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Spinal Decompression for Bulging and Herniated Discs

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Causing Sciatica

We have been treating bulging and herniated discs in San Francisco for over 20 years now. About 8 years ago we began to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression into the mix. The machines we use are the DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression system and the DRX9000c Cervical Decompression machine. The results have been outstanding.

Some common symptoms of herniated and bulging cervical and lumbar discs are as follows:

  • Low Back and Neck Pain
  • Arm and Leg Pain (sciatica)
  • Arm and Leg Weakness
  • Numbness and Tingling in the Arms and Legs
  • Weakness of Grip
  • Abnormal Gait
  • Night Pain

Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy is able to repair the bulging disc and often times prevent disc herniation. And once a disc has herniated spinal decompression can help the disc heal and return to more normal function. Disc decompression elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, re-positions the injured disc to a more normal position, re-hydrates the disc, and strengthens the spinal ligaments and tendons.

Success rates are very high and spinal decompression therapy has now become the gold standard for nonsurgical treatment of neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated and cervical disc syndromes.

To find out if you are a candidate for the DRX9000 or DRX9000c, contact our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic and ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy for Multi-Level Disc Herniations

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for 9 years now.  The most common symptoms we treat are low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, numbness and tingling, due to herniated or bulging discs in the low back and neck. During this time we have performed almost 20,000 spinal decompression treatments on the DRX9000, the disc decompression system we introduced to San Francisco.

It is not uncommon for prospective spinal decompression patients to present with disc herniations or disc bulges at multiple spinal levels. What happens is, the spine tries to adapt to the first herniation and it just becomes too much for the other spinal discs to handle, and over time they break down and herniate.All the discs are connected and are part of your spinal structure. This becomes a problem when you present to an orthpedic surgeon because they often times have trouble pin pointing which disc is the primary source of the pain and dysfunction. Heck…if you have say three spinal levels of disc herniations, whet are they going to do, operate on all of them? Maybe…but I would not do this if it were me.

This is one of the reasons nonsurgical spinal decompression makes so much sense for multi-level disc herniations. First of all the treatment is drug-less and does not involve surgery. Nothing is cut out. If you remove part of a spinal disc you remove part of your spinal structure. This can make the problem even worse…because the other parts of the spine have to compensate for the loss of structure by absorbing more stresses, predisposing them to disc degeneration, bulges and herniations.

Decompression machines such as the DRX9000 are able to isolate on specific disc herniations one at a time and seek to repair them naturally.

Disc decompression therapy elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, re-positions the injured disc, rehydrates the disc, strengthens the spinal ligaments, and helps replace the surrounding scar tissue with healthier, more pliable, more normally functioning muscle tissue.

More often than not, patients that present with symptoms such as severe low back pain, sciatica, numbness, tingling, night pain, and many of the other symptoms associated with lumbar and cervical disc bulges and herniations, achieve favorable outcomes and ovoid risky surgery.

Does spinal decompression work every time? NO…just most of the time.

But here’s the deal…If spinal disc decompression fails to deliver results you are still whole and can explore other options. If you have surgery…especially multi-level disc surgery and fusion, you will never be able to try spinal decompression…you will be permanently disqualified. OUCH!

My Advice: Try spinal decompression first. The worse thing that can happen (in the unlikely event that spinal decompression fails to deliver) is you will be out some time and money. But you will still be whole and can explore other treatment options.

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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The time to start spinal decompression is always NOW!

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression

We have been offering spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 8 years now. During this time we have performed over 15,000 spinal decompression sessions…so we know a little bit about what works.

One thing we have figured out is that there will never be a perfect time to start. There will always be vacations, prior commitments, kids, work, things you need to start and things you need to finish…life!

Sure, DRX9000 decompression therapy is a commitment…it’s 20 one hour sessions done in 6-8 weeks or more. But heck…the reason you are considering doing it is because low back pain, sciatica, or neck pain is interfering with your life. You have been diagnosed with some sort of neurovascular compression syndrome such as a herniated or bulging disc in the cervical or lumbar spine.  So whatever you are doing you are most likely doing it in pain and are unable to fully enjoy what life has to offer.

This is why i say that the time to start spinal decompression is always NOW.

Why not start the process of repairing your back now so you can get your life back?

At our spinal decompression center in San Francisco we try to make the process as easy as possible. We reserve the DRX9000 for you so there is no waiting. We can perform the entire treatment in around 50 minutes so you do not get trapped for hours like other clinics. And…we can work with your busy schedule to get you started even if it means you can only do a few sessions per week. It can be easy to start…really.

