Frequently Asked Questions



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

“Dynamic” means that there is a Bio-feedback phenomenon, created by BAL’s patented lumbar pad, which causes spinal tissues to reorient their positioning to maintain a safe range of motion during any non-static activity. 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 risk-reducing “dynamic”, and the reason why only BAL 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. We feel it’s worth a try to get one of our products if you experience or are concerned with back problems.


Aren’t 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. Many of them cost less than ours. But unless their belts correct posture, they simply will not reduce your back  pain or risk of injury. Worse, some even create more problems as they act as a girdle and make your muscles weaker, not stronger like our product does.  As a matter of fact, a major study at WalMart and published in the Journal of American Medical Association using the commonly sold elastic back belts showed NO effect on pain and injury rates when using them.


Do many people have back problems?

Sadly, over 80% of adults will experience  back problems some time in their life.  You normally think about hurting your back by bending or lifting or twisting incorrectly. The fact is most back problems result from the ordinary wear and tear of our daily lives. So standing, sitting, driving a lot, working, dancing, reaching and virtually everything else you do can trigger  back problems.


Why Does BACK-A-LINE Work?

As soon as  we learned to walk upright on two feet, we started to have back problems. Do you remember your mother nagging you to sit up straight! And did you? Probably not. Unfortunately, poor postural habits are very difficult to change at the conscious level. That’s why Back-A-Line is designed to work at the proprioceptive level, training our bodies at the “sub-conscious” level  how best to stand, sit, lift, bend, reach, twist, etc. After a short break-in period of 1 to 4 hours, your back will feel better - no matter what you are doing. Some people have told us they wear it to bed. 


How do I know it’s working?

Back-A-Line has been in business for over 23 years. During that time it has been tested by a number of highly rated academic institutions, in addition to being worn by tens of thousands of people in industrial, work, and home environments.

A Harvard Medical School study showed that a “curved and firm” surface when pressed against the back created proprioceptive feedback, a dynamic where the tissues of the back reorient their positioning to maintain good body mechanics. Back-A-Line works at the behavioral level which has been proven to be the most effective way to correct poor postural habits.

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

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

The Back-A-Line Dynamic Back Support  corrects posture; activates abdominal muscles to help strengthen the core; strengthens the back; reduces pain and fatigue; and lessens chances of back injury.

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

Back-A-Line has been formally tested in over 58 industrial situations with over 2,000 participants. The results speak for themselves – on a five point pain and fatigue scale – after three or more weeks of using Back-A-Line, there was a 75% reduction  of pain and fatigue for people in the “Danger Zone” Categories. A one-year test by the U.S. 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. As a result, they are now ordering Back-A-Line for all of 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 all day, waitressing, and many other daily activities. You can read some of these emails and letters in our Testimonials.


How Does Your SATISFACTION Guarantee Work?

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 questions@backaline.com for instructions.

*Does not apply to closeout merchandise.