How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

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Spinal Decompression Consultation For Herniated and Bulging Discs in San Francisco

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 13 years now.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated and bulging discs non-surgically.  Spinal decompression can also help conditions such as Facet Syndrome, Degenerative Disc disease, and Spinal Stenosis.

So how does it do it?

The machine we use is the DRX9000. We chose this machine because of patient comfort favorable outcomes. We have a combination unit so we can treat both the  lumbar and cervical spine.

The lumbar spine requires some harnessing to connect you to the machine. This takes about 5-7 minutes and is not uncomfortable. Depending on the location of your disc problem…say L5, we adjust the angle of pull on the machine to target the specific spinal segment involved.

The spinal decompression system is designed such that it negates the forces of gravity during the treatment. The DRX seeks to elongate the spine, stretch the spinal ligaments, enlarge the disc space, re-hydrate the disc, and move the bulging or herniated disc matter away from the nerves and spinal cord and back to the center of the disc.

A negative pressure is actually created during spinal decompression that helps to accomplish this to the extent it is possible…which is most cases.

The DRX9000 or DRX9000c (cervical) both have built-in bio-feedback mechanisms which closely monitor your muscles during treatment. There is a natural tendency for the body to protect the injured area and the machine will lessen it’s pull or increase it as needed.  This is the biggest difference between traction and spinal decompression (at least in the more expensive machines). Traction just pulls which can harm you. Spinal decompression pulls and releases based on your response to decompression.

The treatment protocol for spinal decompression is 20 one hour sessions done over 6-8 weeks. It’s a process not a magic bullet. A typical visit involves set-up, 30 minutes of spinal decompression and 10 minutes of ice and muscle stimulation Some patients require other services such as laser, massage, chiropractic or physical therapy.  We also have medical doctors at our main clinic a few blocks away to co-manage difficult cases. Our primary clinic is Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.

If you would like to learn more about spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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What Is A Spinal Decompression Visit Like?

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We have been providing Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco for over 13 years now.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat lumbar and cervical disc bulges and herniations naturally. The machine we use is the DRX9000. We chose the DRX 9000 because it is very comfortable for the patient. In fact, most fall asleep during treatment.

The typical spinal decompression treatment protocol is 20 one hour sessions done over a period of 6-8 weeks. We reserve the machine for you at your start time each session and mostly run right on schedule.

When you arrive we ask you a few questions and may do a few quick tests to monitor your progress. Then, we fit you in a harness to connect you to the machine. This takes 5-7 minutes. Once you are on the machine the decompression session begins. This is about 30 minutes. Then, after we take you off the DRX machine we administer muscle stimulation (painless), then 10 minutes of ice.

Depending on the nature and severity of your condition we may also incorporate laser therapy, heat, massage or even chiropractic. All cases are different.

Most of our patients really look forward to the spinal decompression sessions. It is their time to relax and get well.

In the event you require more extensive treatment such as physical therapy or medical care…our primary clinic, Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. is just a few short blocks away.

We also validate parking at the Embarcadero Center where we are located.

To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.  

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Not All Spinal Decompression Doctors Are The Same

We have been treating herniated discs in downtown San Francisco for over 23 years.

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Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco Since 1992

About 12 years ago or so we began to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression into our treatment protocols for cervical and lumbar disc herniations.  During this time we have helped hundreds of patients return to more normal active lifestyles and many have avoided surgery. I guess you could say the results have been outstanding.

Here’s the deal. Not all spinal decompression doctors are the same. It is an art and there are lots of important decisions that need to be made during the course of treatment. Heck, just deciding whether or not a case will be accepted is a big decision. Decompression is not for everyone and we only accept cases we feel we can help.

Recently, Executive Express Chiropractic was purchased by Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. of San Francisco (CMG). The clinic is only a few short blocks away.

This is important because CMG has an expert team of chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists, nurse case managers, and support staff to serve you. Often times the difference between getting results with difficult to treat herniated disc patients can be working with other doctors and therapists. This makes the process very convenient and cost effective.

The new name of Executive Express Chiropractic is Chiro-Medical Group Express (CMGE).

