About BeActive

The BeActive Brace is a new product that claims to utilize targeted under-knee acupressure to instantly relieve your sciatica and other back-related pain, and to help you be active and to live pain-free once again. You’re here right now because most likely you’re in pain. However, the main question here is whether or not a single pressure point can effectively relieve sciatica or other back-related pain, or if it actually requires several pressure points.

We’ll answer this question in the next section, as well as whether or not BeActive Brace’s manufacturer is simply trying to take advantage of your pain, or if it actually work as well as it claims. For now, it seems that most HighYa readers have been displeased with their experiences, which we’ll also discuss in a moment.

But first, in order to address all of your questions, let’s take a look at what sciatica is, how the BeActive Brace claims to help, and if it’s any different than other braces you may have tried in the past. Then, we’ll see how well these claims hold up against real life science.

What is Sciatica & How Does BeActive Brace Claim to Help?

As we mentioned in our article Winning the Battle Against Sciatica & Chronic Back Pain, sciatica is a condition that’s typically caused by a displaced disc in your spine, which puts pressure on your sciatic nerve. This is the longest nerve in your body, which radiates from your lower back down through your buttocks and legs. Once this occurs, you may experience moderate to severe pain, tingling, numbness, and inflammation in your back or legs.

With this in mind, the BeActive Brace claims to help instantly relieve sciatica pain by applying acupressure just below your knee, which then radiates up your sciatic nerve into your back. BeActive Brace’s manufacturer claims that the device works regardless of your level of pain, and that it’s discreet enough to be worn under your clothing, yet comfortable enough for all-day wear; even when sleeping. And you can receive all of this for just $35.89 for the standard version, and $55.89 for the Premium version. (Important note: The BeActive Brace is also currently sold at Target for $14.99.)

However, it’s important to keep in mind that there is currently no clinical evidence showing that acupressure on your calf can have any measurable effect on sciatica-related pain. Because of this (as well as several other important reasons), it appears that HighYa readers have given the BeActive Brace an overall rating of 2 stars. Let’s take a close look at their main concerns.

HighYa Readers Chime in on the BeActive Brace

Since writing our original review, more than 130 HighYa readers have taken the time to write a review about the product, which overall, seems to have a less-than-stellar rating. But why? Here are the 3 main reasons:

The BeActive Brace Doesn’t Work As Advertised (Or at All)

As we mentioned above, there is no evidence that below-the-knee acupressure can relieve sciatica, primarily because the pain generates from a compressed disc in your lower back—not your leg. As such, the number one customer complaint for the BeActive Brace is that it doesn’t work to relieve pain. In fact, one HighYa reviewer claimed that it actually made their pain worse. On top of this, the directions included with the BeActive Brace appear to be vague, and to not provide adequate information on correct positioning.

One reviewer even took the BeActive Brace to their physician, who proceeded to call it a scam, and mentioned that “there's no science in the manufacturing of them, just like those magnetic bracelets claimed to cure pain.” To support this assertion, according to a chiropractor consulted during our research, one single pressure point won’t clear up sciatica. In fact, while acupressure has been shown to help some individuals achieve relief from their sciatica, the process entails repeated movements over several areas of the body—not just one point of pressure, and not below the knee.

Ordering Process

Several HighYa reviewers claimed that their BeActive Brace orders totaled twice (or more) the original amount, which is primarily due to confusion on the website’s ordering screen. As such, keep in mind that when you place an order for 1 set, this means you’ll be receiving 2 braces. So, if you want 2 braces and order 2 sets, this actually means you’ll receive a total of 4 BeActive Braces.

Other reader complaints revolve around high shipping and handling fees (a common trait among many “As Seen on TV” products), as well as long shipping times, often lasting 6 weeks or more. We’ll talk more about this in the Bottom Line section.

Poor Customer Service

Finally, based on HighYa reviewer feedback, another common complaint revolves around poor customer service. This includes difficulty placing orders over the phone, difficulty reaching a live person (e.g. very long hold times and only automated systems)—and when you do, the staff appears to be rude and unresponsive to questions—frequent hang ups during calls, and invalid customer service emails.

