I know … it looks funny, but it works. For me. It’s called a Jigglin’ George. I picked mine up last November in Gatlinburg, TN. They don’t make any actual claims of curing anything, but they do say it helps reduce symptoms, etc, blah, blah, blah. I don’t buy into all that stuff. I bought it because it helped relieve the pain my my lower back. The back and forth motion really did help. I use it at least once a week, especially when I’m on my feet alot. Is it worth the $279? For me yes. I’ve found other “chi exercisers” on ebay for $99 to $299. They are similar in function. They all make the same claims. I bought this one because the I knew the dealer and the warranty. I did end up having to use the warranty due to a faulty switch. I called them up and they shipped me a replacement JG and told me to return the other one with the enclosed return UPS pre-paid label.
Here are some of the things these machines claim to address: “the benefits of aerobic exercise without stress or impact on the joints. Although passive aerobic exercise does not increase the heart rate or burn as many calories as true aerobic exercise, you can still enjoy many other remarkable aerobic benefits such as increased circulation, oxygenation of the blood, and movement of the lymph fluids, which can be beneficial to the immune system. The gentle lateral movement of the machine causes your body to move back and forth which, in turn, can promote loosening of the joints in the hips and spine, and relaxation of the muscles in the back.”
Oh … what does it do for me? My left leg is longer than my right. And sometimes by the end of the day my left hip/lower back is really sore. Before I got the Jigglin’ George it would take 2 or 3 days of minimal activity to relax my hip and lower back … I would never be pain free. Now I just use the JG and after a 15 minute session I’m feeling better. I usually use it right before bed time and sometimes when I wake up in the morning. And so far I am exercising with little to no pain. So yes, it does relax the muscles in my lower back.