This discipline relates to those non-invasive therapies which have been created to act according to the science of eugonomics. Such therapies are designed to promote intervertebral disc nutrition and healing while also reversing progressive spine degeneration. Safe, effective, and controlled spinal distraction therapies, when self-applied by patients on a long-term basis are representative of this category. These have particular application in the therapy of genomic spine disease.
The pioneer in restorative physical therapy and medicine was Sister Elizabeth Kenny, founder of the Sister Kenny Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her treatment of polio involved restoring normal muscle function as opposed to the prevalent “mainstream” medical therapy of immobilization, atrophy and disability.
In keeping with the principles established by Sister Elizabeth Kenny the first restorative spine program was initiated at the Sister Kenny Institute in 1976. The safe and effective axial gravity traction employed was clinically demonstrated to be successful in the management of a number of spinal disorders including disc herniation and scoliosis. Over time more user-friendly and practical spine distraction devices have evolved and are in clinical use today.
Safe and clinically effective spinal distraction, as a means of treating disorders which might otherwise require more aggressive, and often less successful therapies, represents the crux of non-invasive restorative spine care. The principles of this discipline, something which has actually been in clinical use for 5,000 years, have experienced a modern technical resurrection which has proven to be of great importance in contributing to the improvement of public health, potentiating the longevity of normal spines and also serving to markedly decrease the overall cost of spine care in health systems.