Vax-D Spinal Decompression Therapy for Back Pain Relief

I believe that anyone with a herniated or degenerated disc should try Spinal Decompression first, before surgery.” – Robert Channey, M.D. Former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States

What is VAX-D Treatment?

Vax-D is a specialized treatment table used for spinal decompression therapy. The VAX-D table stretches the muscles, ligaments, discs, and joints of the back for patients complaining of low back or neck conditions.. VAX-D treatment goal is to create negative disc pressure, to suction nutrition in and wastes or inflammation out of the spine to relieve pressure and heal neck or back pain conditions.



How Does Vax-D Treatment Work?

Decompression is FDA-cleared technology that relieves pain by slowly increasing the spacing between the vertebrae, creating a vacuum, or negative pressure, within the disc. In doing so, it provides or restores nutritive and/or lubricating fluids along with oxygen into dried, dehydrated, desiccated, or damaged disc tissues to maintain or reestablish the health, structural shape, and positional orientation of the disc. Spinal decompression, in essence, rehabilitates an injured disc. During the therapy, you are lying down and comfortably harnessed to the table while computer-guided controls slowly decrease your intradiscal pressure. The therapy is relaxing and most patients fall asleep during treatments.


Conditions That May Benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy

  • Severe or chronic lower back pain
  • Severe or chronic neck pain
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disc disease
  • Herniated Discs
  • Bulging Discs
  • Protruded Discs
  • Disc Tears
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or Burning pain
  • Weakness of arms or legs
  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Failed back surgery
Herniated Disc

Vax-D Spinal Decompression Therapy Treatment Process

The treatment process for VAX-D (Vertebral Axial Decompression) spinal decompression therapy involves several steps designed to provide effective relief from chronic and acute back pain. Below is an overview of what you can expect during VAX-D therapy.

  • Initial Assessment: Before beginning VAX-D spinal decompression therapy, you undergo a thorough assessment with a healthcare provider specializing in spinal decompression therapy. During this consultation, the provider will review your medical history, perform a detailed orthopedic and physical examination, and discuss your symptoms and treatment goals. We evaluate you completely to best determine the nature of your condition and your ability to heal. Diagnostic imaging is necessary and helps to determine your chance of success.
  • Preparation: Once you are deemed a suitable candidate for VAX-D treatment,you will be positioned on the VAX-D therapy table and secured with comfortable harnesses and straps to ensure proper alignment and stability during the procedure. It takes about five minutes to get positioned properly on the table.
  • Computer-Controlled Traction: VAX-D treatment utilizes computer-controlled traction to gently decompress the spine and relieve pressure on spinal discs and nerves. During the treatment session, you lay comfortably on the therapy table while the computer-controlled traction system applies precise, controlled tension to the spine.. The specialized table works similarly to traction or inversion with one critical difference: The tension of pull is constantly changing, keeping your spinal tissues relaxed, and the computer monitors tension close to 200 times per second for guided control.
  • Targeted Decompression: The computer-controlled traction system targets specific areas of the spine, such as bulging or herniated discs. By creating negative pressure within the spinal discs, VAX-D treatment promotes the retraction of herniated or bulging discs, relieving pressure on spinal nerves, and facilitating the body’s natural healing processes. In doing so, many conditions related to disc problems can be helped, such as pinched nerves, herniated disc, stenosis, radiating arm or leg pain, just to name a few.
  • Duration: VAX-D therapy sessions typically last between 30-45 minutes, depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. During each session, you may experience a gentle stretching sensation as the spine is decompressed, and the treatment is generally well-tolerated and reduces pain. We may recommend therapeutic muscle stimulation with ice immediately following treatment to help keep soft tissues relaxed before returning to weight bearing. This typically takes an additional 10 minutes.
  • Frequency: The frequency of VAX-D treatment sessions may vary depending on the severity of your symptoms and response to treatment. In most cases, you undergo a series of treatment sessions 3 times weekly over several weeks to achieve optimal results. Your healthcare provider will develop a customized treatment plan based on your specific condition and treatment goals. Most treatment plans include 8 weeks of care.
  • Post-Treatment Care: After each VAX-D treatment session, you may be advised to engage in light physical activity and stay hydrated to support the body’s natural healing processes. Our healthcare providers also guide lifestyle modifications and self-care practices to complement the effects of VAX-D therapy and promote long-term spinal health. The use of a lower back brace may be recommended to protect sensitive, healing discs, or using a neck support if normal daily activities are difficult.

Overall, the treatment process of VAX-D spinal decompression therapy is designed to provide effective relief from chronic and acute back pain, and spinal compression, by gently decompressing the spine and promoting natural healing processes. By following a customized treatment plan developed by your healthcare provider, you can experience improved spinal health, reduced pain, and enhanced quality of life. Decompression provides the stimulus to help you heal, and we will guide you to support natural healing at home, with activity modifications and nutritional support.

