About Dr. Ho's Decompression Belt

If you recently saw an advertisement or watched an infomercial for Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt, you’re probably wondering if the traction it provides really can help treat your chronic, acute back pain. And if so, does Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt really make the process as easy as it claims?

To put the claims of Dr. Ho’s Compression Belt to the test, and to find out if it’s worth your hard-earned money, we did some in-depth research, and here’s what we found out.

How Dr. Ho's Decompression Belt Claims to Work

Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt, also known as the HoPhysio Belt, is a 2-in-1 decompression belt that claims to provide gentle clinical-grade traction and decompression therapy (hence the “2-in-1” designation), which is claimed to provide relief from chronic, acute back pain resulting from degenerative, herniated, or bulging discs. In fact, the product’s website claims that this technology has been endorsed by medical professionals for use on patients with upper and lower back pain, which is something we’ll discuss more in the Bottom Line section.

In addition, Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt is also claimed to provide other benefits, such as:

  • Keeps weight off your lower back
  • Stabilizes your lower back and improves posture
  • Strengthens your back and core
  • Stretches lower back muscles
  • Relieves stiffness

After placing Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt around your waist, you’ll then need to attach the pump and inflate. Once this occurs, the product’s website claims that the belt will expand vertically, which tractions your lower back while decompressing spinal discs and relaxing the muscles surrounding them. As such, Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt claims to help you reduce your visits to the doctor, as well as to avoid surgery and overdependence on pain medications.      

For the first week, Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt should be used 3-4 times per day, for 20-30 minutes each session, which can be increased if necessary thereafter. The product’s website claims that it can also be worn under your clothes, which is claimed to allow it to relieve pain wherever you are (including in bed), while also giving you the ability to be more active.

Dr. Ho’s Compression Belt is claimed to be safe for use by anyone, regardless of age or size, although you should always consult with your physician beforehand.

Dr. Ho's Decompression Belt Pricing & Refund Policy

Dr. Ho’s Compression Belt is priced at $179.96, and while it appears that standard shipping is free, this couldn’t be confirmed since a total isn’t provided on the checkout page. However, rush shipping will cost you an additional $34.99.

You can also purchase packages such as:

  • Deluxe Package: $209.94 – Includes DR-HO'S Neck Comforter, Spinal Secrets DVD, and "Relief" Book by Dr. Michael Ho.
  • Ultimate Package: $304.94 – Includes everything found in the Deluxe Package, in addition to DR-HO'S Neck & Shoulder Shiatsu Massager, and Bonus Car Adapter for Shiatsu Massager.

Regardless of which package you choose, Dr. Ho’s Compression Belt is available in 2 sizes:

  • Size A for 25”-41” waists
  • Size B for 42”-55” waists

Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges, as well as a 90-day warranty. In order to initiate the refund process or to file a warranty claim, you’ll need to contact customer service at 877-374-6669.

Keep in mind that during our research, we also found Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt for sale on Amazon.com, Newegg.com, and several other online retailers for as little as $95.

Important note: Since Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt is considered a medical device, you may want to check with your insurance provider to see if they provide coverage for “lumbar support belts.”

What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About Dr. Ho's Decompression Belt?

Overall, it appears that Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt has mixed online reviews, which tend to lean toward the negative side. Some of the most common complaints we encountered included that it is bulky, uncomfortable, and hot (see more about this in the Bottom Line section), and that it doesn’t provide results. Specifically, many customers stated that if the belt did provide any results, pain reappeared soon after taking it off. In fact, many of these same customers stated that it doesn’t provide any more support or pain-relief than elastic belts, which are much less expensive.

It should also be noted that learning the truth about other customers’ experiences with Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt can be a time-consuming process, since you’ll encounter numerous affiliate websites during your research.

What’s the Bottom Line About Dr. Ho's Decompression Belt?

Now that we’ve outlined all the details surrounding Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt, let’s get to the bottom line: Is it worth your hard-earned money? As with most devices of this type, the answer is that it depends. Here’s why:

First, decompression for back pain, whether applied at home or in a doctor’s office, has not been conclusively shown to work. This is because, as with any other treatment, the relief it provides is highly dependent on a number of factors, including what’s causing your back pain, where the injury occurred, how long you’ve had the injury, etc.

