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Just over a year ago, my sciatic nerve discovered me. I woke up one morning and felt rather stiff. Wrote that off to the way I was sleeping with my dog pushed up behind me. I was able to walk about a half block when the pain along my left leg became severe. Literally, I had to sit down on the sidewalk as it felt like I had been stabbed in several locations along my left leg. Five visits to an acupuncturist was able to get me walking again. For continued treatment, I would take the odd acupuncture treatment, massage and took up yoga to help build up strength and open up the back muscles. However, moving, lifting or walking for long distances can often bring about a new episode, albeit not as bad as the initial one.
I went cross country skiing and returned home to find that the outside of my upper thigh was starting to tighten up and a dull pain was commencing in the area. I tried Dr. Ho's muscle therapy for the first time. It was rather interesting to see the muscles contracting and releasing. I applied the pads to my thigh for twenty minutes and then placed them on my lower back for 45 minutes. About an hour later I noticed a significant decrease in pain. Later in the evening in hit me that I was feeling pretty good and was able to take the dog for a lengthy walk.
Now, whenever I feel pain and\or stiffness in my leg or back, I apply Dr. Ho's tens machine. It is proving to be remarkably effective in stopping the pain and getting me going again. This is proving to be extremely convenient as I do not have to spend the time and money to go for massage therapy or an acupuncture treatment on a regular basis. I have now integrated it into my treatment program. I have been so successful in treating my condition that a friend with similar issues is now planning to purchase his own unit.
I found Dr. Ho's system to be fool proof. It is extremely easy and safe to use. The enclosed DVD was very helpful and covers just about everything you need to know about its operation. It is compact and not cumbersome. The wires are long enough to reach any area of the body requiring treatment. I like the idea of the three timer settings which ensures you do not fall asleep with it on.
Suggestion - On\Off Intensity Adjuster - Make the dial a little stiffer to rotate in order to prevent it from moving by accident.
I would not have believed that such a small device operating on two AAA batteries would offer such relief and effectiveness. Nice job Dr. Ho!
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2-in-1 Decompression Back Belt with FREE Magic Heat Pad
What is the Decompression Belt? How does it work?
Developed by back specialist Dr. Michael Ho, the Decompression Belt is unlike any other support belt, because it also provides clinical grade traction and decompression therapy. Decompression is a proven technique endorsed by medical professionals for back pain treatment. So now you can get relief for your back pain without drugs or surgery.
Just wrap the Decompression Belt firmly around you waist, attach the pump, and inflate the belt. As the belt inflates with air, it expands vertically, gently stretching and tractioning the lower back. This gentle traction helps decompress the spinal discs and stretch tight muscles.
Because the Belt fills with air, it is not bulky and very light, so you can wear this discreetly underneath your every day clothes. Wear it for just 30 minutes a day as a therapy belt. Or wear it all day while you work and play as an activity belt. You can even wear the Belt to get a restful night’s sleep. The dual purpose of the HoPhysio Belt allows you to not only get home physiotherapy, but also allows you to be active and do everything you’ve avoided.
People of all ages and all sizes, from young athletes to seniors, are getting fast, long-lasting back pain relief with the HoPhysio Belt. Remember, with the HoPhysio Decompression Belt, there’s no pills, no appointments, just less pain and less bills.
Does the belt fit a range of sizes? Are there different belt sizes? Is it one size fit all?
There are 2 different belt sizes – A and B. Each belt size fits a range of waist sizes, as indicated in the sizing chart.
Use pant or waist size to determine belt size
Men & Women
Waist size / Jean size (inches)
0 – 16
25 – 41
17 – 21+
42 – 55
What happens if the belt isn’t the right size?
If the belt still doesn’t fit, or if it’s too big, just call our customer care centre to notify us and we will make arrangements to re-ship you a different size.
How long do I have to wear the belt for? Do I have to wear it throughout the day?
For the first week, it is recommended that you wear the belt 3-4 times a day for about 30 minutes each time. This allows your back to adjust to the effects of stretching and traction. After the first week, you can wear the belt for as long as you like. It is recommended you use it at least 30 minutes a day. You do not need to wear it throughout the day. But many people enjoy wearing while working or doing daily activities because it helps them be active with less pain.
Is it bulky? Can I wear it under my clothes?
