Neurometabolic Care

Disk Decompression

The answer for many patient’s low back pain.

spinal-decompressionAbout 20 years ago, the manufacturers of traction equipment began to experiment with machines that could gently decompress the spinal column and reverse the symptoms of nerve entrapment.  Some of these machines included inversion traction and machines that had the patient on their stomach while traction was applied.  There was a heyday of manufacturers and practitioners liking their own technology.  Some of that is still with us today.

We selected the DRX 9000 technology for a few reasons.  The traction is applied with the patient in a supine position (that is on their back).  I found this personally to be the most comfortable for the patient.  In the supine position the gravity-fed stretch receptors are relatively dormant allowing for greater tolerance of the decompressive forces used in the process.  The movable bed on the DRX weighs over 500 lbs.  (I know I tried to hold it up while it was being assembled.)  This allows for a very smooth movement while the traction is applied.

drxThe DRX allows us to individually set the pressure and the level of the disc we are treating.  This enables us to fit the pressure curve to the individual patient’s tolerance.  We have optimal ranges from 40 lbs. to 150 lbs. of pressure depending on the patient’s needs and capabilities.


What conditions does Spinal Decompression Treat?

  • spine-conditionsPain relief related to
  • Protruding and herniating discs
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Facet joint disorders
  • Spinal root impingement
  • Degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Hypomobility
  • Compression fractures

 How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal Decompression is theorized to create a negative pressure in the nucleus of the disc.

This allows previously compressed discs to receive fluids, blood, oxygen and other nutrients the disc was previously starved of.  This increased nutrient supply is thought to stimulate healing within the intervertebral disc.

Some experts believe that this environment allows specialized cells called “Fibroblasts” to begin repairing tears or degeneration in the how-does-decompression-workdisc.  Pressure on nerve roots and other structures is decreased and brings with it reduction of pain and symptomatology.  Research suggests negative pressure created by decompression therapy may actually draw prolapsed disc material back into the disc space.

While the world of medical claims is rife with exaggeration on decompression results, this technology has withstood the test of time over the last decade.  Success profiles among practitioners of 80 to 90 percent are normal.

For more information, please call The Wellness Pros, a Santucci Chiropractic Corporation at (408) 871-8222

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