CATEGORY: Acupressure & Trigger Point Therapy
TYPES: Braces, Compression Sleeves, Harnesses, Wraps, Accu-Pressure Jets & Jet Faces/Fittings; Accupressure Back Supports, Shiatsu Apron, Back Magnetic Acupressure Lower Lumbar Massagers, Accupressure (Breathable) Neoprene Back Supports, Hand-Held Acupressure Massage Rollers, Shiatsu Accupressure & Accupuncture Massage Mats & Pillows Sets, The “Bed of Nails” Acupressure Mat, Acupressure Magnetic Patches, Handheld Acupressure Wooden Massage Ball Rollers for Pain Relief; Acupressure Massage: Rings, Bands & Bracelets -Chinese Medicine; Acupressure Tools: Body Massagers, Nodes, Belts & Probes
*All brand names are trademarks of their respective owners & used for review(s) & comparison purposes only.
BE ACTIVE BRACE PROS:
> Easy to use
> Design can be effective for relieving pressure on lower sciatic nerve, near calve muscle
> A brace that applies pressure on or around the knee is also effective for knee tendonitis
BE ACTIVE BRACE CONS:
> If you’re looking to buy the BeActive Brace, you should know there is an INCREDIBLE amount of negative online reviews with complaints ranging from complete ineffectiveness to terrible customer service (a handful of negative reviews for a mass marketed television product is expected, while hundreds indicates a problem)
> Although sciatic pain can radiate to the lower leg, generally, the use of trigger point therapy to treat sciatica (which is what this product is claiming to do) usually involves palpating trigger points in the lumbar area, Gluteus Minimus and Piriformis (back of hip) muscles – not way down at the side of calve. Although, granted, the BeActive brace can work for some.
> Infomercial offers buying one for $19.99 and getting another for free. The “2 for the price of 1” sale is usually a tell tale sign of a gimmick infomercial product that’s meant to create an impulse driven sale versus logic and substance.
> Offers a risk free trial where YOU have to pay the return shipping for not just 1 but 2 items – that’s NOT risk free
According to the Mayo Clinic, Sciatica is typically treated with medications for pain and inflammation, physical therapy to correct posture and strengthen muscles, steroid injections for inflammation, or surgery as a last resort. Based on my conversation with the chiropractor and research into treatments for sciatica, it would appear that the effectiveness of BeActive Brace is unproven at best.”
– James White, Founder of Acroya.com blog
This product may address a trigger point but what is causing trigger points (knots) to form along the sciatic nerve in the first place? The answer is usually misaligned musculature (as in poor posture). Therefore, you can’t properly treat sciatic pain without addressing vertebral misalignment. If there is any muscular and vertebral misalignment (poor posture) the vertebrae can often impinge on the sciatic nerve causing intense pain that radiates through the gluteus muscles and into the legs. Just because the pain can radiate to the lower leg doesn’t meant that’s the source. Does applying pressure to a nerve below your kneecap to relieve lower back pain really make sense to you? Or does strengthening your back muscles & realigning your posture, while getting a soothing spinal massage on a daily basis make more sense to you? It’s not a $10 cure but the premise and functioning of the BODY-ALINE is based on solid science – not mystery science.
Many have asked the questions: “Does Be Active brace work?” and “Does the Be Active wrap actually work?” This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better & more effective back pain solution compared to even the best accupressure & trigger point therapies & braces for back pain.
The Beactive brace is… not effective for mid or upper back/neck pain relief.
– Akviva Schmidman, Physical Therapist, Inventor of the Be Active Brace
A Personal Review of the Be Active Brace Trigger Point Therapy for Sciatica from BODY-ALINE Co-Inventor Jason Bowman…
This cleverly (and to some extent – not so cleverly) marketed infomercial product screams impulse. It’s meant to take advantage of the multitude of back pain sufferers sitting at home, slouching on their couches, while watching TV, who are probably experiencing back pain at that very moment (from slouching on their couches). Pain combined with low cost creates a very powerful motivator to buy something and when folks are presented with a cheap solution, they figure… “Hey. It’s only 20 bucks. What do I have to lose?” And that’s exactly what they want you to think. Infomercial companies love this type of product because it proposes to solve a very large problem in a very inexpensive way, which captures the interest of a lot of people. The key here is price. People figure if it doesn’t work, they’re only out 20 bucks even if they don’t return it, which is a small loss for one person but means BIG profits for a company.
Ultimately the question you really should be asking yourself is: Why doesn’t the Be Active Brace offer free return shipping with their trial? The BODY-ALINE weighs 45lbs in the box and we pay return shipping if you’re not satisfied. The Be Active Brace probably weighs 3-4 lbs in the box and yet they do not offer free return shipping. When you consider the cost difference between shipping a large heavy box versus a small light box, BODY-ALINE assumes 8-10x more risk offering to pay for return shipping compared to this brace and, yet, they still don’t do it. This should tell you everything you need to know about how confident they are in their product. Furthermore, based on the high volume of online complaints, it appears they also give you the royal runaround when you try to return it. Buyer beware. In all fairness, some of these types of low-cost, impulse-driven, infomercial products do work. But after seeing hundreds of negative reviews about the Be Active Brace online, I have great skepticism about this one. And, good luck getting your money back after the trial.