The ABS System—a Spinal Decompression Machine for Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation
The ABS (American Back Solutions) system is a machine that is operated remotely by a computer which supervises the patient’s condition throughout the duration of the procedure. Once the right treatment regimen is agreed upon for the patient, the technician programs the computer accordingly to execute the treatment procedure.
Unique to the ABS system is its innate ability to consider the diagnosis and spinal tolerance of the individual patient and notify the technician to adjust the parameters of the treatment regimen suitably. There are four decompression options that are offered by the ABS system, all of which rely on different frequencies of pressure that correspond with the desired treatment method. For instance, applying negative intradiscal pressure to the spine allows for a patients’ herniated disks to be returned to a functional state with very minimal pain.
Decompression—the ABS system’s chief function—alleviates the pressure around the discs and nerves of the spine while also building up strength for the outlying ligament bands that hold discs in place. As a result of injury, these ligament bands become weakened as a result of the bulging disc, a symptom that is vital to correct in order for a full recovery to be achieved.
While traction therapy stretches the spine, straightening it and allowing the body to heal itself, the ABS system disperses pressure evenly and actively works to strengthen weak areas. At its core, traction therapy does not create the high negative intradiscal pressure necessary to alleviate pain, correct, and strengthen spinal discs. The ABS system works to relax the patient by applying pressure gradually and evenly, while normal traction therapy puts stress on the patient by stretching the spine which can be uncomfortable for those with, especially painful spine injuries.
The ABS machine is responsible for treating:
- Disc bulge and herniation
- Disc degeneration
- Spinal stenosis/arthritis
- Facet syndrome
With the ABS system, practitioners are now able to respond to the problem of back pain and spinal injuries directly instead of prescribing medication that only relieves symptoms as opposed to treating them. One of the big draws of procedures offered by the ABS system is that they involve no surgery, something that is often the cause of hesitation for many patients. Surgeries can be invasive, expensive, and do not guarantee positive results, in fact, there is still an unsettling percentage of patients who report a worsened condition post-surgery.
Treatments traditionally take place over the span of five weeks with daily sessions lasting thirty minutes. Patients have reported a noticeable improvement in their condition after only six sessions or about a week. Studies have shown tremendous improvement in patients’ experiences with 71% showing a 50% drop in pain following treatment and 86% reporting at least a 50% reduction in pain over the next four years. A majority of the patients that participated in the study reported absolutely no pain after four years, a remarkable improvement on average back pain treatment statistics.