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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 [email protected] with your city and zip code and I will try to locate a spinal decompression doctor for you.

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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 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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Spinal Decompression Treatment for Lumbar Disc Herniations

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Lumbar disc herniations often times cause severe pain and dysfunction which can lead to cortisone injections and surgery. In fact…it is not uncommon for surgery to be the first choice a herniated disc patient makes…not knowing they have other options that are less invasive.

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompresion

Options like non-surgical spinal decompression treatment with the DRX9000.

The DRX9000 is a computerized spinal disc decompression system that is designed and built to treat lumbar disc herniations without drugs or surgery.

The DRX9000 in my opinion is the Rolls Royce of spinal decompression machines. It is so comfortable that most herniated disc patients fall asleep during treatment. Patients often tell decompression doctors it’s the only good sleep they get every day.

Herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, and facet syndrome can all be successfully treated with the DRX9000.

Low back pain and sciatica are the most common symptoms associated with herniated lumbar discs. Back pain relief from herniated disc symptoms can happen during the first decompression session. The complete spinal decompression therapy treatment can take up to 6-8 weeks  depending on the severity of the condition and how many spinal levels are involved.

Non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 strengthens the spinal ligaments, elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, re-positions and re-hydrates the injured disc, and reduces inflammation and pain. And it is highly targeted…unlike conventional traction.

Many decompression specialists will incorporate other modalities such as deep tissue laser, massage, core exercises, and chiropractic into chronic back pain treatment regimens. Some may include physical medicine or acupuncture as well.

The first step is to find a DRX9000 in your area.  And remember…just like everything else…and especially with disc decompression…you get what you pay for.

To schedule a complimentary DRX9000 decompression consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post.

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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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Is Spinal Disc Decompression Safe?

We have been providing disc decompression therapy in downtown San Francisco for 6 years now. It is not uncommon for herniated disc patients who are considering non-surgical spinal decompression as a treatment option to be concerned about safety. After-all, many have been told they need back surgery and if they don’t have it they could end up in worse shape than they already are.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

Often times their orthopedic doctor or medical doctor tells them that spinal decompression could harm them and the last thing they want is for a traction machine to be pulling on the injured spinal disc.

I would agree with this if spinal disc decompression were a traction machine. But it’s not.

Conventional spinal traction tables pull on the entire spine and can actually hurt a herniated disc patient. Spinal decompression systems such as the DRX9000 are computerized and have a built in bio-feedback mechanism that senses and monitors the patients muscle guarding response.

When muscle guarding increases, the spinal decompression machine decreases it’s pull. When muscle guarding decreases, the spinal decompression machine increases it’s pull, up to the predetermined target. All the while…a constant tension is maintained.

It does this while isolating on a specific spinal segment (unlike regular traction), such as L5-S1, which is the most common lumbar disc to bulge or herniate.

Your spinal decompression doctor and staff will closely monitor the decompression process by keeping an eye on the graphs on the machine that tell them how your body is responding to the treatment. All patients have a “kill button” in their hand during treatment and can stop the decompression instantly if something does not feel right.

Spinal decompression patients mostly fall asleep on the decompression machine…it’s that comfortable. After disc decompression the muscles are electronically stimulated to teach them to work with the spinal bones in their new position. Then ice is applied to reduce inflammation and soreness.

We have performed thousands of spinal disc decompression treatments at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center. Never has a patient suffered permanent bodily injury. Sure, some patients got sore…and a small percentage real sore…but that’s about it.

When you compare the safety record of spinal disc decompression to back surgery or cortisone injections or pain pills…heck, it’s not even close.

So YES!…spinal decompression therapy is safe…and it’s gentle. Will it fix your herniated disc? Maybe…maybe not. But even if the decompression process does not help your herniated disc…which is rare…you will still be whole and can try other treatments.

When we have a chronic back pain patient or chronic neck pain patient, that is concerned about the safety of  spinal decompression, we let them watch others do it…we let them do it and feel it themselves…and we let them talk to others that have done it. We make sure they are comfortable before we start.

So that’s it. Non-surgical spinal decompression might be just the treatment you need for your herniated disc. And please don’t let uninformed people talk you out of something that could possibly give you your life back. You be the judge.

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco. Call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

 

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Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

I have been providing treatment for degenerative disc disease in San Francisco for almost 20 years now in the Financial District. So I consider myself an expert.

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Dr. Eben Davis reading x-rays

Most experts opine that a certain amount of disc degeneration is a normal part of the aging process…and so do I. However, our spinal discs are living tissue and thus thrive and function at optimum levels when the conditions are right.

The inter-vertebral discs have two primary functions:

  1. Function as a ligament to hold the vertebrae above and below together while giving the spine flexibility.
  2. Act as a shock absorber for normal spine and body motion.

In order for a spinal disc to remain healthy, the bones it holds together need to be able to move through their normal ranges of motion. Discs are avascular by design, so they have no direct blood supply…but at the same time, in order to be healthy, they need to receive nutrients from the blood and pass waste products. This process occurs with spinal motion. It actually has it’s own name “Imbibition”.

When the bones of the spine lose their normal alignment from poor posture, sports injuries, auto accidents, physical demands, stresses of life, whatever…it sets the stage for degenerative disc disease and spinal degeneration.

Just like when your car is out of alignment it sets the stage for your tires to wear abnormally. We are talking about living tissue though…so there’s more to it.

If this process occurs inside an unhealthy body…say someone that smokes, has a poor diet, and other bad habits…well, just like other diseases of excess, it can make your spinal degeneration and disc disease worse. After-all, conditions like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are mostly the result of poor lifestyle choices resulting in degenerative processes to organ tissue. The discs of the spine live inside the body too…and they prefer a clean house.

There is also a hereditary component to degeneration of the discs. This is controversial but recent research suggest it’s true.

In any case, depending on how much the discs have degenerated…the patients age, over-all health and lifestyle…disc degeneration can be treated. In fact, chiropractors have great success treating degenerative disc disease.

At our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center we use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression therapy, deep tissue laser, and exercise to manage spine and disc degeneration. We also help patients make better lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. I prefer a plant based diet.

So yes, degeneration of the spine and disc degeneration is treatable. We can often stop the degenerative process in it’s tracks and even reverse some of the damage that has already been done. I never pre-judge what is possible, because I have seen some amazing changes on x-ray.

So…if you are looking for disc disease treatment in San Francisco, and would like to talk about your back condition or neck pain….we would love to meet with you.

Simply call our Spinal Decompression Clinic in San Francisco at 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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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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