Back pain got you down? Back pain is one of the leading causes of missed work and missed enjoyment of life. Many times we think it will just go away. We know that pain is not the problem, but caused by something else. If this pain is caused by a problem in the spinal discs it may lessen for a time, but will come back. Most back pain is caused by pressure on the spinal discs. This pressure is also on the nerves in the back, causing the pain.
Have you been told you have a bulging disc, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, or simply a “bad back?” Has anyone told you that you need surgery or epidural injections? These may be your conditions and situations, but they are still not your underlying problem.
What is the problem in my spine?
The bones of the spine are called vertebrae. The spinal discs are the cushions between the bones in your spine. At each disc level two spinal nerve roots exit from the spinal cord.
The spinal disc is what allows your spine to be flexible and have motion. The spinal discs absorb shock from movement and spread the vertebrae apart to keep pressure off the spinal nerve roots.
There is no blood supply directly into the spinal discs. The only way the spinal disc receives water, oxygen, and nutrients is by the mechanism within each spinal disc called imbibition, the pumping mechanism of the spinal disc for its health.
As you go about your day, walking and moving, the spinal discs are constantly pumping water, oxygen, and nutrients in and out. In addition, the discs are pumping the waste products out into circulation, keeping the discs healthy.
But what happens if this pump mechanism fails? As with any tissue, it begins to degenerate, becomes weak, and eventually dies. This causes the walls of the spinal disc to be degraded and micro tears may possibly develop. These are called annular rents or tears.
The weakness in the spinal disc is the cause of the spinal disc bulging and eventual herniation. The herniation can cause even more severe conditions and symptoms, such as dehydration, which may lead to arthritis, spinal stenosis, facet arthropathy, sciatica, numbness, and tingling in the arms, legs, and feet.
When this happens over time, a domino effect also takes place. The result is that the spinal disc above and below will begin to weaken and possibly fail also.
When the spinal disc dehydrates, this leads to degenerative disc disease. The condition of your spinal discs is best seen on the MRI/CT with a radiologist's report.
Here's a hint at the secret. It’s contained within the name of the equipment we use. VAX-D stands for Vertebral Axial Decompression. Cleared by the FDA and invented by Dr. Allen Dyer, M.D., the machine is a medical device used by medical doctors and chiropractors.
Our spines are amazing pieces of machinery, but they can cause us very severe pain and discomfort when they fail. What causes that?
Pressure … Your neck and back are under large amounts of pressure. Gravity, weight, intense daily activities, and injuries put a large amount of downward weight on your neck and spine. The discs and muscles in your back serve as wonderful shock absorbers, but over time and often due to injuries, the spinal discs lose vital fluids, dry out, and become brittle.
VAX-D is different from most other treatments, because it not only relieves your pain, but actually allows the body to do something amazing – begin to heal the spinal disc!
VAX-D gently stretches the spine to create a negative pressure in the spinal disc (intervertebral disc) The negative pressure in the spinal disc creates a vacuum, which actually begins to suck the spinal disc back into its normal shape as much as possible. Vital fluids and nutrients are drawn back into the disc, creating an environment that allows the disc to begin to heal, thereby beginning to correct the cause of the problem.
How is VAX-D different from traction or inversion tables? Traction or inversion tables do stretch the neck or low back, but do not produce the desired vacuum effect due to the strength of the muscles and ligaments that surround the joints. As those muscles and ligaments are being stretched, they contract vigorously, which increases the pressure within the spinal disc. This is the exact opposite of what needs to happen.
VAX-D is so effective because the pull curve of the machine is gradual and logarithmic and “fools” the muscles into allowing separation to occur. The result is the reduction in intradiscal pressure and decompression of the nerves and spinal discs. Extensive research has shown this to be true.
VAX-D is the only non-surgical treatment method shown clinically to actually decrease the pressure within the patient’s spinal disc, allowing for the healing of the spinal disc.
Earl E. Gose, William K. Naguszewski and Robert K. Naguszewski. “Vertebral axial decompression therapy for pain associated with herniated or degenerated discs or facet syndrome: An outcome study” University of Illinois at Chicago, published in The Journal of Neurological Research,
Volume 20, April 1998.
When you have completed about half of your treatment plan, a program of light exercises will be suggested and monitored by our trained staff.
Using the ML 830 cold laser for my patients has helped to speed up their recovery time. This is the same laser used at Cancer Treatment Centers of America to help promote healing and to reduce pain.
What is cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, and pathologies. Cold laser therapy can be used anytime a patient requests or needs a drugless procedure for the control of pain, when conventional therapies have been ineffective or when the acceleration of healing from injuries is desired.
How does cold laser light heal?
Cold lasers supply energy to the body in the form of photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin’s layers at all wavelengths in the visible range. The light waves, however, in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum. When cold laser light waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they OPTIMIZE the immune responses of our cells. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunustimulative effects. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted in this way has positive effects throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell and tissue.
What should I expect during treatment?
For most patients, cold laser therapy is quite passive. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser, as it comes into contact with the skin. There is absolutely no pain or discomfort.
What are the most common conditions treated with cold laser?
Arthritis, back pain, neck pain, herniated/bulging discs, knee pain, injuries, migraine headaches, muscle spasms, whiplash, sprains, strains, swelling, tendonitis, and trigger points are just some of the conditions treated with cold laser therapy. I have personally treated patients with shingles using ML830 Cold Laser with amazing success in a very short amount of time.
How many cold laser treatments will I need?
The majority of conditions treated take anywhere from 15 to 20 visits. The number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition.
Using the best therapy for you …
Using our “High Tech” cold laser treatment combined with VAX-D non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, our patients are receiving the most advanced and effective non-invasive treatment for neck and low back pain available today.
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