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Cervical Disc Treatment in San Francisco

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Cervical Disc Treatment in San Francisco, CA 94111

We have been providing cervical disc treatment in San Francisco for over 22 years now in the Financial District.

Cervical Disc Treatment has evolved over the years to the point where neck surgery is not the primary option. Nonsurgical options for cervical disc treatment such as chiropractic, physical therapy, and now nonsurgical spinal decompression are mostly successful when it comes to herniated disc treatment.

For our first 10 years in practice we would use a combination of chiropractic, massage, exercise, and traction to treat herniated discs in the neck. About 10 years ago we began to incorporate cervical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c into our treatment protocols. The results have been outstanding.

Cervical decompression systems such as the DRX9000c are designed and built to treat cervical disc herniations non-surgically. The do this by isolating on a specific herniated disc, say at C6-7 and doing the following:

  • Enlarging the disc space.
  • Elongating the spine.
  • Strengthening the spinal muscles, ligaments and tendons.
  • Re-positioning the injured cervical disc away from the nerves and spinal cord.
  • Re-hydrating the cervical disc.

What this means is that cervical disc treatment with spinal decompression is often able to help disc patients avoid risky neck surgeries. And the results for the most part are permanent but may require ongoing maintenance.

To find out if you are a candidate for 100% natural cervical disc treatment in San Francisco with chiropractic or spinal decompression, please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Pinched Nerve in the Neck?


DRXC spinal decompression SFWe have been providing neck pain relief in San Francisco since 1992.

One of the most common causes of neck, shoulder, arm, and hand pain is a “pinched nerve in the neck”. A pinched nerve is medical terminology (formerly doctor slang) for pressure on a nerve or nerve compression.

Here is how the Mayo Clinic defines a Pinched Nerve:

A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by
surrounding tissues — such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This
pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling,
numbness or weakness.


A pinched nerve can occur at several sites in your body. A herniated
disk in your lower spine, for example, may put pressure on a nerve root,
causing pain that radiates down the back of your leg (sciatica).
Likewise, a pinched nerve in your wrist can lead to pain and numbness in
your hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome).

Me: A pinched nerve in the neck is usually the result of a herniated or bulging cervical disc, vertebral subluxation (misalignment), degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, or moderate to severe sprain/strain from say a whiplash or sports injury (think football). This can happen all at once from a trauma or slowly over time from sitting in an awkward position at your workstation, poor sleeping habits (flat pillow with no support), or hobby’s like bowling, playing a musical instrument, knitting, or gardening.

These days, just about everyone spends a lot of time on the computer. Our chiropractic clinic is located in the SF Financial District so almost all our patients sit at a desk for very long hours performing repetitive tasks with the upper extremities on the computer. Many then go home and do more of the same. And a very high percentage of these people already had misalignments in the neck from years of school, studying, sports and life. The stress of working at the computer all day is just another layer of the onion that can accelerate the degnerative process and lead to pinched cervical nerves.

So, what can be done to prevent pinched nerves from happening and what is the best treatment once they do happen?

Well, I am a chiropractor, and I specialize in the treatment of neck, arm, and hand pain. So my opinion is biased owards chiropractic care and nonsurgical spinal decompression. Of course, most of the patients I treat are already experiencing pain and dysfunction. So, our primary focus is to treat the problem and get some relief. We do this using a combination of chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulder, arms and hands. We incorporate massage and stretching into the mix, as well as custom low tech exercises. If needed, we use deep tissue laser therapy to reduce inflammation and pain levels.

If a pinched nerve is due to a herniated or bulging disc and the patient does not respond to conventional chiropractic as described above than we will consider cervical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c. The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat cervical disc herniations naturally.

Sometimes we use a combination of everything we have to achieve favorable outcomes. Our 20years+ experience comes in handy when it comes to making decisions on pinched nerve treatment.

Along side the treatment we teach our patients how to prevent what we treat by making better lifestyle choices. Education on things like ergonomics, sleeping postures, nutrition, supplements, exercise/stretching, meditation and relaxation techniques are some of the things we weave into the treatment process.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for treatment at our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation.  

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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When should you consider Spinal Decompression for a Herniated Disc?

