Since Hippocrates – from whom modern medicine traces its roots – physicians and patients alike have struggled to find the best treatment for lower back pain. Early treatments for this ailment have involved the use of gravity to bring relief to stressed spines and back muscles. This idea grew into what is now known as inversion therapy, which employs a table to flip the body from a standing position, bringing a measure of relief to a burdened lower back. While devices like inversion tables have produced some positive results for back patients, a new technology is now available that eliminates the drawbacks of hanging upside-down. At the same time, this recently developed back stretcher
maximizes relief more safely than drugs or invasive surgery.
The EZ StretchNFlex back stretching machine is a user-friendly instrument that allows back sufferers to stretch muscles and elongate the spine at an intensity and pace of their own choosing. Inversion tables impose spinal traction, granting the lower back a modest degree of temporary relief. Yet the effects of the tables are not cumulative, and the discomfort from compressed spinal discs soon returns. Furthermore, inversion therapy is known to raise blood pressure, so physicians may caution those with hypertension to avoid such practice. Meanwhile, the EZ StretchNFlex, which is easily set up on the floor, can lead to long-term strengthening and flexibility in the lower back. Blood pressure is not a factor in using this back stretching machine.
Pain treatment through the use of medication also has its pros and cons. These drugs – broadly categorized as either anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant – are often the first recourse for those who suffer back pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs, whether over-the-counter or prescription, reduce swelling that may lead to discomfort. Muscle relaxants, on the other hand, are designed to relieve spasmodic activity. However, extended use of anti-inflammatory drugs can bring about harmful side effects in the stomach, the liver and the kidneys. Likewise, muscle relaxants pose hazards of their own, like untimely drowsiness, constipation and risk of addiction. These risks can all be avoided with a natural approach to back pain. Through moderate and steady repetition with the EZ StretchNFlex, disc pressure is reduced and supporting muscles are fortified with no dangerous side effects.
Decompression surgery is sometimes employed to give more space to the spinal cord and its adjacent nerves. Often however, the removal of tissue to achieve this end results in unstable discs and joints, thereby requiring further surgery to prevent deformity. Alternatively, if the space can be created by non-invasive means, follow-up surgery is then unnecessary. While it will not afford the spine more area as quickly as surgery, a good back stretcher may – over time – achieve noticeable decompression without the insertion of rods and screws into bone. It also avoids the cost in money and time lost for post-operative recovery.
In many cases of aching backs, the optimal solution is low-price and low-tech. The EZ StretchNFlex back stretcher is made of light-weight, durable aluminum and is easy to store. It not only puts distance between spinal discs, it also exercises core abdominal muscles that support spinal health. Most importantly, this back stretcher is designed for slow and gentle stretch motion. The last thing a back pain sufferer wants is more pain through injury. The EZ StretchNFlex promotes careful elongation to protect the spine, nerves and muscles. Safety, cost-effectiveness and ease all combine to make this back stretcher a revolutionary alternative to current treatments.