VerteCore Lift: Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does this device actually decompress the spine?
The device utilizes two compression braces, that when adjusted to fit snug, conform to the upper thoracic cage (chest) and the top of the ilium (hip). There are two, telescoping tractioning stems that the user activates by ratcheting the charging handles to separate the belts, thereby initiating decompression. The user simply adjusts to the desired level of therapeutic decompression appropriate for them.
2. How much of the spine does this device actually decompress?
Anatomically, every body is different. On most people decompression occurs from T5 to S1.
3. Is there any medical risk to decompressing your spine and moving around or actually bending over or twisting?
Moving is recommended, but not necessary. Light activity while decompressing can help facilitate diffusion of oxygen and nutrients into the intervertebral disc to promote healing. We recommend letting your muscles and ligaments become acclimated to the decompression therapy before trying any bending or twisting postures. If you suffer from a bulging or herniated disc, slight back-extension/backward bending may add to the therapeutic affects by encouraging the disc material to translate in an anteromedial direction. Most disc herniations are posterolateral (left or right posterior).
If you suffer from lumbar stenosis, slight flexion/forward bending may be more therapeutic in accompanying decompression, as flexion creates more space within the intervertebral foramina.
4. What happens if the device becomes stuck while in decompression?
Simply unstrap the Velcro belts and the device will come off.
5. If I crank the device on only one side or more on one side will it cause damage to my spine, etc?
No, it will not damage your spine. However, you may not become fully decompressed. In certain cases, such as in scoliosis, your care provider may instruct you to raise the device higher on the concave side. If this is the case, your practitioner will give you proper use instructions.
6. Will using this device actually make my back or spine more prone to injury?
Not if used as directed. 20-30 minutes one-two times per day, for approximately 6 weeks to start, and then once or twice a week for 15-20 minutes for maintenance. Your practitioner may also advise you on proper exercise techniques for your paravertebral and abdominal tone.
7. Will using this device affect the muscles in my back or spine area in a negative way?
Again, not if used for only 20-30 minute periods at a time as we recommend. This device is not designed to be worn all day, so you will not develop muscly atrophy from lack of use.
8. If this device promotes the relief of pain how do you know it actually promotes healing of disks, etc?
As negative (inverse) pressure is created within the intervertebral disc, the influx of much needed nutrients will enter through gradient diffusion while also allowing metabolic waste to be removed. This also allows for the intervertebral disc material, or nucleus polpusus, to be resorbed and for the annulus fibrosis to heal. Additionally, there are well-documented studies which verify both the efficacy of decompression and the accompanied healing.
9. If you have different sizes of this device will you have different styles? Can it be personalized?
The Lift comes in 3 sizes in both our male and female versions, but due to its’ adjustable nature, our premiere standard model fits most. Accessory kits and color options will be available in the near future. We do not customize any of our medical devices. Any alterations to the device may negate manufacturer’s warranty.
10. What is the maximum threshold of activity recommended while wearing the device?
We recommend letting your muscles, ligaments, joints, fascia and associated connective tissue acclimate to the decompressed state before engaging in activity. Once you are comfortable and have acclimated to a decompressed state light activity such as walking is encouraged. It is recommended to consult with your physician before engaging in any new therapy or exercise regimen though.
11. Would the device be classified as in the same category of a back brace?
Yes, but unlike any back brace you’ve ever experienced! That’s because, even though the VerteCore Lift is a Truncal Orthosis (back brace) it is also a Orthopedic Traction Apparatus. Meaning that it can apply a therapeutic pulling force (traction) to the skeletal system. The unique design features of the Lift allows users enjoy both the benefits of great support and the awesome benefits of decompression.
12. If worn daily, would you become dependent on this device?
Other than perhaps psychological dependency (after all, everyone loves being pain free!), there is no risk of becoming physiologically dependent or addicted. The Lift promotes healing, not dependency.
