Over 35 years of Dr. Barry’s chiropractic experience treating patients with back pain has gone into developing Lift. In fact, Lift was originally conceived as a way to supplement Dr. Barry’s treatments between sessions, and for patients that lived too far away to schedule regular appointments. Dr. Barry started with the movements and therapy that brought his patients the most relief in his office and then reverse engineered Lift to bring that same relief to people in the comfort of their own homes.
But then Dr. Barry brought in a team of engineers to refine Lift’s design, shrink its footprint, and make it lighter and even easier to use. They incorporated an over-center linkage into Lift’s design, creating a mechanical advantage and generating a force multiplier as a central feature. What all that engineering terminology means is that you get maximum results with minimal effort and absolutely no stress on your body.
What makes Lift so different from other products that are out there on the market is that Lift utilizes low-impact active movement to treat the causes of lower back pain. Like inversion tables and other hanging products, Lift elongates the spine and takes pressure off of muscles and nerves to create decompression within the spinal column. The technical medical term for this action is lumbar traction. But then Lift picks up where those other products leave off because with the repeated motion of gently lifting and dropping your hips, Lift flexes the spine while simultaneously separating the vertebrae, alleviating pressure on the nerves and drawing oxygenated blood and vital nutrients into compromised disc tissue through osmosis.
What Makes Lift so Effective…
What also separates Lift from other products is that when you use Lift, you lie flat on your back. So while your spine is decompressing, the rest of your back is, well, resting. Peacefully. You aren’t hanging upside down having all the blood rushing to your head. You don’t need someone else to help you on and off of Lift. You can watch TV or relax while using Lift. Lift works - no matter your age, body shape or size, or any other health issues that you might have.
When you pull Lift’s handles down toward your chest, two dynamic forces are put into play – flexion and traction.
First, the hips and pelvis are lifted from the surface allowing for an interval suspension of gravitational forces on the spine, creating separation and resulting in a reduction of volumetric pressure within the disc.
This lets bulged, protruded or herniated discs retract or withdraw from applying pressure to the nerve elements directly behind the disc.
Secondarily, as the hips and pelvis are lifted, the lumbar spine is being gently flexed, creating more space for impinged nerve roots and causing separation of the "facet" joints behind the disc, which are a secondary major cause of lower back pain.
But what’s also happening is that by repeatedly raising and lowering the hips, the alternating separation and contraction of the vertebrae allows oxygenated blood and nutrients to move from the vertebral end plates into the damaged outer tissue of the disc through "reverse osmosis.” This slowly begins to restore the hydrostatic nature of the disc, as well as its healing capacity.
This is a big part of what makes Lift different from other products that only release pressure. With the gentle, low-impact active movement, Lift actually promotes accelerated healing of the disc tissue.
This combination of flexion and traction is what makes using Lift so different and so impactful. And what gets you back to work, back to play, and back to life.