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Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Safe?

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression

We have been providing nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy to the lumbar and cervical spine for 8 years now in San Francisco. The machines we use are the DRX9000 lumbar decompression system and the DRX9000c cervical decompression system.

We have performed well over 15,000 sessions during this time and we have never had a patient suffer a serious injury. Sure, we have had patients get sore…in fact, some soreness is expected. Every once in a while someone gets real sore but we are usually able to determine who is at risk and we start off very very light.

The reality is that disc decompression therapy is very safe and gentle. Either it will help you or it wont. But if it doesn’t, which is rare, you are still whole and can explore other treatment options for your herniated discs.

Many surgical procedures involve fusion with cement, wires, screws, etc. If you have one of these surgeries you will be forever disqualified from ever trying spinal decompression therapy. Why not try it first…you can always have surgery?

Heck…even a discectomy, which removes part of the disc…the part that is pressing on the spinal cord or nerve root, does not leave you whole. Your spinal disc is part of your spinal structure. When part of it is removed it alters the entire structure and predisposes you to more problems with other spinal segments later.  This is why so many people that have back or neck surgery need to have more surgery later.

Hey…sometime you just flat out need back or neck surgery…but many times you really don’t. You could have done the DRX9000 or DRX9000c and it would have worked.

So do yourself a favor…if you have a herniated disc in the neck or in the low back that is not responding to medical care, chiropractic, acupuncture, or whatever…or you have been told you need surgery…consider disc decompression first. At least check it out…you might be surprised.

To schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog.

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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Is Spinal Decompression Traction?

There are many spinal decompression skeptics out there…I know…I used to be one. After-all, the idea that a disc herniation can be repaired with a machine is beyond the comprehension of many…including some medical doctors and so called spine experts.

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompresion

It is not uncommon at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center, for a herniated disc patient to tell us that their orthopedic surgeon said that spinal decompression is nothing more than expensive traction and chances are it wont do anything.

Well…tell that to the hundreds of thousands of disc patients worldwide that are now living more active lifestyles (many avoiding surgery) because of nonsurgical spinal decompression.

So is spinal decompression traction?

Hardly…traction pulls on the entire spine without any regard to the individual patient “muscle guarding” response. When you apply force to an injured spinal segment the body tries to protect it by guarding against the pull with it’s muscles…it’s involuntary. The muscle response varies patient to patient so there is no way to anticipate it effectively…you can only react to it…which is what computerized spinal decompression does.

In fact, this is the primary difference between conventional traction and spinal decompression. Nonsurgical disc decompression systems have a built in computerized biofeedback mechanism that instantaneously senses a patients muscle guarding response and adjusts the amount of force being applied to the pull accordingly. Big difference.

Plus, spinal decompression systems adjust the angle of pull precisely to better target the injured discs. Spinal decompression machines such as the DRX9000 actually have a split bed (one of them floats) to negate the force of gravity, allowing for enlargement of the disc space.

Modern decompression also creates a negative pressure inside the disc which pulls the herniated disc fragments back to the center of the disc where they belong. Regular traction just pulls…and pulls..that’s it.

So when herniated disc patients ask us if spinal decompression is traction, we happily inform them of the differences. One thing for sure…anyone who has ever had conventional traction quickly realizes they are different animals as soon as they try decompression therapy for the first time…it’s an amazing sensation.

So there you go. Nonsurgical spinal decompression is not traction. Spinal decompression is the most advanced technology in the marketplace today for the nonsurgical treatment of neurovascular compression syndromes such as lumbar and cervical herniated and bulging discs.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic…call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary DRX9000 consultation.

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Is spinal decompression safe with osteoporosis?

We have been performing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for many years now. During this time several of our patients have expressed concern as to whether or not spinal decompression is safe for a patient that has been diagnosed with osteoporosis. This is a valid concern…I mean, who would want a machine pulling on their bones if it could harm them?

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression

The good news is, spinal decompression therapy with the DRX9000 is very gentle…and it’s safe also. Sure, an elderly patient with advanced osteoporosis and severe spinal degeneration should probably not undergo decompression therapy. But for the most part,  this is a non issue. We have performed disc decompression treatments on many patients with osteoporosis, and we have never had any problems.

Sure, when we encounter a younger patient that has advanced osteoporosis, we will consult with their medical doctor first before starting a spinal decompression program…but this is rare.

The good news is…once a herniated disc patient completes a spinal decompression program, they become more active…and weight bearing activity is a primary factor in maintaining healthy bone mass.

We also make sure our osteoporosis patients know that high protein diets (typical American Diet) are a common cause of excess calcium excretion by the kidneys. High protein diets are acidic. The body needs to maintain a certain PH in the blood (7.4). The body will leach calcium which is a base (alkaline) from the bones to maintain normal PH. The calcium then gets passed in the urine. This can also lead to kidney stones.  Dr. John McDougall, MD is the best medical resource on this subject.

For a complimentary consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post.

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Is Spinal Disc Decompression Safe?

We have been providing disc decompression therapy in downtown San Francisco for 6 years now. It is not uncommon for herniated disc patients who are considering non-surgical spinal decompression as a treatment option to be concerned about safety. After-all, many have been told they need back surgery and if they don’t have it they could end up in worse shape than they already are.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

Often times their orthopedic doctor or medical doctor tells them that spinal decompression could harm them and the last thing they want is for a traction machine to be pulling on the injured spinal disc.

I would agree with this if spinal disc decompression were a traction machine. But it’s not.

Conventional spinal traction tables pull on the entire spine and can actually hurt a herniated disc patient. Spinal decompression systems such as the DRX9000 are computerized and have a built in bio-feedback mechanism that senses and monitors the patients muscle guarding response.

When muscle guarding increases, the spinal decompression machine decreases it’s pull. When muscle guarding decreases, the spinal decompression machine increases it’s pull, up to the predetermined target. All the while…a constant tension is maintained.

It does this while isolating on a specific spinal segment (unlike regular traction), such as L5-S1, which is the most common lumbar disc to bulge or herniate.

Your spinal decompression doctor and staff will closely monitor the decompression process by keeping an eye on the graphs on the machine that tell them how your body is responding to the treatment. All patients have a “kill button” in their hand during treatment and can stop the decompression instantly if something does not feel right.

Spinal decompression patients mostly fall asleep on the decompression machine…it’s that comfortable. After disc decompression the muscles are electronically stimulated to teach them to work with the spinal bones in their new position. Then ice is applied to reduce inflammation and soreness.

We have performed thousands of spinal disc decompression treatments at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center. Never has a patient suffered permanent bodily injury. Sure, some patients got sore…and a small percentage real sore…but that’s about it.

When you compare the safety record of spinal disc decompression to back surgery or cortisone injections or pain pills…heck, it’s not even close.

So YES!…spinal decompression therapy is safe…and it’s gentle. Will it fix your herniated disc? Maybe…maybe not. But even if the decompression process does not help your herniated disc…which is rare…you will still be whole and can try other treatments.

When we have a chronic back pain patient or chronic neck pain patient, that is concerned about the safety of  spinal decompression, we let them watch others do it…we let them do it and feel it themselves…and we let them talk to others that have done it. We make sure they are comfortable before we start.

So that’s it. Non-surgical spinal decompression might be just the treatment you need for your herniated disc. And please don’t let uninformed people talk you out of something that could possibly give you your life back. You be the judge.

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco. Call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

 

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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