I'm a 70 year old male with lower back pain, but only when I sit for more than a few minutes. I was informed about Kailo; a product which guarantees relief or money back. It's a stiff-card patch about the size of a smart phone which you stick on your skin where it hurts. How does it work? According to the ads, it's Nanotech connecting to your brain.

Before I bought Kailo, I used a small pillow placed against my left lower back which provided some relief. I figured the pressure on whatever nerve was how the pillow worked. After sticking the patch on, I noticed that there was a similar pressure, very slight, as there was when I used the pillow.

So far, the Kailo seems to work. But I was wondering, if it applies pressure to the region of pain, is that what works, and not the Nanotech BS? In other words, any stiff patch stuck to the site of the nerve pain, 24/7, will probably alleviate the pain? And you don't need to blow 120 bucks on Kailo?

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    Removed the link; I think this is one rare case where I'd rather not link to the product discussed since it appears to be a scam. I won't argue if the mods disagree, though. – Bryan Krause Sep 17 '20 at 16:17
  • I don't see how a stiff card glued to the back can apply pressure. How would it do that? – Carey Gregory Sep 17 '20 at 17:40
  • Very light pressure, for sure. Less than a small pillow when sitting. Maybe enough for me and several thousand others to help with pain. – catsteevens Sep 17 '20 at 17:58
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    I don't think something glued to the skin applies any pressure at all. It might stretch the skin some depending on how you apply it, but I see no way it could exert inward pressure. So if it works for you I'd say either it does what the manufacturer claims or it's placebo effect. – Carey Gregory Sep 17 '20 at 20:29
  • Just a post script-- you-all were right, the patch did not work. But I returned it and Kailo paid the money back. – catsteevens Dec 5 '20 at 14:13

I can find no evidence that this device has ever been tested clinically against a placebo control, let alone shown effective. It is not FDA approved as a medical device.

The descriptions of how it works are entirely bogus and do not relate to any known neuroscience of pain or anything else.

Seems like a complete scam, though even scams can give a placebo effect. If you think the placebo effect of a stiff patch of plastic will work as well for you as a $120 placebo then I'd save the money.

  • Nanotech for sure :). This is probably a difficult question, but is there any evidence that continuous pressure to the area of lumbago can alleviate the pain? – catsteevens Sep 17 '20 at 16:44
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    @catsteevens No idea about "continuous pressure". Massage can be used, maybe helpful for some. Back pain is tricky, so if something helps a specific person and isn't harmful then that seems good enough to me. – Bryan Krause Sep 17 '20 at 16:59

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