To support this, according to this article, “the benefit of [spinal decompression] treatments is not established.” However, the British Medical Journal took it one step further in 2004 when they published that, “Routine physiotherapy seemed to be no more effective than one session of assessment and advice from a physiotherapist.” As you can see, while the Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt website claims that its technology is endorsed by medical professionals, this doesn’t mean that it’s been proven to work, and you may not experience any pain relief from using it.

On this note, if you’re looking for a detailed analysis of Dr. Ho’s Compression Belt, as well as many clinical studies performed using similar technology, a thorough evaluation can be found here.

Finally, keep in mind that, according to the product’s FAQ, it must be worn over a layer of light clothing. This means that if you venture out into public with it on, you’ll likely want to wear another piece of clothing to conceal it, which could be problematic during the hotter months of the year. The FAQ also notes that you’ll receive faster and more pronounced results if you wear the belt while laying down, which means that if you’re expecting to receive good results while going about your day, you may be disappointed.

Bottom line: If you’re desperate for non-surgical, non-drug relief from your lower back pain, Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt may provide you with relief. However, based on the numerous negative customer reviews we read, it’s really a flip of the coin as to whether or not it will effectively work. Instead, you might first try a much less expensive elastic belt and go from there.

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6 Customer Reviews for Dr. Ho's Decompression Belt

Average Customer Rating: 2.7
Rating Snapshot:
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Bottom Line: 50% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 27 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Hoax

    • Shoreline, WA,
    • Sep 14, 2015

    I called them in June and was told by the rep that it was to be covered by Medicare if I get a prescription from the doctor. I received the belt and it was defective. I contacted SMS, the company that sent it. They said they would mail me the label so that it could be sent back (waited two weeks) and was sent back.

    Then I received a bill from SMS for the balance of the cost showing the belt was paid by Medicare for $1,295.00 and I was shocked since the ultimate package on the web costs only $304.94, that's quite a big difference! I contacted SMS and requested it be canceled but was told the replacement was sent 8/25 along with a return label.

    I called them on 9/8 asking why I did not receive and to stop the delivery. I was treated so rudely and with such disrespect. They said that the belt would be delivered by UPS 9/9 and to refuse it. This has been the most horrible buying experience ever from beginning to end!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 27 out 32 people found this review helpful

    Broken Belt

    • London On. Canada,
    • Jul 16, 2015

    My husband loved this belt, after 6 months of using every night at work, all the little white rivets popped out and the air valve won't hold the air. I never saw him so sad about anything before. It must have really worked but we can't afford to buy one every 6 months.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Jul 22, 2015

      Anonymous

      Try calling customer service, they may replace it free of charge or even at a discounted price. Can't hurt to try.

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  • 23 out 28 people found this review helpful

    It is not a scam.

    I have one and It works Great. Thanks Dr Ho. I just sent in my daughter's address so that she can get help with her back and leg pain.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 27 out 30 people found this review helpful

    It is a bit cumbersome, but, has helped me!

    • Long Beach, CA,
    • Jun 8, 2015

    I was/am at wits end, I have multiple disc ruptures, severe spinal stenosis, arthritis, some of my ruptures were huge, a 12mm X 8mm at L3-4, which, has given me such pain, limited my walking without a cane and had me contemplating a rest home. I have other HUGE disc ruptures at T12-L1, surgery has been recommended by every orthopedic surgeon & doctor I have seen, but, I resisted, as they would have to split & gut me like a fish I was told! I have been watching Dr. Ho for years on TV & after talking to my back doctor, sent away for the belt, received the belt 3 days after ordering it!

    I ripped open the package, I didn't read the instructions, pumped it up and felt INSTANT pain relief! Been one week today, so far, so good, walking without my cane, pain reduced & balance much better! A bit cumbersome to be sure & walking around as a support belt, but, as a therapy belt, hey, see for yourself, I did & happy I bit the bullet!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 28 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Dr. Ho's Compression Belt

    • Chicago, IL,
    • Mar 20, 2015

    I have had pain in my right leg due to my back. The Dr. Ho's Compression belt has not helped at all. I cannot not feel any support. I have a 32 waist so I ordered the small one. I have seen no effect at all.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 28 out 32 people found this review helpful

    Dr. Ho's decompression belt

    • Wisconsin,
    • Nov 1, 2014

    I tried it for about two weeks and then a small attachment that connects the belt to the pump fell off and I can't find a replacement. The belt is now useless to me. I've put money down the drain.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jan 16, 2015

      Heather

      Since it was within the 30 day money back guarantee technically had you returned it you wouldn't have lost any money at all.

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