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What does spinal decompression do?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is often times misunderstood…even by medical doctors and spine experts. Some say it’s just fancy traction. Others say it’s a complete waste of money.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

Well…all I can say is “everyone is entitled to their own opinion”.  But if you are going to give patients or friends advice about a chronic back pain treatment that could potentially change their lives forever…you better know what you are talking about.

So what exactly does spinal decompression do anyway and what makes so many herniated disc patients want to do it?

I like to refer to spinal decompression as a respirator for the spinal disc.  A respirator for the lungs helps the lungs to breath when they are unable to do so on their own…until they can. Spinal decompression machines like the DRX9000 help the lumbar spinal discs (DRX9000c for cervical discs) to do what they would if they could.

So what is a spinal disc supposed to do?

A spinal disc has two primary functions:

1. The spinal disc acts as a ligament to hold the vertebrae above and below together and create separation of the bones so the spinal nerves can pass through to all all the muscles, glands, and organs. Spinal nerves are branches off the spinal cord.

2. The spinal disc also acts as a shock absorber (like the shocks on your car) to prevent wear and tear on the joints and body parts. The discs give the spine flexibility.

When external physical, mental, or chemical stresses overcome internal resistance it can cause the bones of the spine and the spinal discs to lose their normal position. When this happens the discs wear abnormally (like the tires on your car when the front end is out of alignment). This can offend and irritate the nerves they are designed to protect when they are in alignment, which can lead to disc bulges, disc herniations, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, back or neck pain and sciatica.

The problem here is physical. The spine and spinal discs are not where they are supposed to be. To take a medication for this which is chemical, will only address the symptom. Hey…sometimes the back or neck pain is so bad you need a drug…but just understand…the problem is still there.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to isolate on a specific herniated spinal disc segment…say L5-S1 (the most common disc to herniate) and reverse the process that led to the herniation. Disc decompression separates the spinal bones and enlarges the disc space taking pressure off the nerves (which cause the pain).

Decompression therapy elongates the spine making it more flexible. Machines like the DRX9000 or DRX9000c help restore fluid exchange between the injured disc and the bloodstream by introducing a pumping action on the disc. This helps to get rid of toxins, inflammation, and waste products and bring in freshly oxygenated blood. This enlarges the disc and slows down the degenerative process.

Spinal decompression therapy strengthens the spinal ligaments, repositions the disc, and sucks herniated disc fragments back to the center of the disc and away from the spinal nerves….thereby reducing pain, inflammation, and spasms.

Like I said earlier…spinal decompression therapy is a respirator for the spinal discs.

Depending on how many disc herniations you have, your age, level of spinal degeneration, and any complications, the treatment process could be anywhere from 15-30 visits. But you have to qualify medically…not everyone does.

So what’s the next step if you want to try spinal decompression?

The next step is to find a spinal decompression doctor and see if you are a good candidate.

If you live or work near downtown San Francisco, you can visit our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center in the Financial District. Simply call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

If you can’t see us in San Francisco you can check our list of The Best Spinal Decompression Doctors in America.

Or, you can send an email to me at ebendavis@yahoo.com with your city and zip code and I will try to locate a spinal decompression doctor for you.

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When to consider Spinal Decompression

We consult with hundreds of herniated disc patients every year at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center. Many choose to move forward with spinal decompression…many decide to wait…or to try something covered by their insurance. That’s right, nonsurgical spinal decompression is not covered by insurance.

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Lumbar Decompression For Herniated and Bulging Discs

If you have insurance, we can most likely use it to cover re-exams, exercises, ice, heat, muscle stimulation, and some other ancillary charges…but the decompression therapy itself is still considered experimental.

Spinal decompression on the DRX9000 costs about $5000 at our decompression clinic in San Francisco…about the same as a vacation for two to Hawaii.

So you don’t have to be rich. What you do need to have is the desire to get better. And you need to make fixing your back a priority. You need to schedule the rest of your life around the spinal decompression treatment, which usually lasts about 6-8 weeks. One hour sessions 2-4 times per week, with lots of home care and exercises.

Desire to get better in my opinion is the #1 factor (you must also qualify medically). As long as that is there we can work with you on the finances (payment plans, zero interest financing).

