Sample provided. This review is my own personal experience and not intended as medical advice.
Over the summer, I started having issues with awful lower back pain, which I wrote about in a previous post. The pain was a result of spending long hours sitting on my computer for work, and has been effectively managed by taking frequent breaks to stand, stretch or just move around, among other things. Now that I know the preventative measures, I can pre-empt the pain from becoming a problem, but over the summer I went through a few periods where the pain was tremendous and lasted for several days at a time, to the point where there wasn’t much I could do but lay down and grit my teeth waiting for it to be over. So when I heard about the BaxMAX Belt, I was intrigued and thought it would be a good tool to have in my arsenal in the event of flare-up.
The BaxMAX lumbar support belt is designed to prevent spine compression by taking the body weight off the spine. To use, you wrap the belt around and affix with with velcro closures, then tug on a pulley cable to tighten the belt to your desired level of support; the cable then attaches to the front of the belt with velcro to secure. The belt is black and yellow, with a design that kind of reminded me of Batman’s tool belt, which added coolness points in my book! (Maybe I can use it for a DIY Batgirl costume next year! 😉 ) The belt is quite large – I personally have just worn it over my clothes while working around the house, but if I was wearing it elsewhere, I could feasibly wear it under my clothes if I did some layering.
I can definitely feel the support when I tighten the pulley on the BaxMAX belt. I do feel that it provides some pressure relief that helps the minor pain I can still get when I’ve been pulling long hours in front of the computer. I’ve had the belt for roughly a month and a half, and I’ve worn it a few times to test it out and also pulled it out spontaneously when my back was getting sore. Thankfully, due to my taking more breaks and investing in some specialty cushions for my office chair, I have not gotten any severe episodes since the summer, but I could imagine how the support from this belt would have been welcomed when I was in the throes of bad pain. I remember laying on the couch during the worst of it and holding my back with my hands, almost like I was trying to support it, so it’s possible that this could have relieved some of the pressure I was experiencing. I hope it never gets bad enough again for me to be able to test that theory, but I’m glad that I have it on hand as another tool if it ever does; when it comes to managing chronic pain, I find that having a variety of options helps me cope because I don’t feel as powerless. Everyone’s back pain has different sources and treatments – they say right on the BaxMAX FAQ that it won’t work for everyone, which is why you can return it for a full refund within 30 days if it doesn’t work for you, which seems very fair.