When I first got the brace I would wear it two hours on three hours off for about two weeks. I did this two times a day. It does take all the pain away but when I have it on it takes away a lot of my pain from my back. When I am bowling I pump just enough air in the belt to relieve as much of the pain in my back. I bowl for two & a half hours without pain. I never do anything without this brace. Thank you!