I have fibromyalgia and have spent hundreds of dollars on various pain remedies throughout the years. Most things haven't really helped, including physical therapy -- the only thing that would provide relief was Tylenol and scalding hot showers. This mat appears to be invented by a sadist and it definitely HURTS, but with regular use my pain has become much, much better. It also helps relieve pain when it happens, but I've found it to be more useful in reducing pain generally rather than addressing a particular pain spot.
My best evidence of its effectiveness is that I get extremely thirsty after massages and the same thing happens when I lie on the mat for 20-40 minutes. I don't know what the thirst means (a quick Google says something about the lymphatic system?) but I take it as a sign that this mat actually does something for my knotted-up muscles.
I love the mat so much that I made the following meme. I hope it helps in your decision on whether to purchase this.
I was concerned about getting this because of the reviews that say it really hurts. I have fibromyalgia and was thinking my back wouldn't be able to handle it. But I got it out of dispersion anyway. I am so glad I did. It does hurt when you first lay on it, so that is true.
I started by just using the bottom part of the mat because my back went out on me and I was in severe pain, couldn't sleep, etc. I put a sheet on the pillow and upper 1/3 of the mat. The first 30 seconds was painful but I accepted the pain hoping it would get better like the brochure says (it comes with a nice brochure explaining how to use it for different aches and pains). Within the first minute the pain started to diminish. In about 3 minutes I could feel my muscles "melting" into the mat. That's the only way to explain the feeling. I spent about 20 minutes on it and kept feeling different parts of my back really relax for the first time in weeks. Just when I thought my body was fully relaxed, I would feel another muscle "melt". I love it!!
Having had lupus and fibromyalgia for the past 15 years, I've tried literally everything possible - water therapy, acupuncture, herbal remedies and more prescription meds than I can even remember. Nothing helps much.
When I saw this mat recommended in an article on chronic pain, I was a bit hesitant. Still, I'm always willing to try new things on the off chance it may actually be the thing to help.
For the uninitiated, the plastic points can be VERY sharp! I had to be careful just handling the mat, as I wound up slicing my hand painfully. I also found that even full clothed, it was quite painful laying down on the mat at first. However, after the initial pangs, it quickly feels comfortable, even good. I had no problem reading or watching TV, even dozing off a bit.
Then when I got up off the mat, I felt a noticeable difference in my muscles! Granted, it's not long-term, but then again, I haven't been using it long yet. And even if the effects remain short-term, I'll still take it.
I've had lower back pain off and on for years. I also get tension headaches. The first time I laid on this matter I loved it! I laid on it for about fifteen minutes and my headache was gone. It says to start off laying on something soft. But I dived right in and laid on the floor with it. It wasn't painful or uncomfortable at all.
There are little loops on the mat and decided to sew buttons on the opposite side so I could fold it up. That worked out great.
I'm a 25 year old with horrible posture. I'm currently on week two of physical therapy and have been trying to find ways to alleviate my back pain. This mat is amazing. I've never tried accupressure before and bought this because of the reasonable price. It was uncomfortable at first. You definitely have to resist the urge to get up. But within 3-5 minutes, something just happens? You just melt into the mat and it feels amazing. The bolster pillow has been fantastic at helping relieve those base of the skull headaches. I want everyone to have one of these.