The Invertabelt System is designed to effectively and efficiently treat low back pain ranging from acute traumatic dysfunctions to chronic long-lasting pain management problems. The Invertabelt is to be used in conjunction with your physical therapist or other medical professional who will help guide you through the proper exercise progressions using The Invertabelt System allowing faster return to function.
The Invertabelt is based on best practice guidelines and evidence-based research. It is driven by tried and tested principals that include the treatment based classification approach and MDT principles with an emphasis on the patient response approach using the centralization phenomenon.
We at the Oakford Group believe that most spinal dysfunctions are based upon improper loading strategies to the spine. Poor habitual patterns cause asymmetrical loading of the spine that may irritate/agitate the muscle, bone, ligamentous, and neural tissue in the low back.
The first step of fixing any lumbar spine pain is recognizing the improper loading strategy. Physical therapists call this identifying the directional preference. Repetitive bending/twisting , consistently poor posture in seated or standing position, and/or heavy lifting can all result in an asymmetry in the spine that is treated primarily through an extension exercise pattern. These individuals feel better in standing or extension, and hurt worse in seated or a flexed position. Patients with these symptoms have a directional preference of extension, meaning they like to move the spine into a backward bending position.
Patients are often surprised when they are asked to move into a back bending position. However, when we think about it, most of our lives are spent in flexed position. In fact, each day the average person will bend forward 3,500 times versus bending backwards 100 times. As discussed below, this develops a significant loading asymmetry on the spine.
Positional preference of flexion is defined by patients that have increase pain in standing and decrease pain in a seated position. These patients have difficulty with standing or walking for long periods and have significant pain/symptom reduction when returning to a seated position. After sitting for a period of time their pain is dramatically reduced and they can return to standing again.
For decades research, has indicated that reaching end range of motion (ROM) at the spinal level allows for better outcomes, maximum function, and increases the likelihood of returning to prior level of function. Unfortunately, when pain occurs in the body, many times the spinal segment in which the problem is located has significant ROM deficits. These defects slow down healing and reduces the likelihood of a 100% recovery. The Invertabelt isolates the exact spinal segment and provide overpressure to that segment, allowing it to move into the required ROM. Physical therapists and chiropractors regularly perform manual therapy techniques that facilitates spinal-end ROM. The Invertabelt is a simple tool that ensures end ROM is completed with every exercise repetition multiple times a day, versus 1-3 times a week when seeing a medical professional during an office visit or physical therapy session.
Once directional preference is established and motion is regained, symptoms will begin to reduce. The Invertabelt provides exercise progressions that follow modern pain science theories, researched core stabilization protocols, and muscle stretching/lengthening exercises allows for proper tonal changes for freedom of movement and pain free activity.
As pain continues to reduce, posture management is essential for continued maintenance of the spine. Research indicates a high correlation between poor posture habits and spine pain, thus improper posture may allow the spine to become irritate once again. The Invertabelt provides posture support in any chair by creating anterior posterior force vector at the exact spinal segment reducing the likelihood of symptom reoccurrence.
From start to finish The Invertabelt provides quality care and high value to one’s recovery for a low cost.
Ask your medical professional today about The Invertabelt, and START MOVING YOUR BACK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!
This is a great device to capture overpressure and stabilization at individual spinal levels for patients with a variety of complicated diagnosis of “Low Back Pain.” This little tool allows patients to stabilize spinal segments, correct postural alignments and stretch muscle imbalances. As a therapist, treating low back pain on a daily basis, I strongly recommend this product for patients to continue with their necessary daily exercises for optimal results.
Heather Roeder, MPT