FAQ Sheet

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.

Spinal Cord Vertrbra Chart

Spinal Cord Vertebrae Chart

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
  • Inflammation
  • Severe Respiratory Problems
  • Osteoporosis or Osteopenia
  • Infection
  • Tumor/Neoplasms/Metastasis of the spine, spinal cord, or thoracic region
  • Pregnancy
  • Cardiovascular Disease or Severe Circulatory problems
  • Hernia
  • 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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VerteCore Lift™ Offers Chiropractors a Peer-Reviewed Spine Decompression Medical Device They Can Prescribe to Treat Herniated Discs, Degenerative Disc Disease, Scoliosis, Sciatica and Back Pain

Read the three customer testimonials from doctors that detail their own personal battle with chronic back pain and how the affordable, easy-to use “Lift™” made a big difference in returning to a normal life

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Los Angeles, California – VerteCore Technologies announced a new program for Chiropractors that will allow them to lease affordable, mobile spinal decompression units that will augment scheduled chiropractic adjustment procedures. The VerteCore Lift™ can be used in a clinical setting that allows Chiropractors to offer spinal decompression in a very compact office setting that was not previously available with the large spinal decompression tables that cost $125,000 or more to install and required a very large footprint.

VerteCore Lift - Close Up - Brown on Black

VerteCore Lift – Affordable, Mobile Spinal Decompression for Active Adults

The clinical version of the Lift sells for only $1,199, which makes it the most affordable spinal decompression medical technology product on the orthopedic marketplace, and multiple units can be stored in a single small cabinet.

Chiropractors can prescribe the VerteCore Lift as in-office treatment or offer it as an at-home-use solution that back pain patients can wear 20-to-30 minutes per visit/day to allow the spine to be stretched out, which allows blood, nutrients and the body’s natural healing processes to flow through the spine uninhibited to help the body repair itself by rehydrating and resorption of the herniated discs, which relieves the pressure on pinched nerves that cause most types of back-pain-related disorders.

During the VerteCore Lift’s med-tech’s product development process a number of medical doctors and pain management specialists have peer-reviewed the compact spinal decompression device and provided not only positive customer testimonials, but have made personal investments in the company in order to introduce the VerteCore “Lift” to the $57 billion Orthopedic medical device marketplace.

VerteCore Lift, Affordable, Comfortable, Mobile Spinal Decompression

VerteCore Lift, Affordable, Comfortable, Mobile Spinal Decompression

The following medical professionals have had a variety of back pain related medical problems and recently had a chance to personally try on and evaluate the VerteCore Lift. All were skeptical about trying out another new promising back pain relief medical device based on their trials and tribulations with other devices such as inversion tables that did not work, gave them headaches from too much blood rushing to their head and ended up causing more pain in their ankles and knees than the relief it provided for their back pain.

But after years of spending thousands of dollars on doctor visits, MRI’s, long-term physical therapy sessions, cortisone shots, pain medications, and back surgeries, all of these medical professionals were just like a wide cross-section of the American population that were willing to try anything to get rid of their chronic back pain. And when they did they were surprised at how well the “Lift” performed.

Dr. Mark J. Mulvihill, Ph.D., Vice-Pres., X-Rx, Cambridge, MA

“I woke up on Christmas Day six years ago and my leg hurt extremely bad and I thought maybe I had pulled a hamstring. After several doctor visits and an MRI exam I was diagnosed with Sciatica, which was being caused by a herniated L5 S1 disc.

For five years I went through extensive physical therapy, cortisone shots, and many types of pain medications, which caused problems with my digestive tract and gave me pretty bad heartburn.

I have tried many back pain devices that are advertised on TV, but the only one that gave me any type of relief was an inversion table where you hang upside down and let gravity stretch the spine with the body’s weight. While it gave me temporary back pain relief, I am tall and weigh around 200 pounds. Putting that much pressure on my knees and ankles hurt and negated the effects of my back pain relief. It also gave me headaches because of the blood that rushed to my head while hanging upside down.

Before all of this started I was a competitive golfer and the back pain basically forced me into early retirement. I longed to play the game, but I simply could not because I could not rotate my back at all without excessive pain.

