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When to consider spinal decompression

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

About 80% of the general population will experience a serious bout of low back pain at some point in their lives.  A certain percentage of these people will develop chronic low back pain…which is back pain that persists for over 90 days. In fact…the #1 predisposing factor for chronic back pain is previous back pain.

Of the patients that develop chronic low back pain, a certain percentage will become severe and debilitating, mostly due to conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.

There are many treatment options for severe chronic low back pain. As far as conservative treatment, there is chiropractic, physical therapy, exercise, and acupuncture.

The medical approach is typically pain pills, muscle relaxers, cortisone, and surgery.

Some back pain clinics combine both medical care and conservative care.

Recently…about 7-8 years ago, a new nonsurgical treatment option for low back pain came to the marketplace.  It’s called nonsurgical spinal decompression, and is performed with a machine that costs about $100,000 (the best ones). The machine we use at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center is the DRX9000…the Rolls Royce of spinal decompression systems.

Spinal decompression machines are able to isolate on a specific spinal disc,  say L5/S1 and promote healing. It does this by enlarging the disc space, re-positioning the disc, elongating the spinal ligaments, stretching the spinal muscles, and re-hydrating the injured disc. Results are outstanding.

You should consider spinal decompression either at the point you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc, or after more conservative and less expensive treatments such as chiropractic and exercise have failed. Certainly before you have surgery. Because if you have fusion surgery you can never try spinal decompression…you are permanently disqualified.

Now, chiropractors like myself have a “next step” if chiropractic fails to deliver. Before spinal decompression we would have to refer out for surgical options. Times have changed.

So if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, bulging disc, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, or disc degeneration…or are suffering with chronic back pain…consider nonsurgical spinal decompression. You just might be a candidate!

To schedule a complimentary consultation with a spinal decompression doctor in San Francisco call 415-392-2225.

 

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Degenerative Disc Disease…What Causes It?

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Degenerated Lumbar Spine and Discs

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) for the most part is the result of abnormal wear and tear of the spinal discs in the lumbar and cervical spine. This is usually the result of misalignment’s in the spine.

There is an optimum alignment for the spine. When the spine is in this alignment there are normal stresses on the spinal joints and discs. When the spine is out of alignment the forces on the discs increase. Over time, these abnormal forces wear down the disc prematurely leading to disc degeneration, disc bulges, and disc herniations.

It’s kind of like the alignment of the front end of your car. When your front end is in proper alignment, your tires wear evenly and are better able to express their useful life. If your front end is out of alignment the tires will wear abnormally…same with your spine and vertebral discs.

Many consider spinal and disc degeneration to be part of the normal aging process. I beg to differ. Sure, degenerative disc disease is common…just like heart disease…but it’s not normal.

Our bodies are simply not designed to do the things we ask it to do day in and day out…like sitting in front of a computer for 12 hours a day. Or commuting in a car, train, or bus for many hours per day…or traveling on airplanes all over the place.

Add sports to the mix and mental stress from living in a stressful world (stress causes muscle tension and puts stress on bones and discs), poor posture, bad sleeping habits and ergonomics, and sure…it’s a miracle when you do see a spine in it’s proper alignment.

That is of course unless it’s the spine of a patient that incorporates regular chiropractic adjustments into their lifestyle. Chiropractic adjustments are the counter-balance to the stresses of modern day living and can add useful life to your spinal joints and discs.

So sure…spinal degeneration and disc degeneration are common…but lets not re-define normal. What’s normal is your natural state…not the degenerative state that occurs from man made forces if you just let it happen.

You don’t just continue to drive your car around when you feel it is out of alignment…and you shouldn’t with your spine either.

This is one of the reasons chiropractic is the worlds largest, drug-less, healing profession.

Chiropractic is not just about treating back or neck pain…or knee pain…or carpal tunnel. Sure, it does a  great job treating musculoskeletal injuries…but chiropractic can also extend the useful life of your spine…and your spine is the center of life.

Did you know the brain and spinal cord are the only organ (the spinal cord is an extension of the brain) in the body completely encased by bone? That’s how vital to life the spine is…it protects that which controls all bodily functions.

A healthy spine will go a long way when it comes to expressing life to it’s fullest…and regular chiropractic adjustments should be the main tool in your “healthy spine toolbox”.

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco. To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors call 415-392-2225.

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Low Back Pain and Spondylolisthesis

Low back pain can arise from many conditions, one of which is a mouthful: Spondylolisthesis.