Should You Purchase the BeActive Brace for Your Sciatica?

However bad your sciatica pain may be, the good news is that it’s often a temporary condition, and will generally resolve itself within a matter of days or weeks, which can be improved further by undergoing core-strengthening exercises. In fact, just being active (no pun intended) in general will help speed up your recovery, as recommended by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain and help strengthen back and abdominal muscles. Maintaining and building muscle strength is particularly important for persons with skeletal irregularities. Doctors and physical therapists can provide a list of gentle exercises that help keep muscles moving and speed the recovery process.” The NINDS also recommends hot and cold compresses, no more than 1-2 days of bed rest (any more than this can actually make the situation worse), and over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen. Spine-Health.com endorses many of these same treatments as well.

However, if core-strengthening exercises don’t work, your next option will likely be physical therapy. From there, should your sciatica pain continue, your doctor may recommend surgery, depending on your specific condition.

But what if you suffer from ongoing sciatica or other types of chronic back pain, and want to avoid surgery? Should you give the BeActive Brace a try? Considering the lack of clinical evidence showing its efficacy, as well as hundreds of complaints of it not working as advertised and of poor customer service, you’ll definitely want to speak with your physician about more effective methods of getting rid of you sciatica and other back-related pain.

However, if you do decide to buy the BeActive Brace, keep in mind that it’s available at several local retailers, such as Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. This way, you’ll be able to find out whether or not BeActive Brace works for you, while avoiding high shipping and handling charges and poor customer service.

Bottom line: Will the BeActive Brace provide you with pain relief?

If you’ve tried braces similar to BeActive in the past without any pain relief, there doesn’t appear to be anything special about the product that would lead us to believe it would work as an alternative. Instead, consult with your physician about exercises and other natural methods that can be used to improve pain associated with your sciatica.

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Average Consumer Rating: 2.8
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5 star: 84 4 star: 25 3 star: 9 2 star: 5 1 star:  112
Bottom Line: 51% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 209 out 217 people found this review helpful

    Its a scam

    • Aug 9, 2014

    I am a back pain sufferer since many years. A friend of mine had the brace and asked me to use it. I took it to my doctor too. Well the brace has no value at all and does not help. My doctor laughed and said here comes another scam.

    My advice, don't spend your money on this and rather give it to charity or drink a bottle of decent whiskey to dull your pain.

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

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  • 203 out 207 people found this review helpful

    Total scam. Buy at your own risk.

    • Aug 21, 2014

    My friend told me about this because I was complaining about back pain the last time we went golfing and he had seen this on TV. After horrible service (very rude on the phone) and a long wait for it to be shipped to me, the product did nothing to stop my back pain. All it did was leave red marks on my leg and give me grief from my wife for throwing money away. Do not waste time with this product.

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

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  • 199 out 209 people found this review helpful

    Terrible business should be shut down

    • Illinois,
    • Aug 11, 2014

    Called for my daughter ready to buy 1, however you can't buy one just 2 by paying an extra 7.95 shipping and handling. They somehow had my shipping address from my cell phone #. Scary. Since i wanted it shipped to an address other than my phone # address i waited for instructions or to talk to someone. How would you ever get a refund when it didn't work. If they would get your address info would they sell your credit info? if this works, wrap our leg with an elastic bandage to get the same result. Their messages continued for half an hour without my responding or their going to a live operator.

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

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  • 163 out 169 people found this review helpful

    Scam and poor product sales

    • Queens, NY,
    • Jul 4, 2015

    My mother told me about this product since she and I both suffer with sciatic back pain. She saw the commercial on TV and took down the website and phone number for me to call and order later. I goggled the website to watch the video; however it kept saying call to order but I didn't see a phone number on the video so I played it two more times to be sure and sure enough no phone number. So I went back to the link and again no phone number, yes I had the number my mother gave me but I like to verify numbers and match them with the websites. So I did another search and found another link with the same video but a different phone number but this link talks about a premium version brace for calf sizes 12" to 18" for one low price of $55.89. This was not mentioned in either video, finally I decided to call the number my mother gave me and it only offers you the original be active brace with no other options. The number I got from website kept saying we're sorry your call did not go through I think it's a scam with poor way to market the product. It leaves consumers with too many questions and doubts. I'm not ordering this product.

