Biofeedback – what is it?
Spinomed back orthoses are effective primarily because of the “biofeedback principle”. But what is it exactly?
Biofeedback is a procedure used in behavioural medicine. This involves the feedback of physical signals that normally occur unconsciously. With special biofeedback methods, these type of physical functions become consciously perceptible. This way, patients can learn to use them for their own benefit.
What is the effect of biofeedback on osteoporosis therapy?
If osteoporosis patients get into an incorrect posture (hunchback), the orthosis automatically reminds them of the correct posture using gentle pressure. The users tighten the muscles in the torso area and straighten up their upper body by using their own muscle strength. The orthosis is therefore also a kind of training device for building up the trunk muscles.
The osteoporosis specialist Professor Helmut W. Minne and medi have jointly developed the Spinomed and Spinomed active orthoses. The elastic materials of the Spinomed back orthoses together with the back splint exert noticeable pulling forces on the pelvic and shoulder area.
Studies demonstrate the effect of Spinomed back orthoses
The back orthoses strengthen the muscles. They can also relieve pain. The tendency to sway and the risk of falling can be reduced – therefore also reducing the risk of subsequent fractures. The muscle strengthening effect of Spinomed and Spinomed active was confirmed in two randomised clinical trials.1,2 The concrete results:
- The stomach muscles are strengthened by up to 56 percent.
- The kyphosis angle is reduced by up to 11 percent.
- Pain is alleviated by up to 47 percent.
- Daily restrictions are reduced by up to 54 percent.
- General physical health is increased by up to 18 percent.
- Spinomed back orthoses help to reduce the risk of falling and therefore, the risk of further fractures, as they reduce body swaying by up to 25 percent.
The umbrella organisation of the German-Speaking Scientific Osteological Societies (DVO) refers to the scientifically proven efficiency and identical mode of action of Spinomed and Spinomed active in its therapy guideline.3
1 Pfeifer M et al. Die Wirkungen einer neu entwickelten Rückenorthese auf Körperhaltung, Rumpfmuskelkraft und Lebensqualität bei Frauen mit postmenopausaler Osteoporose. Eine randomisierte Studie. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2004;83(3):177-186.
2 Pfeifer M et al. Die Wirkungen von zwei neu entwickelten Rückenorthesen auf Rumpfmuskelkraft, Körperhaltung und Lebensqualität bei Frauen mit postmenopausaler Osteoporose. Eine randomisierte Studie. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2011;90(5):805-815.
3 DVO. Prophylaxe, Diagnostik und Therapie der Osteoporose bei postmenopausalen Frauen und bei Männern. 2017; S. 196-200. Published online at: www.dv-osteologie.org/dvo_leitlinien/dvo-leitlinie-2017 (last accessed 26.06.2018).