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Back to LIfe Machine Informercial

meydey321mmeydey321 Posts: 2,435
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Chronic Pain
Has anyone seen the informercial about the BackToLife continuous passive motion machine for back pain. It is a T-shaped machine that you use by laying on your back and resting your legs on it at a 90 degree angle and it supposedly gently stretches your lower back.
There was this back "specialist" that said it would take away the need to take costly painkillers that would have a cumulative dangerous effect on the body. It will take your pain away, regardless of how long you have had it, and it relieves mild to severe pain. All at 5 easy payments of $39.99. Proposterous!
One man said he was bedridden with back pain, and after a week was able to toss his 8 year old looking daughter up in the air and catch her and run around. Yeah, right.
Does anyone think that this is a scam? I sure do. Beware.


  • Yeah I've seen part of that Infomercial too! I'm sure it doesn't do all that they claim! Lol! But it looks like it might be good for a little gentle stretching. My mother in law ordered the "true back" something for like 70 dollars off the TV. It certainly doesn't do all that they promised! Lol! But it does provide some gentle stretching which does feel good. The hard part is getting down on the floor to use it and then back up!!
  • must be viewed with caution.
  • A friend of ours bought one and brought it down to our office so I could try it...NOTHING,ZIP, NADDA! Glad I didn't pay for it.
    I don't how they can advertise such junk and still live themselves.
  • quack quack, if it looks and sounds like a duck it is. scam. i can't believe people can't be sued for false advertising . i like the cream you rub on or my favorite is the bracelet made of stainless steel. wear it and gets rid of pain. i'll stick with my meds and my dr's to help. people are plain stoopid who believe in this crap.
    :))( :))( :))( =)) =)) =))

    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I don't know how they can charge so much money for that crap with a straight face. The doctor with the highest credential in that mess was a D.O. The other ones were chiropractors. Suzie, did you feel anything with the machine, did it even tickle? =))
    Jon, since you love this machine so much, we will all pitch in and buy you one =)) I wonder what will they come out with next, a bungee jumping back massager? :D
  • Not even a tickle. I don't think people that don't have chronic pain quite get it. To even suggest that some contraption like that would help is RIDICULOUS!! =))
  • My sister in Alaska just emailed me the link for TrueBack. The concept is credible; however, to state that it would take away your back pain totally and forever is false advertising. I was thinking it may do in a pinch - to stretch out the back, vertebrae, ligaments, muscles, etc. but just as soon as you stand for more that 5 - 10 minutes, gravity takes over again and there you are back at square one.

    I also saw an infomercial about a drink (SUPPLE, I think?) that is supposed to work from the inside out. Sounds credible as well. BUT, not sure it would help out the spineys. Maybe those with inflammatory illnesses, but not as well as an anti-inflammatory medication would?

    OY! I tell you - it make me sad when people prey on others' weaknesses and try to exploit them for monetary gain.

    Take care my friends. Hope you have a relatively pain-free day!

  • i would rather have a massuse from hooters to massage my back than some machine that is a scam. what is really worrisome is that people believe this stuff. talk about desperate. people are desperate for pain relief and the same thing happens for the poor people who suffer from cancer. they will try anything for relief eventhough it does not work. leave it up to a chiro to advertise this stuff. what happened to people getting real care from real drs? i know people have bad experiences from drs and pain drs but pleeeeeeeeze. i think they have more knowledge about backs and pain than chiro's who advertise scam machines
    long live da matchines

    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Yes, it is very bad to exploit people's weakness. It takes things back to selling snake oil. It's terrible that they feed on the desperation of others. If you know of any other scams out there, it would be appreciated to post them so that everyone is warned and done a great favor. And to give us something to laugh about :D I hope you all have a pain free and scam free day :)
  • wasn't there a guy who posted about a month ago recommending snail parts to people for helping pain? i specifically remember the guy because he also advertised his web site. i believe it was snail urine for some organ that came from a snail. give me a break. people called him on it and i havn't seen a post of his again

    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Is he for real? =)) That's the most stupid quack remedy so far. Snail piss. Yeah, right. I'm glad that person took off.
  • The people who claim total pain relief most likely suffer from your basic, run of the mill, stiff muscle, over-stressed, strained back sort of pain. They're also the people who would likely have 100% relief if they were given a prescription for PT and were taught basic stretching and strengthening exercises.