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

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  • 162 out 169 people found this review helpful

    A deep lie.

    • California ,
    • Jul 6, 2015

    The only reason I'm giving this company one star is because I cannot go any less. First of all, they were horribly rude on the phone. After waiting one month to get my order, I decided to just give it a try. Even though I had already given up on wanting to use it after so long. Anyway, it did not help one bit. Now, I don't expect it to do wonders. I did cardio and went for walks while having the brace on. It didn't allow even the slightest bit of relief. I now have no back pain only because of the workouts I did. And the only few positive reviews I see of this product are almost obvious there written by employees. If they are, that's terribly low of the company. I don't trust TV commercials anymore. The employees are rude, the company signs away rights, it just doesn't even have a positive side of it in anyway. Worst product I've tried in regards of lower back pain.

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

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  • 145 out 151 people found this review helpful

    Bad customer service

    • Kissimmee, FL ,
    • Aug 22, 2014

    I placed my order on 8/2/14. I've tried calling the company for order status and the recording is telling me that the braces are not in stock. I've tried calling the 800 number they provide to no avail. No one ever comes on and after waiting 10-15 minutes, the call gets disconnected.

    I really think this is a scam. My credit card account has not been charged and I know I can't put a stop to it, but I will definitely dispute the charge with Visa.

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

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  • 143 out 148 people found this review helpful

    Beware of this product and rude customer service.

    • Jul 4, 2015

    I saw the commercial and called customer service at the 800 number provided on website posted by Top Dog marketing co. CS agent was rude and hung up on me after not being able to answer my question which was. On the website it states you can upgrade your brace for 10.00 more each. I asked what's the difference between the two that qualifies it as a premium version. Her answer was "It works better" I told her it says nothing on the site about it, other than wanting more money. So I asked her where can I find out because her answer makes no reasonable sense. She had no where to direct me to or answer and rudely hung up. My concern now is this a scam tactic from the marketing company Top Dog? Because I read the full interview from the inventor and he mentions nothing about a premium version, not to mention the concept of how the brace works. Wouldn't benefit from a upgraded version. Either it works or it doesn't?

    So with that being said, Top Dogs customer service's response to my question clearly stated the regular version does not work as good. Lame answer if you ask me. Also this product isn't even listed as one of their products when you call. Beware.

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

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  • 136 out 147 people found this review helpful

    Will not work

    • Aug 21, 2014

    Look people. Sciatic pain STARTS from the hip area. All pain trickles down. So if putting pressure behind the knee is what the brace is doing. It will not "fix" the sciatic pain. Get a massage and stretch.

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

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  • 124 out 127 people found this review helpful

    Would not recommend

    • New Jersey,
    • Sep 3, 2014

    I ordered a knee brace. Without my permission, they upgraded my order. First it was $35, and the next day it went up $111.78 I think it's an awful scam. I don't recommend even ordering this product.

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

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  • 123 out 131 people found this review helpful

    BeActive Knee Brace

    • Oklahoma,
    • Jul 6, 2015

    I ordered a BeActive knee brace a month ago and haven't received it. They have charged on my credit card. I am ready to cancel my order and get credit back on my card.

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

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  • 103 out 115 people found this review helpful

    Sciatica is my life

    • Alabama,
    • Jun 8, 2015

    Acupuncture by my chiropractor worked wonders to take the edge off. I have L4L5 herniation and L5S1 bulge. Try to stay active, even light walking throughout the day. Don't get sedentary, you are asking for trouble if you do. Strengthen your core. Heavy duty exercise is not required to build up your core. Limit your sleep hours to no more than 8 hours. I can only sleep for 6 before my pain begins to increase. Purchasing this brace is very unnecessary, ask your ortho/spine doc. If you brace something try your lower back. That is where the support is needed. The nerve pain obviously begins with the lower back. Once that nerve is irritated you have to deal with it where it starts. Acupuncture down the leg or in the buttock works well to control symptoms.

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

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