San Francisco Disc Herniation Center includes "Core" spinal muscle rehabilitation using the revolutionary SPINEFORCE m
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm
I remember the first time I laid eyes on the SpineForce machine. I went to a clinic on the East Coast to investigate the DRX 9000 spinal decompression system and they were using the SpineForce for rehabilitation. I was told that professional sports teams, cutting edge orthopedic clinics, as well as neurology clinics were using the machine to improve athletic performance and in the case of the neurology clinics, treat stroke victims. I already knew that there was a relationship between weak spinal muscles (spinal core) muscles and back pain. I mean, who doesn't. So, I was planning on purchasing the MEDX system created by Aurther Jones (invented Nautilus equipment at University of Florida) to use in conjunction with the DRX 9000. That plan was tossed out after I met the SpineForce. I witnessed elderly patients that could barely walk (I was told) when they started, perform the exercises with ease. I tried the machine myself and I was just blown away. I instantly got it. Basically, the SpineForce is able to create a safe, but unstable enough environment to activate the "core" spinal muscles. These are muscles that are very hard to exercise. There are 180 of them. They move the vertebrae through their various ranges of motion. When these muscles become injured they either become flaccid (weak) or enter a state of spasm. Either way this interferes with their ability to control muscle movement and posture, leading to abnormal stresses on the spinal discs and vertebrae. This can result in disc herniations, disc bulges, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, and loss of normal function. It is this cascade of events that is thought by many to be the underlying cause of generative conditions of the spine. The SpineForce machine is actually able to assess the integrity of these muscles, create a real time treatment protocol, engage you in treatment, let you know how you are doing while you are doing it, then score you at the end so that we can monitor your progress and move you through the various levels of intensity. There is a starting point for everyone. You can see some video clips of the SpineForce in action on our website. Not everyone does the SpineForce at our clinic. The sessions are twice per week for six weeks at the end of the six week DRX 9000 protocol. We have many patients that travel from other states or from far distances within the state, making it difficult for them to follow through with SpineForce. They are prescribed the normal home care program set by the manufacturer of the DRX 9000, Axiom Worlwide. But, if you are local and are able to do it, it makes sense that you do. The additional cost is $1500 for the 12 sessions.