Spinal decompression is a therapy for people with herniated or/and bulging discs, spinal stenosis, and sciatica. It's a completely non invasive therapy. No surgery, no incision, not even a needle is necessary.
It's not meant for everybody and every back problem. If you suffer from back pain have your doctor or orthopedic surgeon decide whether you are a good candidate for this therapy.
The DRX9000 spinal decompression therapy is still reasonably new. It consists of intermiitent motorized or hydraulic traction, controlled by a computer.
How does DRX9000 spinal decompression work?
It relieves severe neck and back pain by gently reducing the pressure that exists inside the spinal discs. The DRX9000 spinal compression unit slowly and methodically separates the bones in the spine.
The vertebrae are separated and the pressure inside the disc (intradiscal pressure) is slowly reduced until a vacuum has formed.
When a disc is bulging and/or herniated the gelatinous center of that disc is displaced, and pressing on one or more nerves. The vacuum that has formed will suck this "gelatin" back into place. This will take the pressure off the spinal nerves and reduce pain and discomfort for the patient.
This vacuum will also pull oxygen, nutrients and fluid into the discs and those injured and degenerated discs can begin the healing process.
This procedure appears to really work. Proven studies have determined that anywhere from 86% to over 90% of patients have found great relief by using this therapy.
This therapy takes time when you want to receive results. It's totally painless but time consuming. It might take 5 to 7 weeks of almost daily therapy. It takes anywhere from 20 to 25 sessions to achieve pain relief. Some people feel reduced pain after only a few sessions, others don't feel much difference, if any, till the end of the treatment.
It is not wise to cancel sessions if you feel less pain after only a few sessions The pain might only be gone temporarily and come back if you quit. After all, it took quite a few years to get into this shape and cannot be expected to just go away after two or three treatments.
Why Spinal Decompression is a better solution than surgery
This spinal decompression is a great alternative to surgery. Complications are always possible when having any surgery. The risk of internal bleeding or the formation of a blood clot. Infection at the site of the incision. There might even be a risk of nerve injury. This is not say that these things happen all the time. But...they DO happen, occasionally. Actually, the people most at risk for any complications in surgery are the elderly.
DRX9000 spinal decompression therapy is apparently not the answer if you have pain because of arthritic changes in the vertebral bones. This is called facet joint syndrome. The therapy might give temporary relief but can't guarantee a permanent solution.
The fact that this therapy does not involve surgery and a certain period of recovery is a plus.
However, the cost could be between $ 100 - $ 200 a session. And the total cost in the end might be somewhere between $ 2000. - $ 4000. This is still much less than surgery would have been. And your medical insurance might cover it or at least part of it.
People who should not have Spinal Decompression therapy
Pregnant women should not consider this therapy. Neither should patients who have tumors, fractures, osteoporosis, or bone cancer.
People who have metal inserts in their spine.
Quite a few chiropractors now offer DRX9000 decompression therapy. But I suggest you always consult with your physician or an orthopedic doctor before you decide to have this therapy.
If this therapy is not for you because of facet joint syndrome you could still find some relief without the Spinal Decompression Therapy