Vibra Wrap is a compression garment that the manufacturers (Allstar Products) claim also adds massage therapy to your affected area. They state you can put Vibra Wrap around places like your waist, knee, wrist or lower back it will increase circulation and blood flow, providing relief from sore joints or muscles due to work or age.
How Vibra Wrap Works
Vibra Wrap a battery-powered device that appears to function as both a compressor and massager; however the type of batteries it uses is not listed and Allstar Products had no further information.
To use Vibra Wrap, wrap and close it around your waist, elbow, or other area that is giving you discomfort or pain. Then, press the button. They state Vibra Wrap pulsates at 10,000 micro vibrations per second and, combined with compression, will help your blood circulate better and your joints and muscles to be less stiff.
Vibra Wrap Costs…
$32.85 – this is pitched as $19.95 and you if you buy one you get one free, but not only do they charge you $7.95 in P&H for the first Vibra Wrap, but also another $4.95 in fees for the supposedly free second one.
You have 30 days to try Vibra Wrap – if it doesn’t stimulate and relief soreness like they promise, return for your money (meaning just the $19.95, not the fees) back, minus return shipping.
Bottom Line: Is Vibra Wrap a Scam?
Vibra Wrap claims that its combination of compression and vibration is a revolutionary way to combat stiff joints or arthritis. But is this combo a good idea?
However, Vibra Wrap’s main focus seems to be on lower back pain, and studies about compression around the back are more mixed. UC Riverside notes that while using a back brace may alleviate pain, it may give a false sense of strength, resulting in further injury.
As to vibration, a study posted on the Arthritis Foundation website showed 40% less pain in elderly patients who used a vibrating device on their stiff joints. However, it was not studied how long this lasted and the device used was not available to the general public.
Another British Study of electronic massagers noted that there was a “significant lack of consumer confidence” in these types of products and that the vibrating was often reported as ineffective and sometimes painful.
In other words, there may be some benefits of combining the two, but it’s still very important to not over exert yourself (and don’t use the vibration to heal your sprained ankle!)
But what kind of batteries does it use? (Kind of important.) We suggest calling Allstar at (914) 347-7827 and see if they have the answer yet.