Common complaints about the True Back orthopedic traction device include the assertion that using the device is uncomfortable or even painful and that the device is not adjustable enough to be effective with all body types. Reviews of the product on Amazon.com, Back-Pain-Relief-Products.net and Does-The-Product-Work.com are generally positive as of 2015.
The True Back orthopedic traction device is a stretching aid that promotes relief of back pain due to muscle strain and sciatica. The device consists of a single arc-shaped block that sits on the floor. The patient lies with his back on the device for three to five minutes, first with the lower slope at his lower back and then with the higher slope in this position.
Some reviews on Amazon.com, Does the Product Work and Back Pain Relief Products note that the True Back allows for a more intense stretch than some patients might be used to and that the stretch therefore might cause pain or discomfort during the first few uses. A few users also note that the stretch position may cause strain on the neck. Other reviewers note that the True Back is unable to target specific muscle areas such as the upper back and tends to work more for the lower and middle back.