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Cervical Traction

 

Cervical Traction helps to restore proper neck biomechanics and return normal function to the spine, preventing degenerative processes. 

This helps eliminate neck pain and headaches, allowing you to feel like yourself! 

X-Ray #1:

Patient # 11367 in neutral lateral position with a negative

8 degree buckle (reverse curve) at the stress vertebra

C-3/4 and 14mm of Anterior Head Translation.

 

X-Ray #2:

Same patient INFLATED on Posture Pump.  The stress

vertebra is now C-5, measuring a uniform 45 degree

lordotic arc.  Carefully note that this dramatic 53 degree

lordotic reinforcement is being accomplished with a

mere 18 degree cephalad head tilt and only 10mm of Posterior head translation!

Research 

Data supports spinal shaping benefits of Posture Pump . . . by Dr. Rick Graham

Posture Pump(r) equipment has recently been chosen by a major university to aid in the performance of sophisticated spinal biomechanical research. We have reason to believe that this research may be very beneficial to the chiropractic profession and will make it available when possible. The support data below strongly underscores the need for proper spinal alignment, disc hydration and lordotic shape.

Aging, degeneration and vertebral alignment

 "Considerable evidence exists to support the point of view that aging and degenerative changes are not synonymous and that degenerative changes do not appear unless the joint has been damaged by trauma. Many elderly joints prove to be just as strong in torsion or compression as the younger ones. Furthermore, degenerated joints appear to be stiffer than normal but fail before the healthier ones. This is a typical mechanical characteristic of scar tissue and scar implies injury." (Harry F. Farfan, M.Sc., M.D., C.M., F.R.C.S. "Managing Low Back Pain," W.II. Kirkaldy-Willis, Second Edition, Churchill Livingstone Inc. 1988, p 25.)

Wolff's Law: "Established (1868). Every change in the form or function of a bone is followed by certain definite changes in its internal architecture and its external shape. Equal pressure to the epiphyseal plates results in symmetrical growth. Asymmetrical pressure results in asymmetrical growth and vertebral deformity." (Cailliet, R. M.D., "Low Back Pain Syndrome," Edition 4, Pain Series F.A. Davis Company Fourth printing 1991, p 5.)

"The Posture Pump Spine Trainer achieves angular joint separation by carefully lifting, stretching and mobilizing the spinal joints. Normal spinal shape and disc nutrition are enhanced while the dura, cord and nerve roots are lifted into a safe, relaxed configuration. This is accomplished with air pressures of less than 8-lbs." (Richard A Graham, D.C., Huntington Beach, Calif.)  

Feeding and healing the intervertebral disc

"For years, osmosis was considered the basis for variable hydration of the disk matrix due to its colloidal state and its anion radicals. Further studies (Liendry 1958) have clearly shown that osmosis plays only a small role in the hydration of the matrix. Most disk hydration occurs via imbibition. If imbibition by the disk is a factor in its nutrition, it is mandatory that there is alternating compression and relaxation of the disk to ensure its sponge imbibition action. Mechanically, this sponge-like imbibition ensures entry of fluid through the semipermeable membranes, the endplates of the vertebra and the outer annular envelopes of the disk." (Cailliet, R., M.D., "Low Back Pain Syndrome," Edition 4, Pain Series,  F.A. Davis Company. Fourth printing 1991, p 6-8.)

"Posture Pump is one of the most useful spinal rehabilitative tools on the market today. I use it with all my patients who require remolding of the soft tissues. Posture Pump also promotes water imbibition into the spinal discs and restoration of the lordotic curves. I also recommend the home units for patients. I find that my patients like the Posture Pump, are compliant with their prescribed schedule of care and notice results almost immediately. For your patients' sake, try the Posture Pump now." (Mike Sherman, D.C., Kentner, N.J.)

"The initial few weeks after an injury are a critical period. The importance of close care management, early aggressive mobilization, and early return to work cannot be overemphasized. Bed rest and other passive treatments should be kept to the absolute minimum. Early protected mobilization of the injured body part, combined with a gradual, progressive increase in activities in a controlled, supervised manner gives the best result." (Charles V. Burton, M.D., F.A.C.S. Kirkaldy-Willis, M.A., M.D., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S., "Managing Low Back Pain," Second Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 1988, p 305.)

"I was involved in a motor vehicle accident in October 1994. Neuropsychological testing revealed I was left with a 78 IQ, and it was doubtful I would be able to finish my studies at National College of Chiropractic. Videofluoroscopy revealed that I had no motion at C0-C1, C5-C6, and C6-C7. After treatment by a chiropractor who utilized the Pierce method of chiropractic, and the Posture Pump, I had full resolution of my condition. As a result, I was able to finish chiropractic school. I feel the Posture Pump is one of the most powerful tools in my practice, and highly encourage all my patients to purchase one. If anyone has any questions,comments, please feel free to contact me 330-477-7940. (John F. Brown, C.N.M.T., D.C.)  

The importance of posture

"Abnormal postures are well known to play a role in the causation of pain and functional impairment leading to disability."

"Standard posture is defined by the Posture Committee of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (1947) as 'Skeletal alignment refined as a relative arrangement of the parts of the body in a state of balance that protects the supporting structures of the body against injury or progressive deformity.'"

"The physiologic curves are determined largely by the shape of the intervertebral disks. All three (lateral) curves, the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar, bisect the center of gravity and balance each other. These curves viewed in an erect position can be considered human posture. There is no significant flexibility of the T-spine after spinal maturity. There is also an effect on the lumbosacral angulation and the resultant lumbar lordosis exerted by the cervical lordosis." (Cailliet, R. M.D. "Low Back Pain Syndrome," Edition 4, Pain Series, F.A. Davis Company, Fourth printing, 1991, pgs. 26-43.)

"I want to drop you a note to let you know how impressed we are with the Posture Pump cervical pump. When I first saw it I was very skeptical that any machine that straps you in and pumps you up would be even marginally effective. My partner and I began using it only on sub-acute whiplash patients and were impressed with the positive feedback and marked improvement in the patient's condition.

"I reluctantly decided to use it on a female patient with a herniated disc. Her condition had plateaued, and I had used all other options, including traditional rehabilitation. She responded positively, liked the machine, and returned to work without any disability.

"By then I had lost most of my skepticism, but I continued to use the Posture Pump sparingly. Again with reservations, I used it on an older patient with advanced degenerative joint disease and bony hypertrophy throughout the cervical spine. It worked so well, he wanted to take it home! As a result, all patients with DJD are treated with the pump as part of their care, and there have been no adverse affects or complaints. 

"Studies have consistently shown that intermittent traction is superior to continuous traction and I believe that is the key to the effectiveness of the Posture Pump. It takes less time than any other modality and has proven its effectiveness. Please use this letter to help convince other skeptical chiropractors! It works!" (K. Grog Cheney, D.C., F.I.A.C.A.)

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