By nature and due to my medical education I am very skeptical when it comes to trying out new back pain devices, but a friend of a friend introduced me to Paul Leake. We agreed to meet during a business trip, which was actually good because travel usually is an excruciatingly painful experience for people with back pain.

Paul Leake, VerteCore Technologies, Managing Director

Paul Leake, Managing Director, VerteCore Technologies

We met and after wearing the VerteCore Lift for 20 minutes my back pain was completely gone. For the first time in years, I could actually sit up easily from a laying down position. It was incredible. I felt so good the next day that instead of sitting on the sidelines as usual, I spent a full day sliding around slippery slides at the local water park with my family. It was an awesome feeling.

A good friend of mine, Dr. David Curtis, also suffers from back pain associated with degenerative disc disease, which left him with six herniated discs. One day we played 36 holes of golf and both of our backs were sore so I mentioned that I had the VerteCore Lift with me. We took turns wearing the Lift for 20 minutes each and the pain relief was immediate.

It worked so well that David wanted to purchase a Lift and was disappointed that my device was a demo unit and that they would not be available until an upcoming Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that will be launched sometime in April 2016.

If you have any type of back pain caused by herniated discs and pinched nerves, I highly recommend that you try a VerteCore Lift. It is simple, cost-effective and very easy to put on and wear during a 20-minute doctor visit or buying your own Lift so that you can wear it during your normal daily routine.


Dr. David Curtis, Ph.D., Psychologist, based in Long Island, New York

“My story is similar to Mark’s. I was diagnosed two years ago with degenerative disc disease and by the time I had my first MRI, the exam showed that I had six herniated discs.

Like Mark, my back pain made it tough to play golf. So when he called and asked me if I wanted to play a round of golf I wanted to say no, but he said that he had a new med-tech device that would decompress the spine and help reduce my back pain. When I tried it on, much to my surprise it did and I felt the decompression effects for the whole day. And I only wore it for 20 minutes.

What surprised me is how simple the device was to operate and how much better I felt. I would highly recommend a ‘Lift’ to anyone with back pain. Simple back pain relief is a good thing for everyone.”

Dr. Richard F. Mestayer, Medical Doctor/Psychiatrist, Springfield, Louisiana

“The VerteCore Lift was introduced to me through a good friend, Stanley Cooper. He told me some very positive things about the med-tech spine decompression device and I became very interested in the product due to my own person experience with chronic back pain.

Unfortunately for me, I have had back surgery twice with the final one being a “Fusion.” So instead, I had several patients try it on at my office and it was very clear from their facial expressions that it was doing a good job at melting away their pain.

As an MD, I think that the VerteCore Lift would have been very helpful to me during the years prior to my surgery. The VerteCore Lift is not designed to help patients with fusions, but I wish that it had been available when I began having my back pain. I feel confident that if I had healed better from my earlier minor back injuries that I probably could have completely avoided undergoing back surgery altogether.

I would definitely recommend that all future patients try a VerteCore Lift before contemplating irreversible back surgery. You will be glad you did.”

If you would like to pre-order single units or purchase volume quantities before the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign begins, please fill out the contact form at http://vertecore.com or call Paul Leake direct at (601) 807-2148.

The company is currently recruiting sales people, resellers, distributors, and manufacturing representatives. The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is going to offer a 40% discount (save $240) on both the clinical and consumer models on the first 500 units to be pre-sold. About 200 orders have already been placed.

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Read the three customer testimonials from doctors that detail their own personal battle with chronic back pain and how the affordable, easy-to use “Lift™” made a big difference in returning to a normal life

By Robert Hoskins

Los Angeles, California – VerteCore Technologies announced a new program for Chiropractors that will allow them to lease affordable, mobile spinal decompression units that will augment scheduled chiropractic adjustment procedures. The VerteCore Lift™ can be used in a clinical setting that allows Chiropractors to offer spinal decompression in a very compact office setting that was not previously available with the large spinal decompression tables that cost $125,000 or more to install and required a very large footprint.

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