13. Can you actually get to a point where you no longer need it to relieve pain?
Yes, depending on your condition, it is very possible to heal and remain pain free without needing external intervention. In most cases a disc herniation can heal if given the proper bio-mechanical positioning, which is what one aspect the Lift facilitates. Maintenance usage once or twice a week is recommended as it may prove beneficial to combat the effects of gravity on the intervertebral discs and help the discs stay properly hydrated, but is not required once healing has occurred.
14. How long should a patient wear the device and is there a period of time that is too long?
Our recommendation is 20-30 minutes once or twice daily for approximately the first six weeks. After that, usage can be tapered off, until you are using the device one or two times weekly for 15-20 minutes.
15. What should a patient with severe back pain expect from the initial treatment or session wearing the device?
Initially, you may experience ligament or fascia creep along with elongation of the paravertebral musculature. If your zygapophyseal, or facet joints, were in a flexed position or stuck closed, you may feel an adjustment as the joint is corrected and synovial fluid can flow properly. You will want to take it slow for the first few uses, to give your tissue time to elongate and relax. If you have an unleveled sacral base, you may feel your pelvis or sacroiliac joint align as your posture is corrected.
16. How do you intend to reach your perspective clientele in each state and country?
The range and number of people who can benefit from using a VerteCore Lift is staggering. As Chronic Back Pain has become a global epidemic, we have our work cut out for us. We are networking with distributors world wide and forming new quality business relationships to facilitate providing the best customer care possible. If you are interested in becoming a VerteCore approved distributor, please contact us at (888) 928-LIFT or through our website www.vertecorelift.com.
17. Are there any types of back injuries or trauma that this device does not or should not be used to treat?
Ankylosing spondylitis is an absolute contra-indication, as is cancer/tumors of the spine, spinal cord damage, fractures, or infections (osteomyelitis, encephalitis, meningitis), fusion patients, those with recent trauma or operations. There are addition contra-indications listed below and in our User Manual, but as with any health related device, please consult with your Medical Advisor prior to use.
18. What are the risks of using spinal decompression?
There are no long term risks of spinal traction. Some side-effects may occur during or after treatment. Some may experience muscle spasms after traction. Some may have pain after treatment, although this is not common. Any discomfort should subside within a day or two and should absolve completely after your body has adjusted to the treatment.
19. What steps should be taken to prepare before undergoing a spinal decompression session?
Before undergoing spinal traction/decompression, speak to your doctor to create a total management plan. Decompression may enhance other therapies that your doctor may recommend for you such as physical therapy, massage therapy, osteopathic manipulation, chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture, or yoga/pilate’s, etc.
I. Therapeutic Effects of Mechanical Traction
- Joint distration
- Soft Tissue Stretching
- Reduction of disc protrusion/resorption
- Improves spinal alignment
- Combats the effects of gravity
- Provides Pain Relief
- Decompresses the Vertebral Joints
- Sacral Base Alignment
- Allows for the influx of nutrients and oxygen while allowing for the elimination of metabolic waste
II. Indications for Mechanical Traction
- Nerve Impingement, herniated or protruding disc, sciatica
- Subacute joint inflammation
- Stable Spondylolisthesis
- Joint hypomobility
- Paraspinal muscle hypertonicity
- Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD); osteophytes
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Facet disease
- Foraminal Stenosis
III. Contraindications for Spinal Traction:
- Acute Strains/Sparains
- Severe Respiratory Problems
- Osteoporosis or Osteopenia
- Tumor/Neoplasms/Metastasis of the spine, spinal cord, or thoracic region
- Cardiovascular Disease or Severe Circulatory problems
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- Pott’s Disease and other inflammatory diseases of the vertebrae
- Post-Operative or within 3 months of back surgery
- Vertebral Fracture or within 6 months of initial injury
- Spine Instability or Hypermobility
- Arthritic Spinal Joints with Ankylosis/ Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Severe Dicogenic Spondylosis
- Osteomyelitis in the area that will be receiving decompression
- Infection in the area that will be receiving decompression
- Joint replacement in the area that will e receiving decompression
- Spinal Fusion and/or Hardware present (screws, rods, bolts)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
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