Spinal decompression is not a magic bullet. In fact, it’s quite a bit of work. But if you want your life back it’s a small price to pay. And chances are…if you are accepted into our spinal decompression program (we don’t accept everyone) you will achieve a favorable outcome.

If you have been diagnosed with a bulging or herniated disc, or spinal disc degeneration, or spinal stenosis, or facet syndrome…you may be a candidate for the DRX9000.

If you have tried other conventional back pain treatments that have failed to deliver results, such as medical care, physical therapy, acupuncture, or chiropractic…you should consider spinal decompression.

Even if you have not tried anything yet…but have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, or any of the conditions above…you can try decompression first.

What you can’t do is try surgical fusion first. If you have any hardware in your spine you are disqualified from spinal decompression. It may be wise to try decompression first…you can always have surgery.

So, whether you have been living with chronic back pain and have tried every treatment under the sun, or have recently been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc and want to go right after the best “nonsurgical” herniated disc treatment…spinal decompression just might make sense for you…sooner than later!

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

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Is Spinal Decompression a Permanent Fix?

Spinal Decompression Therapy has gained a lot of popularity of late…primarily because of world-wide favorable treatment outcomes. Nonsurgical disc decompression is performed on a machine such as the DRX9000 (lumbar decompression) or the DRX9000c (cervical decompression) systems.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat disc herniations, disc bulges, facet syndrome, disc degeneration, and spinal stenosis. Spinal Decompression treatment enlarges the disc space, re-positions the herniated disc, elongates the spine, strengthens the spinal ligaments, and re-hydrates the disc.

Spinal decompression actually repairs the spinal disc…to the extent repair is possible. There are a lot of variables as far as results are concerned. The patients age, overall  physical condition, complications such as advanced spinal degeneration or scoliosis, the number of herniated or bulging discs that are involved, lifestyle patterns, and adherence to the spinal decompression treatment program.

So, is Spinal Decompression a Permanent Fix?

Sometimes, YES. But what happens most of the time is that decompression patients choose to maintain the positive changes with ongoing maintenance care and exercises. Most decompression patients  come in once per month for decompression therapy…some less, some more. They do it because they do not want the spine to return to it’s previous unhealthy state. And…the price is usually less…and spread out over time.

We have been offering nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 and DRX9000c for over 5 years in the SF Financial District…and we have performed over 10,000 sessions. We think it’s a permanent fix…but we can only base our opinion on our 5 year history.

I don’t think a herniated disc patient should return to the same bad habits that led to the herniated disc in the first place and expect the spinal decompression results to hold.

Our spinal decompression doctors in San Francisco are also lifestyle coaches…they teach patients how to adjust lifestyle variables such as exercise, diet, and rest, that play a big part in chronic back and neck pain…and recovery.

The more a patient puts in…the more they get out…same with all things worthwhile.

We only accept spinal decompression patients that we feel we can help…and that agree to keep their appointments and make adjustments to lifestyle variables that may interfere with treatment objectives.

Disc decompression is kind of like a respirator for the spine and discs. It helps the spine and disc to work together they way the do when they are healthy…which helps to make them healthy.

Is spinal decompression treatment for you?

Maybe. But you have to be ready for change…and ready for work…because the healing can only take place with your participation. Are you ready? If so, we would like to meet you.

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If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression to the cervical or lumbar spine at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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San Francisco Spinal Decompression

Our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center is located at One Embarcadero Center in the downtown SF Financial District in zip code 94111. We are two blocks from the Ferry Building. We are open 6 days per week (M-F 9-6, Sat 9-1).

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

Recently, we celebrated our 10,000th spinal decompression treatment. We were the first to bring the DRX9000 and the DRX9000c to San Francisco…that was about 6 years ago. During this time we have perfected treatment protocols for cervical and lumbar herniated and bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, and spinal stenosis.

Our spinal decompression doctors use a combination of spinal decompression therapy, deep tissue laser, Graston Technique, Active Release technique, custom spinal exercises, muscle stimulation, and home/work activities of daily living counseling, to achieve favorable treatment outcomes.

Developing disc decompression treatment plans for chronic back and neck pain patients is an art…and after 10,000 treatment you get pretty good. The harnessing process to prepare a patient for DRX9000 lumbar decompression is quite extensive. It can make or break the treatment. If you do not set a patient up in the proper position on the table or use to much force it can cause pain and muscle spasm…and that’s not a good thing.

