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How much decompression do you need?

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression with the DRX9000 and DRX9000c to the San Francisco Financial District for over 8 years now to thousands of patients. One of the most important things we have learned is that everyone responds differently.

Spinal decompression therapy is a tool and it’s not a Magic Bullet…it requires weeks and sometimes months of initial treatment to achieve favorable outcomes. And favorable outcomes are not always a complete resolution of symptoms. Mostly, patients are just a lot better than they were and are happy with the treatment…many avoiding surgery.

Initially, the manufacturers protocol calls for 20 session of decompression, followed by 10 minutes of electronic muscle stimulation and 10 minutes of ice. Usually this is good enough. But in some cases it’s not and we need to do more. Usually, we realize this in the beginning and build more visits into the treatment program. We can always adjust up or down as the treatment unfolds.

Once we start some people begin to feel better immediately…some feel worse. And everything in between. It really does not matter how a patient responds when we start it’s where they end up when we finish.

Decompression therapy is physical and the body needs to adapt to these new forces and to the spine and discs moving into a more normal position. As the treatment progresses and we begin to incorporate exercises into the mixes there is more potential for soreness. in fact, patients tell us they feel much better from less nerve pain but the muscles soreness is still there…kind of like the soreness you get from working out…a good sore.

Then, at the end, depending on how you progressed and the nature and severity of your problem, and your overall health, we may want to do some more DRX session or a combination of chiropractic, exercise and decompression.

Our spinal decompression doctors work with our clinic director to create custom treatment plans based on individual needs. Some DRX9000 patients choose ongoing maintenance care of various frequencies and some just come in when they feel the need. We work together to find what’s best for you.

The first step in the decompression process is to find out if the DRX9000 makes sense for you.  To schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco, please call 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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Spinal Decompression: How long until I see results with the DRX9000?

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 8 years now with the DRX9000. The DRX9000 treats low back pain and sciatica associated with bulging and herniated lumbar discs.

Prior to this we would refer out our herniated disc patients that did not respond to chiropractic or physical therapy to medical doctors for surgical consults.  Some would have surgery, but most would just live with the pain.

But that was then and this is now.  With the DRX9000 we are able to achieve favorable outcomes with a very high percentage of our patients. Sure, there are patients that do not respond but it is rare.

How soon a herniated disc patient starts to feel better from disc decompression treatment is dependent on many factors. Here are some of them:

  1. The nature and severity of the condition. Is it just one herniation or is it multilevel? Is there severe pain, inflammation and muscle guarding?
  2. The age of the patient.
  3. Are there complications such as a scoliosis, short leg, advanced spinal or disc degeneration, fibromyalgia?
  4. The activity level of the patient and primary occupation. It will typically take longer to heal if a patient is performing manual labor, driving for long periods, or sitting/standing all day with minimum breaks.
  5. Is the patient compliant with keeping regular appointments and staying on the treatment plan?
  6. Is the patient getting plenty of sleep and drinking lots of water?
  7. Is the patient under a lot of mental stress?
  8. Is the patient eating the right foods? We recommend eating lots of plant foods as they help reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  9. Everyone heals differently. We are all unique and respond to treatments in our unique way.

So, there you go. Some decompression patients begin to feel better right away and some take a while. Some may even feel more sore in the beginning. It’s just the way it is. The treatment is physical and involves repositioning injured spinal discs, strengthening spinal muscles and ligaments, and teaching the body to work with the spine and discs in a new position.

We recommend wearing a lumbar support as much as you can in between DRX visits and icing frequently throughout the day to reduce inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms.

It does not even matter so much how you feel in the beginning. What matters is how you feel at the end of the treatment. As long as you keep your appointments, do your home care, try to keep a positive attitude, drink lots of water, and eat right, you give yourself an excellent chance for becoming another nonsurgical spinal decompression  success story.

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic, call 415-392-2225. Ask 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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