To find out if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Do Spinal Decompression Results Last?

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Sciatica Treatment with Spinal Decompression in San Francisco

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 12 years.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat cervical and lumbar disc bulges and herniations non-surgically.

Spinal decompression treatments can also help other conditions such as Facet Syndrome, Spinal Disc Degeneration and Stenosis.

Spinal decompression machines like the DRX9000 (the one we use) seek to enlarge the disc space, re-position the disc, re-hydrate the disc, elongate the spine, strengthen the spinal ligaments and restore spinal motion and biomechanics.

The treatment process takes between 15-30 one hour sessions (the average is 20). We reserve the machine for you and you are on it about a half hour. Then there is muscles stimulation, ice, laser, or anything else you may need such as massage or chiropractic.

Results are outstanding. Many lumbar or cervical disc patients who are suffering with physical limitations and pain are able to return to more normal lives. Some require ongoing maintenance and some don’t. All cases are different.

The results are usually permanent as long as the patient continues on with the recommended exercises and decompression sessions if indicated. Usually 4-6x per year on the decompression machine is enough to keep things in place…along with the patients home care.

Sure, some patients suffer major set-backs due to over-doing it or an accident…but the DRX9000 is usually able to get them back on track in much less time that it took initially.

If you are suffering with symptoms such as low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, arm pain, weakness, numbness in the extremities and have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc, you may be a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression.

For a complimentary consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center. 

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Degenerative Disc Disease and Chiropractic

degenerative disc disease san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease in San Francisco for over 23 years.  

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) mostly results when the spinal discs wear abnormally, often resulting in pain and loss of function.

Just like the tread on your tires will wear uneven when the front end is out of alignment…so will the spinal discs when the spine is out of alignment. When the discs lose their normal height and water content they lose the ability to function properly.

Loss of disc height brings the spinal bones closer together which can cause nerve irritation. The discs also are prone to disc bulging and disc herniations which can pinch nerves resulting in pain and disability.

When the spine is out of alignment it also causes abnormal stresses on the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. This can cause spinal degeneration and calcification of the ligaments.  All of the above are typically part of the degenerative disc disease complex.

So how do you know if you have DDD?

Well, in advanced cases you may have symptoms such as back or neck pain, arm or leg pain (sciatica), numbness in the extremities, weakness of grip, night pain, loss of normal motion, to name a few.

Or…you may have no symptoms at all.

Since DDD develops slowly over time as the result of spinal misalignment’s, it’s best to be checked by a chiropractor frequently to make sure things are in place.  Children should be checked as well.

X-ray is the best way to confirm degenerative disc disease or spinal degeneration.  A chiropractor will often takes x-rays when DDD is suspected.

If you are experiencing back or neck pain and it does not seem to want to go away, you may have DDD. The good news is that DDD responds favorably to chiropractic adjustments and exercise.  A visit to the chiropractor is probably your best bet.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors please call 415-392-2225.

 

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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What Does A Herniated Disc Feel Like?

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We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for over 23 years.

So how do you know if you have a herniated disc in the neck or low back?

In our experience you don’t!

Sure, there are symptoms like low back pain that travels down the leg (sciatica), numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs or toes, weakness of grip, foot drop, night pain, antalgia (leaning away from the pain), abnormal reflexes, swelling, and pain when laughing or coughing (positive Valsava test), but you can have these signs and symptoms and not have a disc herniation.

And get this…You can have a herniated or bulging disc and have no symptoms at all. That’s right…there is a certain segment of the population that are walking around with disc herniations and will never know it.

If we were to pull 10 random people off the street and check them for disc herniation with MRI (the gold standard diagnostic test) we would find a few that had them and where asymptomatic. This is what makes herniated disc treatment so difficult and why surgery should be considered a last resort (in my opinion).

The reason I say this is because even after an MRI demonstrates disc herniation it’s still possible the disc herniation is not responsible for your symptoms. We know this from all the failed back surgeries.

The worst thing that can happen with back surgery is spinal fusion only to have the back pain return. Some back pain gets worse after surgery.

