Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 39
Rated 1 out of 5 by Britt Not for herniated disc therapy/relief...
I purchased the Back Wave II to help alleviate pressure from herniated discs in the thoracic/lumbar area and scoliosis pains. After one light-use of the product I wound up suffering from an acute lumbar strain and spasms, which put me out of work for a week. My orthopedic physician has recommended that I not use the product again and am currently back in physical therapy.
The product is good quality, considering the simple make (basically a curved hump of wood covered in cushioned leather, with spinal indentation). This is certainly a tool for stretching the spine, but I would NOT recommend it for anyone with active spine issues.
I have bought other products from Gaiam and like them, however I will be returning this one.
August 12, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Tanny very uncomfortable
I had high hopes for this product, but was very disappointed. As others have said, the instructions are terrible. I finally tried it from both directions and I think I got it figured out. However, after trying to use it quite a few times, it was not only very uncomfortable, but it was really hard to get off without my back spasming. It isn't wide enough to support your shoulders (and I'm not very big) and there is no neck support. I tried using it with pillows and with the Real Ease Relaxer and neither worked. It's absolutely not worth the price. I'm sending it back.
July 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mik2000 Very useful for stretching my back
I am a little uncertain regarding the hip stretching with the wave and would welcome clarification
March 14, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Toni2230 Wish it had better instructions
I agree with those who complained about the instructions for use. I tried it twice today, and my back feels more rather than less stiff. I had great hopes for this product, but I have yet to use it comfortably. I'm sure that if I still had the box and the shipping insert that I'd send it back.
February 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Enduringflight Curviture of the Spine
My chiropractor asked me to work on the Curviture of my spine to keep my lower back disks from compressing. I am also a yoga instructor and understand the importance of neutral spine and core health. This product is a bit stiffer than I expected however appears to be helping to support that natural curve of my spine. My chiropractor is also happy.
May 2, 2012