Most of the herniated disc patients we consult with about the DRX9000 are searching for a non-surgical solution for a herniated or bulging disc in their spine. Some have been told they need back surgery…some “you just need to learn to live with the pain”. They have been told that a disc herniation is not repairable.
Living with severe back pain or sciatica is not your only option.
A typical herniated disc pain patient has been suffering for years…and tells us they have tried every back or neck pain treatment under the sun. Acupuncture, physical therapy, pain medications, muscle relaxers, cortisone injections, inversion tables, chiropractic care, massage…you name it…they have tried it. Nothing seems to work…they are very skeptical to say the least.
So, when we explain how the DRX9000 seeks to re-position the herniated spinal disc matter back to the center of the disc where it belongs by creating a “negative pressure”, they look at us kind of strange.
Spinal Decompression with the DRX9000 and DRX9000c is based on the premise that the body knows where it’s parts are supposed to be and there is a natural tendency for them to be there. Decompression helps the body do what it wants to do…put things back where they belong.
If a spinal disc is injured from trauma or abnormal wear and tear over time…it can lose it’s normal relationship with the vertebrae above and below. It can get locked into this position and “pop” like a water balloon. There is a jelly part in the center of the disc that can leak out onto the spinal cord and spinal nerves…this is called a disc herniation. And yes…it can be repaired naturally.
Heck…most of us have disc herniations and don’t even know it. And…intervertebral discs herniate and repair themselves all the time. Spinal discs are living tissue unlike the water balloon…and the cells of living tissue are always dying and being replaced by new living tissue.
However…if the spine is out of alignment and the discs have abnormal stresses on them, the new disc tissue is not healthy and is prone to re-injury. The disc loses height, motion, and flexibility.
Spinal decompression therapy is able to stretch the spine ligaments and elongate the spine. The DRX9000 enlarges the disc space and helps the spine to move into a more normal position taking the disc along with it. The pumping action of the DRX9000 on the spinal disc helps to re-establish fluid exchange between the injured disc and the bloodstream. This will often restore lost disc height and improve function.
Hey…don’t think for a second that the DRX9000 is a Magic Bullet…because it’s not. Nonsurgical spinal decompression is actually a lot of work. Each session is about an hour with the muscle stimulation and ice you do when you get off the machine. And you need to do about 20-24 sessions on average. And there is quite a bit of home care and exercises.
So sure…disc decompression can help to fix your herniated disc naturally…but there is a chance it wont do anything. That’s right…it’s possible to go through the entire decompression process and feel the same. It’s possible…but it’s not likely.
The other thing is…not all herniated disc patients qualify medically for cervical disc decompression or lumbar decompression therapy. You have to be checked by a decompression doctor to find out if you are a candidate.
My Take: If you have been diagnosed with a cervical or lumbar disc herniation and you feel you have nowhere to turn…you should consider spinal decompression with the DRX9000 or DRX9000c. It might just give you your life back!
Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in San Francisco.