We have found that those that make decompression happen seem to get the best results. They are mentally prepared for a favorable outcome…they expect it. They are taking charge and not letting the normal stresses of life interfere with their decision. And we are right there with them making sure the process is a smooth ride.

Hey…the Holidays are a perfect time to start disc decompression therapy. Things slow down, we have space on the decompression machine, and it’s a great way to power into the New Year.

Anyway…we hope you are enjoying the season and we look forward to seeing you soon 🙂

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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Do Spinal Decompression Results Last?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 8 years. now. We have actually been in business for over 20 years.

We have always put a special emphasis on the nonsurgical treatment of herniated and bulging discs, so we were very excited to add decompression therapy with the DRX9000 into our treatment protocols. The results have been outstanding.

We now have a very large pool of patients (thousands) that have gone through our disc decompression rehabilitation program…mostly with great success. We still see about 25% of the patients that have done our program on an ongoing basis…either for maintenance decompression sessions or chiropractic.

Some have no pain at all they just want to keep it that way. Others find that regular DRX sessions help to manage their pain levels and allow for an active lifestyle. And everything in between.

In our experience the results obtained from the initial spinal decompression treatment (20-26 sessions) are permanent. In fact, some patients continue to improve for months after the treatment ends. Whether or not they decide to have ongoing care is just a personal choice usually based on trial and error.

The DRX9000 is a tool..a tool designed and built to treat herniated and bulging lumbar and cervical discs. Once you become familiar with the tool you figure out the best way to make it work for you.

So do spinal decompression results last? YES…but you still have to take care of yourself and maintain a normal body-weight, eat healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, especially spinal exercises, and manage stress levels.

If you are suffering with chronic back pain or sciatica that is interfering with your life than you should consider spinal decompression therapy as a treatment option. There are no needles, no drugs, and no surgery involved…it’s 100% natural.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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How Many Spinal Decompression Sessions Do You Need?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 8 years now.  We have been in business for over 20 years. We were the first to offer the DRX9000 to San Francisco and the Financial District.

We have performed over 20,000 spinal decompression sessions during this time, so we know a thing or two about what works best and how herniated disc patients respond to disc decompression therapy.

The manufacturers protocol for the DRX90000 is for 20 sessions done as follows:

Daily for 2 weeks (10 sessions), Three times for 2 weeks (6 sessions), Two times for 2 weeks (4 sessions). This totals 20 sessions over 6 weeks.

Of course, because of work and family schedules not everyone is able to adhere to this regimen. In fact, most don’t. But for those that see the best results that last the longest, they do finish the 20 sessions, sometimes more, in a short period of time…say in 6-10 weeks. And, they complete the entire program, not just part of it.

Recently, we have had some lumbar and cervical disc herniation patients that have said they wanted to try 10 sessions and see how it goes. Well…that’s fine if “seeing how it goes” means that they are just making sure they can handle the treatment (it is very gentle) and that we are competent. But these patients need to have a full understanding that doing only half the recommended treatment is NOT ideal.

First of all, this has already been researched and it has been found that 20 sessions are best for a more permanent solution.  After 10 sessions (half the work is done) some patients may feel better, some worse, some no change…and it is not much of an indicator of what the results will be like after 20.

I can’t tell you how many times we have treated very difficult cases of patients with  multi-level disc herniations and spinal degeneration that were not feeling better at the half way point, but went on to achieve very favorable outcomes.

You have to “stay the course” to give yourself a chance to respond. And if at all possible, you do not want to have big gaps in between the treatments.

Every spinal decompression session builds on the previous ones at sets up the next one. When you get off the DRX9000 your spine is in a different place than it was before that session. It’s the cumulative effect of all 20 sessions (or more) in a short period of time that produce the best results.

So, if at all possible, please make it a priority to finish what you start, do your home care, wear your back support, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, and let spinal disc decompression do it’s thing. If you do it right you give yourself the best chance of a favorable outcome.

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

 

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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Low Back Pain and Sleep – Part 3

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Nothing is more important than a good nights sleep!

