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Herniated Disc In Neck ? Consider Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression.

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm

Cervical Disc Herniations Can be a Pain in the Neck

San Francisco and Marin County chiropractor Dr. Eben Davis has been helping patients with herniated and bulging discs return to more normal lifestyles without drugs or surgery. Often times, traditional chiropractic, physical therapy, or anything for that matter, fails to help certain people who suffer with disc herniations. In fact, 5-10% of all back conditions end up becoming chronic and long lasting, interfering with normal activities and sometimes making life miserable. It just seems like there is nowhere to turn for some people. Well, these are just the type of patients Dr. Davis is looking for. Sure they are difficult cases, and many of them are beyond repair, but, it is amazing what the body can do if given the chance. The body created itself, it runs itself, and it re-creates itself on an ongoing basis. The body takes the food that we eat and converts it into living, thinking, breathing, flesh and blood. According to Dr. Davis, plant foods provide the best raw materials  for the body to use to re-create itself. This has been proven over and over again, most recently with The China Study. We also know that mental, chemical, and physical stresses, when out of whack, can cause our organs and bones to degenerate and lose function prematurely. The good news is, there are ways to counteract these stresses with things like meditation, yoga, exercise, and nutrition.

So, how do we deal with cervical disc herniations ? Well, we look at your x-rays and MRI films. We do a physical exam. We compare the position of your spine with benchmark normal. We grade the level of degeneration (Phase I through Phase IV), and we decide if we feel it would be safe and effective for you to undergo treatment, which may or may not include spinal decompression therapy with the FDA Cleared DRX 9000C. Spinal decompression helps the discs to rehydrate by pumping them in a safe, measured, controlled manner, which is what the spine normally does on it's own (when it is healthy). The discs are avascular, so they do not have direct blood supply. By design, the discs receive their nutrition and expel their waste products with this pumping motion. There is even a name for it, "Imbibition". So, just like a respirator helps the lungs to do what the would if they could, decompression therapy helps the spine do what it would if it could (pump the discs so they can exchange nutrients with the bloodstream). The objective of decompression therapy is to make the discs healthier, restore motion, and help remove pressure off of the anatomical structures that are responsible for many back conditions, such as the spinal nerves, spinal cord, facet joints, and spinal discs. In addition to the decompression therapy we incorporate home exercises, a plant based diet, fish oil supplementation (to reduce inflammation), yoga, meditation, and massage. Sometimes we include spinal manipulations and in house "CORE" spinal exercises on our " SpineForce" machine. The SpineForce is one of the only machines in the world that was designed specifically to assess and treat the 180 CORE spinal muscles. This process does not happen over night, and it does not work for everyone. Treatment can be from 5 weeks all the way up to 12-14 weeks depending on the program you choose. The treatment is very safe and the results can sometimes be amazing.  We like to have you do so many good things at home as far as lifestyle modifications, that if you only did those you would feel better and be healthier because of it. But, this also creates what we call fertile soil for the decompression therapy to work better. By adhering to the home care regimen, you reduce inflammation (reducing animal proteins and fish oil supplementation) which is a primary component of pain, thus making your body better able to handle physical activities, and our treatment is physical. So, if you have chronic back or neck pain you should give us a call at 415-392-2225 for a complimentary consultation. If you are a new patient, welcome aboard. If you are not local and would like  a referral to a doctor in your area, please visit Happy Holidays :)   

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