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We have helped hundreds of disc herniation patients return to more normal lives with spinal decompression. We treat both lumbar disc herniations and cervical disc herniations. Most of the patients we initiate spinal decompression programs with have been suffering with chronic back pain or chronic neck pain for years.

And most have tried just about everything under the sun…cortisone injections, pain pills, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, chiropractic, even surgery. 

Spinal decompression seems to always be a last resort…but should it be?  After-all…nonsurgical spinal decompression is safe, gentle, and effective. And disc decompression now has a 5-7 year track record of fabulous outcomes, with minimum adverse reactions.

The primary reason spinal decompression is not considered a "first choice" for herniated disc treatment or bulging discs, is that it is not covered by insurance. And it's not covered by insurance because there are no long term studies (YET) to support the claims of success spinal decompression doctors and patients are reporting worldwide.

There has been favorable preliminary research done on spinal decompression by John Hopkins University, Duke University, and the Mayo Clinic (see Spinal Decompression Special Report)…but no long term studies.

Because of this many medical doctors, physical therapist, and chiropractors, refuse to consider spinal disc decompression as a treatment option for their degenerative disc disease or disc herniation patients.

And, because insurance will not pay for it, many chronic low back pain or neck pain patients try all the covered therapies first…such as chiropractic, physical therapy, and medical care. Only if these back pain treatments fail do they consider paying out of pocket for decompression therapy.

But is this the right approach…why not consider spinal decompression for disc herniations first?

Well…some people are. There is enough information on-line now and enough people have actually done decompression therapy or know someone that has, that they are choosing spinal decompression first…research or not…even if they have to pay out of pocket.

Why?  Because life is short and they want their life back NOW!

Human beings are wired to be able to make decisions for themselves when given enough information.

At our spinal decompression clinic in San Francisco we encourage our decompression patients to tell others and to share their stories so that others may benefit…just like they did (see Spinal Decompression Reviews on our YouTube Channel).

I also answer every single on-line inquiry I receive from patients around the world on spinal decompression…and make appropriate referrals if possible.

Life is not much fun when you are crippled with back pain and sciatica…or neck pain radiating into the arm. Or leg or arm weakness. Heck…the worst case scenario is nonsurgical spinal decompression does not help you. Sure…you are out some time and money but you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options for your back or neck condition.

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, or facet syndrome, you may be a prime candidate for spinal decompression.

You can wait if you want to and try all the therapies covered by insurance. Or…you can find a doctor with a spinal decompression machine and start the process now (if you qualify medically)…the choice is yours.

The machine we use at Executive Express Chiropractic is the DRX9000 and the DRX9000c…but there are many spinal decompression machines. Just make sure the spinal decompression clinic you choose has lots of experience…there is an art to the process.

If you need help locating a spinal decompression doctor send me an email at ebendavis@yahoo.com.

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation. 

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Can You Lift Weights With a Herniated Disc?

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Herniated Disc Treatment San Francisco Herniated discs…especially in the lumbar spine are fairly common…I have one. You may have one too…and not even know it. In fact, we could pull 10 people off the street and find that 6 or 7 of them have a herniated disc in the low back. And maybe only a few of them have the signs and symptoms of disc herniation. 

However, there are many people that have symptomatic disc herniations…many with loss of function and disability. Some patients know they have disc herniations but are able to manage them with regular chiropractic, nonsurgical spinal decompression, spinal and core exercises, and yes…even weight lifting.

Personally, I find that I have less back pain when I lift weights. In fact, if I stay on a regular workout routine of weights, core exercises, and stretching, along with chiropractic adjustments…I have no back pain at all.

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc and you are symptomatic, you should work with a chiropractor, orthopedic doctor or physical therapist to come up with a back pain regimen that makes sense for you. This may or may not include weight lifting.

One thing for sure…you don't want to lift weights when your back pain is acute and inflamed. You will most likely do more harm than good. But once your back pain subsides, and the inflammation goes down, and your spine and core are strengthened…it may be OK.

I advise all my patients to scale in slowly. Start with real light weights and ice after you work out for 15 minutes. Listen to your body and stop if you feel pain. Your chiropractor, MD, physical therapist  or trainer can pick some exercises that are safe for you…then modify them based on your feedback.

