I have been treating chronic, severe, back pain due to disc bulges, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, and disc degeneration for 15 years here in San Francisco. One thing that I have noticed over the years is that one thing leads to another when it comes to spinal problems. This only makes sense because the spinal segments do not function independently, they function as a unit. You have seven cervical vertebrae (neck), twelve thoracic vertebrae (mid back), and twelve lumbar vertebrae (low back), for a total of twenty four movable segments. In between each vertebra is a disc, which acts as a shock absorber, and also as a ligament. Ligaments hold bones together. Muscles move bones, and tendons attach a muscle to a bone. There is an optimum alignment for the spine as it relates to gravity. For various reasons the spine often times loses this optimal position. When this happens abnormal stresses are placed on the discs, ligaments, bones, and joints. The muscles that support the spine have to work harder, and fertile soil is created for the degenerative process to sprout roots. Once this happens, everything begins to wear abnormally and the stage is set for disc herniations. Once one disc herniates it changes the way the forces are distributed on the spine which can lead to more herniations. There is a potential solution for most of these cases. First we need to assess the situation with MRI or X-rays, as well as a physical exam/history. Then, based on the findings, design a program that is able to take what is there and make the most out of it. Every spine has a health potential that the proper type of treatment can help it express. This is what the DRX 9000 was made to do. Once the spine reaches a certain point as far as degeneration and inflammation, it becomes very hard to do things such as exercise, physical therapy, chiropractic, or even basic stretches. The DRX 9000 is able to help the spine heal and get to a higher level of function so that these things are once again obtainable. Every day I witness patients that could barely walk when they started, start doing exercises again and going on long walks. This is very satisfying. So, understand, everything is interconnected. Some of you have decided to have decompression on your neck and your low back. Wise decision. This group of patients seems to be doing the best. I have yet to work on both the neck and low back without achieving great results. If you just started, welcome aboard. Your journey to better health has just begun.