What we recommend (if possible) is a more conservative approach that would include chiropractic, physical therapy and nonsurgical  spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat cervical and lumbar disc herniations and bulges non-surgically. The results are outstanding.

About 12 years ago we began to incorporate the DRX9000 into our treatment protocols. During this time we have helped thousands of herniated disc patients return to more normal lifestyles. Hundreds of these patients avoided surgery, and many have done our treatment post-surgery (surgeries without fusion).

If you have had a spinal fusion you are permanently disqualified from ever trying spinal disc decompression. This is why surgery should be a last resort.

So, there you go. Lots of great info on herniated disc treatment. If you live in San Francisco or have the ability to stay here for an extended period we would like to discuss your disc herniation with you.

To find out if you are a candidate for herniated disc treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

*We have two clinics a short walk from each other in the SF Financial District. We have medical doctors, physical therapists, spinal decompression and chiropractic to serve you. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.  

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Spinal Decompression and Degenerative Disc Disease

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Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment in San Francisco, CA

We have been providing treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease in San Francisco for over 23 years.  

The spinal discs which are the pads in between the spinal bones have two primary functions:

1. To hold the bones above and below together The disc is a ligament.

2. To create a fibrocartilaginous joint to allow spinal motion and shock absorption.

When the spine is in it’s proper alignment the normal motion of the spine is responsible for pumping in freshly oxygenated blood to the disc and expelling waste products.  This process is called Imbibition. 

For various reasons including poor posture, injuries, repetitive stress, congenital disorders and mostly poor lifestyle choices, the spine tends to lose it’s natural alignment. When this happens it can compromise spinal motion and interfere will disc health This can lead to  cascade of problems including spinal disc degeneration and disc herniation.

Spinal decompression therapy can help to reverse this. Decompression therapy machines such as the DRX9000 seek to restore proper disc positioning and alignment as well as fluid and nutrient exchange between the blood stream and the spinal disc.

The goal of decompression is to enlarge the disc space, re-hydrate the disc, re-position the disc, stretch the spinal muscles and ligaments,  and move the herniated disc matter away from the nerves and spinal cord.

So, spinal decompression actually addresses the underlying cause of disc degeneration and allows for a more permanent solution than most other treatments or therapies.

We often incorporate chiropractic and physical therapy into our spinal decompression  process and have medical doctors to help oversee difficult to treat cases.

In addition to lumbar and cervical degenerative disc disease,  spinal decompression therapy may also benefit herniated and bulging spinal discs, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, and pinched nerves.

To find out if you are a candidate for Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Spinal Decompression and Chiropractic For Back Pain

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We have been providing chiropractic and spinal decompression  treatment in San Francisco for over 23 years.

Back Pain is very common. In fact, over 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point.  Most of the time back pain will resolve either on it’s own or with proper treatment.

If you experience back pain and the symptoms do not resolve after a few days it’s probably a good idea to visit a chiropractor to make sure your back is in proper alignment so that the back pain does not become worse or develop into an ongoing problem.

If you have had back pain or even back pain and sciatica (leg pain) for more than 3 months you probably have developed chronic back pain and your condition may be a little more serious.

Often times, the underlying cause of chronic low back pain or sciatica is a herniated or bulging spinal disc. Same in the neck.

This is when treatment can become somewhat challenging in certain cases that do not respond to conventional chiropractic treatments.

The reason for this is because when an injured disc becomes inflamed and out of place it can be difficult to restore proper position and alignment.  It’s the enlarged disc putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerves that is causing the pain. This is when it becomes a good idea to consider nonsurgical spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression machines are very safe and gentle. Spinal decompression seeks to do the following:

  • Elongate the spine
  • Stretch the spinal muscles and ligaments
  • Enlarge the disc space
  • Re-position the injured spinal disc
  • Re-hydrate the discs
  • Remove nerve pressure

Often times the combination of both chiropractic and spinal decompression is indicated. At our clinics e have the ability to incorporate chiropractic, spinal decompression, physical therapy, and medical care if needed into the treatment protocol. Rarely is surgery needed.

