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The world's first Range-Of-Motion Cervical And Lumbar Spinal Tractioning System.

Ontario Spinal Institute Is The New Standard In Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression!

The Ontario Spinal Institute treatment facility provides the newest and safest non-surgical spine therapy.

For further information contact us at 1-866-757-3472

What Is Articulating Decompression?

Articulating decompression can be defined as decompression that can vary the posture of the spinal column during the treatment. Basic linear decompression systems cannot. With articulating decompression, doctors have the ability to strategically position the spine into a variety of postures to make the treatment more effective. This posturing improves how the therapy moves through the spine. It enables the decompression to reach into areas of the injury that the "older systems" miss.
How is the articulating done?

Antalgic-Trak was engineered with a group of multi-axis articulating sections. These movable sections (located in the upper and lower portions of the instrument) are able to correct and improve the spine's posture during the treatment. It is a truly amazing advancement to decompression.

What are the typical conditions treated using Antalgic-Trak's AntalgiCare™ Therapy?

Back Pain Disc Bulges Pins & Needles Pinched Nerves Disc Herniations Neck Pain, Headache Failed Spine Surgery Numbness and/or Tingling Sciatica / Hip / Leg Pain Arm Pain, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist Spinal Compression Injury Osteoarthritis of the Neck or Lower Back

What is the connection between ROM and articulation?

Range-of-Motion (ROM) refers to the movement ability of joints. Simply stated, the better the movement, the healthier the joint. Each joint has a "movement" value that we use to evaluate its health. Antalgic-Trak's articulation features can improve the ROM by gently improving the gliding. This makes our joints healthier.

Is Antalgic-Trak aggressive?

No! Antalgic-Trak is a gentle giant. Once the therapy begins, it rhythmically moves the spine through a series of soothing mechanical motions that improve or restore the spine's natural gliding. In fact it's so gentle the majority of patients sleep during their sessions.

What are the spine's ROMs?

The spine has many ranges-of-motion. They include flexion (bending forward), extension (bending backward), lateral flexion (bending side to side) and most important, rotation. A healthy spine must seamlessly move through all of these motions without pain. Anything less may be due to an injury or may be a pre-cursor to injury.

Do your spinal joints move freely and without pain?

Damage to back or neck muscles as well as spinal alignment issues can limit our spines' ability to move. Limited or painful movement indicates the need for treatment.

What makes spinal decompression different than traction?

Spinal decompression is advanced traction. It utilizes a set of sophisticated computers and poundage sensors to control how the spine is elongated. The old traditional traction simply pulls the spine back and forth. But with computers we're able to customize the pull-release pumping into a specialized pattern that can rehabilitate the cartilage of the disc and surrounding tissues. Traditional traction could never do this. Antalgic-Trak goes a giant step further with it's ability to target tissues using its articulation feature.

Antalgic-Trak can provide more therapeutic benefits!

  1. The articulation features allow the doctor to reposition the spine into a variety of postures that enable the pull forces to reach into areas of the spine that basic decompression misses.
  2. Antalgic-Trak can be programmed to automatically increase and decrease its pulling poundage as the session is progressing. This is done using a feature called sequential spinal elongation (SSE).
  3. Antalgic-Trak's therapy can be programmed by "distance" values or "poundage" values. Poundage values work well for elastic younger patients and distance values work well for patients that need limited stretching, i.e.: spastic muscles or the taught fibers of some geriatrics.
  4. Lastly, Antalgic-Trak can adjust and vary the "holding times" of its pull and release cycling. Different holding times effect different tissues. For example longer holding times effect the disc while shorter times effect muscle and tendon. Other systems are limited to one pattern.
    By using computers to control and modify the characteristics of the pull-release cycling, traditional traction evolved into decompression. The Antalgic-Trak evolved decompression even further with its unique articulation features. It has more treatment options and is more advanced than any other system in the world. Your doctor will decide which features and protocols are best for you.