    I'd love to go back to the point in my life when I was in that type of pain. 8>

    Oh, by the way, it was snail venom. Unfortunately, that former poster got the story kinda wrong. Mods, nuke my link if I'm not supposed to post this.. but it's at least pertinent to the snail piss portion of the thread. :))(

    Prialt = snail venom?

  • i will try it!
    i tried the motion with help from my huby....not realy comfortable for him but the motion makes sense, i have spina bifida occulta and medication is not an option, unless it will get unbearable....traction for the spine is good for me, so this might work, they have return available as well so what it will cost if you return it, right?.
    i am sure it does not work for everybody and all cases...wil update after i will use....
  • Well .... I guess I am the one of only " True Idiot" in here.
    I tried it and This sucker has really helped me. ***That doesn't mean go out and buy the stupid thing. But, I have 2 herniated disc, 2 bulging disc and a 40 degree Curvature in my Lumbar spine.
    The first couple of times I used it , it really hurt the back of my legs , but once I stood up, Good grief , My lower back actually stopped hurting ( for a while ) Yeah ... I can hear some of you laughing now...... But if it makes my back feel good , I'm using it..... It will be my contribution to the economy !! Ha !

  • If it helped you, by no means are you a sucker. Consider yourself very fortunate and I hope it continues to bring relief to you =D>
  • There sure seems to be people with only 1 or 2 posts who used it and it worked..I might be wrong. Seems a little suspicious though.

    Jackie :)
  • Back 2 Life is a scam with no science behind it whatsoever.

    Two products that CAN relieve back pain are those inversion tables where you hang upside down, and cost around $400.

    There's also something called 'Spinal Stretch', which costs $149 and is portable so you can use it anywhere.

    Good luck!
  • dcam?
    let's see, if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a d;uck
    all of these miracle cures they have on tv and in the paper are bogus, people in pain will try anything to deal with the pain. same with cancer patients with their coffee enemas and peach pit injections
    just stay with your dr and pain specialist and not the quackers
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Just found this thread --

    Yes, I have the BTL machine -- got the t-shirt -- spent the $$$$

    Also bought the online version of Lose the Back Pain -- another t-shirt -- more $$$$$

    Wound up with the inversion table -- Like it a lot!

    I still use the BTL machine on occasion -- I don't know if it did me any good but it doesn't hurt me at all so what the heck!

    When you're desperate, yes, you'll buy anything!

  • I'm so glad it works for you. Send me a coffee mug will ya? :D Just kidding O:) Take care buddy.
  • Curious. The machine seems to do just about what one of my therapists taught me. But it looks like a lot of plastic for $200.00. Anyway checking it out brought me to this site. Interesting.

    My History. Car accident in the mid 70's sent a four foot long 2x1 inch piece of wood, broken from the bed of the truck we hit, through my upper back piercing my spinal cord. T6,7. Lots of physiological trauma to get the thing out. Spinal damage from where it went through my spine. I have partial sensory paralysis on the left side, lower neuro-muscular weakness and a messed up rib cage, what is left of it, on the right side. And 32 years of back pain. I have intercostal injections 4 times a year, wear a leg brace, do careful stretches daily and TAKE IBUPROPHEN.

    I recognize that I am Blessed to live and walk.

    HERE'S THE EXERCISE I MENTIONED. Lie on a carpeted floor on either your right or left side in a loosely fetal position. Your knees should be in front of you about hip level with one leg on top of the other. Be comfortable. Support your head with a pillow if you need to. Only bring your knees as high as you can comfortably.

    Breath yourself to your greatest comfort level if you know how to use breathing and bio feed back. Relax.

