WYSONG ORTHOPEDIC BED POSITIONERS™ (patent pending)
— Sleep and Heal Like a Baby
Lower back pain is the most common of all skeletal problems.
It can range from mild discomfort that passes after a few
to severe and incapacitating pain that is chronic or recurring.
Such pain is usually associated with injury to the discs that
lie between the bony vertebrae. The jelly-like center of these
discs (nucleus pulposus) can bulge (herniate) or rupture putting
pressure on the sensitive nerves that leave the spinal cord.
Until the pressure on these nerves is relieved, pain will continue.
Rest and immobilizing the spine will sometimes resolve the
problem. But once a disc is weakened, it is forever so – and
thus even more vulnerable to re-injury.
The conventional medical approach of anti-inflammatory drugs
does not address the underlying problem. By relieving pain
healing takes place, a person will become mobile before they
should and possibly cause more serious injury. This is not
mention the potentially serious side-effects of most allopathic
If the underlying causes of disc injury are not addressed,
and the condition worsens or spreads to multiple discs, surgery
may become the only recourse. But this has inherent dangers
as do all invasive procedures. Also, eliminating discs or
immobilizing sections of the spine can be severely limiting.
The best approach to health problems is to understand underlying
causes and address those first. Treating symptoms or pain is
like turning the fire alarm off, while a fire continues to
in the closet.
Wysong Orthopedic Positioners as Therapy and Prevention
The upright position of humans puts the spine in a precarious
position. The curves that the upright spine takes (from a
are abnormal accommodations to help relieve the mechanical
stresses to an upright posture. The effect is to squeeze discs
off-centered manner increasing vulnerability to disc herniation
Unfortunately, medical professionals and bed makers assume
these upright curvatures are natural and healthy and thus
surfaces to not only encourage these unnatural curves but aggravate
and exaggerate them as well. Thus you will see advertisements
extolling the merits of support that pushes up into the small
of the back, for example.
Some recommend a hard bed. But when lying on the back on a
hard surface, the weight of the legs rotates the pelvis forward
as viewed from the side) forcing the small of the back up even
further, the exact opposite of what is needed, as explained
below. On the other hand, a soft bed may make this rotation
even worse since the weight of the legs can sink further into
the mattress, rotating the pelvis and curving the lumbar spine
that in virtually every other vertebrate, the spine, particularly
the lumbar spine, does not curve toward the abdomen as in humans.
In fact, in most species it curves slightly the opposite direction.
This occurs because other animals have not put themselves into
the fully upright position, but remain for the most part on
As the pelvis rotates in a "stretched" counterclockwise
position the more the upper torso moves vertically. The result
is a "stretched" lumbar curve inward toward the abdomen
because the pelvis wants to naturally rotate clockwise as
the all-fours position, but we force the spine in an opposite
counterclockwise direction as we move the spine upright. In
other words, the spine "wants" to be on all fours
but we force it upright.
In the Womb
A spring can be stretched but it likes to return to its
natural coiled state. Plastics, rubber bands, trees, arms,
and virtually all other solid things like to stay the way they
were formed, or molded, because that’s the way their
molecules are tied together. They can be bent somewhat, but
the way they were – and will try to return to it.
Well then, how was our spine formed, what does it like? All
we need do is look in the womb. You will note that the spine
is curved, as it is in all four-legged creatures, the opposite
of the way it curves when we are in the standing upright position.
The womb is the mold that has shaped the spine the way it likes
to be. That is the position it would like to return to just
as the spring likes to return to its coiled state.
But modern beds try to duplicate the standing state, unnatural
curvatures, not giving the spine opportunity to "recoil" into
its preferred natural state of formation. Just as a spring
is most strong and resistant when in the coiled state, so
is the spine most strong and resilient when in its coiled
womb-position state. The Wysong Positioners are designed
to put the spine
in its preferred natural position. The Shoulder Wedge raises
the upper torso while the Leg Positioner tilts the pelvis
clockwise. A sling effect is created for the lower back and
a gentle traction is created taking pressure off the discs,
allowing them to rest from the stress of the upright unnatural
position. If there is disc injury, this gentle traction
decrease the inflammatory response and encourage the return
and reorganization of the nucleus pulposus into the disc.