Benefits of VAX-D Spinal Decompression Therapy

Below, we outline some of the key benefits of VAX-D treatment:

  • Effective Neck and Back Pain Relief: VAX-D spinal decompression therapy is highly effective in providing relief from chronic back pain by targeting the underlying cause of discomfort. With targeting spinal discs, discs may be better able to support and cushion your spine, and create more space between areas of pinched nerves or pressure loaded joints. By decompressing the spine and relieving pressure on structures, spinal discs and nerves, VAX-D therapy helps alleviate pain and discomfort, allowing you to experience improved mobility and quality of life.
  • Non-Invasive Treatment Option: Unlike surgical interventions for back pain, VAX-D spinal decompression therapy is non-invasive, meaning it does not involve incisions, anesthesia, or the potential risks and complications associated with surgery. This makes VAX-D therapy a safer alternative for individuals seeking relief from back pain without undergoing invasive procedures.
  • Improved Spine Health: VAX-D treatment promotes improved spine health by increasing disc space, reducing pressure on spinal nerves, and enhancing circulation and nutrient delivery to spinal tissues. By decompressing the spine and facilitating the retraction of herniated or bulging discs, VAX-D therapy helps restore spinal alignment and function, supporting long-term spinal health and well-being.
  • Quick Recovery Times: VAX-D therapy typically requires minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to their daily activities shortly after treatment. Unlike surgery, which may involve lengthy recovery periods and restrictions on physical activity, VAX-D therapy enables patients to resume their normal routines with minimal disruption, promoting a faster and more comfortable recovery process.
  • Customized Treatment Approach: VAX-D therapy can be tailored to your specific needs, ensuring personalized care and optimal treatment outcomes. Your healthcare provider will develop a customized treatment plan based on factors such as the severity of your symptoms, medical history, and treatment goals, ensuring that you receive the most effective and appropriate care for your individual needs.

Overall, VAX-D treatment offers a safe non-invasive treatment option for individuals seeking relief from chronic back pain. By addressing the root cause of discomfort and promoting natural healing processes, VAX-D spinal decompression therapy helps restore spinal health and function, allowing patients to enjoy improved mobility, reduced pain, and enhanced quality of life.



Frequently Asked Questions about Vax-D Spinal Decompression Therapy

What are Discs?

Intervertebral discs are fibrocartilaginous shock absorbers found between each bone that makes up your spinal column. Think of a disc as a jelly donut, with an outer stronger layer that surrounds an inner squishy layer. With wear and tear, the outer layer may weaken. The weakened disc may then stick out from inner pressure into the spinal canal. This is termed a disc bulge, herniation or protrusion. The displaced disc may place pressure on spinal nerves, causing sciatica, among other conditions, and cause pain to shoot down your arm or leg. A disc that flattens and dries out, or becomes degenerated, may create pressure-like pain across the lower back or neck. Your spine relies on discs to provide cushion along with spacing between bones, so your nerves can function normally.

Is Vax-D Spinal Decompression Therapy Safe?

Spinal decompression therapy is currently considered one of the safest and more effective procedures available today, especially when compared to medications and surgery.

Herniated disc

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy Different from Traction Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is very sophisticated and there is a huge difference when compared to traction, Quality decompression systems continuously monitor spinal resistance and adjust distraction forces accordingly to create negative pressure in the discs. Specific parameters, angles of distraction, and amount of resistance are customized for each patient. Each of these parameters is monitored hundreds of times per second, making adjustments as many as 20 times per second via a fractional metering and monitoring system. Traction, on the other hand, stretches the spine but does not create negative intradiscal pressure. In fact, traction can increase discal pressure causing more pain and risking injury.

Is Spinal Decompression Therapy the same at all Medical Offices?

Like all therapeutic services, some are different from others. There are many spinal decompression therapy systems available today. The price of decompression tables range from about $7,000 to $100,000 for more advanced tables. Our Vax-D Generation 3 decompression system is one of the most sophisticated available, and most importantly, has proven to help our patients heal time and time again. The Vax-D has formal clinical trials proving its outcomes and many patents on its technology.

What are Some Conditions that Spinal Decompression Therapy Treats?

Decompression primarily treats disc conditions although many conditions benefit from healthier discs. Through reduced intradiscal pressure, it treats herniated, bulging, protruded, torn, and degenerated spinal discs. Conditions that benefit include; stenosis, sciatica, radiculitis, radiculopathy, facet arthrosis, failed back surgery, pain, stiffness, and more.

How long is Each Visit and for How Long am I in Therapy?

You should plan to set aside 60 minutes for your treatments. The length of spinal decompression therapy depends on the severity and chronicity of your condition along with many individual contributing factors. Most of our patients are here for 8 weeks of care.

What are My Chances of Success with Spinal Decompression Therapy Treatments?

Your chances of success are very high because we only accept patients we truly believe we can help. We will be as specific as possible with you regarding your prognosis at your free consultation. Studies show the success rates averaging 70-86%.

Will I have to Come Back After my Program is Complete?

Not for most patients. Decompression heals your discs and maintaining your condition after treatment is dependent upon your lifestyle. When you finish your decompression program, healing is complete. In addition, we develop an easy to follow home exercise program for you to use after your therapy ends. For more severe cases, you may want to see us for supportive treatment every 1-2 months.

I had Surgery and it did not help. Can I Still do Spinal Decompression Therapy?

We may be able to treat you after surgery, depending upon the nature of the procedure performed and the use of hardware in your spine. As a matter of fact, patients diagnosed with Failed Back Surgery typically respond very well to non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. We will need to evaluate your post-surgical diagnostic studies and consult with your surgeon to best determine if we can accept you as a patient.

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