Spin Stretch Review: Will It Really Help Relieve Your Back Pain?
Spine Stretch is a spine-stretching and decompression device that uses your body weight and its unique design to provide back pain relief.
Their site claims to do this is through something called “axis precision traction”, which pushes your up and lower body in opposite directions. This takes pressure off the spine, the site says, providing relief for degenerative joint diseases, herniated discs, sciatica, and muscle spasms.
The machine is one of many as-seen-on-TV products that claim to be able to help you with pain associated with your spine. In this review, we’ll take a look at how Spine Strech works, what it costs, how it compares to other similar products and what science says about decompression devices like this one.
How Spine Stretch Works
As we mentioned a few seconds ago, this product claims to be able to relieve pressure on your spine by gently pulling your upper and lower body in different directions. Exactly how it does that is a matter of engineering.
The machine is about waist-high has several different components that contribute to how it functions. There’s a pair of grips at the top of where you put your hands. There’s a pad below the hand grips where you place the area between stomach and chest. Behind that is a strap that holds your body up as you slowly lean forward.
You can adjust the device’s various components so that they fit your particular body type.
When you lean forward, the machine moves with you and allows you to go pretty far forward, an important point since the site says, “the further you lean forward the better the results.” According to the product’s FAQ page, the machine also stretches your hamstrings.
Three minutes is the minimum you’d need to do every day, the site says, and their FAQ goes on to say that you can do between three and six minutes a day for the machine to be effective.
The site makes no specific claims as to how effective the machine will be. Rather, it says that the machine will “help” relieve pressure and pain.
When you first get your Spine Stretch, you’ll have to assemble it on your own. Once assembled, you can fold it down to save space when you store it between workouts.
According to the product’s website, pregnant women and those who have had surgical interventions in their back in the past two months shouldn’t use the machine.
Pricing, Returns, and Warranties for Spine Stretch
To buy the Spine Stretch, you can either go online to the device’s website or you can call 1-800-483-3402. At the time of publishing, one stretching was $119.96 with no discounts for buying multiple machines. There are no shipping and handling charges. State tax is only charged if you live in the following states:
- New Jersey
- New York
You have the choice of paying for your purchase all at once or splitting it into four payments of $29.99. The fine print notes that delivery times are seven to 10 days.
You have 60 days after you purchase your Spine Stretch to return the product. However, remember that you’ll have to pay shipping to return it, which, considering the size and weight of the product, could be a very expensive proposition.
Based on this, we recommend you are certain of your decision before you buy, as it may not be worth it to return your Spine Stretch.
Our analysis of the machine’s website and fine print revealed no information about a warranty.
The Science Behind Back Decompression: Does It Work?
When we’re talking about spine decompression, we’re talking about machines and therapies that take pressure off your spine.
According to WebMD, Spine Stretch would be considered “nonsurgical decompression.” Stretching out your spine “takes pressure of the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disk.”
This negative pressure leads to pressure on your nerves alleviating. As a result, WebMD notes, water, oxygen, and important fluids enter the disks more freely and help them to heal.
WebMD points out that decompression has been used to treat the following conditions:
- Back/neck pain
- Bulging/herniated disks
- Degenerative disk disease
According to WebMD, the types of therapies that doctors use include electrical stimulation, ultrasound and heat/cold therapy. They did not list any device-based therapies like the one Spine Stretch offers.
How Spine Stretch Compares to Other Decompression Machines
The Dr. Ho’s device is a belt that goes around your back. At the time of publishing, 16 HighYa readers left a review of the belt, giving it an average rating of 2.4 stars. The majority of reviewers gave the belt one star, noting multiple times that it did not work and caused Medicaid billing issues.
The Lo-Bak TRAX, on the other hand, received an average rating of 3.6 stars from 14 reviewers, with several people stating that the device relieved their back pain.
As far as pricing goes, the Dr. Ho belt was $199.96 at the time of writing and the Lo-Bak was $19.99. As you can see, there’s a pretty big disparity in pricing here, with the Spine Stretch providing a middle ground at $119.99.
It’s hard to say which device will work best for you because everybody is different and the reason for a person's back pain could vary wildly from yours and, because the reason behind the pain is different, the effectiveness of the decompression device you use will most likely differ.
What we can say is that each of the products includes a money-back guarantee, which is good. However, the downside to the Spine Stretch is its size will cost you a lot of money to ship, whereas the belt and the Lo-Bak are much smaller.
Final Thoughts About Spine Stretch
Our analysis of this product reveals some interesting things you may want to take into consideration.
First, we like that the machine allows you to adjust a couple of its components so it can fit your body type.
Second, the machine’s price is a middle ground between a device like the Dr. Ho belt and the Lo-Bak. If you don’t want to spend the money on the Dr. Ho belt but you want something a little more substantial than the Lo-Bak, the Spine Stretch provides a good middling choice.
The downside to the Spine Stretch is that the common doctor-approved nonsurgical decompression therapies that WebMD lists don’t include machines like the one in this review. Therefore, it’s really hard to say if the Spine Stretch will work for you.
And, considering the return shipping costs, it may not make much financial sense to send the machine back to get a refund.
If you’re unclear about how much of a good fit the Spine Stretch is, then print out the information from the website and this review and take it to your doctor. Discuss what your specific spine issues are and then let the doctor read over the material you brought.
He or she may be able to tell you, based on how the Spine Stretch aligns your back and the specific issues you’re dealing with, how well this product will work for you.