What is Floating Manipulative Therapy?


Protec Floating Manipulative Therapy (FMT) is the only new advanced technology in the decompression industry in the past few years. Mr. Fumio Katane, of Protec Japan has developed the most accurate, precise, safe and effective procedure to treat non-specific back pain.


FMT eliminates the exact gravitational pressure without exceeding or over stretching the patient’s damaged or irritated area. As effective as horizontal force/traction decompression may be, there still exists the potential to program either too much or not enough force. Both scenarios cause negative outcomes.


Why is the Protec FMT System Vertical?


A person only experiences downward torso pressure on the lower back in the vertical position. Protec designed and developed horizontal therapy 10 years ago, but has continued ongoing research to improve patient outcome. Protec FMT is the only system that allows the doctor to employ mobilization, exercises and stretches while the patient is experiencing spinal decompression at the same time. The result is significantly improved outcome and patient comfort. The vertical FMT system parallels the same logic as with upright vertical imaging versus horizontal imaging.


Why is FMT so much more accurate than horizontal forced traction/ decompression?


The formula for all horizontal table is based on the theory that half a person body weight occurs above and half below the beltline (iliac crest). In reality, this formula is seldom if ever accurate. Variables such as height, age, body morphology, bone density and tissue density renders the formula at best… A guess. As an example, muscle weighs more than fat… Therefore a fat person may appear bigger because of mass, but the muscular person weighs more because of density.


Does FMT have the same indications and contradiction as horizontal therapy?


Yes, the FMT System is the only system that delivers the precise amount of unloading for each individual patient’s body weight. There is no guessing. Therefore this natural pressure elimination of upper torso on the low back can safely and effectively be applied to almost any non-specific low back condition. [Condition like spondylisthesis, Central canal stenosis, osteoporosis and instrumented hardware or body fusion.]


What types of additional therapy should be incorporated during the treatment time?


The FMT System includes spinal decompression, as well as concomitant stretching, exercise mobilization and therapeutic activity to improve flexibility and range of motion.


Is there a cervical component (attachment) available?


Yes. The cervical attachment is available as an option with the Protec FMT System.


Can the Protec FMT System be integrated into any existing decompression practice?


Yes. The FMT System will add a new dimension and procedure to treating back and neck pain. Because of the design of Protec FMT System, many acute lower back pain patients find it much more comfortable than the horizontal table. The Protec FMT System gives the physician many options unavailable on horizontal tables.


What insurance billing codes are applicable for the treatment and what is my ROI (Return on Investment) for this investment?


Please  Contact Us for specific information.


Are there any research done on this Device in USA?


Yes, there was a thorough research done at BYU & University of Missouri- Clinical data at both, the University of Missouri and BYU athletic department showed a 40% reduction in back and neck symptoms after each Protecspine Treatment. Studies also revealed 95% average patient satisfaction with the Protecspine treatment. Other research done by Dr Tiziano Marovino (PT,DPT,MPH TLC Group-Chronic Pain Solutions of Ann Arber) is available on our website.


What type of maintenance is required for this machine?


Practically none, we believe only the belts might need to be replaced. All parts are guaranteed for one year by the manufacturer. The only mechanical moving part is the seat which can be replaced at a minimal cost. The rest of the machine is going to have a normal wear & tear. Most of those are very minimal cost.


Can my staff provide the therapy?


Yes, under your guidance and training. We have trained many interns and grad assistants to provide the therapy in the sports medicine centers.


I am an old school chiro, I have been using the same equipment for a long time and doing fine with it, why do I need this?


To stay competitive in the market. You need to teach your patients that it is your knowledge that is your asset, but as you age you need a device that will allow you to implement your knowledge in an effective way without danger to both the patient and the provider. With Protec device, you are treating a floating body, minimizing load on provider.


How can I make money with it?


There are seven approved codes for reimbursement from insurance company.
By having a shorter appointment, you can treat more patients for the same time. (Efficiency)
Innovative and effective treatment has shown high patient’s comfort and satisfaction, resulting in increase in new patients referrals.