Modern day living causes our spines to become very stiff, leading to back pain, sciatica, and bulging discs. When the spinal joints are able to function more naturally, the whole spine benefits, stability returns, and pain diminishes.
The Back-Rack™ is a clinical device made specifically to help reduce back pain and to treat sciatica, bulging discs, hip and neck pain by resolving the spinal joints to their correct positions. It has been developed over a number of years by the leading Harley Street back specialist Mr B M Luklinski to bring the most relief for a wide variety of spine-related conditions.
It is totally safe to use at home or in the office, and does not produce side-effects. However, we are legally required to state that you should obtain your doctor's approval before use, who should evaluate the risks involved in your use of the Back-Rack.
The Back-Rack™ should be placed on the floor or alternatively a mattress/cushion allowing the patient to slide onto it easily from the side. Initially you may find the Back-Rack awkward and uncomfortable to lie on, because your spine will probably be stiff.
Allow the spinal column to rest in the central channel between the raised nodules on the rollers, then R-E-L-A-X! This is the basic position:
In this way the spinous process will be fully suspended in the central channel and the nodules on the rollers will decompress the facet joints which are situated along either side of the spine from the neck to the lumbar area.
Your pelvis/buttocks should be supported by the bottom rollers of the Back-Rack so that your back does not arch.
There are no hard and fast rules in using the back-rack except to say that any movements you make on it should be gentle to suit your own constitution. There is no need to do anything more! Later on, when you have become more accustomed to the Back-Rack, you can roll from side to side as if you were on a ship at sea, and you can also move up and down the Back Rack by keeping your feet on the floor (legs bent) and gently pushing so your body moves backwards and forwards over the rollers.
For acute pain (1-7 days) and back spasms, you may find that all you can do initially is to lie still for about 10-15 minutes, moving very slightly to press the alternate facet joints. For chronic cases of 3 months or more, you can try bringing one or both knees upwards towards your chest (while lying on the Back-Rack) and holding that position with your arms. If you experience pain on one side only, then pull up the opposite leg. For pain on both sides, pull up both legs. In a nutshell, try what you feel is possible - you can lie still or you can move.
In most cases the movements you make on the back-rack should be small and rhythmical with no jerkiness. Very small oscillatory movements (in the way a clock pendulum moves back and forth, or a see-saw moves up and down) will give you the most success.
For sciatica - allow the nodules to press on the side causing the pain - you then oscillate back and forth on the facet joints on that part of the spine. When a nodule makes contact with a facet joint, it becomes the fulcrum upon which your spine oscillates. You can increase the amplitude as you gain confidence. If the pain is increased - do bear it, but remember to oscillate so that the pressure is applied rhythmically - not constantly. You will be oscillating on the sciatic nerve that comes out between the vertebrae so if the pain in the leg increases you will know that the back-rack™ is working! It takes time to resolve the disc which may be impinging on the nerve by less than a millimetre - when the impringement is reduced you will notice an immediate subsidence in symptoms. However, it is important to remember that the Back-Rack™ may not be able to treat your case of sciatica in the absence of physical treatment applied by an experienced practitioner. In that case the Back-Rack can only be an aid to recovery and may assist with the general alleviation of pain and stiffness - it will not necessarily cure the sciatica.
For a bad hip, rest one foot (from the painful side) on the opposite shine bone (or if you can manage it, on the opposite thigh) while in the basic position but with legs resting along the floor. The position of the legs as seen from above will look like a figure '4'. RELAX the leg and hip and gently oscillate/rock the crossed leg and hip up and down. The movement need only be very small and hardly noticeable to an onlooker. Allow gravity to relax the crossed leg -don't force it up and down - RELAX the leg and hip - don't force anything. You will feel the stiffness and pain in the hip, but the pain ought to be bearable. Initially you may find it difficult even to place one leg on the other!
For a stiff and painful neck - (with possible pain in the arm or numbness in the fingers), you have to place your neck on the affected side and gently oscillate the painful part of the neck on a nodule. So if you have stiffness on the left side, then you would lie in the basic position but place the left side of your neck on one of the nodules at the top of the rack by turning your head to the left. You will be able to work the different joints of the neck by adjusting your position up or or down. You can also experiment by placing the actual neck joints along one line of nodules by moving the body over and out of the central groove. The nodules can then press directly on the neck joints and by turning the head, pressure can also be applied to the side of the joints causing them to rotate ever so slightly. This treatment is highly beneficial, but remember to oscillate as the pressure must not be constant.
Smooth and rhythmical motion - back and forwards or up and down as the case may be, but without force or jerky movements, and with the whole body and legs relaxed - this is the correct method. Movements need only be gentle.
The first week of these movements will be difficult but if you persevere with any uncomfortable feelings you will be rewarded with an improved and supple spine, with less pain and stiffness in the hips and neck.
Use the Back Rack at least 3 times a week, but preferably daily, for up to 15 minutes each session. The Back Rack applies passive joint motion and active muscular contraction to your back and by applying alternating/oscillatory pressure to the spinal joints, the body is encouraged to restore them to their correct positions with a reduction of the impingement on the spinal nerves.
