About Vibra Wrap
According to the manufacturer, Vibra Wrap is a portable vibrating compression wrap that’s claimed to provide therapeutic relief from muscle and joint pain in minutes, including areas such as the hands, wrists, neck, shoulders, lower back, knees, feet, and more.
In order to begin using Vibra Wrap, the manufacturer claims you should simply wrap it around any area where you’re experiencing pain, turn it on, and the battery powered dual speed motor will provide 10,000 targeted micro vibrations per second. In turn, this massaging action, along with the compression provided by Vibra Wrap, can help increase blood flow, improve circulation, and reduce discomfort, whether related to arthritis, aging, athletics, or work.
You’ve got to admit that Vibra Wrap’s design and bold claims seem intriguing, but you’re doing the smart thing by researching it before handing over your hard money. So is Vibra Wrap worthwhile, or just another gimmick? Consider the following:
What’s Causing Your Pain?
As we mentioned in our article about sciatica and chronic back pain, any solutions you’re thinking about trying should be directly related to the source of your pain.
In other words, if your discomfort is caused by sciatica, there is little clinical evidence showing that vibration can adequately address this. On the other hand, if you’re suffering from some types of arthritis, vibration therapy may be an effective treatment. Note: The vibration provided by Vibra Wrap is very different than the type used in this experiment, and will likely result in different levels of effectiveness.
In contrast to vibration, medical-grade compression wear has been shown over and over again to be effective for increasing blood flow and circulation, and for reducing the buildup of lactic acid. However, the level of compression provided by medical grade products is generally much higher—and more effective—than consumer-grade products such as Vibra Wrap. As such, you may not experience the same level of relief.
What Do You Consider a “Massage?”
When it comes down to it, Vibra Wrap consists of a thick pad of high-density comfort foam attached to wide elastic bands on each end. These bands appear to wrap around different parts of your body and to buckle into place.
To turn on your Vibra Wrap Unit, there appears to be a button embedded in the comfort foam, which, when pressed, begins to vibrate. Note: We purposely use the phrase “it seems” because there is no voiceover on the commercial embedded on the Vibra Wrap website, so we’re basing this description solely on the product demonstrations.
With this said, if your idea of a massage is fast vibration, then Vibra Wrap might be for you. On the other hand, if you’re expecting to experience the deep relaxation provided by a professional masseuse, you’re almost certain to be disappointed.
Vibra Wrap Pricing & Refund Policy
2 Vibra Wraps are priced at $19.95 plus $12.90 S&H, and come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that if you’re dissatisfied with your Vibra Wraps, you might end up spending almost as much in S&H charges as you’ll receive as a refund once it’s all said and done.
However, there wasn’t a phone number or email address listed on the Vibra Wrap website, so we’re unsure how you’d contact the company to request a refund. We were able to locate a secondary website for the company, although there was only a contact form available.
Will Vibra Wrap Help Relieve Your Joint & Muscle Pain?
Chopping to the point: Whether or not Vibra Wrap will work for you largely depends on what’s causing your pain, and to what extent. In other words if you have minor discomfort that can be addressed by vibration, then Vibra Wrap might be a viable option. But if your pain is more severe or is caused by something that can’t be addressed by vibration, then Vibra Wrap might be a waste of money.
Because of this, you’ll want to speak with your physician about recommendations based on your specific diagnosis before rolling the dice on Vibra Wrap.