Spine and Laser Center | Spinal Decompression FAQs
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that was developed for the treatment of lower back pain caused by disc herniations and degenerative disc disease. The process is effective in relieving low back pain by enlarging intradiscal space, reducing herniation, strengthening outer ligaments to help move herniated areas back into place, and reversing high intradiscal pressures through application of negative pressure.
When the outer part of the disk is injured, or torn, the jellylike material on the inside can leak out. This is called a herniated disk. It’s like squishing a jelly doughnut and watching the jelly come out the hole. If the outer annulus is not torn all the way through the outside, the disk can bulge – without herniating. For Example, like if you step on a balloon and it doesn’t pop. The balloon bulges out to one side or the other without the rubber breaking.
When the disk bulges or herniates, the torn ligament in the outer part of the disc can cause major back pain – just like tearing a ligament in your knee or ankle. It can also pinch the delicate nerves that pass by as they come out of the spine.
That’s what can cause radiating pain . . . or pain, tingling and numbness going down your leg and possibly into your toes.
and possibly into your toes.
This is often referred to as SCIATICA. Under normal conditions the disc gets its’ nutrients by diffusion – during the day, your body weight compresses the discs and squishes some of the fluid out, taking the days’ garbage with it. At night, when you are lying down and the pressure is off the discs, fluids re-enter the disc and bring nutrients along to nourish the disc, and help heal little injuries.
BUT, when the inside of the disc has been injured, the jelly gets pushed down the tear and this increases pressure inside the disc, and when you lie down this increased pressure hampers the flow of fluids and nutrients into the disc. Without oxygen, water and nutrients, healing does not occur! It would be like cutting the end of your finger, then wrapping an elastic band around your finger – you would see that it would not heal.
Over time, the disc cells, being starved of oxygen and nutrients, begin to die. As more and more disc cells die, the disc gets thinner and thinner. This is the disc degeneration many people have been told they have-often people are told it is due to aging. We know now that it is due to a lack of nutrition. It is NOT due to aging. If it was due to aging all the discs would degenerate at about the same time, but they don’t. It is usually due to previous injury.
DRX 9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression machine creates a negative pressure inside your disc and suck nutrients back in, stimulate healing.
Just imagine your Disc as a lawn – if you don’t give your lawn enough water in the summer it begins to die out. More and more blades of grass turn yellow and less and less remain green. If you give your grass more water, the process reverses. If you add fertilizer it grows even thicker. The health of the grass is dependent on the supply of water and nutrients. The health of the disc is also dependent on the supply of water and nutrients.
By naturally creating a negative pressure inside the disc, the fluids and nutrients get sucked into the disc and the disc is able to begin to heal. Some of the jelly also returns back into the disk, relieving pressure on the pinched nerve, and the pain is relieved. This process takes away your pain and symptoms by stimulating healing, instead of masking it with drugs or cutting parts out with surgery. In fact, studies in rabbits with degenerated discs show that this type of axial decompression results in the growth of huge numbers of new disc cells!
Through the combination of proven scientific principles, the latest technological developments and the brilliant work of a specialized team of physicians and medical engineers- Axiom Worldwide, a medical manufacturing company, now offers this breakthrough technology in its incredible DRX 9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression machine.
The process using the DRX 9000 equipment has proven to relieve pain by:
- Reversing the high intra-discal pressures through the application of negative pressure
- Bringing water, oxygen and other nutrients into the disc
- Increasing the thickness of the disk
- Reducing herniations
- Strengthening outer ligaments to help move herniated material back into place
The DRX 9000 relieves pain fast, by stimulating healing !
A very important note: the DRX 9000 has been successful with even the most severe cases. . . Even when NOTHING else has worked. Even after failed surgery.
After being fitted with an automatic shoulder support system, the DRX 9000 slowly lowers you to a horizontal position, so you are lying face up. The automatic shoulder support system helps to stabilize your upper body. The advanced computer system automatically adjusts to the proper angle of distraction, a lordotic air bladder system acts as a fulcrum to the angle of pull, allowing us to target specific disks. . . the ones that are causing your pain and symptoms.
The distractive forces of the DRX 9000 utilize a logarithmic curve to avoid proprioceptor response, and therefore no muscle spasm will occur. The split table design decreases friction and allows separation of the vertebrae, reversing the effect of gravity. All day you sit or stand and your body weight squishes water and nutrients out of your disc – decompression fills the disc with water and nutrients again, that are unable to get back in on their own, and this enables the disc to heal.
Basically, you lie face up and the amazing DRX 9000 computer creates a negative pressure in the disc, which helps herniated material return to its normal position, and brings in fluids and nutrients to help the disc heal, and this stops the pain.
Patients describe the treatment as a gentle, painless, intermittent pulling on their back. And like I said before, it can be so relaxing many patients actually fall asleep during treatment.
Regular traction has been around for a long time. Its’ results with back pain have been minimal at best. The big problem with traction is that your back muscles feel the pull on your spine, and your muscles tighten up in response, resulting in poor results. The DRX 9000 applies specific forces very slowly so that you don’t feel the pull and this bypasses your stretch reflexes, thereby decreasing intra-discal pressure and enhancing fluid exchange within the disk. This expands the space between the bones and restores nutrients and blood flow to the disk-which causes healing.
It’s like the difference between tapping the tendon below your kneecap with a reflex hammer which causes a reflex tightening of your thigh muscle, making your leg move, or pushing slowly on the tendon. If you push slowly on the tendon you can push very hard without causing the thigh muscle to tighten. (Try it). Decompression works very slowly, and the amount of pull increases on a logarithmic curve so there is no reflex muscle tightening, enabling the creation of a negative pressure inside the disc without any muscle spam – making it relaxing, and effective.
MRI studies comparing traction to spinal decompression have shown regular traction does not return herniated material back into the disk, while spinal decompression does.
Patients also say the DRX 9000 is extremely comfortable. . . even relaxing while traction can be very uncomfortable. Many people fall asleep during DRX9000 treatment.
Research shows this treatment protocol gets most patients better in 20 treatments over 6 weeks. We’ve had some patients get rid of severe pain they’ve had in their back and leg for years in as little as three treatments – but that’s not common. Some older people with multiple disc injuries and a long history of pain may require a few more treatments for maximum improvement. We give you an estimate of how many treatments we expect it to take, but everyone heals at different rates.
DRX 9000 has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
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