Rehabilitation Services

The lower spine and pelvis consists of 5 lumbar vertebrae, 5 discs, 1 central sacrum and 2 pelvic bones. The illustration above shows 5 lumbar vertebrae with 4 normal discs (blue) and one irritated disc (red). Observe how the holes behind each disc are actually formed by one disc and two vertebrae. The opening (foreman) behind each disc is where the spinal nerve roots exit. When an injured disc bulges or herniates, it typically expands backwards and into the nerve opening where it puts irritating pressure onto the soft spinal nerve root. This is how most nerve pressure or irritation occurs. These pressures produce a variety of debilitating symptoms


Lumbar Symptoms Typically Include;

o Sciatica,                                    o Muscle Spasm or Weakness

o Numbness                                 o Difficulty Walking or Standing

o Difficult Sleeping                     o Painful Sitting

o Hip Pain & Stiffness                 o Pins and Needles

o Hot or Cold Sensations            o Pain into the legs

o Dull or Heavy Type Pain           o Intense Sharp Pain

The images to the left show 3 stages of progressive disc involvement. The disc protrusion and subsequent disc prolapse (herniation) creates nerve pressure which produces symptoms. The above right image shows a typical disc herniation.

This disc image to the right is herniated onto the yellow nerve and pinching it.


What Is Antalgic-Trak?

Antalgic-Trak is a Class-2, FDA Cleared Medical Device that treats the spine.

It is also the world's first, "Range of Motion" Spinal Decompression System.

Successful therapy begins by removing nerve root irritations or pressures caused by bulged or herniated discs as well as compressed spinal joints (The red arrow in the illustration above is pointing to a large disc bulge).

AntalgiCare™ creates a soothing vacuum pressure within the disc by gently stretching and improving the spacing between the spinal segments. The goal of treatment with the Antalgic-Trak™ is to retract and return the protruded disc materials back into their pre-pressured borders.

Disc healing can't begin until the abnormal pressures are removed from it. Alleviating excessive pressure on an injured disc will help in speeding recovery of what is oftentimes a painful debilitating condition.

AntalgiCare™ helps by gently alleviating abnormal spinal pressures and enables the compressed disc and irritated nerve tissues to heal.


Lumbar Treatment

Cervical Treatment

The illustrations to the left, show the relationship between the head and the spine.

The cervical (neck) spinal column is made up of 7 stacked vertebrae with 6 cartilage discs between them. Together they form a protective tube for the spinal cord and nerve roots.

The spinal cord begins at the base of the brain and travels downwards through the cervical spine to the lumbar spine (low back) where it ends. There it splits into smaller nerves that travel into the lower extremities.


The Cervical Spine & Therapy

Cervical MRI

In the illustration to the left, the doctor is pointing to a large herniated disc with 3 disc bulges below it.

The herniation and bulges are pressing against the spinal nerves. These nerve pressures produce a variety of painful symptoms and movement problems.


This illustration to the left shows how the vertebrae and cartilage discs are stacked with each other.

Cartilage discs are sandwiched between vertebrae and act as shock absorbing spacers. The small foramina (opening) behind the disc are actually formed by three elements. These include the back wall the disc, plus the vertebra above it and below it. Nerves exit from these foramen.

The irritated disc (seen in red) is bulged forward. When a disc bulges backwards (The majority bulge backwards) it encroaches into the foramen putting pressure against the nerve. This is how symptoms are created.


Cervical Symptoms Typically Include;

o Vertigo                                                 o Cold Upper Extremities

o Neck Pains                                           o Numbness or Tingling

o Blurred Vision                                     o Headaches/Migraines

o Muscle Spasms                                    o Weakness in the upper extremities

o Movement Problems

How Does AntalgiCare Therapy Treat These Conditions and Symptoms?

AntalgiCare increases vertebral spacing using a gentle and soothing spinal elongation process. The goal of this process is to in aid in reducing bulging discs.

AntalgiCare's gentle elongation creates a soothing inner disc vacuum. This vacuum draws nourishing fluids into and around the perimeter of the disc to hydrate the disc and improve healing of an injured disc.

It is virtually impossible for a disc to properly heal while it is squeezed and under pressure. Irritating compression forces must first be removed.

AntalgiCare helps by gently alleviating abnormal spinal pressures and enables the compressed disc and irritated nerve tissues to heal.

Finally, Doctors have an advanced treatment technology that can heal the symptoms of a herniated disc in as little as 6 weeks.

The new technology is only available at certified ANTALGIC-TRAK® spinal treatment centers.  

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