For months and months I’ve been seeing ads for the Ironneck. It has been touted as a tool to help with neck and back pain. Allegedly, this weird looking contraption is supposed to provide you all kinds of benefits in regards to proper posture and the types of problems that arise from a lack thereof.
One of the thing that kept me away was that the “better” one was cost prohibitive. The device costs over $400, and I don’t know about you guys, but for me that is steep. The reason I ended up buying it is because the girls and guys in my Saturday Zumba class raised over $500 as a birthday gift for me. I figured this was the universe telling me to try it.
I had it and used it for a few weeks, but I couldn’t go further than that because the return period is only 30 days. That means that you have to decide by then, or you own it. I don’t know if I gave it a fair shake or if this was enough time to determine if it would work for me. I presume that the people over there came up with that number based on some data, so we’ll just run with that.
In any case, there were a few times I used it when my neck was hurting and it seemed to help with alleviating the pain almost instantly. However, one of the last times I used it, I felt something weird on my neck and later had one of the most painful flare ups of pain I ever experienced.
Now I’m not going to sit over here and shit on the ironneck saying that they were the cause, I don’t know that they were. However, I don’t know that they were not. I didn’t want to give up on the product, but that pain was scary bad. I told myself that our next communications would determine how I proceeded.
I decided to reach out to them and ask them if they could offer feedback on my specific injury and if this type of training could have adverse effects on the injury. They responded with some generic videos on how to use it and didn’t respond at all to my very specific question.
If they had given me a straight or more detailed answer, I might have kept it. But the response made me feel that they were not really interested in helping me recover and frankly I concluded that whoever is replying has no idea what they are talking about. As such my faith in the product plummeted.
I have since then requested a refund and sent the Ironneck back to them. I don’t believe I had enough time to honestly determine if it helps, does nothing, or makes things worse. But due to the lack of personal response and subsequent disappointment, I decided it wasn’t worth the money or risk to my neck.
Perhaps if they see this review and actually answer my questions, maybe I’ll revisit it someday. I’m open to that, but as it stands, I can’t recommend this product. I won’t condemn it either though, it may have long term benefits, maybe? But at over $400, I’m not interested in the risk of it being garbage after the 30 days lapses. Just like I did, you’ll have to try it at your own risk. But hey, at least they claim to give you your money back if you are not satisfied. I haven’t received a refund yet, but the product is still in transit so that makes sense.
If you have tried this product, I’d love to hear from. Particularly if you have any disc bulge or herniation, I’d love to hear about your experience with this product.
Just a life long New Yorker sharing the journey through my lens. Please take note of a post’s date. The views I express here are subject to change and evolving as I grow and learn.