So…when you consider where to have your spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco…we hope you consider us. You won’t be disappointed.

To schedule an appointment at San Francisco Spinal Decompression call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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Can Spinal Decompression Help Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative Disc Disease is fairly common with aging…along with most other degenerative processes. However, it is possible to slow down the progression of spinal disc degeneration and in some cases actually reverse it with nonsurgical spinal decompression.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

When the bones of the spine lose their proper alignment, the spinal discs which are in between them wear abnormally…just like your tire tread wears abnormally when the front end of your car is out of alignment.

If this situation is corrected in time it is possible to bring the degenerated disc back to life. Spinal decompression with the DRX9000 or other fine decompression systems can help repair a degenerated disc by elongating the spine, enlarging the disc space, re-positioning the injured spinal disc, strengthening the spinal muscles and ligaments, and re-hydrating the spinal disc by re-establishing fluid and nutrient exchange with the blood stream.

It’s also possible that the spinal disc degeneration is so far advanced that even nonsurgical spinal decompression is not able to help it. It’s possible…but not likely. My experience has been that there is usually some sort of positive change…albeit minor.

Lifestyle factors play a big role also in degenerative disc disease. If you are overweight or obese it makes it much harder to slow down disc degeneration. There is just too much constant stress on the joints and discs. High fat diets rich in animal proteins and processed foods tend to cause ongoing inflammation which can contribute to disc degeneration. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol do not help…and poor sleep and work habits make things worse…as does stress.

So Yes, spinal decompression with the DRX9000 can help degenerative disc disease…often times when all else fails. A healthy lifestyle with plenty of clean food, clean air, and exercise will help create the right conditions for decompression to achieve a favorable outcome.

I have seen patients with chronic back pain and sciatica due to long standing disc disease and spinal degeneration return to active lifestyles after only a few months on the DRX9000…amazing.

Will the DRX9000 help your degenerative disc disease? Maybe. You need to find out if you qualify medically first…not all back pain patients do.

To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

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Spinal Decompression Review

Every month at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center we profile a herniated disc patient that has achieved outstanding results on the DRX9000. Today we are featuring Jeremy Robards who was suffering with sever, chronic low back pain that was not responding to medical care or conventional back pain therapy. Listen to what Jeremy has to say about his treatment on the DRX9000 in San Francisco:

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To schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic call 415-392-2225.

 

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San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center News

We have been helping chronic back and neck pain patients in downtown San Francisco for almost 20 years now. About 6 years ago we decided to incorporate non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into our treatment protocols…and the results have been outstanding.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

Recently, our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center performed it’s 10,000th spinal disc decompression treatment on the DRX9000.  Here is an excerpt from our recent  SF Spinal Decompression press release announcing this milestone:

Dr. Eben Davis, founder of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco recently performed spinal decompression treatment number 10,000.

Non-surgical spinal decompression is performed on a computerized machine that is designed and built to treat conditions such as herniated and bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and facet syndrome. The machines that are used at San Francisco Spinal Decompression are the DRX9000 lumbar decompression system, and the DRX9000c cervical decompression system.

Many chronic back and neck pain sufferers feel they have nowhere to turn when they are diagnosed with a herniated or bulging spinal disc. Some disc patients are told they need back surgery, or they just need to learn to live in pain. A herniated disc in the lumbar spine can lead to sciatica, or pain down the leg, weakness, and severe back pain and disability.

Herniated discs in the neck can cause pain down the arm, weakness of grip, night pain, and severe headaches.

So, we are excited and our disc herniation treatment with the DRX9000 and DRX9000c is thriving. You learn a lot treating this many back and neck pain patients with spinal decompression…it’s an art.

If you live or work near the  San Francisco Financial District, and are suffering with low back or neck pain that will not go away…or have been diagnosed with a herniated disc in the cervical or lumbar spine…you may be a candidate for spinal disc decompression therapy.

Some of the conditions that non-surgical spinal decompression treats are:

  • Cervical and Lumbar Disc Herniations
  • Cervical and Lumbar Disc Bulges
  • Cervical and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical or Lumbar Facet Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post to receive a complimentary consultation. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.

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What Causes Low Back Pain?

