OneBack Belt sold by World Wide Medical Products is a compression belt that they claim is lightweight and clinically proven to almost instantly stop lower back pain and help with recovery. They state if you wear this belt you will be able to fully live your life again, allowing you to work, play, and even pick up the grandkids without agony.
How OneBack Belt Works
OneBack Belt has 2 polypropylene panels front and back covered in neoprene that they claim fits waists from 18 inches to 80 and appears to be targeted largely at older adults.
Inside the back panel is a patented lumbar dome they say creates “bilateral opposing forces” which translates to it putting gentle pressure on your lower spine. They state not only will this almost instantly eliminate pain but also improve posture.
OneBack Belt claims that 100% participants in a university study reported complete elimination from back pain when using this belt, with 80% stating it was instant; however, they do not list any further information about the study itself.
OneBack Belt Cost:
$37.85 for 2 OneBack Belts and 4 rubber comfort inserts; this is pitched as $19.95 plus $8.95 for the first OneBack Belt but then they tack on another $8.95 for the supposedly free second OneBack Belt.
OneBack Belt offers a full one-year money back guarantee, minus any of those fees and what it costs you in return shipping.
Bottom Line: Will OneBack Belt Help You With Back Pain?
OneBack Belt may offer some relief from soreness in the back and we do appreciate their 365-day money back guarantee (even though they’ll still keep $17.90 in fees).
But is wearing a compression-type back brace a good idea? Studies are decidedly mixed on the issue. World Wide Medical Services does point to a study on their website which states that back bracing may be a cost-effective means of providing immediate relief from low back pain. However, the researchers admit the study group was relatively small and not randomized.
UC Riverside notes that back belts may decrease pain but can also give people a false sense of support, potentially encouraging them to lift more than they should. In addition, some studies have noted that wearing a belt may actually weaken the abdominal muscles, although its long-term effects are not known.
Therefore, we suggest exercising caution when using products like OneBack Belt – don’t think you’re suddenly Supergrandpa and always practice proper lifting techniques (like bending at the knees).
And if your back pain persists for more than a few weeks, talk to your doctor.
P.S. – here’s a slide show from the Mayo Clinic of back exercises that take just 15 minutes a day.