Keep trying if you can't get air in, mine finally gave way, and works great now!
Reviewed in the United States on 6 October 2016
I bought this for myself to use, and got another brand for my dad to use. I got two different brands to see how much different they are, because I want a third one as well for my brother. They aren't that different. Not enough to say I definitely only want to purchase one of them again.
I will say, that man, there MUST be a huge quality control issue either with the needles, or the cushion itself where the hole is. So many complained they couldn't inflate it, and I was on that train myself for the first 2 days. No matter what I tried, I could not get it to inflate to where it was going to do anything at all. BUT I kept trying, and I don't know what happened, but all of a sudden, there was a "give" when I was pumping so hard, and it felt so tight trying to push down on the pump, and I thought I ruined it by puncturing through to the other side or something (Make sure you have the needle facing in towards the center, and not straight down or you definitely could puncture it!!! So be mindful!) because it got very very loose, and easy to pump. I am not sure if it was something in the needle itself, or if it was a piece of material blocking the hole in the cushion or what. All I know is, it was smooth sailing after that, and it inflated beautifully, and has stayed inflated ever since, and that was the end of July, 2016 when I received it. So, a couple of months now.
I have small feet....6.5, so, I am able to balance myself with the one cushion, but I certainly could see how any larger feet, and you really would need a second cushion if you wanted both feet to be on it at the same time. I do both feet as well, as balancing on each one. I don't find it comfortable to sit on at all, but I sit in a recliner, so that might be why.
The one side does have spikes, and the other side smooth dots, so you can choose which side you want to stand on. I mostly use the spikey side. Personal preference I guess since I use my bare feet to stand on it.
My dad has been in the hospital twice this year for congestive heart failure issues along with electrolyte issues. After each visit to the hospital, I had the dr prescribe him physical therapy to help get him back to where he was before he went in. It really has been miraculous to watch how far he's come. One of the items at PT was a balance cushion. It was much larger than these are, so he is terrified to even try to use one of these smaller ones, unfortunately. He CAN use it, as I've gotten him on it twice, but he WON'T stay on because he's scared. I even had him on it in front of the front door so he had the door to hold himself up against, or use the frame to hold onto, but he won't. He also has dementia, and when he thinks something, you can't change his mind on it. It's almost like he has a form of asperger's or autism in that sense.
If you are elderly, or are purchasing a balance item for a senior, I definitely recommend one much larger than this. It works for me and my brother just fine, and is as good as the ones we saw at PT, and used a few times ourselves. Are the expensive ones better quality material, and larger......indeed, BUT this does do the job, and has held up beautifully. It's like it was when I first got it, and I use it often...not daily, but at least weekly. I forget about it, and then remember I have it, and hop on for a bit. It doesn't seem like it does a whole lot, but man, I can really feel it in my thighs the most when I use it.
*This product was purchased at FULL price for our own use.
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