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All Spinal Decompression Doctors Are Not The Same

We have been providing nonsurgical treatment for herniated and bulging discs in San Francisco for about 20 years now in the SF Financial District.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We were the first to offer DRX9000 and DRX9000c spinal decompression in San Francisco. Since then, many have purchased spinal decompression machines and claim to be experts in the nonsurgical treatment of herniated and bulging discs. And some of them are. But most are not.

In my opinion, most doctors that offer spinal decompression services lean too much on the machine…as if it were a magic wand. Sure, the spinal decompression machine is the meat and potatoes of a spinal decompression treatment program…but there is a lot more to it.

In my experience…and I have personally helped thousands of chronic and severe back and neck pain patients return to more normal lives, the spinal decompression treatment must address physical, mental, and chemical stresses that may be interfering with the patients health.

If a spinal decompression doctor does not address these areas, the results will not be as good. Some patients are under a tremendous amount of mental stress either at work or at home. This triggers the release of the stress hormone Cortisol which is pro-inflammatory. It is very hard to repair a herniated disc with chronic stress.

Some herniated disc patients have very poor diets. They eat mostly processed foods and animal products which are also pro-inflammatory and can interfere with spinal decompression treatment.  I prefer a Plant Based Diet and my best resource is Dr. John McDougall, MD.

And there is an art to setting up herniated disc patients on the DRX9000 or other spinal decompression systems. You get better and better the more back and neck pain patients you treat.

There is also an exercise component to decompression therapy. Start too soon and you set the patient back. Start too late and you slow down the process. And you have to know which exercises will work best for each patient…everyone is different.

And there is even more to it than this. So don’t just think because a doctor has a spinal decompression machine like a DRX9000 that the treatment will be the same as it will be somewhere else. Do some research. Ask if they have patients you can talk to. Ask for an office tour or maybe a trial session to see how it feels. Do your homework.

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

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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Herniated Disc? What happens if you do nothing?

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for about 20 years now. During this time we have learned much. About 7 years ago we added nonsurgical spinal decompression to our treatment protocols. A while later deep tissue laser.

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Herniated Disc Treatment

So what happens if you are diagnosed with a herniated disc and you take no action?

It just depends.

Chances are if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc you had an MRI…which is the “gold standard” diagnostic tool when it comes to confirming the presence of disc herniations or disc bulges.

And if you had an MRI you are most likely symptomatic…meaning you have symptoms such as sciatica from a lumbar disc herniation, or radiating arm pain from a cervical disc herniation.

So now your medical doctor tells you YES…you do in fact have a disc herniation in your lumbar spine at L5 and he wants to do surgery to remove it. WOW…what now?

Well…if it were me I certainly would not agree to low back surgery right off the bat. I would explore nonsurgical options such as nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.

I would also consider major lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, giving up all bad habits such as smoking, drugs, drinking (if excessive) and anything else I was doing that was bad. I would seriously consider adopting a plant based diet such as the McDougall Program to reduce inflammation and help the disc to heal. I would go 100% clean and try to work it that way.

But that’s me…and most are not willing to do this. Plus, it might not work for you. A certain percentage of cervical and lumbar disc herniations simply are stuck on nerves in a way that requires that they be physically removed and lifestyle changes will do nothing for them other than provide a healthier context improved over-all health.

If you do nothing you just keep getting worse and the herniated disc will become more difficult to treat the longer you let it go. And your life will become even more miserable.

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Lumbar Decompression For Chronic Back Pain

Or, you can make all the lifestyle changes (or not) and try nonsurgical spinal decompression on a machine like the DRX9000. The DRX9000 is designed and built to actually isolate on a herniated disc and physically remove it from the spinal nerve it is irritating. It does this by creating a negative pressure, elongating the spine, enlarging the disc space, re-positioning the disc back where it belongs. YES it really does do this.

So sure…you can jump right into neck or back surgery and risk all kinds of bad stuff. You can do nothing and risk the problem getting worse and becoming more difficult to treat. Or you can try spinal decompression therapy and see if you can get your life back…naturally.

Sure, there’s a chance disc decompression will not help you…but success rates are high…so it’s a chance worth taking 🙂

To schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for spinal decompression with the DRX9000…contact our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center at 415-392-2225.

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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