Low back pain is one of the oldest occupational health problems in history. It afflicted the ancient Egyptians 3,500 years ago, and it was a major concern of Bernardino Ramazzini, the founder of occupational medicine in the late 1600s. While there have been dramatic reductions in cases of small pox, polio, and tuberculosis in the last few decades, there is no evidence that low back pain has declined over the years.
Back pain affects 80 percent of Americans at some time in their lives, and low back pain is the most common type because the low back supports most of your bodys weight. Many victims of chronic low back pain are working age and, for them, back pain is also the most frequent cause of lost productivity.
Medical treatment for back pain costs roughly $100 billion a year, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. This is why a growing number of doctors, including Brian W. Nelson, M.D., Medical Director of Physicians Neck and Back Clinic in Minneapolis, Minn., recommend stretching exercises as a possible alternative to surgery for people with back pain. Such exercises are aimed at strengthening the back muscles. Nelson said.
True Back, a non-powered, orthopedic traction device, has gained rapidly in popularity among sufferers because it is natural, drug-free, convenient and affordable. Treatments take only a few minutes, and you can do them yourself in the comfort of your own home, office or workplace without taking off your clothes.
Bill Lorenzo of Florida says, I use True Back every night after work to rid myself of the days stress, and I just relax.
The unique patented design of True Back is quite simple: while lying on the device, your spine floats in the center channel. The 30 suspension points molded into the center rails support your body weight, and create pressure to the muscles that are located on each side of the spine. The pressure enables the muscles to relax, which increases blood flow.
While lying on True Back, you are passively stretched in opposite directions while being supported in the correct position. Stretching is natural and beneficial. Just ask your cat or dog. Unlike devices like magnets and hot and cold packs, True Back has an enduring effect and it is very effective at preventing possible back problems.
True Back is affordably priced and comes with an instructional CD/DVD and a 90-day, money-back guarantee.
From the March 22-28, 2006, issue