The term was coined in 1854 from the Greek words, “spondylo” for vertebrae and “olisthesis” for slip. These “slips” most commonly occur in the low back, 90% at L5 and 9% at L4. According to www.spinehealth.com and others, the most common type of spondylolisthesis is called “isthmic spondylolisthesis,” which is a condition that includes a defect in the back part of the vertebra in an area called the pars interarticularis, which is the part of the vertebra that connects the front half (vertebral body) to the back half (the posterior arch). This can occur on one, or both sides, with or without a slip or shift forwards, which is then called spondylolysis. In “isthmic spondylolisthesis,” the incidence rate is about 5-7% of the general population favoring men over women 3:1. Debate continues as to whether this occurs as a result genetic predisposition verses environmental or acquired at some point early in life as noted by the increased incidence in populations such as Eskimos (30-50%), where they traditionally carry their young in papooses, vertically loading their lower spine at a very young age. However, isthmic spondylolisthesis can occur at anytime in life if a significant backward bending force occurs resulting in a fracture but reportedly, occurs most frequently between ages 6 and 16 years old.

Often, traumatic isthmic spondylolisthesis occurs during the adolescent years and in fact, is the most common cause of low back pain at this stage of life. Sports most commonly resulting in spondylolisthesis include gymnastics, football (lineman), weightlifting (from squats or dead lifts) and diving (from over arching the back). Excessive backward bending is the force that overloads the back of the vertebra resulting in the fracture sometimes referred to as a stress fracture, which is a fracture that occurs as a result of repetitive overloading over time, usually weeks to months.

If the spondylolisthesis lesions do not heal either by cartilage or by bone replacement, the front half of the vertebra can slip or slide forwards and become unstable. Fortunately, most of these heal and become stable and don’t progress. The diagnosis is a simple x-ray, but to determine the degree of stability, “stress x-rays” or x-rays taken at endpoints of bending over and backwards are needed. Sometimes, a bone scan is needed to determine if it’s a new injury verses an old isthmic spondylolisthesis.

Another very common type is called degenerative spondylolisthesis and occurs in 30% of Caucasian and 60% of African-American woman (3:1 women to men). This usually occurs at L4 and is more prevalent in aging females. It is sometimes referred to as “pseudospondylolisthesis” as it does not include defects in the posterior arch but rather, results from a degeneration of the disk and facet joints. As the disk space narrows, the vertebra slides forwards. The problem here is that the spinal canal, where the spinal cord travels, gets crimped or distorted by the forward sliding vertebra and causes compression of the spinal nerve root(s), resulting pain and/or numbness in one or both legs. The good news about spondylolisthesis is that non-surgical approaches, like spinal manipulation in particular, work well and chiropractic is a logical treatment approach!

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How To Finally Get Rid Of Your Sciatica!

Sciatica, or pain down the leg, is a very common symptom of a pinched nerve in the low back (lumbar spine). There are varying degrees of sciatica from mild to severe. Other symptoms in the leg such as numbness and tingling or pins and needles can be considered sciatica also…as long as the source of the problem is sciatic nerve compression.

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Root of Sciatic Nerve

The sciatic nerve originates in the low back and is formed by nerve roots that branch off the spinal cord, exit from in between the lumbar vertebra, then come together. Kind of like a four lane highway merging into one lane. The sciatic nerve travels from the low back down to the feet. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body….it can be the diameter of a quarter at it’s largest circumference.

The most likely cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc in the lumbar spine. Other causes are facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease, DJD, and spinal stenosis. Usually there is a little bit of everything.

The good news is, there really is a way to “Finally Get Rid of Your Sciatica”…even when conventional treatments such as chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, and medicine fail to deliver. I’m talking about nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.

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Lumbar Decompression For Low Back Pain and Sciatica

The DRX9000 is a machine that is designed and built to treat disc herniations and disc bulges. That’s what it does…and it does it without drugs or surgery. And, the DRX9000 has very high success rates even when all else fails. In fact, spinal decompression therapy is now considered to be the “Gold Standard” for the nonsurgical treatment of chronic low back pain.

So there is hope for sciatica patients that are living in pain. I can’t tell you how many sciatica patients we meet with have been told “you either get back surgery or learn to live with the pain”. Nice Huh?

Well…most laugh about that now. Will the DRX9000 fix your sciatica? Maybe.

You first need to make sure you qualify medically as not everyone does. If you have had a previous surgical fusion in your spine you are disqualified. If you have severe scoliosis or severe osteoporosis decompression is not for you. There are more. Most qualify though.