So, YES…you can lift weights with a herniated disc…as long as the condition are right.

Your chiropractor is a herniated disc expert and can help you create the right conditions.

To find out if you are a candidate for herniated disc treatment at Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression, call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

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Review of San Francisco Spinal Decompression

San Francisco Spinal Decompression patient Gregory Farah is half way through his DRX9000 spinal decompression program and is reporting outstanding results to date. Greg presented with an L5 Disc Extrusion, an advanced form of lumbar disc herniation. Check-out what Greg has to say about his treatment:

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I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Spinal Decompression San Francisco

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We have been helping patients with nonsurgical spinal decompression for over 5 years at Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco.

San Francisco Spinal Decompression Spinal decompression is a nonsurgical solution for patients suffering with neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated discs, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and facet syndrome.

The system we use at our clinic is the DRX9000 lumbar decompression machine, which treats herniated discs in the low back, as well as bulging and degenerated discs.

We also have a DRX9000c cervical decompression machine which treats herniated discs and associated disorders in the neck.

Most herniated discs occur in the lumbar spine, so the majority of our spinal decompression patients undergo treatment on the DRX9000.

Our DRX9000c stays busy also because herniated discs in the neck are fairly common in high stress office workers.

Spinal decompression is not a magic bullet. Disc decompression only works when it is done multiple times (18-24 on the average) over a 2-3 month period. There is quite a bit of home care involved also in the form of exercises and nutrition.

Spinal decompression therapy sessions at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center take about an hour (a little longer in special situations). We reserve the DRX9000 or DRX9000c for you so it is ready when you arrive.

Drx9000c san francisco The DRX9000 requires about 10 minutes of harnessing so we can connect the machine to your body. The DRX9000c cervical decompression set-up is much quicker. Spinal disc decompression lasts about 30 minutes.

After spinal decompression therapy we apply electrical muscle stimulation to teach the spinal muscles to support the spine in it's new position. Then, we apply ice to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms.

One thing we do different than most decompression clinics in San Francisco, is we often times will incorporate Deep Tissue Laser Therapy and Active Release Technique (ART) into our spinal decompression protocols. Gentle chiropractic adjustments by hand or instrument are also performed if indicated.

The results we achieve are outstanding…often times when just about every other form of back pain or neck pain therapy has failed. Spinal decompression is also safe for patients with a failed surgery syndrome. As long as there is no hardware or surgical fusion, disc decompression may make sense.

About 10-15% of disc herniations result in chronic and severe pain and disability. It was once thought that back surgery was the only option. Well now there is nonsurgical spinal decompression…and from the looks of it, disc decompression is here to stay.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy at Executive Express Chiropractic in the SF Financial District, call 415-392-2225. Or, you can fill-out our secure online appointment request form. Enter "DRX BLOG" into the referral source field for a Complimentary DRX9000 Assessment.

Click here to read some DRX9000 success stories and watch some videos

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Can Spinal Decompression Repair A Herniated Disc?

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DRX9000 San Francisco We have been helping herniated disc patients in downtown San Francisco for almost 20 years now with our unique brand of chiropractic, spinal rehabilitation, nutrition, and education. Our approach worked fine for 15 years, but we always wished we could do more.

We would end up referring many herniated disc patients out for medical care that would not respond to chiropractic care…or anything else for that matter. Some would have surgery (which has mixed results and risks) and some would just learn to live with the pain.

Then, after a few years of research we decided to purchase our first Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression machine (5 years ago). Spinal decompression systems are designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndrome, disc degeneration, and spinal stenosis, without surgery…and they do it well.

Spinal disc decompression is able to increase disc height, elongate the spine, stretch the spinal ligaments, rehydrate the disc, reposition the disc in between the spinal bones, and pull the injured disc away from the spinal nerves and the spinal cord. Pretty amazing HUH?

Does it really do this? Yes…but not every single time. Just most of the time.

Is there research that proves spinal decompression works? Yes…there are preliminary research studies that have been conducted at the Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins University, and Duke University (see Spinal Decompression Special Report).

