How it works
Corrects spinal mechanics
Poor spinal mechanics is a major contributor to many back conditions. Lifting is only a secondary risk factor. It's not WHAT you lift, but HOW you lift and HOW you do everything else. One needs to address the cause to fix the problem. Back-A-Line relieves back pain by correcting spinal mechanics behaviorally. The patented curved, firm lumbar pad creates a bio-feedback response to correct posture and create new muscle memory for lasting effect.
Back-A-Line works differently than elastic back supports. While wearing Back-A-Line, the non-stretch compression belt coerces the spine to adjust to the patented “curved-and-firm” pad to encourage a normal lumbar lordosis. Improved spinal alignment facilitates more efficient activation of the core postural muscles, creating dynamic muscle support and improved spinal mechanics. Over time, use of the belt builds core strength and muscle memory so that improvement continues when the belt is no longer being worn. The result? NATURAL BACK PAIN RELIEF.
Lowers risk of re-injury to promote healing
Many back patients have difficulty maintaining therapeutic gains between therapy treatments. Postural correction facilitated by the non-elastic Back-A-Line compression support, reduces risk of re-injury and prevents postural regression during the course of treatment. This provides an ideal environment for healing and lasting pain relief.
Non-stretch belt minimizes risk of muscle atrophy found in elastic belts
Therapeutic magnets for chronic pain
While correcting spinal mechanics will minimize pain going forward, there may remain residual pain effect from prior damage (chronic pain). To address this, Back-A-Line developed its Magnetic Therapy Back Support, which adds patented, Niiomed® medical magnets for improved blood circulation and reduction of swelling. Only Niiomed® offers therapeutic concentric circle medical magnets, providing a unique configuration of constant and gradient fields, with alternating polarities, which has been shown to be clinically effective for musculoskeletal pain relief.
Physician approved and recommended
Research and Technical Reports
Back-A-Line experience report. 2013
A report of 58 site evaluations with 2,000 individual participants using the Back-A-Line support belt. 71% of subjects reported less back pain on day 21 than at day 1; 75% who began in the "Danger" zone (levels 3-5) dropped to the "Safe" zones (levels 0-1)
Orthotic considerations in the management of adult low back pain: A review of the new Ortho-Mold spinal orthoses. By Stephen J. Lipson, M.D., Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School.
Symptomatic improvement in over 1000 patients was attributed to a "curved and firm" lumbar pad technology in the Ortho-Mold elastic orthosis. The report theorized that a contoured firm surface may contribute to proprioceptive and pain blocking mechanisms.
Postural Evaluation of a New Back Belt Design, Marvin Dainoff, et.al., Technical Report 2000-1, Center for Ergonomic Research, Miami University of Ohio, 2013
The back-belt [Back-A-Line] participants consistently modified reaching postures by limiting extreme ranges of motion during a task that required enhanced stability. The authors suggested that the belt seemed to act to preserve a greater margin of safety -- keeping the user from extreme ranges of motion.
A prospective study of back belts for prevention of back pain and injury. Wassell JT, et.al., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research. JAMA. 2000 Dec 6;284(21):2727-32.
In the largest prospective cohort study of back belt use, neither frequent back belt use nor a store policy that required belt use was associated with reduced incidence of back injury claims or low back pain. Study subjects were Walmart employees. The back belts were elastic.
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A Critical Review of Randomized Controlled Trials of Static Magnets for Pain Relief. Eccles NK. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Volume 11, Number 3, 2005, pp. 495–509
The weight of evidence from published, well-conducted controlled trials suggests that static magnetic fields are able to induce analgesia.
Low Intensity Permanent Magnets in the Treatment of Chronic Lumbar Radicular Pain. Khoromi S. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 34 No. 4 October 2007.
In three of the secondary outcomes, global pain relief, average overall and worst overall pain score hint that overall pain in patients with chronic sciatica may be responsive to treatment with 200 G magnets. Lesser gauss (refrigerator magnets) has little effect.
Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Static Magnets for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Results of a Pilot Study. Wolsko PM. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine; Mar/Apr 2004; 10, 2; ProQuest Central pg. 36-43.
Despite small sample size, magnets showed statistically significant efficacy compared to placebo after 4 hours under rigorously controlled conditions.
Effects of Static Magnets on Chronic Knee Pain and Physical Function: A Double-Blind Study
We found that surface application of static magnets over painful knee joints reduced perceptions of pain and functional disability to a significantly greater extent than did the application of placebos.