If you’ve been to a chiropractor, then you’ve probably sung the praises of these alternative healers more than once...but, they will cost you! Chiropractors can charge upwards of $100 per session.
That’s why chiropractor, Dr. Michael Ho, created his Decompression Belt
(retail value: $159.96), originally intended as a way for his celebrity and athlete clients to relieve backaches when they were traveling and unable to make appointments. Dr. Ho eventually started receiving inquiries from non-patients who wanted to purchase a belt. Three years ago, Dr. Ho introduced it for sale on his website
, an ecommerce site featuring pain relief and weight loss aids. Read this interview with Vincent Ho, son of Dr. Ho and president of DR-HO
(Dr. Ho’s product line), then enter by leaving a comment, below, for a chance to test one!
Why might FOFs experience back pain as they age?
A lot of people have the misconception that they got back pain out of the blue. But the fact is, in the fifty years leading up to back pain there was bad posture, repetitive strain such as driving or sitting at a computer, overuse of their body--these things have caused their body to slowly break down. That day they feel pain--it’s just so to speak the straw that broke the camel’s back.
What led Dr. Ho to create his decompression belt?
A lot of people with back pain will go get treatment, feel a little better, but it never lasts. The pain comes back. They might see a specialist three times a week and thats a lot in terms of time and money. On the days they are not being treated, the body regresses, which is why a lot of people get frustrated. When my father would treat his patients, he would send them home with this belt or another device. This way on the days they didn’t have an appointment, they would treat themselves at home, and progress would constantly be made. Beyond his patients, people became interested in buying the devices knowing it would save them time and money. They’d be able to see their doctor less frequently.
So, could the belt be a substitute to going to a doctor or chiropractor?
It’s complimentary. It’s not replace them. The doctor or chiros that are confident in their practice and really want the best for their patients have no problem using or selling the products because at the end of the day it’s the best for the patient.
Why is the belt a good way to alleviate back pain? How does it work?
We want to treat the root cause of the pain--why you have the pain in the first place, not just the symptom. As we get older, the discs between the bones in our compress, sort of like how brake pads in a car, wear down. Bone on bone, which happens when the discs wear down, causes pressure. The decompression belt stretches the back to it’s normal length. You strap the belt on and pump it up. It gets taller, pulling the back up, stretching the muscles. This puts less pressure on the back.
How long do you need to use it before it alleviates pain? How frequently should you use it?
Within the first twenty minutes you will notice pain relief. For long term pain relief you’ll need to wear it for approximately three to four weeks. The key is to wear it every day. After wearing the product for four to six weeks you can go years without pain.
Are there are other products on the market like this for back pain?
There are so many products that can offer someone a quick fix at a much cheaper price but nothing is going to fix the problem long-term, like this.
Can you wear it with clothes?
What conditions can it treat?
Pinched nerves or degenerative discs, herniated disc, bulging discs and sciatic pain.
What can’t it treat?
It doesn’t help as much for scoliosis, a condition where the back is in an S shape. If the back is not straight, it’s more difficult to stretch. The belt would give someone with scoliosis more support and comfort but not necessarily fix it, because scoliosis is incurable.
Where are they sold?
Doctors offices nationwide and online at the DR-HO website
Does medicare cover it?
Will Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt put the squeeze on your back pain? 5 FOFs will test it.
For a chance to win, leave a comment below.
Five FOFs will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes January 23rd, 2013 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.