Spinal decompression is a nonsurgical solution for patients suffering with neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated discs, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and facet syndrome.
The system we use at our clinic is the DRX9000 lumbar decompression machine, which treats herniated discs in the low back, as well as bulging and degenerated discs.
We also have a DRX9000c cervical decompression machine which treats herniated discs and associated disorders in the neck.
Most herniated discs occur in the lumbar spine, so the majority of our spinal decompression patients undergo treatment on the DRX9000.
Our DRX9000c stays busy also because herniated discs in the neck are fairly common in high stress office workers.
Spinal decompression is not a magic bullet. Disc decompression only works when it is done multiple times (18-24 on the average) over a 2-3 month period. There is quite a bit of home care involved also in the form of exercises and nutrition.
Spinal decompression therapy sessions at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center take about an hour (a little longer in special situations). We reserve the DRX9000 or DRX9000c for you so it is ready when you arrive.
The DRX9000 requires about 10 minutes of harnessing so we can connect the machine to your body. The DRX9000c cervical decompression set-up is much quicker. Spinal disc decompression lasts about 30 minutes.
After spinal decompression therapy we apply electrical muscle stimulation to teach the spinal muscles to support the spine in it's new position. Then, we apply ice to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms.
One thing we do different than most decompression clinics in San Francisco, is we often times will incorporate Deep Tissue Laser Therapy and Active Release Technique (ART) into our spinal decompression protocols. Gentle chiropractic adjustments by hand or instrument are also performed if indicated.
The results we achieve are outstanding...often times when just about every other form of back pain or neck pain therapy has failed. Spinal decompression is also safe for patients with a failed surgery syndrome. As long as there is no hardware or surgical fusion, disc decompression may make sense.
About 10-15% of disc herniations result in chronic and severe pain and disability. It was once thought that back surgery was the only option. Well now there is nonsurgical spinal decompression...and from the looks of it, disc decompression is here to stay.