Spinal Decompression Therapy and DRX-9000 Treatments
Shin Wellness offers the latest cutting edge technology in the non-surgical treatment of serious chronic lower back pain and sciatica. Our commitment to offering the highest quality of care resulted in the addition of the FDA cleared Spinal Decompression technology for the treatment of Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniated and/or Bulging Discs, Degenerative Disc Disease.
In the past, a patient suffering from disc problems usually was given pain medications, instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred for physical therapy, and when they weren’t progressing they were sent for spinal surgery. Conservative care proved very helpful in many cases, yet there have been some cases when surgery seemed to be the only other option… until now.
Today, you don’t have to live with that pain anymore. Thanks to the concerted efforts of a team of top physicians and medical engineers, Spinal Decompression was developed to effectively treat Lower Back Pain and Sciatica resulting from Herniated or Degenerated Discs. Spinal Decompression not only significantly reduces or eliminates back pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to their previous lives.
Diagnosing back pain and choosing a treatment method is determined by reviewing the patient’s medical history, performing a physical examination, and prescribing diagnostic tests.
Some traditional approaches tend to focus on the symptoms without ever addressing the underlying source of the pain. Long-term relief can only be achieved when the source of the pain is corrected.
Review of an Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) and/or an X-ray of your spine will be necessary to assess the cause of your back pain ( we have X-ray on site and an MRI will be prescribed if needed). It is difficult to create an effective treatment regimen without first identifying the underlying cause of the pain. The type of treatment prescribed for back pain will usually be dictated by the diagnosis of the underlying cause of pain. For the vast majority of people, back pain can be treated non-surgically.
1. What is the DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System™?
The DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System™ is designed to provide pain relief for compressive and degenerative injuries of the spine. Through the application of spinal decompressive forces to these injuries, the DRX9000™ has given patients relief from back pain and has allowed them to resume the activities they love.
The DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System™ provides relief of pain and symptoms associated with herniated discs, bulging or protruding intervertebral discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, and sciatica. The therapy is non-invasive and non-surgical.
The theory behind Spinal Decompression is a process whereby forces are applied to the spine in a manner that maximizes spinal elongation. Spinal elongation is maximized when paraspinal muscles, the muscles that guard the spine from injury, are relaxed. When paraspinal muscles relax, applied spinal decompressive forces spread apart the bony vertebra of the spine. This relieves pressure on nerves and intervertebral discs. Where this spinal elongation occurs, pressure drops within the disc which facilitates movement of fluid, carrying nutrients and oxygen inside the disc. Additionally, the reduction in pressure can help draw in herniated disc fluids, reducing the size of the herniation.
Spinal Decompression on the DRX9000™ involves application of forces logarithmically to elongate the spine without causing the muscles that guard the spine to contract. The technology required to apply spinal decompressive forces is very advanced. Engineering research and development efforts involved in the evolution of the DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System™ have been ongoing since 2001!
The DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System™ utilizes high-speed treatment computers to calculate the logarithmic Spinal Decompression treatment curve for each patient. A servo-motor / servo amplifier (“servo-motion system”) takes the logarithmic curve and applies the forces to the patient. The servo-amplifier constantly checks (several thousand times per second) and corrects the servo-motor’s movement. Measurement devices inside the DRX9000™ monitor changes in decompressive force experienced by each patient.
All of this data is constantly fed back into the treatment computers. The treatment computers constantly calculate corrections and ensure the therapy is true to each patient’s logarithmic curve. This constant monitoring, measuring, and correcting process is called a Nested Closed-Loop Feedback System. This methodology is one of the hallmarks of the DRX™ technology suite.
3. What can I expect during treatment?
During each 30-minute treatment session the patient relaxes comfortably on a heavily-padded bed. After being secured into position by an upper and lower body harness, the patient can completely relax by watching a DVD, listening to music, or simply taking a nap. Typically, each 30-minute session is divided into 18-phases where spinal decompressive forces alternate between a maximum and minimum therapeutic level. The cycling of forces in this manner appears to create a pumping action that simulates the natural processes responsible for nourishing the intervertebral disc.
4. Who are the best candidates for treatment?
Patients that will benefit most from the DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System™ may be those diagnosed with herniated discs, bulging discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease or facet syndrome.
5. What can I expect during the course of treatment?
Some patients may experience light side effects with this type of therapy. Mild muscular soreness during treatment may occur. The sensation would be similar to what a person might experience at the onset of a new exercise regimen. Most patients find this therapy quite comfortable and relaxing.
During an average 30-minute session, most patients experience a gentle stretch in the lumbar spine and tend to fall asleep.
Adjunctive therapies to Spinal Decompression will include electrical stimulation and cold therapy. Exercise with our Reconditioning Specialist and the use of a lumbar support belt will also be prescribed to support the benefits of Spinal Decompression therapy and improve patient compliance.
Did you know?
It is estimated that back pain afflicts over 31 million Americans and is the number one cause of activity limitation in young adults. Within a given year, up to 50% of U.S. adults suffer from back pain.
- Americans spend at least $50 Billion each year on low back pain and it is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States.
- Low back pain is the second most frequent reason for visits to the physician.
- 80% of people over the age of 30 will experience back problems at some point in their lives. 30% of those will have recurring problems.
- Each year, there are approximately 916,000 spinal surgeries performed in the US
- Back pain accounts for almost one fourth of all occupational injuries and illnesses.
- In the United States, back surgery rates increase almost proportionately with the supply of orthopedic and neurosurgeons.