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Spinal Traction Device DTM18% System Manual

The Detensor Spinal Traction Therapy Mat 18% Provides Back Pain Relief
Operating Instruction



The back traction therapy mat 18% (DTM 18%) is the part of the Detensor long term back traction therapy method for treatment of back pain and back pain related illnesses. It is the most important part of the long term back traction therapy system. With the DTM 18% traction’s forces up to 20 % resulting out of the body weight can be reached, these are decisive again for a successful back pain therapy taking place.

The experience since 1978 shows, that 45 Minutes application of the DTM 18% is exactly the right time of duration in order to relax the musculature and for re-hydration of the inter vertebral discs. Best spine treatment results being achieved using the DTM 18% on the floor or on a stable hard surface like boards or a bench.

In the acute phase of lower back pain it is recommended to apply the DTM 18% 3 times a day with a 3 to 4 hours interval. It is possible at the start of the spine traction application in some cases a pulling hurt can develop in musculature or joints.

Application is not be stopped, the irritating hurt will disappear after a few minutes it only shows the process of a successful back pain therapy has begun.

More than 45 minutes of vertebral traction therapy are not needed in one session, if by accident the person is falling asleep and stays a longer period of time on the mat, negative effects have not been discovered up today. After the back pain is lessening or gone applications can be reduced, but it has to be understood a complete stop will possibly start the back problem all over again. If someone is using the DTM 18% in a daily regime severe back spinal problems will not again appear.


Daily application of the Detensor spinal traction therapy mat DTM 18% will protect a person vertebral health with no matter what age and gender and prevent neck to lower back pain over the years to come and as long as wanted.

This is why it is to be recommended definitely to do the daily application. Always use the Detensor disk decompression method with DTM  18% on a stable surface never on a sofa or in bed. Never try to use the DTM 18% instead of a mattress and sleep all night on it, pain in spinal musculature can develop. After the 45 minutes decompression therapy do not sit up, roll off on the floor in a belly position and wait for 10 to 30 seconds in this position before getting up, see the pictured instructions at the end of this brochure.

In case of acute Lumbago the application of the DTM 18% can be prolonged up to 1 1/2 hours.

It must be understood, the back traction mat DTM 18% can not replace the Detensor mattresses or mattress topper Fibrotop and vice versa. The Detensor spine health therapy system consists of two parts, the DTM 18% and the sleeping mattresses.

The regular application of the spine traction mats DTM 18% has the advantage that it is used since 1978 without any known negative effects. Since then there have been written 27 Doctor Dissertations, 158 scientific based articles have been published and more than 3 Million patients have successful been treated internationally.

Because of the mobility of the Mat, packed in a bag size 12,5x16x23,5 inches and a weight of approximately 8 Lb it is advised to take along when traveling.

Not taking the DTM 18% along might result in a back problem again and there is danger of a relapse.

It is quite possible not to find an experienced specialist at your holiday destination using the spine cord decompression therapy Detensor who can help.

If you are lying on the Detensor Mat use a blanket to cover the body. In higher temperatures use simply a sheet for covering at the time of back pain treatment procedure. Always use the leg support of the system in order to achieve a neutral position of the spine. Never use the so called 90/90 position when on the Mat 18%, raising the lower legs to high can be harmful, there the pressure in the 5th lumbar (vertebral) disc will be raised 10%.This was found by Prof DR Alf Nachemson in a study done at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Trust the experience of many MD`s , chiropractors and physical therapists and an uncountable number of people formerly suffering from hot back pain and using the Detensor treatment method at home every day in private since 1978 and have regained Quality of Life.

Detensor Long Term Spinal Traction Therapy is the most cost effective Method to treat Back Pain.

In the following the exact application of the Mat 18% is described and shown in the illustrations.

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Sit down on the shorter part of the Traction Mat 18% , recognizable at the fact that this part has less ribs (lamellas) as the longer part (back part) of the Mat. See Image 1. The C is marking the boundary between shorter and longer part. C is the position for the lumbar part of the spine (Vertebra L 3 / L4).  C is also marked with a small red sticker, you can take it off anytime you want after you have learned how to lie down in correct position.

Another method to find out , you push down with both hands on the Mat, 1 hand about 10 inches from the lower edge (left on image 1) and about 20 inches from the upper (right on Figure 1), your hands will move opposed. One can also sew a red thread to the site of the Mat in line with the red sticker in order to mark the C .

If you should with the first attempt come to lie too far in the direction of feet or head and the red sticker is not at the position of lumbar vertebra L3/L4, do not try to move lying on the Mat in order to reach the right position, just sit up as shown in Figure 9/10/11/12/13/14/15 and start all over again.

On the Therapy Mat one lies only on the back (see Figure 4).

Both arms have to be put down like shown in Figure 4.

The lower legs rest on the leg support as shown in Figure 2 and 3.

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As next take the Cervical Support in both hands so that the flat side of the support points to your body and both hands touch each other, see Figure 5

now press support with both hands evenly, next lay support under your neck without letting go only after the back of your head is touching the Mat do release the support.

Please pay attention to it that both long side edges of the support downwards are bent.

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As next, with both hands holding the ends of the support (see Figure 6) very gentle without lifting the head pull in the direction of the head end of the Mat.

This can be repeated 3 to 4 times during the first 10 minutes of the application. If you lift your head please repeat the procedure.

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Now let go of the support and put your arms to the sides as shown in image 4 with palms upwards as shown in Figure 4

From now on you must lie relaxed and quietly until the 45 minutes are over.

Lie relaxed, no reading or TV , because of contraction of musculature in the upper back, shoulders and neck, listen to nice music preference half classical music. Do not use modern type relaxing music. Organs only react positive to chamber sounds.

At first there might be a feeling of uncomfortableness in the back and neck, for maybe a few minutes, do not react or take notice, it will be gone soon by the time the musculature is starting to relax. Falling asleep is positive, it is even recommended. During sleep musculature is totally relaxing.

During Therapy it is definitely necessary silence will be kept, not talking .

If your argument is not to be able to lie on your back, well, after a few applications on the Mat 18% all patients can.

During therapy it is recommended to wear a light and stretchable suit made from cotton.

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After the 45 minutes therapy it is not advised to sit up abruptly, roll off and stay a few seconds in a belly position, relax your head on your arms and get up as shown in the pictures.


After operation and fixation of two vertebras wait 6 month before using Detensor Long Term Traction Therapy or ask your surgeon.


Make sure you are buying and using products designed and produced by DETENSOR KURT KIENLEIN E.U., Austria.

Since in some places imitations being offered. you really should make sure to acquire the” Original “ produced by Prof. DR. Leonhard Kurt Kienlein in Austria.

Beware of Imitations.