The BioFeedBac back support belt promises to deliver all-natural, drug-free pain relief without batteries, magnets, or electronics, whether you’re exercising or on the job.
In fact, we’re told that it can even discreetly fit under your clothes, which means you can wear it while going about your normal day, without anyone else knowing. How’s it work?
Developed by a world-renowned spinal biomechanics researcher, BioFeedBac’s little green nubs are claimed to “work like magic fingers when in contact with your lower back,” creating a bio feedback stimulus that can help you correct your back’s alignment—and thereby reduce your pain.
After all, we’re told that 90% of back pain comes from poor posture, which is why BioFeedBac’s comfortable and lightweight design has helped re-teach “proper back alignment” to thousands.
Will you be next? In other words, can you expect BioFeedBac to deliver results? And if so, is it a better value than the competition? We’re here to help walk you through the process.
What Causes Back Pain?
Pain is our body’s way of telling us that something’s wrong. So, whether it occurs in your back, your foot, your shoulder, or anywhere else, pain is a side effect of some underlying condition.
With this said, there are thousands of different individual causes of back pain, including slipped, bulging, or otherwise damaged discs; muscle sprains, damaged ligaments, age-related issues like degenerative disc disease, inflammation, sciatica, accidents and injuries, and more.
What about BioFeedBac’s claim that 90% of back pain comes from poor posture?
According to WebMD, the most common causes of back pain relate to degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and just normal wear and tear. In fact, we couldn’t find any statistics from authoritative websites backing up the manufacturer’s claim.
Which of these causes of back pain—if any—might BioFeedBac work best for?
How Does the BioFeedBac Back Support Belt Work? What About the Competition?
You've probably seen—and perhaps even owned—other back support belts that appear functionally identical to BioFeedBac. After all, it's a fairly popular design, available at virtually any pharmacy near you.
Comparatively, while it might appear similar on the outside, the manufacturer tells us that BioFeedBac features small green nubs in the area that makes contact with your back.
From there, the device’s whole claim to fame revolves around something called “bio feedback stimulus.” But what does this even mean? And will it provide real-world relief from your back pain? Let’s break these terms down.
What Is Biofeedback?
Traditionally, the term biofeedback references a type of therapy that’s used to gain control over the body’s involuntary systems, such as heart rate, skin temperature, and blood pressure.
As a result, this type of therapy is often implemented to help reduce symptoms of migraines and other types of chronic pain, incontinence, high blood pressure, and more.
This involves the use of electrodes to monitor the body’s reactions, along with exercises that promote relaxation (deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, etc.). With continued practice, individuals can learn to maintain these states when trying to reduce pain.
What About Stimulus?
Stimulus (plural, stimuli) is defined as “a thing or event that evokes a specific functional reaction in an organ or tissue.”
For example, if you drag your feet on the carpet, build up static electricity, and touch a metal doorknob, you'll feel a quick little shock. This will then act as a stimulus to send a pain signal from your hand to your brain, causing you to say "Ouch!" while pulling your hand away quickly.
Bringing It All Together
While it's pretty clear that BioFeedBac's green "fingers" will deliver stimulus to your back—as would lying in bed, sitting in a chair, having the fabric of your shirt brush against your skin, and just about anything else—the company doesn't provide any evidence that this stimulus will provide meaningful relief from back pain.
And as far as biofeedback therapy, based on what we learned from authoritative medical websites, it doesn’t seem like the BioFeedBac support belt will deliver on this front, either.
Regardless, how much will you pay?
How Much Does BioFeedBac Cost?
Two BioFeedBacs are priced at $19.95 plus $13.90 S&H.
All purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. Keep in mind; this means that if you request a refund, you’ll immediately lose almost $14 of your original purchase.
Then, by the time you pay to ship your support belts back to the company, you could end up breaking even—or even losing money on the whole deal.
Nonetheless, to request a refund, you'll need to call Shop TV Products’ customer service department at 877-300-5499.
Although the available evidence doesn’t seem to indicate that BioFeedBac will deliver meaningful back pain relief, are customers happy with their experiences?
Why Aren’t There Any BioFeedBac Reviews?
Although BioFeedBac was a brand new product at the time of our research, it appears to be a rebranding (or, at least, a nearly identical copy) of the Lumbros Biofeedbac Posture Support Belt, which was originally sold in the UK.
On Amazon, this belt had 44 customer reviews and an average rating of 3.8 stars. Here, most compliments referenced reduced back pain, while most complaints referenced no results and that the Velcro doesn’t hold tight after continued use.
Granted, the BioFeedBac version comes from a completely different manufacturer, so there’s no way to know if you’ll experience any of the same.
Interestingly, while these products had been available for quite some time, there was little-to-no customer feedback for them.
In general, though, the most common As Seen on TV complaints (from all manufacturers, not only those from Shop TV Products) relate to lower quality than expected, that performance didn’t match what was advertised, and unhelpful customer service.
Again, though, whether or not you’ll experience any of the same with BioFeedBac remains to be seen.
Who is Professor Malcolm Pope?
Speaking of the Lumbros Biofeedbac Posture Support Belt, it was created by Professor Malcolm Pope, who also made BioFeedBac. This is further evidence that they’re likely the same product.
Regardless, Malcolm H. Pope is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa College of Engineering, Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and director of the Iowa Spine Research Center.
Before this, Professor Pope earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southall College in London, England and his master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Finally, he went on to achieve his doctorate in Biomechanics from the University of Vermont and his Doctor of Science degree from Gothenburg University in Goteborg, Sweden.
How Much Will BioFeedBac Help With Your Back Pain?
How much will a recommended dose of ibuprofen reduce your headache? How much food will it take you to get full? How many layers of clothing will it take to keep you warm?
These are all questions rooted in our own unique biology, personal preferences, and current circumstances—and it’s no different with back pain.
For example, how well a device like BioFeedBac will work hinges on multiple factors, including your current level of pain, the source and cause of the pain, the length of time the pain has been present, and so forth.
This is why, if you’re experiencing frequent back pain, the first person you should speak with is your doctor, who can formulate a treatment plan based on your specific diagnosis. After all, no single treatment or approach will work for every back pain sufferer.
With this said, although BioFeedBac (and its predecessor, the Lumbros Biofeedbac Posture Support Belt) was created by a professor of biomechanics, we didn’t encounter any clinical evidence during our research that its green “fingers” will provide any more relief than a standard adjustable back support device.
On top of this, many of these traditional devices can be found locally for less than the cost of BioFeedBac (although you’ll probably only get one), saving you from paying S&H as well. And if you’re dissatisfied, processing a return is as easy as hopping in your car.
Did you find relief from your back pain using BioFeedBac? Tell us your story by writing a review below!
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
Not so great, for me.
I was about to purchase this item prior to bumping into a friend who had one. With the offer to try for as long as I wanted, I couldn't say no.
The belt is very light in weight considering the size. Seems to be very durable. Has a nice feel.
For me personally, that's where the positive ends. Yes, you can wear it under your clothes, if you are into elasticated waistbands. Not a problem to wear under a vest or t-shirt. The problem is with the lower body. It was like trying to tuck an overcoat into your waistband, no way.
After finally sucking my stomach in, I managed to get the thing on. My trouser waist was tight, very tight. Feeling uncomfortable now. I tried sitting, and the belt moved up, and my trousers moved down. That whole area was now a mess.
I decided to try it with my tracksuit bottoms. No problem getting into waistband but still rode up when sitting. Same for car seat also.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend