Ask the Docs
By Dr. Randy Laurich of The Wellness Experience
The DRX 9000 (Decompression Reduction Extraction) is a spinal decompression device designed to provide pain relief for compressive and degenerative disc injuries of the spine. Here at The Wellness Experience in Wellington, FL, we offer this type of treatment. Decompression is an advanced technology of intermittent traction with a controlled amount of force to a specific area of the spine. The injured disc is located prior to the treatment and gently separated, creating a small vacuum, which allows the disc to be pulled back – taking pressure off the surrounding nerve roots.
The DRX 9000 provides relief of pain and symptoms associated with herniated discs, bulging or protruding inter vertebral discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, scoliosis, and sciatica. The best part is that the therapy is non-invasive and non-surgical.
The spinal decompression is a process whereby forces are applied to the spine whereby the spine is elongated. Spinal elongation is maximized when para spinal muscles (the muscles that guard the spine from injury) are relaxed. When para spinal muscles relax, applied spinal decompressive forces spread apart the bony vertebra of the spine. This relieves pressure on nerves and inter vertebral discs. Where this spinal elongation occurs, pressure drops within the disc which allows for 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. Over time, the muscles and ligaments surrounding the disc can actually be retrained to help keep that disc space open.
Therapy sessions take about 30 minutes and patients typically feel results in three sessions. Re-educating the disc and muscles to exist in a better position takes some time. The frequency and number of session will vary depending on each case. The typical frequency of a prescribed twenty sessions is: Daily sessions 3 days a week for 6 to 7 weeks. Most patients start feeling results at about two weeks or half-way through the decompression therapy.
The procedure does not hurt. Most patients say it provides relief and feels good. Studies show that as long as the patient followed guidelines, there was an 86% success rate of positive results.
If you are dealing with back or neck pain, we recommend you give us a call so we can help you explore your options and improve your quality of life.
Dr. Randall Laurich
Helping to make Wellington Well!