Who Can Benefit from the Invertabelt? Part II
The Invertabelt System follows the progressions outlined by the McKenzie Method and MDT examination principals. Approximately 75% of all patients with back pain exhibit a directional preference. Patients with a directional preference may benefit from using the Invertabelt System. These are common subjective findings that may indicate usage of The Invertabelt.
Variable pain: Pain that comes and goes (abolished or intensity changes), pain that moves in location
Pain above the knee- Research indicates that pain above the knee has a much better prognosis with specific exercise progressions
Sitting increases pain- This borrows from the dynamic disc model that indicates with sitting the disc will “creep” posteriorly and irritate the surrounding soft tissue
Symptoms increased by repetitive bending- Again, the dynamic disc model indicates compression anteriorly on the disc (caused by spinal flexion) will manipulate the disc posterior irritating the soft tissue.
Increase pain in the morning- When lying in a horizontal unloaded position during the night, the disc will absorb fluid. Upon immediate standing the disc is loaded and then compressed- increased fluid retention in the disc causes increased intradiscal pressure and thus more pain.
Walking feels better- Standing and walking causes proper posterior loading strategies to the disc relieving pain and irritation on surrounding soft tissue.
Part II will look at which individuals should not use the Invertabelt and should contact their medical professional immediately.