Additional relief is also given to tired calves and heels.
A soft "egg-crate" foam surface encourages circulation,
and depressions to receive the calves do not put pressure
them as with flat sleeping surfaces. The heels overhang the
end, allowing them a time when they feel no pressure at all
and can recuperate from the day’s pounding.
The Head and Shoulder Wedge™ — Place
the Wedge so that the shoulders are elevated onto it. A pillow
is then used on top of it. Increase or decrease the
degree your head is elevated to achieve best comfort. Increasing
the head elevation will increase the traction and therapeutic
cradling of the spine.
Leg and Pelvis Positioner™ — Once
positioned on the Wedge, pull the Positioner under the buttocks
pelvis is elevated. The calves should seat in the calf depressions
and the heels should suspend over the end.
For increased traction — Pillows may be placed under
the Positioner to increase its height if this creates more
relief. The higher the Leg Positioner, the more traction
exerted on the spine since the pelvis will rotate further
leg pull will in effect suspend the lumbar spine.
The proof of the above theory is effectiveness. Many people
find immediate and dramatic relief from disc pain using
device and report that it speeds healing. Others have found
that the frequency of back pain or disc injury is dramatically
reduced by regularly using the device. The Wysong Positioners
allow the back the natural rest and healing position it
after a day in the tiring upright position. It also puts the
pained body into the position people usually try to achieve
by elevating the legs on pillows or lying on their side and
pulling the knees up toward the chest. The body intuitively
knows what it needs and pain sensors dictate the proper position.
Another benefit is a good night’s rest and sleep.
Proper positioning and elimination of pressure points that
circulation create comfort, less tossing and turning, and,
with that, rest and recovery.
The Wysong Orthopedic Positioners are guaranteed. If they
give you a wonderful night’s rest, if they don’t
relieve back pain, send them back for a full refund.
More Back Problem Causes
Lifting or Movement
The posture of the spine must be protected under physical load.
An improper lift or sudden movement under load can be more
the spine is mechanically capable of. Something will break
when a tool (which the body is) is used improperly or overloaded.
Learning to lift properly, using the legs and keeping the back
straight is critical in protecting the integrity of the discs.
Physical therapists, chiropractors, orthopedists and most other
health professionals can advise properly on this. There are
also numerous educational resources which can be of help. (see
The Wysong Directory of Alternative Resources and relevant
Sedentary Living and Obesity
The muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and cartilage of the
torso and back can be strengthened with proper weight bearing
exercise. The stronger you are, the greater the margin of safety.
Unfortunately, modern sedentary living and its attendant
weaken the body making injury not only more likely but predictable.
It is not at all unusual for people to now be 50, 100, 150
200 lbs. or more overweight. This extraordinary burden on
the body’s frame is a recipe for disaster. The solution
is proper eating (see The Synorgon Diet) and regular exercise
if you mean it. Specific exercises for the back can be very
preventive. For help in this regard, see relevant articles
Metabolic acidosis is an underlying cause of many modern
chronic degenerative diseases. Acidosis can literally dissolve
and weaken cartilage making disc injury highly likely. Modern
eating habits with reliance on starchy processed foods,
as air and water acidity underlie acidosis. It can be reversed
with knowledge and commitment to restoring healthy balances.
(See Rationale for WellSpring™ & Alkinate™,
What to Do to Reverse and Prevent Acidemia, Ultimate Water,
and Dissolving Bones.)
Modern processed foods are too much of too little. They are
rich in calories but impoverished in the nutrients necessary
to properly process them and maintain health. Without the proper
nutritional building blocks, the structure of the body weakens.
Lower back problems can be a signal that a reckoning is being
made. For over 25 years Wysong has taught proper nutrition
achieve optimal health. Use these resources to help you start
putting your nutritional house in order. (See relevant articles
of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.
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