Use of Pneumatic Decompression Belt to Restore Spinal Height
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:00 AM

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of a pneumatic decompression belt to restore spinal height lost following an acute bout of exercise that induced compression.

This study implemented a test-retest repeated measures design in which twelve participants were recruited from a university population and acted as their own control. All participants were healthy with no previous history of disabling back pain, and were frequent weight trainers. A stadiometer was used to measure spinal height at baseline, then following an acute bout of exercise and then again following the intervention (use of a pneumatic decompression belt for 20 minutes) or control (lying supine for 20 minutes). 

The use of the decompression belt increased spinal height gain significantly more than the control condition following an acute bout of weightlifting exercises known to elicit high compressive loads on the lumbar spine.

The pneumatic decompression belt restored spinal height faster than a non-belt wearing condition in young healthy asymptomatic participants.