“Were does the pain come from?” is probably the most commonly asked question we hear as chiropractors and spinal decompression specialists…and frequently, the patient is not told the answer to this simple question. WHY?

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Low Back Pain

Here’s the problem…the question is really not so simple.  This is because there are many structures in the low back that share a common nerve supply and hence, the pain arising from those structures is located in the same area of the back.

For example, the back portion of the disk, the facet capsule and some of the deep muscles in the spine are all innervated by the same nerve and therefore hurt is a similar location. In all honesty, the only way to try to isolate the pain generator is to inject a local anesthetic to block the pain for a short while.  This is like when you go to the dentist and they “numb” your tooth so you don’t feel the pain when they work on it.  After a few hours, you start to feel some “life” coming back to your mouth and soon it regains its full feeling. Of course, no one would consider “numbing” the back just to figure out exactly where the pain is arising as really, it’s not that important.

This is because the chiropractic treatment approach is similar regardless of the exact tissue that is involved.  However, it DOES matter in cases where a nerve root is shooting pain down the leg caused by a herniated disk vs. a localized pain in the back that doesn’t radiate.

This is where spinal disc decompression is considered. Nonsurgical disc decompression with the DRX9000 actually isolates on a specific spinal segment to remove bulging or herniated disc fragments that may be pinching a lumbar nerve root and causing sciatica and back pain.

Hence, we doctors of chiropractic will work hard to differentiate these two distinct types of conditions as the treatment is definitely different. As a spinal decompression specialist this is what I do.

In 1995, the Quebec Task Force recognized the importance of this distinction and recommended all health care providers concentrate on differentiating the nerve root / herniated disk case from what is called “mechanical low back pain.”  Common structures that cause nerve root pain (the herniated disk) and mechanical low back pain (the facet joint) need to be treated differently.

The facet joint, when sprained / injured, hurts worse when bending backwards and feels good bending forwards.  This is exactly the opposite for the herniated disk where bending backwards helps reduce pain and often reduces the shooting leg pain as well, while bending over even a little can create a sharp stabling pain in the back that may shoot down the leg. Of course, there are variations of this and, to make matters more complicated, BOTH the disk and the facet can generate pain at the same time, so it’s not always this cut and dry.

We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your health-care services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in downtown  San Francisco.

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Chronic Back Pain Treatment in San Francisco

I have been treating back pain in San Francisco since 1992…almost 20 years now. For the most part I have used modern chiropractic techniques, physical therapy, exercise, yoga, and laser therapy. About 6 years ago I added nonsurgical spinal decompression to the mix. The decompression machine we use at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center is the DRX9000.

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Dr. Eben Davis

Chronic back pain (CBP) is one of the most common conditions a spinal decompression specialist deals with on a day to day basis. Previous episodes of back pain are the #1 predisposing factor to CBP. If the underlying cause of back pain is left to heal on it’s own, like most are, the injured structures, such as the spinal discs and muscles can heal inappropriately and set the stage for chronic back pain and disability down the road.

The DRX9000 lumbar decompression system is designed and built to treat disc conditions in the low back. We also offer cervical decompression with the DRX9000c.

Chronic back pain or chronic neck pain can take over your life. Sure, it may seem like the pain went away on it’s own…but what if it comes back? And what if it keeps coming back and stays…then what?

This is why I recommend that patients get checked by a chiropractor on a regular basis to make sure that their spine is in it’s proper alignment.

As for as chronic back pain is concerned…it can most likely be managed with chiropractic care, exercise, and good sleeping and ergonomic habits. However, there is a sub-set of chronic back pain patients that have problems that simply do not respond to chiropractic…or anything for that matter.

This is where decompression therapy with the DRX9000 may make sense. Heck…it’s 100% natural…and safe also. Sure, there is physical therapy, and cortisone, and muscle relaxers, and acupuncture…blah, blah, blah.  But none of those back pain therapies reposition the spinal disc, or strengthen the spinal ligaments…or create a negative pressure that actually pulls herniated disc fragments back to the center of the disc…only nonsurgical spinal decompression does that.

So, my advice…if you have chronic back pain or chronic neck pain secondary to disc herniations, bulging discs, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, or facet syndrome…consider disc decompression therapy. It’s just a smart thing to do!

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in San Francisco.

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