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Low Back Pain - Best Device for Daily Relief
The Sacro Wedgy helps bring significant pain relief that lasts. This device allows the pelvic muscles to relax, returning them and the sacrum to a balanced position. It is about the size of a person's hand and is made of molded rubber that comes also with a foam elevation pad.
Creation of the Sacro Wedgy was based on an osteopathic technique. The hand is placed under the sacrum to lift and elevate the sacrum bone. The hips are then free to drop and relax. A firm neck pillow is also used to stabilize the upper back and neck.
Use of this device has enabled many to enjoy jogging again, and reduce or even eliminate the pain of those who sit at a keyboard all day. Along with other exercises and physical therapy, the Sacro Wedgy has become a must to reduce or even eliminate low back pain.
His and her sizes
After months of no success in finding significant relief with medication, chiropractic treatments, spinal decompression therapy, or other prescribed treatments, many have found this device works. It helps to relax and balance the muscles of the back, pelvis and legs to reduce and relieve
- severe lower back pain,
- hip pain,
- back spasms,
- chronic back pain,
- scoliosis, or
This is a simple easy to use device. If you feel you need to lie down, you just lie on the device putting it right under where the lower back transitions and disappears into your buttocks. In the illustration at the right, it is the muscles that attach up at the lower spine and hip—the psoas major together with the iliacus next to it—that release and relax. This then helps other back pain symptoms.
The secret is regular use for about 20 minutes each time. It takes that long for the muscles to release and let go. Whenever you have pain and stiffness in your lower back, lay or sit on it until the muscles relax. Then you can do some stretches while on it to support your sacrum.
When you do have pain again, it's minor, and you then just increase your usage.
A doctor demonstrates the device (video)
Those who benefit from the Sacro Wedgy
The Sacro Wedgy device has helped those who have already tried
- pain pills,
- tennis balls,
- a month of strenuous exercise,
- Valium, and
- countless other back stretching or realignment gadgets.
Some say they have worked with yoga, done other stretching, consulted other doctors, and even bought an inversion table. Though all these treatments provide some relief and no x-rays or examinations show any significant problem, many say this still did not alleviate the pain.
Even when you have gone to a chiropractor quite a bit to get adjusted and it works for a few days, if the adjustment then slips out again, this device can help.
Sacrum, the bone between the hips
Claims of actual buyers
The adjustments my chiropractor made to my sacrum for several months would sometimes help and sometimes not. Stretches and massage were tried, but one hip was not able to relax. As soon as I tried the Sacro Wedgy, progress in relaxing that hip was made. The first two times laying on it was quite painful. Part of the problem was knowing just how high the sacrum bone is—the green #1 bone in the illustration to the right—when laying down. The other was my muscles were really, really tight. But then the long muscle in front of the thigh started relaxing. Once I learned exactly where my sacrum bone is, the psoas muscle of that tight hip went through a painful relaxation period the first several times I used the device—the good kind of pain. Each time I used it after those initial times, the pain was less. I am now sitting on the device as I type, and I find it a welcome change that the hip is no longer tightening up from sitting at the keyboard.
The key to its use
The key to using the Sacro Wedgy seems to be learning how to relax while on it. Once you can do that, things start to fall back into place. Pain is gone. At first, some report they could not relax on it for the recommended 20 minutes without pain, but once they were able to stay on it for at least 20 minutes, the pain was eventually relieved. Many report a very high percentage of pain relief. Some report their leg length equals out since their hips are put back in line.
The more you use it, the better you get at placing it and relaxing. Used several times a week, or even every day, users have found that it gradually helps the lower back get aligned.
Use while sitting
There are those who say the Sacro Wedgy relieves pain while driving in their car! Sat upon properly, drivers benefit particularly when their car has bucket seats. Some get one for their office chair, as well.
How to purchase the Sacro Wedgy
The Sacro Wedgy can be bought at Amazon.com and it ships for free, if you add to your cart another purchase eligible for Super Saver Shipping. Click on the male or female size at the right.
Some things to keep in mind
Should you decide to try this product, read the instructions very carefully and really work with your body until you are sure where it should be placed. It takes a little experimentation to get it right. You may find it more effective to actually sit on it on the sofa, an office chair, and elsewhere, more than the lying down position.
You can also get more help with proper use of this device and talk with the Sacro Wedgy experts at their 800 number.
DVD for how to build even more strength and stability
Faults found with the Sacro Wedgy
- One parent with lower back problems found the Sacro Wedgy provided help to get a good stretch, but only enough to rate it at three stars. This parent's 16 year-old son, though, found it provided even more relief. Since he runs sprints he has resulting back problems from "pelvic misalignment" (according to a chiropractor). He really likes his Sacro Wedgy and takes it to track meets to use during his stretching routine. So, they both feel it helps stretch the pelvis area and helps the hips drop back into alignment. However, one feels more significant pain relief than the other.
- Some have felt the need of something that presses the sacrum up higher, so the pelvis floats better. They find they must add another lift (like a small book) underneath it.
- Some very tall women find they fit the male size Sacro Wedgy better.
- There are some reports that the Sacro Wedgy did nothing for their sciatica or lower back problem. This device did help to square up their hips, but it does not compare to the help they get from an inversion table.
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