Back-A-Line is not for everyone. Those with spinal anomalies – scoliosis, spinal fusion, kyphotic posture, spinal stenosis, advanced arthritis, etc. – may NOT be able to adjust their spine to the curve of the lumbar pad, making it somewhat uncomfortable and ineffective. There is no harm in trying, but unless your spine has enough flexibility to accommodate a lordosis, the belt cannot provide effective support. That category is about 5% of the population. But Back-A-Line works for most people who have moderate to severe lower back pain or fatigue problems.
- Waist size does not equal pant size. Use a tape measure!
- Measure your waist. Put the measuring tape around your torso in the same place you would normally put a belt around your pants. For those with a waist bigger than hips, have the measuring tape follow the same angle you normally wear your pants.
- Most people wear their Back-A-Line support OUTSIDE of their clothes, and take this into account when measuring their size.
- Size ZZ (for 48"+ waist size) does not have a secondary compression strap attachment. The manufacturer advises that a secondary strap becomes unwieldy in this size because of its length.
Instructions for wearing belts
- It’s important that the Back-A-Line be worn properly. If your waist is smaller than your hips, make sure the washing instructions on the inside faces UP. If your waist is larger, flip it upside down (washing label faces DOWN). You may prefer the "No Logo Back-A-Line" if you wear the Back-A-Line upside down,
- Instead of wrapping the belt around at your belly button, start with the L-pad in the middle of your spine but wrap it on the diagonal about 2 – 3 inches UNDER your navel. Lift your stomach, attach Velcro and allow your stomach to fall into the non-stretch belt. It not only snugs up the fit but it will carry most of your belly weight. You won’t have to hyper-arch your back for balance.
- Skin irritation may occur with direct contact of the rubber material. Persons with known susceptibility to dermatitis or with broken skin should wear the support over clothing.
Cleaning and care
- Machine wash warm. Air dry. Do not machine dry.
- Do not expose to high temperatures, as this may damage the molded lumbar pad.