The next step is to call our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center at 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

If you do not live or work near downtown San Francisco, you can check our list of the Best Spinal Decompression Doctors in America.

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Is Degenerative Disc Disease Hereditary?

When a back pain patient with degenerative disc disease first sees their own x-rays, they often ask “is that really me…how did that happen?”  The next question is usually “can disc degeneration be hereditary?”  These are both very good questions.

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Disc and Spine Degeneration with Schmorl's nodes

In my opinion, degenerative disc disease is mostly the result of abnormal wear and tear on the spinal discs from misalignment’s (what chiropractors call vertebral subluxations) of the spine.  Just like the tread on a tire wears uneven when the front of a car is out of alignment.  Secondary to vertebral subluxation is an unhealthy lifestyle.

The same poor lifestyle choices that lead to diseases of excess, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, can cause spinal degeneration. After-all, the spine, discs, muscles, ligaments and tendons are all living tissue. Living tissue thrives within the healthy (internal) context created by clean living and plenty of exercise.

I do believe there is a hereditary component to degenerative disc disease.  But at the same time, I think that switch can be turned off with a healthy lifestyle and proper care of the spine with regular exercise and chiropractic adjustments.

Disc degeneration is also progressive. As long as the conditions are in place for spinal degeneration to occur, it will pick up steam and move forward…doing most of it’s damage after age 40.

Can spinal disc degeneration be stopped, slowed, or reversed?

A certain amount of wear and tear to the intervertebral disc is going to happen as we age no matter what we do.  But it my opinion, we can dramatically slow down the degenerative process with proper spinal care and lifestyle modifications…especially diet and exercise. The diet I prefer is a plant based diet, and my best resources are  Dr. John McDougall MD and Jill Nussinow, RD.

If anything, children tend to take on the habits (good and bad) of their parents into adulthood. These habits either steer them in the direction of health or illness…including degenerative disc disease.

My advice…find yourself a good chiropractor that understands nutrition and exercise (not all of them do) that can help you put the brakes on your DDD. If you are willing to make changes for the better, you can live a long, healthy, active life even with advanced disc disease…Really!

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco. To schedule a complimentary consultation call 415-392-2225.

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Do Disc Bulges Become Disc Herniations?

We have been providing treatment for bulging and herniated discs in downtown San Francisco for almost 20 years now. One of the more common questions that comes up is what is the difference between a bulging and herniated disc, and if a bulging disc is destined to become a herniated disc?

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Root of Sciatic Nerve

Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about the difference between a bulging and herniated disc (disk):

Disks act as cushions between the vertebrae in your spine. They’re composed of an outer layer of tough cartilage that surrounds softer cartilage in the center. It may help to think of them as miniature jelly doughnuts, exactly the right size to fit between your vertebrae.

A bulging disk extends outside the space it should normally occupy. The bulge typically affects a large portion of the disk, so it may look a little like a hamburger that’s too big for its bun. The part of the disk that’s bulging is typically the tough outer layer of cartilage. Usually bulging is considered part of the normal aging process of the disk and is common to see on MRIs of people in almost every age group.

A herniated disk, on the other hand, results when a crack in the tough outer layer of cartilage allows some of the softer inner cartilage to protrude out of the disk. The protrusion of inner cartilage in a herniated disk usually happens in one distinct area of the disk and not along a large component of the disk, which is more typical of a bulging disk. Herniated disks are also called ruptured disks or slipped disks.

Bulging disks are more common. Herniated disks are more likely to cause pain. But many people have bulging disks or herniated disks that cause no pain whatsoever.

My Take: I do believe that bulging discs are more prone to disc herniations than normal discs or degenerated discs. After-all, there is already a breakdown in the structure, most likely due to abnormal wear and tear from long standing spinal misalignment’s and spinal degeneration.

The solution is to maintain a healthy spine with regular exercise, chiropractic adjustments, plenty of rest, and a healthy diet. And if you are diagnosed with a bulging disc, consider nonsurgical decompression with the DRX9000, which can repair the disc naturally and help prevent disc herniations in the future.

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of San Francisco Spinal Decompression. To schedule an appointment call 415-392-2225. Ask 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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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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Best Treatment for Sciatica from a Pinched Nerve

Sciatica means pain down the leg. The Sciatic Nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It can be as large as the diameter of a quarter at it’s largest point in some people. It is formed from branches of nerve roots as they exit the lumbar spine (low back). The sciatic nerve then travels down through a muscle in the buttocks called the Piriformis Muscle, then all the way down the back of the leg to the feet.

