Spinal decompression therapy has been around for ages. In the clinical world it is known as ‘traction’ with patients making their way into hospital Outpatient Departments or private clinics for a session once a week, say, if they are lucky. Traction like this is good but the trouble is it doesn't last. You've got to be able to do your own traction yourself - preferably every day and for life.
Traction couches, or spinal decompression tables still look Dickensian with bulky spinal decompression harnesses of ropes, Velcro straps and buckles, with the bed splitting in half and separating as the body is stretched, rather like the old-fashioned drawings of being drawn-and-quartered.
With the burgeoning industry of spinal decompression therapy, the profession is working on the premise that the upright human spine compresses at the base because it carries more load and that decompressing it will have beneficial effects. We now have better scientific evidence base for what is actually going on.
Sustained spinal compression leaches fluid from the discs, the lumbar more so that thoracic and cervical levels
HERE ARE JUST 3 OF THE 6 VIDEOS
Spinal Therapy Starts With Decompression
You will be amazed how much information is here and how it makes such sweet, logical sense. This short video explains all about how the segments telescope down onto the sacrum and how this is the first flaw for therapy to deal with.
How To Do Your Own Spinal Decompression
The next video in the series of 'Back Pain Treatment Videos' tells you, with Sarah herself showing you how and talking you through each important step. It's invaluable watching. Just how to get it right.
Learn The 3 Steps of 'How To Use The Back Block'
Although the BackBlock seems incredibly simple, there's a subtlety to its magic and you need to get it just right. Near enough isn't good enough! It makes such a difference too when you feel confident you're getting it absolutely right.
Sarah Key says:
"When I was a child I recall my father doing his own cervical spinal decompression by hanging himself with a neck harness attached to ropes and pulleys from the rafters in his workshop, trying to cure a pinched nerve in his neck. I recall him musing at the time that he felt better afterwards but couldn’t understand why (he was not medical). Surely, he thought, the spinal segments would all chonk together again as soon as he let go the ropes. I never forgot that phrase: 'all chonk together again' and many years later I had to deal with that very conundrum myself, as a practicing therapist. He got better, although he looked a fright in the doing, with his large bony feet dangling several inches above the floor and the flesh of his now very red face pulled up into folds and making his eyes into slits. Years later, it was part of my professional journey to work out why.
Now I have a pretty good idea why, and have based my 40 year career on putting this into practice. My simple back block regime has saved countless patients from the surgeon’s knife. Including this in your daily routine will also prevent back pain into the future."
At a macro level, the BackBlock 'pressure change therapy' works on the large muscles and ligaments of the low back and hips. It also works on the cells of the intervertebral disc and various internal physiological processes at a micro level.
A central tenet of the Sarah Key Method is self treatment, using a BackBlock to reverse longstanding spinal compression.
Much spinal therapy is entered into in good faith, with no proper understanding of the underlying sciences to explain the problem, or the solution.
These are the mainstay of the Sarah Key Method; an essential part of therapy to counteract the ever-present forces of gravity loading down upon the spine and compressing its base.
The human spine has not adapted well to prolonged sitting. However, it also struggles at the other extreme with the world's most arduous work: shearing. See How to Fix Shearers' Back
With computer use on the rise, upper back pain is on the rise too. Read here about Upper Back Pain Treatment.
Read about Sarah Key's 3 Best Stretching Exercises for Back Pain. If you do nothing else in your day, do these three.
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