How Many Spinal Decompression Sessions Do You Need?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 8 years now.  We have been in business for over 20 years. We were the first to offer the DRX9000 to San Francisco and the Financial District.

We have performed over 20,000 spinal decompression sessions during this time, so we know a thing or two about what works best and how herniated disc patients respond to disc decompression therapy.

The manufacturers protocol for the DRX90000 is for 20 sessions done as follows:

Daily for 2 weeks (10 sessions), Three times for 2 weeks (6 sessions), Two times for 2 weeks (4 sessions). This totals 20 sessions over 6 weeks.

Of course, because of work and family schedules not everyone is able to adhere to this regimen. In fact, most don’t. But for those that see the best results that last the longest, they do finish the 20 sessions, sometimes more, in a short period of time…say in 6-10 weeks. And, they complete the entire program, not just part of it.

Recently, we have had some lumbar and cervical disc herniation patients that have said they wanted to try 10 sessions and see how it goes. Well…that’s fine if “seeing how it goes” means that they are just making sure they can handle the treatment (it is very gentle) and that we are competent. But these patients need to have a full understanding that doing only half the recommended treatment is NOT ideal.

First of all, this has already been researched and it has been found that 20 sessions are best for a more permanent solution.  After 10 sessions (half the work is done) some patients may feel better, some worse, some no change…and it is not much of an indicator of what the results will be like after 20.

I can’t tell you how many times we have treated very difficult cases of patients with  multi-level disc herniations and spinal degeneration that were not feeling better at the half way point, but went on to achieve very favorable outcomes.

You have to “stay the course” to give yourself a chance to respond. And if at all possible, you do not want to have big gaps in between the treatments.

Every spinal decompression session builds on the previous ones at sets up the next one. When you get off the DRX9000 your spine is in a different place than it was before that session. It’s the cumulative effect of all 20 sessions (or more) in a short period of time that produce the best results.

So, if at all possible, please make it a priority to finish what you start, do your home care, wear your back support, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, and let spinal disc decompression do it’s thing. If you do it right you give yourself the best chance of a favorable outcome.

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post 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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