What is Spring Thing?
Invented by Dr. Pamela Fowers, Spring Thing is a spring-loaded tool that claims to combine pinpoint and accuracy and perfect pressure to temporarily release deep knots and relieve muscle tension and pain.
All you have to is follow these steps:
- Locate your pain point using Spring Thing’s ergonomic grip.
- Press down on the soft rubber tip and move in a slow, circular motion. You always have control over the pressure.
- Feel your head, neck, should, back, hip, and leg pain release and melt away.
Together, Spring Thing promises to provide portable relief anytime you need it, along with a design that's gentle enough for even the most sensitive muscles.
But, does it really “mimic the healing touch of a therapist”? Can it deliver on its pain-relieving promises? Are there other options that might provide an equal—or better—value?
These are all important topics that we’ll cover here.
What Is Acupressure? Does It Provide Any Benefits?
The commercial tells us that Spring Thing uses the “healing secrets of acupressure to send relief signals directly to your pain.” What in the world does this mean, and will it work?
You’ve probably heard of acupuncture before, an ancient Chinese practice that involves sticking ultra-fine needles into the skin in order to stimulate nerves and release chemicals like hormones.
Well, acupressure is often called acupuncture without the needles, since it claims to promote relaxation and treat disease by stimulating nerves at junctions called acupoints using fingers, palms, elbows, or feet, or other special devices.
Although WebMD notes that acupressure-related clinical research it in its infancy, there is some evidence that certain kinds could be beneficial for addressing nausea, reducing stress, relieving pain, and even helping address some symptoms of arthritis.
In addition, just like most of us tend to do at times, using fingers to rub and apply gentle pressure to any sore area can help loosen tension and increase circulation, thereby providing some measure of relief.
Whereas using your fingers and hands to massage sore muscles is completely free, what will you pay for the pinpoint accuracy provided by Spring Thing?
How Much Does Spring Thing Cost?
One Spring Thing device will cost you $19.99, plus free S&H. All orders also come with a free pair of men’s or women’s copper insoles.
During checkout, you can upgrade to the Deluxe Spring Thing version, which comes with three additional Pressure Tips for $10 extra.
While no further details were provided, we called customer service at 800-340-3418 and learned that these are simply replacements. In other words, they’re not sized or shaped differently.
Like most Plymouth Direct products, Spring Thing comes with a 90-day money back guarantee, less S&H. You'll get to keep the insoles as your gift.
Is Spring Thing’s Arbitration a Big Deal?
This largely depends on your perspective.
Although arbitration agreements are very common among consumer products and services, you’ll automatically waive legal rights like a trial by jury or joining a class action lawsuit as soon as you place an order.
Spring Thing vs. Other Handheld Massagers
If you’re in the market for a handheld massager, the good (and bad) news is that you have thousands of options from which to choose in just about every imaginable size, shape, design, and color.
Many of these look like they’re from another planet, while some look no different than tennis or golf balls.
Want to see for yourself? Try searching for terms like “handheld massager,” “massage tool,” “self-massage tool,” or “acupressure tool” and the number of products available might make your mind numb.
How can you possibly choose the right option for you? According to The Independent, this depends on where you’re planning to massage.
For example, if on your legs, a larger foam roller might work best. However, if you’re working on a smaller area, such as the feet, a standard ball might provide the results you’re looking for.
On the other hand, if you need some pain relief on your back (especially if it's in the vicinity of the shoulder blades), a hook-shaped device might be the only method of achieving adequate pressure to deliver relief without enlisting the help of someone else.
Regardless of where it’s used, are Spring Thing’s customers experiencing real relief?
What We Learned from Spring Thing Customer Reviews
On Amazon, Spring Thing had 20 customer reviews at the time of our research and an average rating of five stars. Note: Interestingly, none of these reviews were verified, which means these customers didn’t purchase through Amazon.
Nonetheless, common compliments referenced ease of use, effective results (decreased tension, reduced pain, increased relaxation, etc.), compact size, and competitive price. In fact, there wasn’t a single complaint listed.
Like most ASOTV products from all companies (not just those from Plymouth Direct), these products tend to come with 3-star or lower average customer ratings, often related to business practices like long shipping times and processing orders without consent.
Plymouth Direct also had a B- rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on 70 closed complaints (as of 2/6/17). Most of these appeared to reference problems with product quality or difficulty with customer support (generally processing refunds).
Granted, we’re only providing a complete picture and not saying you’re sure to experience the same with Spring Thing.
Who Is Dr. Pamela Fowers?
Dr. Pamela Fowers is a Citrus Heights, CA-based Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) with 28 years of experience. According to her website, she specializes in treatments that can help address everything from recurring headaches and lower back pain to sinus issues and allergies.
While it’s positive that Spring Thing seems to have been doctor-developed, we’re not informed how this development will provide greater or more thorough pain and tension relief than the vast competition.
Our Final Thoughts About Spring Thing
Are there some clinically validated benefits—including pain relief—related to acupressure? According to authoritative websites, although the studies are in their infancy, this certainly appears to be the case.
And while you could certainly use your fingers and hands to deliver this acupressure, it’s reasonable to believe that Spring Thing will provide pinpoint accuracy and a greater level of adjustable tension, without tiring your hands.
Pro tip: Despite what the Spring Thing commercial might have led you to believe, other than reduced odor buildup, the copper in your bonus insoles won’t provide any “healing benefits.”
And like acupressure, traditional reflexology may help reduce pain, anxiety, and depression, although there’s no indication that the small bumps on these insoles will provide the same level of relief as an in-office treatment.
Given the number of other self-massaging tools available that promise to accomplish much of the same, is there necessarily anything about Spring Thing that’s more deserving of your money? Will it provide more relief?
Ultimately, without giving it a try, there’s simply no way to know. Fortunately, Spring Thing seems to come with positive online (although largely unverified) customer feedback and the manufacturer seems to stand behind the device with a 90-day refund policy.
Just keep in mind that if you ordered the Deluxe version, you'd immediately lose the associated $10 fee, and you'll also be responsible for paying for return S&H.