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 Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain and Sciatica resulting from Herniated or Degenerated Discs. Spinal Decompression not only significantly reduces or eliminates neck and back pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to their previous lives. Diagnosing the cause of the neck or back pain and choosing a treatment method is determined by reviewing the patient’s medical history, performing a physical examination, and prescribing further diagnostic tests when necessary.
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 neck or 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 neck or back pain will usually be dictated by the diagnosis of the underlying cause of pain. For the vast majority of people, they 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.
2. What is Spinal Decompression and how does the DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System™ work?
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 cervical or 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.
I came to Shin a broken man, barely able to walk, thinking I needed to have surgery to fix my back. I looked like an 80 year old man in the body of a 30 year old. No one I spoke to could help me, but right away when I met Dr Gallego, I felt like I was with someone that wanted and more importantly COULD help me. After using the DRX machine for a few weeks I was back on my feet. It was amazing, I could walk straight up again, and getting up and down didn’t make me want to kill myself anymore. All the staff at Shin are really great. They are super friendly, and make you feel at home. I fully recommend them to anyone with back trouble, without them I would probably still be hobbling around like an 80 year old. Thank you Wendy 🙂 Joshua Boxer
I first injured my lower back 25 years ago. For decades, I’d be fine for six months – and then come limping back to one chiropractor or another. Dr. Wendy Gallego at Shin Wellness changed all that with her holistic approach to back injuries and the miraculous DRX 9000, which has left me pain-free and in the best shape I’ve been since adolescence. The painless (even relaxing!) 6-week procedure is the best investment in personal health I’ve made, and Shin is the smartest, most nurturing and comprehensive wellness center I’ve encountered.
I have been seeing chiropractors on and off for over half my life and even after years of weekly treatment I would always reach a point where my improvements slowly ground to a halt while some back still pain remained. When Dr. Gallego first suggested I try the DRX9000, I immediately blew it off as an expensive treatment that I couldn’t afford and probably wouldn’t even get my back any better than chiropractic alone was capable of. I was completely wrong. I eventually gave it a try and weeks later I am simply astounded by the way my back feels. It feels like… normal!!! This is the first time my back has been pain free in 16 years. This is what I used to feel like!!!
I had chronic back pain and occasional acute pain so debilitating I had to stay in bed or have assistance getting around. Even though I was a regular patient of Dr. Gallego, I could only get temporary relief in spite of her excellent care and therapy. Dr. Gallego convinced me to enter the DRX treatment program and I admit I was sceptical about the outcome. However, because I have complete confidence in Dr. Gallego’s expertise, I began the treatment. I got through the program and completed my initial treatments in October of 2006. Since then I have not had any pain, discomfort or other problems that occurred on a regular basis. This is the longest I have gone without any pain or discomfort. I highly recommend the DRX program and I highly recommend Dr Gallego.
– George B.