Over 25 years ago, several research projects were focused on finding non-surgical ways to address a condition that affects virtually all mankind — BACK PAIN. It is apparent that while surgery is an option in some cases, it has limitations. Moreover just because a person doesn’t need surgery doesn’t mean they don’t need care. Researchers were looking for the most safe and logical non-surgical method to reduce or relieve back pain.Scientists found that once fractures, tumors or life threatening diseases of the spine are ruled out, what remains is a mechanical issue. Mechanical spine symptoms are generally viewed as non-specific and associated with derangement or degenerative changes. Like tooth decay, spinal deterioration develops over time.
The results are instability, abnormal joint movement and ultimately a pinched nerve. Symptoms vary and depend upon the severity of nerve irritation. MRI helps doctors visualize spinal degeneration, disc herniation, facet joint changes and other pathologies. The question is not only how the changes developed but what can be done to slow, stop or reverse the process naturally.
Two basic observations were made by Dr. John Boren, pioneer and researcher in non-surgical spinal decompression.
First was that as we age our muscles will naturally become weaker. Since the spine is only as strong as the muscles that support it, it follows logic that a strong spine/core is healthier than one that is weak. Therefore, if a person is not exercising, they are, in fact, getting progressively weaker.
The second issue is gravity. People stand or sit two-thirds of their lives resulting in vertical compression on their spines. The TUL (time under load) increases with age. So, it is easy to visualize a spine weakening as the compression time increases.
Compelling evidence suggested that disuse atrophy was a significant component in the development of mechanical spinal pathology. In addition to preserving motion,strength and stability, there needed to be an alternative way to decompress the spine in a non-surgical “closed” method.
From this research sprang the Lordex® non-invasive methods for pain relief. Decompression is achieved through application of computerized protocols, appropriate body positioning and selected angles of distractive force.
Lordex® technology offers an effective way to find relief and maintain strength and stability. Many of the negatives found in long term drug use or surgery can be avoided by introducing a wellness plan of frequent stretching, exercise and unloading the spine.
Lordex® is proud to be a leader in decompression and exercise science.