So can a herniated disc be repaired? YES.

Can spinal disc decompression help fix my herniated disc?  Maybe…you have to be examined by a spinal decompression doctor and have your case accepted…not everyone qualifies medically.

How long does spinal decompression take to repair a herniated disc? It just depends. Usually 18-24 one hour sessions is all it takes. All cases are handled on an individual basis.

How do I find out if I am a candidate for Spinal Decompression?

If you live in the SF Bay Area you can call our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center at 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation. You can also request an appointment online. Use code "Blog" in the referral source field.

Read some SF spinal decompression testimonials

Visit our Executive Express Chiropractic Citysearch profile and watch our office video

See our Recommended Chiropractors resource page for spinal decompression doctors around the country

 

 

 

 

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I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Best Treatment for a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

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Pinched nerve in the neck

Have you been diagnosed with a pinched nerve in the neck? If so, you most likely have pressure on a spinal nerve root as it is exiting from in between the cervical vertebrae. A pinched cervical nerve root is usually caused by a herniated disc or a bulging disc.

Sometimes degeneration of the spine or degeneration of the disc can cause bone spurs or bony growth that can encroach upon the environment of the nerve resulting in a condition called spinal stenosis or foraminal stenosis.

The symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck vary from person to person and can include neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, arm pain, hand pain, pain that radiates from the neck down the arm, numbness and tingling in the fingers, weakness of grip, and night pain.

In fact, you can have a pinched cervical nerve and have no symptoms in the neck at all, but have symptoms in the hand. This makes it tricky sometimes as the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can mimic the symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck. Some patients actually have both CTS and pinched nerves in the neck.

The good news is, we can treat most disc herniations and disc bulges, as well as spinal degeneration and CTS without drugs or surgery.

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At our San Francisco Chiropractic facilities, as well as at other chiropractic clinics around the world, a combination of chiropractic care, nonsurgical spinal decompression, Active Release Technique (ART), and Deep Tissue Laser Therapy, is used to successfully treat most of the primary causes of  pinched nerves in both the neck and low back.

Many patients end up on a wild goose chase trying to figure out the right kind of treatment for a pinched nerve or carpal tunnel syndrome, which can often times lead to cortisone shots, pain meds, and unnecessary surgery.

So, how would you know if you qualify for nonsurgical treatment for your herniated disc in the neck, bulging disc, or spinal stenosis? Well, the best way to find out is to get checked by a doctor that specializes in treating herniated discs without surgery.

We are one of the only clinics in the SF Bay Area to offer cervical decompression therapy with the DRX9000c…a very expensive machine that is designed and built to treat herniated and bulging discs in the neck.

If you live or work near the San Francisco Financial District you can visit Executive Express Chiropractic at the Embarcadero Center. Call 415-392-2225. 

Or, you can check my recommended list for chiropractors at various locations around the US who do something similar.

You can always send me an email to ebendavis@yahoo.com and I will try to make my best recommendation for a doctor near you.

Please do not think that there is no hope for you or that surgery is your only option. Take the time to educate yourself and find a doctor that has the skills and advanced technology to help you get better.

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I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Lumbar Disc Decompression Without Surgery

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San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctor Comments:

Up until recently, lumbar disc decompression referred to a surgical procedure whereby part of the spine was cut-out to remove pressure off the spinal cord or lumbar nerve roots.

Now, the lumbar disc decompression or spinal disc decompression terms refer to procedures that can be either surgical or nonsurgical.

At Executive Express Chiropractic in the SF Financial District, we perform nonsurgical spinal decompression with a machine called the DRX9000. The DRX9000 was designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndrome, and disc degeneration….without surgery (watch this spinal decompression success story video).

Nonsurgical disc decompression helps many patients avoid back surgery, but you have to qualify medically (How does spinal decompression work?).

If you do qualify for natural disc decompression then there is a very good chance it will help you.

Will you get completely better? Sometimes…but in most cases (at Executive Express Chiropractic) you simply become much better than you were. It just depends what we are starting with, your age, your over-all physical condition, how much spinal degeneration there is, how many disc herniations you have,  and your level of commitment to get better. 

Nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 or one of the other excellent spinal decompression machines on the market might just be the answer you are looking for. And let me give you a piece of advice…Don't listen to the naysayers.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is helping thousands of patients every day return to more normal lives and avoid surgery. And the only way to find out if it will work for YOU is to try it (but you must qualify).

Here's the deal…Spinal decompression is very safe…and it's gentle too. Sure there have been some rare cases where patients get really sore or think the machine made them worse…but it's extremely rare. In fact, we can count on one hand the amount of times this has happened and we have performed thousands of decompression sessions for herniated lumbar discs (and cervical discs).

Either spinal disc decompression works (which is most likely) or it doesn't. We don't cut anything out or inject anything in (to your body). If decompression therapy does not work you are still left whole, and you can pursue other options.

If you have certain kinds of back surgery such as a surgical fusion, you are disqualified from ever trying nonsurgical spinal decompression. It's something to think about.

My Take: If you have a condition such as a herniated lumbar disc, bulging disc, spinal stenosis, degenerated disc, facet syndrome, sciatica, back pain, leg pain…or any other lumbar or cervical spine disorder that is not responding to conventional back pain therapies (including chiropractic)…natural disc decompression is worth a look. You can always have surgery. But if you have surgery….you may not be able to try nonsurgical spinal decompression…ever.

To find out if you qualify for spinal disc decompression at Executive Express Chiropractic in San Francisco call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.  

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Spinal Decompression: Is it worth the money?

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We have been helping patients with cervical and lumbar disc herniations in the San Francisco Financial District since 1992 at Executive Express Chiropractic (formerly Front Street Chiropractic).

About 5 years ago we decided to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression into our treatment protocols for patients that would not respond to chiropractic. Prior to this we would have to refer out for surgical consultations or patients would just have to learn to live with the pain.

The spinal decompression machine we use at Executive Express Chiropractic is the DRX9000. I chose the DRX (after researching all of the decompression machines) because I thought it was the best machine on the market. It seemed the most comfortable and the results that fellow decompression doctors were getting were outstanding.

The DRX9000 and the DRX9000c , which is the cervical component of our machine, costs around $150,000. And…the machines take up quite a bit of space. They also require additional space for post treatment of electrical stimulation, laser therapy, Active Release Techniques (ART) and ice. The machines also need extensive ongoing tune-ups and maintenance, as well as replacement harnesses and parts.

Spinal decompression is also very labor intensive, as the special harnesses need to be fitted and removed before and after each session. Patients must also be closely monitored during the treatment process.

So is spinal decompression too expensive at around $5000 for 20 sessions? I don't think so. 
 
Each session is an hour or so including muscle stimulation, ice, deep tissue laser if needed, Active Release Techniques (ART) as prescribed, and a very comprehensive re-exam and exercise program.

Is spinal decompression with the DRX9000 glorified traction? NO. Most (top of the line) spinal decompression machines, including ours are fully computerized and have a built in biofeedback mechanism. This enables the machine to sense the muscle guarding that naturally occurs when you pull on an injured spinal area.

The DRX9000 computer makes adjustments to the amount of force that is used  based on this incoming information. Traditional traction devices just pull…which can actually harm a herniated disc patient.

Will nonsurgical spinal decompression help everyone that does it?…NO…just most of them.
 
Is spinal decompression worth the money?
 
Nobody can make that decision but you. You have to weigh the risks against the rewards.
 
You have to decide that you are OK if it doesn't work. You will be out some time and money.
 
But since spinal decompression is very safe…chances are there will be no side effects other than soreness. And you are still whole (nothing was cut out). What happens if you have surgical fusion and it doesn't work?
 
There are a lot of opinions out there in regards to spinal decompression…but the truth of the matter is…it's a fantastic tool.
 
Is it expensive? That's relative. Compared to what?
 
Many skeptics (most of which have no experience as a decompression doctor or patient) say it is glorified traction.
 
Well…there's not much I can do about what other people think or say. My attention is on getting herniated disc patients better…and spinal decompression along with everything else we do along with it, helps us accomplish this goal.
 
To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurigical spinal decompression therapy at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. 
 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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