About Protec FMT

An increasing number of people suffer from lower back problems in the United States and around the world. It is estimated that over 85% of all American adults will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. On any given day, 6.5 million people are in bed because of back pain. With such a large portion of the population suffering from back pain, an estimated $45 billion is spent on treatment each year.

Floating Manipulative Therapy enables a reduction of pressure upon the patient’s lower body by lifting and suspending the upper body, thus providing a significant reduction in internal intervertebral disc pressure.

Similar to the “Pressure Elimination Approach” established by William H. Kirkaldy-Willis, M.D., the Protec therapy is known as a Floating Lumbar Suspension Therapeutic Exercise Treatment in which the lower body weight, functioning as an anchor, provides natural traction. In this state, various types of movement therapy and rehabilitation can be conducted for the lumbar region, legs, etc.

The body-holding waist belt has an ergonomic design to minimize patient discomfort.

The Floating Manipulative Therapy System was introduced at the August 2000 International Human Science Convention in San Diego by Dr. Hiroshi Jonai. Since then, it has gained wide medical recognition and use in Japan and Asia. Over 3,000 machines are currently in use by general hospitals, orthopedic surgeons, internal medicine clinics, physical therapy and rehabilitation centers, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, sports gyms, and sports teams.

Dimensions: 4 ft. x 4 ft. x 7 ft. 250 lbs.
Patient’s maximum weight: up to 440 lbs.
An optional neck traction and shoulder mobilization add-on accessory is available. It fits on the Protec device with easy installation.
This added feature gives doctors and patients greater treatment options.

Benefits of the Protec System

One-on-one patient interaction allows you to tailor your treatment specifically to your patient’s needs. PROTEC has been used to treat many conditions, some of which include:

  • Disc degeneration
  • Herniated and bulging discs
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Manipulation of the lumbar spine

Treatments include, but are not limited to:

  • Mechanical traction therapy 
  • Therapeutical exercises 
  • Kinetic activity with one-on-one patient interface 
  • Myofascial release 
  • Neuromuscular reduction

Therapy protocol include:

  • Flexion/Extension mobilization 
  • Lumbar rotation 
  • Therapeutic stretching exercise 
  • Passive motion

PROTEC is a device that provides a safe, stress-free and comfortable treatment for patients. It is designed to allow a wide variety of mobilization therapy options, depending on the physician’s therapy preferences.

Protec FMT in Action

Protec is a device that provides a safe, stress-free, and comfortable treatment for patients. It is designed to allow a wide variety of mobilization therapy options, depending on the physician’s treatment preferences. Normal treatment usually takes 15- to 20-minutes.

Clinical data has shown that the most commonly used device for treatment–the bed-type traction machine–produces questionable clinical results. 1/3 of patients reported improved condition with bed-traction treatment, 1/3 reported no change following treatment, and 1/3 reported worsened conditions following treatment. These poor results have subsequently led to a revision of relevant regulations and ordinances, degrading this type of treatment from an “essentially required device” to an “optional device.”

In a survey of doctors currently using the Floating Manipulative Therapy System, 93% of respondents verified its effectiveness.


One in three reported that they utilize the Floating Manipulative Therapy System just for the purpose of lifting the upper body, without implementing any additional mobilization therapy. This shows that a reduction of internal inter-vertebral disk pressure provided by Floating Lumbar Suspension alone results in considerable lumbar relief for patients.

After 15 minutes of Floating Lumbar Suspension therapy,
patients show improvement in blood flow and circulation.

Natural lumbar therapy provides natural traction that works equally well upon both superficial and deeper muscle groups, resulting in a significant reduction in muscular tension, and thus contributing to an improvement in blood flow and circulation.

Neck Treatment

Protec can be used not only for treating low back pain, but also for cervical treatment. In cervical therapy, the most important factor is the cervical decompression angle. Protec provides a simple way of changing the angle of decompression.