LumbaCurve v ‘Lookalike’ comparisons
LumbaCurve is often compared with those inexpensive ‘back stretcher’ devices which appear frequently in social media channel adverts and people ask questions like “Why are they so cheap compared to LumbaCurve?” or “Are they as effective as LumbaCurve?” Here are a few pointers to help highlight differences between “back stretchers” and LumbaCurve Back Pain Relief.
Does Lookalike have “nobbles” on its surface?
Usually these are described as providing an acupressure massage. In reality the only acupressure points for the relief of low back pain are two points (Bladder 23), located either side of the spine, not all over the back!A LumbaCurve user will feel two points of slight discomfort at the top end of the device towards the head. Here the surface contouring of LumbaCurve is pressing Bladder 23. A nobble is not really effective if it is not pressing into the acupressure point because all users are different sizes. LumbaCurve will apply pressure in the correct general area
Is the top surface smooth?
The purpose of LumbaCurve’s smooth surface is to allow the lower back to stretch to help the spinal joints to separate, reducing pressure on the discs, thus freeing up the spinal nerves and relieving pain. Surface features such as nobbles will obviously inhibit this necessary stretch by anchoring the tissue.
Where is the device located under the back in use?
Often ‘stretcher’ devices appear to be positioned under the thoracic region (the middle of the back) rather than the lumbar / sacrum area ( the base of the back) Given that 90% of non-specific mechanical back pain occurs in the Lumbar region ie L4 / L5 / S1 this is the area that LumbaCurve focuses on rather than the thoracic area. The LumbaCurve user is instructed to position the device under the lower back.
How does the device work if it is located in the middle of the back?
A side profile often shows the user with a hyper extended thoracic area, ie the middle of the back is extremely ‘arched’ rather than stretched yet the user posterior is actually on the floor. Any stretch of spinal separation must come from bending the back rather than stretching. Is this an effective way of stretching? Do you stretch your back in the morning by bending it severely or raising your hands in the air with just a gently back ward arching?
LumbaCurve’s patented and registered design ensures that the Lumbar and sacrum are able to ‘float’ in a recess whilst the coccyx (tail bone is off the ground). This positioning allows the lower spine to undergo passive gravity assisted traction (PGAT) – put simply it gently stretches the spinal joints to help separation and relieve pressure whilst ensuring that the sacrum and coccyx are off the floor and not subject to unnecessary painful pressure.
Is the top surface curved in only two directions?
LumbaCurve’s engineered surface is convex to allow gravitational stretch in all directions to assist in freeing up spinal joints and facet joints. If the top surface is simply curved in two directions (to simplify manufacturing and keep cost down) then the promised therapy cannot be as efficient as there is no lateral stretch.
Can the user exercise on the device to mobilise facet joints?
An important element of the LumbaCurve therapy is a gentle forward / backwards rocking motion to help mobilise the facet joints. If the alternative device has a nobbled surface then obviously this would inhibit this exercise and probably render it uncomfortable.
How long is the product guaranteed for?
LumbaCurve’s solid engineered construction allows us to offer a three year guarantee against material failure.
Has the device been clinically proven?
If the advertising does not mention this, then probably not has this is very important in any therapy device. LumbaCurve has been independently clinically trialled in the UK and shown to be significantly more effective in head to head trials with UK NHS (NICE) standard treatment guidelines. The results are shown on our website
Has the research been featured in an international peer reviewed medical journal?
LumbaCurve research has a six page positive review in the PRM+ Journal of Quantitative Research in Rehabilitation Medicine (May 2019)
Is the device medically registered?
If this is not mentioned on the device website then draw your own conclusions. LumbaCurve is UK MHRA registered (Class I)
Is the device CE marked
LumbaCurve has a European Certificate of Conformity (E8 Traction)
Is the device patented?
LumbaCurve is patented and is a registered design?
Has the device have any accreditations or awards?
LumbaCurve has been voted Holistic Therapy Product of the Year (Olympia, London)
What guarantees of effectiveness does the product have?
We recognise LumbaCurve will not address all conditions of non-specific mechanical low back pain so its offered on a 30 Day ‘pain relief or money back guarantee. If LumbaCurve doesn’t work for you then simply return LumbaCurve in its original packing for a full refund. We only want satisfied customers.
Does the product have media reviews
Many sites show logo’s and names but no detail of the review. Why not? LumbaCurves media reviews, testimonials, and expert reviews are all available on the website.
Has the product received positive reviews (Evidenced) on TV?
LumbaCurve has featured on ITV “Dr Chris Steele Medical Show” and three times on BBC “The customer is always right” scoring 8/10, 9/10, and 9/10 with three judges. Links to reviews can be found on the website.
Does the company actually provide a physical address, phone number, and email contact detail on its website?
Does the seller have product liability insurance?
This is about your health and wellbeing?
We hope this is informative and helps you make up your mind.