We are achieving tremendous outcomes with elderly patients with severe, chronic back pain. We are treating them with the DRX 9000 spinal decompression system. Then we follow up with spinal muscle reconditioning on our Spine Force machine. There is an extensive home care regimen which includes a plant based diet, exercises, stretches, fish oil supplementation, meditation, breathing & yoga. Conditions such as disk herniations, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, and disc degeneration all seem to respond favorably. Often times there is no where to turn for senior citizens once a spinal condition has been around for many years. Some patients are no longer considered surgical candidates because it would be too dangerous. There is so much decay and degeneration that all that could really be done is complete fusion. Some patients are unable to exercise because it is too painful. Most have tried cortisone injections, acupuncture, and chiropractic. Sometimes these things help, sometimes they don't. Some patients are taking pain medication daily putting their kindeys and liver at risk. When we take on a new case we the first thing we do is set forth the treatment objectives and goals. We need to manage the expectations. There is no way we can make these patients normal again. This needs to be clear. What we can do, most of the time it seems, is take what's there and make the most out of it. Allow the spine to express it's potential within the limitations of matter. The DRX 9000 spinal decompression sessions seem to be able to pump life back into the spinal joints and discs. I liken the process to a respirator, which helps the lungs to breath when they are unable to do so on their own. The DRX 9000 helps the spine to do what it would, if it could, which is pump the discs so they can exchange nutrients with the blood stream. This seems to reduce inflammation and , promote healing. This makes it so we can introduce exercise and therapy. The fish oil and the plant based diet (along with 80-100oz of H20 per day) also help reduce inflammation levels and cleanse the body, creating fertile soil for healing to take place. This is NOT magic. What it is, is the most advanced technology available today for the nonsurgical treatment of severe spinal conditions. We take it to the next level and beyond by incorporating the SpineForce and the Home Care regimen. We very much enjoy helping return lost life and function to our patients. We are opening up an office in San Rafael (Marin County) in a few weeks. There is a very active senior citizen population over there, and we look forward to serving them. For more info contact us at 415-392-2225.