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Root of Sciatic Nerve

All nerves are very delicate and sensitive to pressure. In fact, all it takes is the weight of a pencil erasure on a nerve to alter it’s signal by up to 60% and cause pain and dysfunction. Because the bones of the spine are movable, and the nerve roots exit from in between them, the nerve roots may be pinched or irritated from bulging discs or herniated discs that encroach on the environment of the nerve as it passes through the nerve channel in between the vertebrae. This is called a pinched nerve.

There are many terms used to describe the cause of a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine from a herniated disc. The most common terms are ruptured disc, torn disc, slipped disc, herniated disk, bulging disk, prolapsed disc, etc.

The bottom line is that the spinal disc is injured and the jelly like center (nucleus) of the disc is bulging out or has broke free of the disc and is pinching the lumbar nerve root.

Bulging discs and herniated discs are the primary cause of sciatica. The sciatic nerve can also be pinched as it passes through the piriformis muscle, if the muscle is in spasm…which is common with long haul truck drivers or men that wear thick wallets while they sit. This is called Piriformis Syndrome.

Pinched Sciatic Nerve in Piriformis Muscle

Sciatica can be mild, or it can be severe and debilitating. It can be acute or chronic (lasts for more than 3 months). Sciatica can also be used to describe ongoing abnormal sensations in the legs and throbbing.

So what’s the best treatment for sciatica from a pinched nerve?

The medical approach will usually be muscle relaxers, cortisone injections, pain pills, and maybe physical therapy. Depending on the age of the patient and over-all condition of the spine, surgical fusion may be recommended, or a micro-surgery like a discectomy (remove herniated disc fragments off nerve).

A chiropractor will want to adjust the spine into a more normal alignment with the idea that the disc will naturally want to be where it is supposed to be…which is not on the sciatic nerve or nerve roots. Chiropractors will often use soft tissue therapies such as massage and Active Release Technique as well as exercises and laser therapy.

Acupuncture can also help reduce the inflammation and pain associated with disc bulges, disc herniations, and piriformis syndrome.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression should also be considered as a treatment for sciatica due to a pinched nerve. Spinal disc decompression to the lumbar spine is done on a spinal decompression machine such as the DRX9000. The DRX9000 lumbar decompression system is designed and built to treat herniated and bulging discs naturally.

New York City spinal decompression doctor Steven Shoshany uses spinal decompression in conjunction with physical therapy, acupuncture, and physical medicine to achieve favorable outcomes for severe, chronic low back pain and sciatica.

Spinal decompression is a tool that can be combined with many other therapies and modalities to treat sciatica and low back pain.

If you would like me to help you find a spinal decompression doctor…simply send an email to [email protected] You can also check our list of recommended chiropractors. Most of them offer spinal decompression services.

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


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Decompression Therapy with the DRX9000

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for almost 20 years now at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center.  About six years ago we introduced spinal decompression therapy with the DRX9000.

The DRX9000 is a computerized back therapy machine that is designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and facet syndrome.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

DRX9000 herniated disc repair treatment, often referred to as Non-surgical spinal decompression,  is now considered the “gold standard” as far as drug-less, non-invasive back pain therapy is concerned.

Decompression therapy is able to repair a herniated disc…once thought impossible, by elongating the spine, enlarging the disc space, which reduces pressure on the spinal disc, stretching the spinal ligaments, strengthening the spinal muscles, and actually pulling the herniated disc back to the center where it belongs.

I know this sounds too good to be true…but that’s what disc decompression therapy does.

Will the DRX9000 fix all chronic back pain patients? NO

Decompression therapy is not a magic bullet. In fact, many herniated disc patients are not able to qualify medically for spinal decompression treatments. If you have had a spinal fusion you do not qualify. If you have too much spinal degeneration, an unstable spondylolisthesis, or severe scoliosis you are disqualified. There are other reasons also.

And…just because you do qualify for decompression therapy with the DRX9000…there still is no guarantee it will fix your back problem. There is no guarantee…but the success rates are excellent.

Heck…what’s more important than a healthy back? If you can try nonsurgical decompression therapy with even a chance that it might give you your life back…with no side effects (maybe soreness) wouldn’t you? I would.

If the DRX9000 does not repair your herniated disc or bulging disc, you are still whole. Nothing was cut out of your body. Nothing was put into your body. You can still explore other back pain treatment options…including surgery.

So that’s the deal. Does DRX9000 spinal decompression make sense for you?

Nobody can decide that but you!

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic, an experienced provider of Spinal Decompression in San Francisco.

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