Spine Worx and True Back.
Ever wondered which to choose of the two? I can fully understand you. They’re quite identical in some terms but the real differentiators lie in the details.
Both being FDA-approved, medical grade devices, they can give you a hard time when figuring out which is best.
That’s where I jump in.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to compare these two back stretchers’ goods and bads.
So bear with me, and let us get straight to the point: which one is better and in what conditions?
Spine worx: Its goods and letdowns
Not looking too convincing, the Spine Worx is a back stretcher that can relief lower back pain instantly.
But this has a fair price: it’s a pain in the back to lie down on it. At least for some.
I know. Many back stretchers can cause injuries, but this is something different. If you take a glance at the core of the product, you’ll instantly notice something:
These are the rubber rails in which your spine aligns into. That is okay, but chiropractors who designed must have forgotten one thing: it’s a bit edgy.
You’ll likely notice vertebrae crackling as soon as you position your spine on Spine Worx’ humps. That is normal, since almost back stretchers work on this principle. But not that much!
One more major letdown that I can’t just leave it out from here. If you’re above 6’5”, there’s a high chance that you won’t be able to fit your back into the humps. I’m 6’5” and it worked for me, yet I know people who had to return the product because of that.
But let’s elaborate on the good side as well.
If you can stick with the pain it induces in the first couple of exercises, you’ll surely get used to it in the long term. And beyond that, the Spine Worx is a neat little back stretcher.
Regarding its dimensions: Spine Worx might look like a piece of plastic mold, this bears some advantages as well. It’s 2,2 lbs in terms of weight, outperforming True Back with around 1,8 lbs. I know, that’s not a huge difference, yet still counts if you want to carry it to your office.
First of all, you’ll be able to manage your lower back pain without doing stretching exercises.
Doing exercises on a daily basis can be daunting.
If you want to reduce the weekly exercise count to a minimum level, Spine Worx can be a good choice for you.
Keeping this in mind, it’s more likely that you can skip some chiropractor visits as well. So if it really fits you, you can even spare some money with it.
One note about price tags.
True. Spine Worx is inconvenient indeed. But it’s around $30-40 which is half the price of the True Back. That’s a major difference there.
Speaking of Spine Worx’ advantages; let me list the back dysfunctions it can be used for:
- Disintegrating discs
- Ruptured discs
- Herniated discs
- General lower back pain
Although there are a few disorders you can use it for, still, True Back is the winner in this part of the competition.
Yes, take this seriously. If you have one of the following dysfunctions though, don’t even dream choosing the Spine Worx:
- Scoliosis – It can worsen your current state.
- Upper back pain – Found to be ineffective for that, at all.
Please don’t rely on me with this. You need to know which disease you’re suffering from. If you have any of the above, you might be better off with the True Back.
True Back: an old warrior from 1996
Since its debut, the True Back has also been a controversial pain relief device, like the Spine Worx.
Compared to its competitor, the True Back is something more robust. No doubt: it’ll more likely to fit you, if you’re struggling with overweight.
Although it’s much more convenient to lie down in comparison to its fellow back stretcher, it could still be more gentle. Foam straps are applied to each side of the pad, but not at the right place. It’d be much pleasurable to fit my spine into if the foam coverings were on both railings.
Speaking of the railings. Can you see this?
These rails have knobs on it, so when you lie down on it with your back, you’ll experience acupressure-like tension on your spine muscles.
Now that’s what really does its job. It’s soothing. It’s relaxing.
One major advantage over the Spine Worx stretching pad is its variability. By variability I mean you can choose to lie down on it in two postures:
If you suffer one of the following, True Back will definitely be your friend:
- Skeletal irregularities
- Spinal stenosis
- Bulging discs
Spine Worx also might work for you if you have any of the above, and you’re low on budget, but True Back was validated on all the above.
And here comes the winner.
Although Spine Worx is significantly cheaper and still does its job for most people, the True Back is something more medical grade to me.
Regardless of its flaws, the True Back is a more variable, comfortable and relaxing solution to relief your lower back pain.
However, by all means, I urge you to go more in depth with my thorough review on the Spine Worx and the True Back back stretcher. This way, there will remain no questions thus you can make a well-informed decision on which product to choose.
Hope this guide helped you. Please let me know in the comments section if there’s something left out of the comparison.
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