We were one of the first chiropractic clinics in San Francisco to offer spinal decompression for the lumbar spine. I believe we ordered our first lumbar decompression machine over 5 years ago. The machine we purchased is the DRX9000 . A short while after that we purchased a cervical spinal decompression system, the DRX9000c , so we could perform spinal decompression to the cervical spine.
Then we purchased more machines. Since then we have helped hundreds, if not thousands of serious back and neck conditions with the help of decompression therapy. During this time we have learned the following:
Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Is NOT a Magic Bullet!
What spinal decompression is, is the most advanced form of non-surgical therapy for neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndromes, and some forms of stenosis, in the marketplace today.
Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to enlarge the disc space, elongate the spine, re-hydrate the damaged spinal disc, re-position the spinal disc, strengthen the spinal ligaments, and promote healing.
Does nonsurgical lumbar decompression or cervical decompression work for every patient that does it? NO...just most of them.
What about all the negative things you read online about the DRX9000 and the lawsuits against the company?
Well...they had some bad apples working for them that were telling medical doctors that they could bill Medicare for nonsurgical spinal decompression...which is not true. In fact, insurance does not pay for spinal decompression because it is still considered experimental (however, there are very favorable preliminary research findings).
So that turned into a major ordeal. Then, some of the patients that were told insurance would pay jumped in. Then, some of the patients that were not helped by spinal decompression (which is the minority) jumped on the bandwagon...and now the decompression waters are muddy.
But...meanwhile back at our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic and Spinal Decompression Center, we continue to use decompression therapy as a tool to achieve favorable outcomes for herniated disc patients. Our patients as a whole are highly educated and most have tried every form of back and neck pain treatment under the sun.
And...about 75% of our spinal decompression patients continue on with maintenance care because they want to maintain the positive changes from the initial treatment. Would they do this if it didn't work?
And nonsurgical spinal decompression to the neck or low back is very safe. We have never caused permanent bodily harm to a patient. Sure, some patients get sore...and sometimes the soreness last a while...but this is even rare.
Yes it's true that you may do the entire decompression process and not feel a bit better...it's just not likely.
So don't listen to the naysayers. There's too much at stake. If you have herniated discs in the neck, or herniated discs in the low back...and nothing seems to be helping...give nonsurgical decompression with the DRX9000, or many of the other excellent decompression machines out there a chance. You may just get your life back.
For a complimentary spinal decompression consultation at Executive Express Chiropractic in the SF Financial District...please call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.