No, the belt is not bulky at all. It is light and discrete, so you wear it under your regular clothing. Just wear the belt over a thin t-shirt or tank top, and then wear your regular shirt over top. In fact, a lot of people wear the belt throughout the day because their jobs or activities put a lot of strain on their back. The belt helps them be active and do activities without pain.
Why does the belt have to fit so firmly around the waist?
If the belt is not firmly wrapped around the waist, it may slip up and down when it is inflated with the air. When it is firmly wrapped around the waist, it doesn’t slip, so that way it can gently stretch and traction the lower back to help relieve your pain and tension.
What is the return policy? Is there a 30 day money back guarantee?
Yes, Dr. Ho is so confident that the belt will help your back pain that he has personally guaranteed it. If you don’t get relief from your back pain or if you’re just not satisfied, just return the belt within 30 days and we will be happy to give you a full product refund less S&H.
What is the warranty period on the belt?
Warranty period is 1 year. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Care Representatives at 1-877-374-6669.
Who is this belt good for?
People with chronic or acute back pain, and degenerative, herniated or bulging discs can use the Decompression Belt. It’s even great for anyone with an aching back from sitting, driving, lifting, gardening or sports such as golf, hockey or racquet sports. A lot of people who have trouble sleeping due to back pain have also found the belt extremely effective.
Is this good for people with degenerative, herniated, or bulging discs?
The belt is great for people with degenerative, herniated or bulging discs. Decompression therapy helps reduce the pressure on the spinal discs and helps relieve the weight of the upper body off the lower back. By relieving the pressure off the spinal discs, the discs can get the oxygen, nutrients, and water it needs to be strong and healthy. Traction can also help relieve pressure and constriction off nearby nerves such as the sciatic nerve.
I have spinal stenosis, will this help me?
We’ve had many people with spinal stenosis that have tried the belt and gotten significant relief. The belt does not treat the spinal canal itself, but it does help relieve a lot of the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis. Many people with stenosis tend to have muscle tension, pinched nerves, and disc degeneration. The belt helps stretch out tight muscles, relieve pressure on pinched nerves such as the sciatic nerve, and reduce pressure on compressed discs.
I have scoliosis, will this help me?
We’ve had many people with scoliosis that have tried the belt and gotten significant relief. One of the first things people notice when they wear the belt is that it helps them stand taller and straighter. By providing traction, the belt also helps stretch out tight muscles, relieve pressure on pinched nerves such as the sciatic nerve, and reduce pressure on compressed discs.
Are there any negative side effects from using the belt?
The belt is very safe to use. You are in control of how much you traction your lower back, because you control how much to inflate the belt. This means you can control to your personal comfort level. But even at full inflation, the level of traction is very gentle and effective. As with any new products, if you suffer from a medical condition, it is advised that you consult your physician.
Can I wear this to sleep?
Yes, many people who have trouble sleeping due to back pain have found that wearing the belt to bed helps them get a restful night’s sleep. For maximum results, it is recommended that you use the belt while lying down with your legs propped up with a couple pillows. In this position, your back muscles are relaxed and less tense.
Can I wear this while driving / sitting / doing activities?
Yes, you can certainly wear the belt while doing your daily activities, because it is great for helping to support your lower back and increase your core strength. In fact, many people wear it throughout the day to help them stay active and do the things they couldn’t do before. Now you can enjoy walking, driving, gardening, golfing, and working with less pain.
Will wearing the belt weaken my back muscles?
No, wearing the belt will not weaken your back muscles. In fact, many people report that the belt has actually helped strengthen their back muscles because they are more active. With less pain, you can be more active. By being more active, your back can get stronger and healthier.
How do I inflate the belt? Does it come with a pump?
The belt comes with an easy-to-use hand pump that you use to inflate the belt, so you can start using the belt as soon as you receive it.
Is the belt covered by insurance?
The description for the belt on your invoice will be “lumbar support belt”. If your insurance company covers lumbar support belts, then it is likely you will coverage for Dr. Ho’s Decompression Belt as well. Many of our other customers have gotten coverage.
I have heart and / or respiratory problems – is it okay for me to use the belt?
Since each person’s condition is unique, it is recommended that you consult your physician. The best thing to do is get the belt and show it to your doctor so they can see clearly how the belt works. This will help them better determine whether the product is suitable for you. If for whatever reason they recommend you not to use the belt, you can return it within 30 days for a refund less S&H.