    HERE IS THE MOVEMENT. Slide the top knee gently beyond the bottom knee by an inch or so. Leave it there a second or two. Slide that top knee back to a position where your knees are even again. Retract the top knee shorter than the extension of the bottom knee by an inch or so. Hold for a second or so and slide back to even again. Repeat. Total movement extension is only a couple of inches.

    This slow movement slowly rotates the lower back. Do this a couple of times a day, especially when you rise or before going to bed. It can be done on a very firm bed.

    End the stretch by turning on your back. Raise your knees, you can rest them on a pillow if you can't hold bend and hold them. Place your arms comfortably on the floor beside you or across your chest. Breath your way to further relaxation. Tuck your lower back gently into the floor as you breath in and out. Email me if you do not have a strategy to relax through breathing. Aim for about 6-8 slow respirations a minute. Keep this movement simple and gentle, too.

    Because this exercise really works( relaxes and gently rotates and stretches the lower back) I did wonder if the Back to Life machine might work.

  • I am watching this infomercial now as a distraction. I agree with an earlier poster here that this thing is probably great for those with the "day to day" back pains - muscles tight, strain and such. I haven't had surgery on my back yet, but to this date I can't even lay flat on a hard surface, never mind the fun (NOT) to get down and up from said surface! :-) I've laid on my bed and did similar stretch movements with my exercise ball - still didn't get rid of all the pain, but a bit of a break. Oh, and the cost??? Eeewww... hehehe

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,715
    When we are suffering from spinal problems (back, neck, thoracic,etc) we are aways looking for the one fix that can help us out.
    So many times we may read or see something that sounds too good to be true Device ABC will eliminate all your pain and you will go back to doing things you did years ago. That might be the scenario that many of us have been in.
    Once you deal with chronic pain, you are opt to try anything to eliminate that. I believe at one point, their was this witch doctor who for $99.99 a month for 3 months would cure every problem I had. I just about jumped at that offer!
    We know the thinking side of our brain knows that that can not be true and is just a ploy, but our emotional part of our brain says "Yes, please, Yes, Yes"
    People making different items will and do prey on people like us. We are their targets. The sad part is that there is not much we can do to stop them.
    Its so hard, especially when you hear something that can cure you, eliminate your pain... Boy, you are willing to jump through hopps to make that happen.
    Luckily we have a large member community that probably has heard about A , B , C and much more.
    This gives us a chance to hash it out to see if it is real or just a bunch
    Good luck, and remember, anytime you read about somthing that is going to fix us all, discuss it hear to see if it has any merits
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I was intrigued by the commercial and wanted to find oout more so I did some online research. What I found from various posts from various sites:

    1. It works for some people who are very satisfied with it.

    2. It does not work for others who are angry with the company for not taking it back after the 30 day money back guarantee and themselves for buying it...or "falling for it".

    3. The company apparently has bad customer service and trys to sell accompanying products with it. (so they are guilty of aggressive marketing which I don't think is a crime but will most likely not help them appear legitimate in the long run) Make your own conclusions about the morality of targeting back pain sufferers.

    4. It seems people with severe back trauma and serious surgeries don't get much relief and it might aggravate their situation.

    5. There are more posts from those it doesn't work for than those it does. My personal opinion is that if it did work I doubt those people would post their results since they don't have as strong an agenda as pissed off customers.

    So...buyer beware and if you do buy it and it doesn't work for you, make sure you return it before the 30 day guarantee runs out!

    Good Luck!

  • I bought one about 2 yrs ago and find it great. My wife and I both use it and also friends and family have tried it. A great machine that works. I am in christchurch, new zealand.
  • its called the flexi bac of flexy back not sure of spelling .but its like a piece of art it look nice but as a health /pain reliving device ..dont bother
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I wonder why people come here and revive two-year old posts? Sad thing, Tony, is I think you and I were both around when this post was brand new! We probably won't hear from Irvin again unless it's another spam post.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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