covered under Medicare Reimbursement code #L0641. 

Are all back Supports Similar?

Absolutely NOT! There are many back supports on the market, some for weightlifting, some for other purposes. Lots of claims are made. Some of them cost less than ours, some cost more.  But unless their belts correct poor posture, they simply will not reduce your back  pain or risk of further injury. Worse, some back supports on the market actually create back problems because they essentially act like a girdle, and therefore make your muscles weaker, not stronger like Back-A-Line does.  As a matter of fact, a major study done by  Wal-Mart on elastic, girdle-type back belts (and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association) showed NO effect on pain and injury rates when using them.


Back-A-Line has been in business for over 23 years. During that time, the Back-A-Line Dynamic Supports have been worn by tens of thousands of people in industrial, work, and home environments as well as having  been tested by the US Army plus a number of highly-rated academic institutions.

Endorsements from major medical and chiropractic groups can be found in our Testimonials.

Back-A-Line has been formally tested in scores of US industries with over 2,000 participants. The results speak for themselves. After three weeks of using Back-A-Line, the industries reported a 75% reduction  in back pain and fatigue among their workers .

A one-year test by the US Army of material off-loaders in a combat zone resulted in a 61% reduction in back injuries! And a recent set of tests by a major airline resulted in a 95% reduction of people in the Danger Zone (those who started as "high risk" subjects). As a result, they ordered Back-A-Line for their worldwide baggage handlers.

We've received  thousands of letters and emails from highly satisfied individuals who have worn Back-A-Line's Dynamic Back support in athletic competition, driving, riding motorcycles, gardening, working at a desk job and waitressing, among other daily activities. You can read some of these emails and letters in our Testimonials.

The experience of real people, people just like you, show that  Back-A-Line Dynamic Back Supports  correct  posture; activate abdominal muscles to help strengthen the core; strengthen the back; reduce pain and fatigue; and lessen the chances of back injury.

What size should I order?

If your body type is normal (waist smaller than hips), the "waist" part of your pant size is all you need.  (e.g., 28,30 = Small; 32,34=Medium; 36,38,40=Large, etc.)  If you're the opposite and wear your pants under your "belly", call us and we'll explain a perfect solution.

Back-A-Line can be worn under clothes, and it has a comfortable, soft “wick-away” liner to transfer moisture away from the body.  The patented curved and firm lumbar pad – which separates Back-A-Line from all other supports, and without which there are no benefits at all – adds 1.5 inches to the waist measurement.  So, if your regular pants are “just the right size”, the pants may not close while wearing Back-A-Line underneath. 


Just send it back to us within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price.  If it’s the wrong size, we will replace it. If you just want your money refunded, we will do so. No ifs, ands, or buts. Contact us at for instructions.

*Does not apply to closeout merchandise.