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7th EFSMA – European Congress of Sports Medicine, 3rd Central European Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Annual Assembly of the German and the Austrian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Austrian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

26.-29.10.2011, Salzburg, Österreich

Case report about the beneficial effect of gamma swing in chronic low back pain

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7th EFSMA – European Congress of Sports Medicine, 3rd Central European Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Salzburg, 26.-29.10.2011. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2011. Doc11esm214

doi: 10.3205/11esm214, urn:nbn:de:0183-11esm2149

Veröffentlicht: 24. Oktober 2011

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Gamma swing is a new therapeutic method for the treatment of pain due to degenerative changes of the spine, especially lumbar spine, disc prolapse, muscular imbalances of the back, blockade of small intervertebral joints or coxarthrosis .

With gaiters on both ankles, the patient becomes lifted. In phase 1 the pelvis is elevated, in phase 2 the patient is lifted up to the shoulder and in phase 3 the patient is free-hanging . Each phase includes a swinging movement up to 100 frequencies per minute.

This treatment causes a negative pressure on the disc, a separation of the joint partners and a distension of the ligaments and muscles. Due to that a reduction of the pain, a relaxation of the muscles and an improvement of movement occurs.

I treated a patient with severe degenerative changes of the lumbar spine with low back pain under physical activity and radiating pain into both lower extremities while walking on broken ground or when he overlooked small steps. Before we started the therapy with gamma swing we tried all evidence based therapies, but without success.

He was a very enthusiastic mountain climber. But due to the expectation of provoking the pain he nearly stopped all physical activities.

We made the treatment twice a week, starting with phase 1 and 2 each 5 minutes and phase 3 with 1 minute at the beginning, enhancing up to 5 minutes and a frequency of 60 – 70 per minute in each phase.

The pain becomes consecutive lesser, with VAS 8 at the beginning and VAS 3 after 8 treatments.

After the treatment the patient is able to pursue all the preferred physical activities and also his quality of life enhanced to a great amount.