"We have a lot of experience with Spinal Decompression Therapy (VAX-D).  Previous to moving to Naples we worked in a large spinal decompression clinic that was the official Spinal Decompression Clinic of THE DALLAS COWBOYS football team.  Below, I`ve put together a summary of Spinal Decompression.  I hope this answers any questions you might have."  -- Dr. Johnston

Q:  What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

A: Spinal Decompression Therapy (VAX-D) is the only non-surgical treatment that is truly most effective for severe cases of disc herniation, degeneration, arthritis, stenosis and pressure on the nerve.  It's an amazing healthcare technology providing a greater than 86% success rate!

  • Bulging/Herniated Discs
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain/Neck Pain
  • Stenosis
  • Facet arthrosis
  • Degeneration
  • Neuropathy

"Here are a few figures I've included to help you visualize a herniated disc.  When a disc bulges, pressure is put on the nerves that cause pain!"

 Herniated Disc Sciatica Nerve

Q: How does Spinal Decompression Therapy function?
A: Spinal Decompression Therapy has two functions:

The first function is to "suck in" disc herniations or bulges.  As the Spinal Decompression table pulls, the space between the vertebrae increases. This space between the vertebrae is occupied by spongy gelatinous disc, and as this space increases a negative pressure is formed in the center of the disc causing a "suction effect" that draws in disc herniations or bulges. This takes pressure off the "pinched" nerve.

The second function of Spinal Decompression is to thicken and heal the disc.  As the Decompression table pulls and relaxes, it creates a "pump effect" that rushes nutrients, blood and oxygen into the disc, and forces wastes out of the disc - this heals and strengthens the disc and increases disc thickness.

Q:  Does Spinal Decompression Therapy hurt?
A: No, in fact most of our patients fall asleep on the table. We have created a comfortable and soothing environment for you to relax and enjoy your treatments.

Q:  How long does it take?
A: Treatment plans are customized for each patient`s particular condition.

Q:  What happens on my first visit?
A: We sit down and discuss your complete case.  I also do an exam and take xrays (if necessary) or review any MRIs so I can learn more about your particular condition.

Q:  Is Spinal Decompression Therapy the same as traction or inversion tables?
A: No, traction and inversion tables are different.  A Spinal Decompression table pulls in a logarithmic way that causes the small muscles of the spine to relax so the disc can decompress.  MRI studies comparing traction to Spinal Decompression Therapy have shown that only Spinal Decompression Therapy pulls herniated discs back in. (1)

Q:  Is Spinal Decompression Therapy FDA Cleared?
A: Yes, Spinal Decompression Therapy is FDA cleared.

Q:  If I already had surgery, will this therapy work for me?
A:  Yes, there is still a very high chance for real relief!

Q:  What are the odds of it working for me?
A:  Greater than 86% success rate!

Q:  Is Spinal Decompression Therapy Affordable?
A:  Yes, Spinal Decompression Therapy is very affordable.  

Q: Will insurance pay for this therapy?
A: Yes, Insurance companies usually pay for parts of the treatment.  Each insurance plan varies so it's important for you to bring your insurance info with you.

I hope I've been able to answer any questions you may have. I would love to sit down and have a no-charge consultation to answer any other questions you may have.

Please call my office right away at (239) 596-BACK (2225).

Yours In health,

Dr. Murray Johnston,DC,BSC

 

(1) Eyerman, Edward, M.D. MRI Evidence of Nonsurgical, Mechanical Reduction, Rehydration and Repair of the Herniated Lumbar Disc. Journal of Neuroimaging Volume 8/Number 2 April 1998