For the last 2 months, we’ve discussed the importance of sleep and its effect on low back pain (LBP). Last month, we offered 9 ways to improve sleep quality, and this month we will conclude this topic with 11 more. Sleep deprivation has been called, “…an epidemic” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To achieve and maintain good health, we must ensure restorative sleep!  Here are additional ways to do that (continued from last month):

  1. Avoid snacks at bedtime …especially grains and sugars as these will raise your blood sugar and delay sleep. Later, when blood sugar drops too low (hypoglycemia), you not only wake up but falling back to sleep becomes problematic. Dairy foods can also interrupt sleep.
  2. Take a hot bath, shower or sauna before bed. This will raise your body temperature and cooling off facilitates sleep. The temperature drop from getting out of the bath signals to your body that “it’s time for bed.”
  3. Keep your feet warm! Consider wearing socks to bed as our feet often feel cold before the rest of the body because they have the poorest circulation. Cold feet make falling asleep difficult!
  4. Rest your mind! Stop “brain work” at least 1 hour before bed to give your mind a rest so you can calm down. Don’t think about tomorrow’s schedule or deadlines.
  5. Avoid TV right before bed. TV can be too stimulating to the brain, preventing you from falling asleep quickly as it disrupts your pineal gland function.
  6. Consider a “sound machine.” Listen to the sound of white noise or nature sounds, such as the ocean or forest, to drown out upsetting background noise and soothe you to sleep.
  7. Relaxation reading. Don’t read anything stimulating, such as a mystery or suspense novels, as it makes sleeping a challenge.
  8. Avoid PM caffeine. Studies show that caffeine can stay active in your system long after consumption.
  9. Avoid alcohol. Though drowsiness can occur, many will often wake up several hours later, unable to fall back asleep. This can prohibit deep sleep, the most restoring sleep (~4th hour).
  10. Exercise regularly! Exercising for at least 30 minutes per day can improve your sleep.
  11. Increase your melatonin. If you can’t increase levels naturally with exposure to bright sunlight in the daytime and absolute complete darkness at night, consider supplementation.

            We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors call 415-392-2225. Mention this article for a complimentary consultation. 

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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Low Back Pain and The Way You Sleep

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Low Back Pain

We have been providing low back pain and sciatica relief in San Francisco for over 20 years now in the Financial District.

Low back pain (LBP) and sciatica can arise from a lot of causes, most commonly from bending, lifting, pulling, pushing, and twisting. However, there are other possible causes, including sleep. This not only includes sleeping in a crooked or faulty position, such as falling asleep on a couch, in a chair or while riding in a car, but also from the lack of sleep. So the question is, how much sleep is needed to feel restored and how much sleep is needed to avoid low back pain?

            It’s been shown that the lack of sleep, or chronic sleep loss, can lead to serious diseases including (but not limited to): heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. Sleepiness can also result in a disaster; as was the case in the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez, as well as the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. With sleep deprivation, our reaction time is slowed down, and hence, driving safety is a major issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigue causes more than 100,000 crashes per year with 1500 annual crash-related deaths in the US alone. This problem is greatest in people under 25 years old. Job related injuries are also reportedly more frequently, especially repeat injuries in workers complaining of daytime sleepiness which resulted in more sick days. It’s also well published that sleep plays a crucial role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep impairs concentration, attention, alertness, reasoning, and general cognitive function. In essence, it makes it more difficult to learn efficiently. Also, getting into a deep sleep cycle plays a critical role in “consolidating memories” in the brain, so if you don’t get to a deep sleep stage (about 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep), it’s more difficult to remember what you’ve learned. An interesting study (U. of Pennsylvania) reported that people who slept less than 5 hours/night for 7 nights felt stressed, angry, sad, and mentally exhausted. As shown in another study of 10,000 people, over time, insomnia (the lack of sleep) increases the chances by 5-fold for developing clinical depression. Other clinical studies have published many other negative effects of sleep deprivation, of which some include aging of the skin, forgetfulness, weight gain, and more.

            Regarding low back pain, what comes first? Does LBP cause sleep interference or does sleep deprivation cause the LBP (or both)? It’s been shown that sleep loss can lower your pain threshold and pain tolerance, making any existing pain feel worse, so it works both ways. Specific to LBP, in a 28-year, 902 metal industry worker study, sleep disturbances (insomnia and/or nightmares) predicted a 2.1-fold increase in back pain hospitalizations with one and a 2.4-fold increase with both sleep disturbance causes (insomnia and nightmares). Other studies have shown patients with chronic LBP had less restful sleep and more “alpha EEG” sleep compared to controls. Similar sleep pattern differences using EEG (electroencephalogram – measures brain waves) have been shown when comparing chronic LBP patients with vs. without depression compared to controls (non-LBP, non-depressed subjects).

            So the BOTTOM LINE, talk to us about how chiropractic helps reduce LBP, stress and facilitates sleep. There are also nutritional benefits from Melatonin, valarian root, and others that we can discuss. Now, go to bed and get a good night’s sleep!

It IS possible to break this low back pain, sleep deprivation cycle with chiropractic adjustments and/or nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.

            We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

To schedule an appointment for low back pain relief in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this article for a complimentary consultation.

 

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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