November 21, 2014 — PHS Chiropractic, one of the U.S.’s largest manufacturers of high-quality chiropractic adjusting tables and equipment, has become the exclusive provider for the new iTrac Extension Traction Therapy System, which was recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for sales to healthcare providers.
More than 10 years of research went into the development of iTrac, the only computerized extension traction system currently available that gently restores cervical curvature in patients with forward head posture, which is often caused by poor posture over time during work, school, and our smartphone-centric culture.
“Unlike existing systems, which rely on pulleys and lead weight bags, iTrac’s fully computerized system gently delivers a gradual progression of traction forces throughout the treatment,” Jarrod Nichols, DC, CSCS, said.
Nichols helped develop the initial concept, including the software application for the medical device, and partnered with PHS Chiropractic over the past six years to further refine it.
iTrac relies on a series of progressive, sustained-pressure treatments that stretch the ligaments and muscles in the anterior cervical spine to correct cervical curvature and forward head posture. iTrac’s unique Variable Rate Progressive Traction prevents “muscle guarding,” the body’s natural response to abrupt application of force, by slowly increasing the traction forces through an 8- to 12-minute treatment session. This feature allows the patient to stay relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire treatment to ensure they receive the greatest possible therapeutic benefit.
iTrac is not intended to replace existing clinical treatment protocols. Rather, it is designed to be an adjunct therapy to existing active protocols in chiropractic and physical therapy clinics to provide long-lasting relief and functional improvement to patients who suffer from cervicogenic conditions such as neck pain, headaches, migraines, upper back pain, and TMJ disorders. Poor posture and abnormal cervical curvature are the main contributing factors in these conditions, and providing structural spinal correction allows patients to experience significantly reduced recurrence of cervicogenic conditions with minimal maintenance, even if they return to their forward-head posture habits.
It’s estimated that more than 80 percent of U.S. adults have some level of forward head posture, a number that will no doubt continue to rise due to a rapidly increasing, multigenerational reliance on hand-held digital devices and the negative postural stresses they can create.
The iTrac software also allows DCs to easily create custom treatment plans and reports for patients and referring healthcare providers. In addition, clinicians can choose to share aggregate, HIPAA-compliant data from treatments to a central database in order to continue to improve extension traction therapy and applications of iTrac over time.
The iTrac Extension Traction Therapy System is available now for chiropractic, physical therapy, orthopedic, and rehabilitation clinics. For more information, visit www.phschiropractic.com.
Source: Pivotal Health Solutions