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The PROTEC natural lumbar suspension system is a machine developed in Japan to aid and help prevent lower back pain. It is a stand-alone machine comprising of an automated seat with padded straps to hold the patient. It has two leg supports featuring a unique pulley system enabling the user, or the patient, to easily adjust the height of the legs. There is also a cervical attachment available that is easily mounted to the unit.
The Lumbar Suspension Method has been proven effective in Japan, providing natural traction of the spine, with the lower body acting as an anchor, using gravity alone. This is a different form of traction to that which is created on a horizontal bed.
Protec therapy enables a reduction of pressure upon the patient’s lower body by lifting and suspending the upper body, thus providing a significant reduction in internal intervertebral disk pressure.
An increasing number of people suffer from lower back problems around the world. It is estimated that over 85% of all adults will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. On any given day, millions of people are in bed because of back pain.
Floating Manipulative Therapy enables a reduction of pressure upon the patient’s lower body by lifting and suspending theupper body, thus providing a significant reduction in internal intervertebral disc pressure.
Similar to the “Pressure Elimination Approach” established by William H. Kirkaldy-Willis, M.D., the Protec therapy is known as a Floating Lumbar Suspension Therapeutic Exercise Treatment in which the lower body weight, functioning as an anchor, provides natural traction. In this state, various types of movement therapy and rehabilitation can be conducted for the lumbar region, legs, etc.
The body-holding waist belt has an ergonomic design to minimize patient discomfort.