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— 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 days 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 before healing takes place, a person will become mobile before they should and possibly cause more serious injury. This is not to mention the potentially serious side-effects of most allopathic medicines.

     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 mechanically 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 smolder 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 side-view) are abnormal accommodations to help relieve the mechanical stresses to an upright posture. The effect is to squeeze discs in an off-centered manner increasing vulnerability to disc herniation or rupture.

     Unfortunately, medical professionals and bed makers assume these upright curvatures are natural and healthy and thus design sleeping 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 (counterclockwise 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 even more.

Other Creatures
     Notice 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 all fours.

     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 in 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, legs, spines 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 they like 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 too 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 counter 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 will 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 on 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.

     The Leg and Pelvis Positioner™ — Once positioned on the Wedge, pull the Positioner under the buttocks so the 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 pain relief. The higher the Leg Positioner, the more traction exerted on the spine since the pelvis will rotate further and the increased leg pull will in effect suspend the lumbar spine.

It Works
     The proof of the above theory is effectiveness. Many people find immediate and dramatic relief from disc pain using this 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 craves 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 disturb circulation create comfort, less tossing and turning, and, with that, rest and recovery.

     The Wysong Orthopedic Positioners are guaranteed. If they don’t 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 than 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 articles below.)

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 obesity 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 to 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 as if you mean it. Specific exercises for the back can be very preventive. For help in this regard, see relevant articles below.

     Metabolic acidosis is an underlying cause of many modern chronic degenerative diseases. Acidosis can literally dissolve bones and weaken cartilage making disc injury highly likely. Modern eating habits with reliance on starchy processed foods, as well 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 to achieve optimal health. Use these resources to help you start putting your nutritional house in order. (See relevant articles below.)

Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.

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