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History of Detensor, Spinal Traction Therapy System

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Dr L. Kurt Kienlein – Inventor of the Detensor Spinal Traction and Back Stretching Therapy System


The Detensor method was conceived in 1978 by Dr. Kurt L. Kienlein in Austria EU to help treat back pain.  Dr. Kienlein had been suffering with back pain for many years and was not able to find relief.  Spending most of his time seeing many M.D.’s, chiropractors in Europe and the USA, healers, specialists in acupuncture in China, he still was unable to find the treatment he was looking for.  Since Dr. Kienlein had the education as an engineer and toolmaker in his youth, he was able to develop helpful devices and appliances for the traction of the spinal column for the Detensor.  There was nothing on the market at that time that could help to alleviate his back problem.  All known products were not ideal.  There were boards and devices to hang by the feet, which is nothing new by today’s standards.  All of these methods could/may creating stress on the spine.


Dr. Kienlein’s idea was to create something that worked well without the need of an extra person for application and without the use of belts and weights.  The system was to allow a person to set up without stress and comfortable to use.  Before the idea of the Detensor, the Dr. was spending his weekends on the airstrip at flight school sitting all day in a Piper Cub and towing gliders into the air.  At the end of the day he could not get out of the plane because of severe back pain.  The idea of the Detensor was born and immediately the first samples of the traction mat were being built.  The first few models had been too big and expensive. These models were also uncomfortable.  Finally, in 1978 the right product was finished and ready to begin testing. The Detensor was created and patented. The Detensor consisted of a cold water processed foam with a corrugated pattern(lamellas) on top of the mat. The lamellas allowed for air flow through the mat so a patient would be comfortable and not perspire. The foam mats also allowed for a person’s weight not to affect the shape of the mat therefore returning to its regular form. With this method, a patient is required to lie on the mat for a recommended time of 45 minutes per session. While a person is resting on the mat, the spine is gently stretched allowing for nutrients and minerals to be absorbed. Also, to help the spine decompress relieving pain and pressure. During the development of the Detensor Dr. Kienlein started studying medicine and soon found out there were thousands of books describing various types of back pain.  All of these books offered no information or solutions to resolve of the problem.  At this point, he left the University and invested his time and money into clinical trials and working with patients.


In 1981, Dr. Joachim Strauss, head of the orthopedic department of the Golden Buehl Hospital in Villingen, (Black Forrest area in Germany) and his team started testing the Detensor traction therapy. After 4 years of great success and more than 2,000 patients, Dr. Kienlein decided to start selling the Detensor mat to the public. In 1987, Dr. Kienlein was attending the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing presenting the results of the Detensorology.  The Chinese specialists started that same year to use the Detensor and still do.  Results were found to be more successful when acupuncture and the Detensor were used in combination together.  In January of 1988, Dr. Kienlein was sent to Moscow by the Bavarian Minister of Foreign Trade to meet with a specialist from the Central Research Institute for Accidents and Orthopedics and the Ministry of Health.  This meeting proved to be very potential. In the fall of 1988, Russian M.D.’s started testing the Detensor and was granted registration for all hospitals and sanatoriums, civilian and military.  In 1993 Dr. Kienlein met Dr. Olga Balakireva.  She was sent to Germany by her therapist because of her back problem.  She was suffering from cervical lumbago pain and a migraine.  After 2 weeks back in Moscow and using the Detensor everyday as prescribed, she called Dr. Kienlein asking for exclusive rights to sell the Detensor in the USSR.  Dr. Olga Balakireva started using the Detensor therapy on her patients in her medical center with much success.


Since 1993, the Detensor was integrated at more than 2,000 institutions in the Russian health system.  More than 4,000 medical doctors and therapists have been trained by Dr. Kienlein and his wife, Dr. Olga Balakireva and more than 3,000,000 patients have been successfully treated of their back pain.  In 1994 the Detensor was also established at the Gagarin Center for the medical preparation of the cosmonauts for the flight and stay at the space station MIR.


Dr. Kienlein was invited to join academies and associations of medicine and natural medicine in Russia.    In Russia, there have been 22 dissertations written, 160 scientific articles and many presentations provided to the public. In Bonn, Germany, and Basel, Switzerland and Yerevan, Armenia many dissertations have been presented to those communities.


The Detensor has been proven to be a very cost effective and an efficient therapeutic method for the treatment of back pain without any negative side effects.


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