Archive For The “Decompression Therapy” Category

Back Rehabilitation – An Overview

By | February 24, 2015

We have spent a great deal of time discussing the individual component parts of our back rehabilitation program. In today’s blog I will finally attempt to put all of the pieces together and show you how the program is implemented. When a patient comes to see us for the first time at Schlesinger Pain Centers […]

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My Recommendations for Inversion Therapy

By | February 18, 2015

At Schlesinger Pain Centers inversion therapy is usually the first step in the back rehabilitation plan. It is prescribed once the patient is nearly pain free. I have found that inversion is perceived as unpleasant by patients with more than a little remaining back pain. In addition it can induce reflex spasm. The starting “dose” […]

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Inversion & Empiricism

By | February 17, 2015

At this point I would like to use inversion therapy to discuss a philosophical point related to different types of knowledge and their implications for medical practice. I know from my own experience at Schlesinger Pain Centers that patients who regularly practice inversion therapy for a variety of lower back pains come back to see […]

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Inversion Tables

By | February 15, 2015

By far the most commonly recommend form of spinal distraction therapy at Schlesinger Pain Centers is the modern inversion table. They are easy to use and with a price point of around $300 they are accessible to most patients for home use. Invented over 30 years ago by Roger Teeter an engineer with a bad […]

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Slant Boards

By | February 13, 2015

Slant boards, originally designed for doing inverted sit ups are an effective and in my opinion under utilized form of spinal distraction therapy. They are simple, cheap and available in most gyms and health clubs. The biggest drawback to their use is that as the degree of inversion increases they become less stable and harder […]

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Donut Distraction Devices

By | February 12, 2015

I have only had a couple of patients at Schlesinger Pain Centers who have used these devices. In each case the patients could not tolerate and inverted position. The patients reported that the devices, both home made and store bought were comfortable and relatively easy to use. They were not however, highly effective I believe […]

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Gravity Boots

By | February 11, 2015

The last use of a chinning bar to produce spinal distraction is with “Gravity Boots”, as made famous by Richard Gere in the 1980 film American Gigolo. Several companies including Teeter Hang Ups currently make these boots. In addition large numbers can still be found in closets and garage sales.  Unfortunately none of these boots […]

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Chinning Bars

By | February 10, 2015

Chinning bars are refreshingly simple and can be used in a variety of ways. In the upright position they expose the back to mild to moderate distractive forces. In addition to simple hanging the addition of a chin up or a pull up will contribute to increased upper body strength. One drawback to the upright […]

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Gravitational Distraction Therapy

By | February 9, 2015

All forms of gravitational traction therapy utilize the body’s own weight to generate the distractive force. The advantages of this are significant. Not only are the devices simpler to construct the use of the body’s own weight minimizes the risk of excessive loading.   Devices fall into two basic groups upright and inverting devices. The simplest […]

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Pneumatic Distraction Devices

By | February 8, 2015

Pneumatic distraction devices are the least well known and the least commonly utilized type of traction devices and for good reason. They work the least well. I have personally investigated two different types of pneumatic devices, one for cervical traction and the other for lumbar traction. In each case body part to be treated is […]

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