Functional Analysis of a User Driven Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System

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Mohammad, Zahra




Surgery is a common treatment for low back pain, but is a significant undertaking. An emerging non – surgical alternative, noted as spinal decompression therapy has evolved into an effective non – surgical treatment. This research focuses on the development and implementation of a user driven non – surgical spinal decompression (USD) system, a first of its kind prototype. The USD system's function is validated through experiments performed on a dummy subject. In addition, a pilot study was performed on 4 human participants analyzing performance results and user feedback in regards to pedaling options, loading characteristics, restraint combinations, human response characteristics and overall comfort. Users imparted an average rating of 7.5 on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of ease of utilization. In addition, 75% of users indicated the therapy underwent in the USD system felt like mild exercise, while 25% indicated it felt like a relaxation session.


Engineering - Mechanical
Engineering - Biomedical




Carleton University

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Engineering, Mechanical

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