When you have ongoing pain in your back or neck, one of the reasons is that pressure has built up in the discs of your spine. This in turn causes pressure on the surrounding nerves.
VAX-D (Vertebral Axial Decompression) is a non-invasive gentle therapy that uses revolutionary technology and techniques to decompress, or take the pressure off, the discs in your neck and lower back. The result: relief from pain that, in some cases, has existed for years.
Our clinic has had tremendous success with VAX-D for a variety of conditions and illnesses including: herniated, bulging and ruptured discs; degenerative disc disease; facet syndrome; sciatica; radiating pain and failed back or neck surgeries.
VAX-D therapy involves several steps. After we assess you and determine the best course of treatment, your session will begin. You lie, fully clothed, on a specially designed table. A certified therapist will guide you through the process; all you have to do is lay back and relax. Each treatment lasts about 45 minutes; some patients even fall asleep it’s so soothing.
VAX-D is a highly effective, safe procedure with none of the risks typically associated with surgery, injections or anesthesia. And it doesn’t just take away your pain; the treatment is also pain free.
Numerous clinical studies in peer-reviewed medical journals confirm both the validity and efficacy of VAX-D. If you have any questions or concerns, please take the time to review the material on this website. We have also received significant media coverage due to the popularity of this groundbreaking treatment.
How it works
Before VAX-D was invented, the only way to correct a disc herniation or bulge was surgery. Don’t get us wrong; we’re not knocking surgery. Many people have been helped that way. However, there are disc conditions for which no appropriate surgical procedure exists – and even with the best surgery, it doesn’t always fix the problem. Sometimes the correction doesn’t last. Also, there can be unwanted side effects from surgery.
VAX-D (Vertebral Axial Decompression) is a procedure that decompresses, or takes the pressure off, the discs in your spine. It’s particularly effective for difficult neck and lower back problems – even those that have not been corrected by surgery. It relieves pain, helps restore normal movement in your body and improves the quality of your life. It is also FDA approved, safe and we’ve had high success rates since 1993.
The key to the success of VAX-D treatments – and what makes it altogether different from treatments done by physical therapists and chiropractors – is the extraordinarily low pressure it creates within the injured disc.
This low pressure works like a vacuum. The bulging or herniated disc is pulled back in. Also, blood supply is restored to the disc. (Blood supply to the spine’s discs actually ceases by about age 25 or it can be cut off untimely by injury). This renewed blood supply allows nutrients to flow back in to the injured disc. Before long, you can move normally again, without pain.
The first step in VAX-D treatment – as with most other treatments at American Back Center)- is a free consultation with our physicians. Your visit will be coordinated by our patient advocate and she will continue to be available to you throughout your treatment plan. The initial consultation will involve standard orthopedic exams as well as a detailed accounting of your treatment history and current symptoms. Based on these conversations, exams, and radiology an individualized treatment plan will be created for you.
Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy applied by hand rather than using a device or machine. In manual therapy, practitioners use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension and joint problems. Manual physical therapy involves restoring mobility in joints and reducing muscle tension.
At American Back Center our staff provides manual therapy, customized exercise programs and efficient patterns of movement to address pain and restricted mobility, so patients can return to their busy lives. We believe chiropractors and physical therapists are integral components of a patient’s medical team and often recommend a treatment plan that includes both types of care. Learn more about our back pain services & the other physical therapy treatments we offer.
The physical therapy team at American Back Center can develop a preventative program for you that corrects your weaknesses while enhancing endurance, balance and strength. Our practitioners can also assess muscle imbalances and movement patterns that can be strengthened and adapted. Lifestyle choices such as exercise, healthy eating habits and preventative care are ultimately up to you. But you don’t’ have to tackle it alone. We believe everyone can benefit from maintaining overall wellness and a healthy body. By starting a preventative maintenance program before you begin to experience problems, you can avoid more serious medical issues and enjoy a lifetime of higher quality of both physical and overall health.
Every step you take can, quite literally, be a step in the wrong direction. Your gait is the manner or style of your walk – and it is unique for everyone. Unfortunately, bad habits such as poor posture and other factors can cause us to walk in a way that isn’t all that healthy for our bodies. It’s hard to grasp that the way you walk (and in general how you move) can contribute to illness, but it’s true. Pain, running injuries, arthritis, knee and back issues and numerous other health problems can all be linked to the biomechanics of how you move. By having a professional analysis of your gait, our practitioners will be able to provide recommendations that can reduce pain, prevent injury and improve performance. It’s also a great way to boost your confidence. Poor posture can also cause a wide range of health problems, including: improper breathing lack of blood/oxygen flow to the muscles, the brain and other vital organs chronic pain and tension in the neck, back, hips, shoulders and chest herniated disc, pinched nerves, frozen shoulder, sciatica and other painful conditions physical deformity such as swayback or neck hump decline in physical attractiveness feelings of ugliness or low self-worth anxiety and depression stomach upset or digestive disorders chronic fatigue, and numerous other problems