The Back-Rack™ helps to relieve pain, but it is not a substitute for treatment. If you still require treatment please contact us at our clinic in London on 0207-631-3067 to arrange an appointment. REMEMBER: avoid all those devices which purport to arch or stretch your back as these back-stretching devices may compress the spinal nerves permanently, which will exacerbate all conditions.
'EXERCISES' / MOVEMENTS
These 'exercises' or movements using the Back-Rack will greatly improve your ability to recover from many common spinal conditions. If you cannot perform all of them, you should at least try exercise 1, as even a very feeble effort will help to reduce pain - inexpensively - which is what you want. These movements can be tried by any age group and using the Back-Rack™ will be a lot better than having a spinal operation - that's guaranteed.
Sit on the end section of rollers and then lie down carefully so that your whole spine and the back of your head are supported by the Back Rack. Alternatively, if it is easier for you, roll onto the Back-Rack from the side.
You may need to move up or down slightly to find a comfortable position. Draw your knees up towards your body so that the soles of your feet are flat on the ground and your knees are bent at 90 degrees (see above image).
Remain in the starting position to relax. When ready, lift up your head and trunk (holding them in a straight line) so that your head is approximately 2cm above the Back Rack. The aim is to get your stomach muscles (not your neck!) to tighten and to raise your upper body, so please don't strain your neck by trying to lift your head up any more than is necessary. If your neck hurts then you are not using your stomach to raise your trunk!
Hold for 5 seconds, then allow your stomach muscles to relax to lower yourself back to the starting position. Repeat this for 4 minutes. (This exercise increases the passive pressure on the lower back and strengthens the lower abdominal muscles.)
From the starting position, lift up your pelvis until your head, pelvis and knees are in a straight line. Lift only so far as you can - even a very little will help- but no more than you can manage!
Hold for 5 seconds, then release back down slowly. Repeat this for about 5 minutes. (Holding the position for 5 seconds increases the pressure on the neck and upper chest, strengthening them.)
From the starting position, draw your knees up to your chest and hold them in position with your hands. Keeping your knees up, gently and slowly rock back and forth and from side to side as best you can - even very small movements will help. You may feel afraid if you suffer from low back spasms due to vertebral problems higher up in the spine, and so you may not want to stretch your back in this way, thinking that you will bring on a spasm - but try it and see - it can be an effective remedy.
After about 15 seconds, release back down to the starting position. Repeat this for 4 minutes. (This exercise increases the elasticity of the whole spine.)
Finally, return to the starting position to relax.
You may find the Back-Rack painful and uncomfortable to use at first if your spine is stiff and sensitive, but such pain and discomfort is beneficial and will disappear with practice - it is not the same as 'back pain'. The facet joints don't take kindly to being moved but it is necessary to break up the stiffness in the spine to help to reduce back pain.
The Back Rack™ can also be placed on a cushion or bed, whereby the patient can roll from side to side (like a ship at sea) more smoothly than if the Back Rack were placed on a hard surface.
If you have a headache or suffer from dizziness caused by a stiff neck (in many cases the neck rather than the auditory functions are the source of dizziness!) try maximising the neck pressure that the Back-Rack can provide by if necessary turning your head to one side. Experiment by using the Back Rack™ for putting pressure on different parts of your neck. This will put pressure on parts of the neck vertebrae which are normally very stiff and painful, but by loosening this stiffness (even though it hurts!) the headache and dizziness may disappear after only a short time on the Back-Rack™.
The thoracic area of the spine between the shoulder blades can also be mobilised using the Back-Rack™ and if you can manage it you can put extra pressure where needed by raising your trunk using your feet so that just your shoulder/neck areas are mobilised to help free any trapped nerves.
By using the Back-Rack™ to oscillate the spinal joints, they will in time be encouraged to revert to their normal position (in the way a sponge reverts to it's normal size after squeezing) and the space between the joints and the spinal nerves (1-2 mm) will then be restored to alleviate nerve root impingement.
This process may take from one to three weeks or more depending on your condition, but beneficial results will be felt much sooner.
Pain and stiffness will allow the muscles and joints of the back to instinctively relax after some minutes, which in turn will permit the facet joints to decompress. So lie back, close your eyes, and relax. Let the Back-Rack™ do all the work!
The Back-Rack™ treats the spine mechanically because the whole spinal structure is mechanical, and the majority of spinal complaints arise through mechanical trauma. A physical approach to treatment (as opposed to surgical) is the only effective remedy, and your back will be left intact at the end of any treatment session. Remember, we must make some effort to help ourselves, but if we do nothing except sit in an armchair all day, then this will exacerbate any condition, and no amount of money or expertise will provide a solution.
When you find time, remember to try some of the movements suggested on our web-site, paying attention to keeping your stomach muscles in shape. It would of course be great if we didn't have to do any work ourselves, but unfortunately we have to help nature some of the way, otherwise she is likely to punish us with back pain and muscle spasms etc when we least expect it!
In general, move as much as you can in your daily activities and try to avoid sitting or standing in one position for too long a period. When bending, bend your legs, not your back, keeping your spine straight and your chin up (even if it looks comical) and you may find that the road to recovery is shorter than you think. If you have any queries in using the Back-Rack™, please let us know. (see contact us item in the menu).
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