Spinal decompression actually addresses the cause of the underlying problem. It’s like a respirator for injured spinal discs. Disc decompression with machines like the DRX9000 are now considered the “gold standard” for nonsurgical disc treatment.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.  

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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What Does Spinal Decompression Cost?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy in Downtown San Francisco

We have been providing spinal decompression in San Francisco for over 12 years now.

We have actually been in business for 23 years, but decided to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression into our treatment protocols around 2003. We were the first to bring the DRX9000 and DRX9000c to downtown San Francisco.

At the time, there were only a few machines in the entire bay area and the cost could be as high as $15,000 for both cervical and lumbar decompression. If it was cervical or lumbar only it could still be as high as $10,000.

Now, there are many more machines around and the cost has come down considerably due to supply and demand.  In fact, you can pretty much find treatment for between $3000-$5000 dollars depending and what is included in the treatment, who does it, and where the clinic is located.

You should be aware that with spinal decompression experience matters. There is an art to the set-up process and case management of the spinal decompression patient. Some newer doctors will acquire a disc decompression machine and then offer a low ball price to attract business. This is not an ideal situation for the patient. You are much better off spending more with an established doctor that has years of experience.

In the past 12 years we have treated thousands of lumbar and cervical disc patients, many of which were severe in nature.  Over time we have developed protocols that include additional therapies such as deep tissue laser, ultrasound, Graston, Active Release Techniques (ART) and even Physical Therapy or medicine.

We have two neck and back pain clinics in San Francisco. They are a short walk apart. Our primary clinic is Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. which is would renowned for it’s Physical Medicine dept., which includes medical doctors, physical therapists, nurses, chiropractors, and athletic trainers. Often times a group effort is required to achieve favorable outcomes with severe back and neck pain.

We belong to most insurance networks so we can maximize your insurance benefits for you. Insurance will pay for most of the ancillary services associated with spinal disc decompression.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.  

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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When Should You Have an MRI of the Neck?

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One of the more common questions and concerns of the neck pain patients we treat is if and when they should have an MRI?

Some patients have been suffering with ongoing neck pain and some have sudden onset. Some have neck pain that radiates into the shoulders or arms and some have headaches with their neck pain.

 Here is a list of symptoms that are commonly associated with neck pain:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm, Elbow and Hand Pain
  • Numbness in the arms and hands
  • Tingling
  • Weakness of grip
  • Night pain
  • Burning
  • Headaches

Some patients have only neck pain, some have all the symptoms listed above, and everything in between.

So what causes neck pain? Here is a partial list:

  • Herniated or Bulging disc in the neck
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Vertebral Subluxation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Forward Head Posture
  • Arthritis

Depending on the nature and severity of the underlying cause of your neck pain you may or may not need an MRI. MRI’s are expensive and are not always needed when it comes to directing the proper course of treatment. Some chiropractors and medical doctors take routine x-rays and they may not be indicated either.

Typically…as long as there are no “red flags” we will initiate treatment which consists of gentle spinal adjustments and low tech exercises for neck pain and associated disorders.  Patients will normally respond within a very short period of time.

If a patient does not respond after say 2-4 weeks of chiropractic care we will consider an MRI of the neck to further quantify the problem.  If the MRI reveals a disc herniation or bulge then  we can expect the treatment to take longer. We can also consider nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c.

Cervical decompression machines are designed and built to reduce disc bulges and herniations naturally. They are very safe and gentle.

We also have supportive therapies such as deep tissue laser, ultrasound, massage, and Active Release Techniques (ART) to assist with difficult to treat cases.

We have two San Francisco Clinics within walking distance of each other. Our primary clinic (Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.) has a team of medical doctors, physical therapists. nurses, chiropractors, and athletic trainers to serve you.

Our satellite clinic at the Embarcadero Center has spinal decompression and chiropractic. We also offer express service with validated parking.

Bottom Line: If you have neck, arm, or hand  pain and feel you may need an MRI or might have a herniated disc in the neck, we would like to meet with you to discuss treatment options.

To schedule an appointment with a neck pain doctor in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. We accept most insurance.  

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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