To better understand some of the benefits of the Om Gym one must first have an elementary understanding of the discs that are anatomically between the vertebrae of the spine. Theses discs stop having a direct blood supply once one reaches adult maturity. At adult onset the discs get their blood supply thru diffusion from the endplates of the vertebrae above and below the disc. A loading and unloading process which pumps and moves the disc increases blood flow to the disc which results in increased nutrient exchange. Increased nutrient exchange to the disc slows down the process of disc degeneration.
Disc degeneration is evident on MRI with 95 percent of the population by the age of 50 and without the proper lifestyle intervention is usually progressive. The average person loses two inches in height by the age 0f 60 due in large to thinning of the discs as they degenerate. Degenerative disc disease is usually accompanied by degenerative joint disease as body lays down bone spurs to try to immobilize the unhealthy discs. This can result in pain and a closing down of the foramina, holes in between each vertebra, that allow the spinal nerve roots to exit the spinal cord. This is the pathway which life expresses itself by passing messages from the brain, down the spinal cord, along the spinal nerve roots to every cell, tissue, muscle, and gland. It is imperative that we do our best to maintain the integrity of these joint and disc structures composing the spinal column.
The Om Gym allows us to integrate a loading and unloading or pumping cycle to the disc thru inversion. By inverting we open the joint spaces of the thoracic and lumbar spine with traction. The om gym allows us to perform various yoga like movements and stretch the spine in different plane lines while the joints are opened under traction. The om gym is a three dimensional twenty first century version of the yoga sling.
Patients with MRI confirmed disc bulges and or herniations may also benefit from the inversion traction as it decompresses spinal nerve roots that are getting compressed as well as creates a negative pressure in the disc which sucks back in the protruding portion. Additionally the inversion experienced with the Om Gym increases blood supply to brain, thyroid, pineal, and pituitary glands.