Revolution Back Belt Q&As: with Dr. Joseph Lawrence, Inventor

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Q: Please explain in one sentence what Revolution Back Belt is?

A. Revolution Back Belt delivers drug free pain relief by applying gentle vacuum pressure to reduce swelling, providing pain relief and reducing long term back pain by correcting spinal misalignment.

Q: What makes Revolution Back Belt unique, how does it differ to other sacroiliac support belts on the market?

A: Well, first of all, it is important to understand that the Revolution Back Belt is NOT a sacroiliac belt. It is a support belt for the low back, hips, and pelvis. The patented design of the Revolution Back Belt was engineered to specifically fit around the low back, hips and pelvis. Unlike traditional belts that go around only the hips and just above the buttocks, the Revolution Back Belt conforms to the top of the iliac crest and low back (at L5-S1 and on the backside of the sacrum), specifically supporting the superior region of the sacrum, the posterior superior iliac crest and low back. The patented design of the Revolution Back Belt is unique having a concave curvature to fit around the superior region of the sacrum and low back. Similarly, another key difference of the Revolution Back Belt is that it also has a belt that extends around the waist to stabilize the hips and waist, which is not common with other sacroiliac support belts. Also, while there are other belts currently on the market which will provide support to the low back, they will not provide stabilization or compression of the hip flexor muscles as the Revolution Back Belt does. The other belts will sit on or above the iliac crest, and thus the muscle group responsible for hip flexion which is primarily located in the anterior portion of the pelvic girdle is not stabilized.

Q: Is the belt designed to be worn over clothing, can it be worn underneath as well?

A: I wore the belt under clothing when I first started using it. Now I have the belt so I can put it on in just 2 seconds.

When I was writing the patent, I had kept it under my clothing a little and I found bending over etc. and sitting down I would definitely recommend wearing it over your clothing.

I was very uncomfortable when I had the belt under my clothing.

Q: Which waist sizes is the belt designed to fit?

The Revolution Belt is designed to fit waist sizes up to 52 inches. The ideal size of the Revolution is when the belt comfortably fits the back with 1” to 2” of overlap on the front of the body. * Note: The increased overlap on the front of the body is for added comfort.

Q: When did you first have the idea for the belt?

A: I'm a traditional family doctor with an interest in natural solutions to problems caused by my profession. The inspiration came when a colleague mentioned this patient had gotten up the stairs a lot better on the second day of using TENS. I began to realize tens units were commonly taped to patients and had concluded this must work. There had to be a better solution for tens.

As I looked at the alternatives, I considered a number of ideas: inflatable bag, airdyne frame, etc. I opted for the simplest mechanism. Tension on skin pulls on the underlying connected tissues: use a belt to get more skin-to-tissue contact and therefore more tens-to-tissue contact.

A: I was both surprised and not surprised. Innovation is typically simple rather than complex. It's usually a function of a person asking "how can I do this better?". I was never in doubt, but the journey was long.

Q: We’d love to know more about your development and testing process and how you arrived at the final design?

A: More than 40 years ago a group of about 4 or 5 of us was looking for something for the back pain and/or sciatica pain. Having tried pillows, wedges, rolled up towels, and so on we wanted something better. While there were straps on the market, none were designed properly so we set about to do our research and to test and improve on what was available. There was one product in 1973 that had a roll up system that really did help but was again not totally effective. Some of the major issues was it was way too hard to use and it was just too bulky.

Q: How long did that research, design, and development process take?

A: I would say the process from start to finish probably took me around 6 months. I first started to do some research and get some design ideas down and worked on different materials at first. Then, I did some CAD designs of the first back belt and started prototyping it.

The actual first belt that I wore for a full day of riding was around the 6 month mark. I did some design updates and minor tweaking to the back belt and then began to wear it full-time. This is when I noticed that I could improve the design in several ways, such as changing the buckle and making the belt more comfortable. I incorporated the new changes and added features from there. I wear it every day.

Q: Which territories is the revolution back belt currently available in?

A: The revolution back belt is currently available in the following territories: Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Portugal Terceira, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Q: Can we expect to see Revolution Back Belt available in North America anytime soon?

A: Blue Belt – The Revolution Back Belt is currently only sold on our website. We are looking at retail distribution opportunities in the near future, but we have no specific timeline at this point.

Q: What’s next for you as an inventor and do you envisage your reel based tension system being designed into other types of products?

I’m always working on combining the multiple technologies I’ve developed over the years to come up with new and interesting solutions to everyday problems. At the same time, there are a number of other inventions that I have in the works that I’m planning on releasing in the next few months. I’ve also designed a new product for men that is fast emerging in the fashion world, and also have ideas for some new health-related articles that have tremendous applications for improving your overall health and well-being. Watch for this all in 2011.