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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression cleared by The FDA

Spinal Decompression… SUCCEEDS!


Clinical studies have shown non-surgical spinal decompression to be successful (good or excellent relief- meaning pain down to a “0” or “1”) in 86 percent of patients with herniated discs and degenerative joint disease – without ANY side effects. [i]

The most amazing thing is: Studies also show a 90 percent reduction in disc herniations in 71.4 percent of patients. [ii]

Even better, treatment with this non-surgical technology is painless, drugless and there are NO side effects documented at all. In fact, many patients report the treatments are so relaxing… they actually fall asleep!

Spinal Decompression technology has been cleared by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The conditions that have shown documented success are: ­

  • Back pain
  • ­Neck pain
  • ­Radiating leg pain
  • ­Radiating arm pain
  • ­Sciatica
  • ­Degenerative disc disease
  • ­Relapse or failure following surgery
  • ­Facet syndromes
  • ­Herniated and/or bulging discs (single or multiple)

A very important note:

Spinal Decompression has been successful with even the most severe cases… even when NOTHING else has worked. Even after failed surgery!    CLICK FOR VIDEO

What You Can Expect 

Your First Visit

In your initial visit, your doctor will conduct a physical exam. You may need imaging tests – an x-ray or MRI – so your doctor can get a detailed view of involved areas of your spine. From that, your doctor will outline the therapy that will work best for you. While Spinal Decompression helps many patients, it is not the right course for everyone.

Your Sessions

In every session, you will wear a comfortable pelvic harness – one that is designed to let you relax during the therapy. A computer guides the entire process, “instructing” the harness to make the tiniest adjustments in decompression during each session. You will feel a change in your spine, as it relaxes and “lengthens.” This is the beginning of the natural healing process, as decompression relieves pressure on your discs, allowing for better circulation to the discs – so they can absorb healing fluids.

Each treatment lasts between 30 to 45 minutes. You might feel some mild discomfort at first, but that will subside over time. These treatments are very safe. Many patients find them to be relaxing – a nice break from everyday stress. Many patients fall asleep during their sessions! And, if you feel concerned about any discomfort, remember that a safety switch is at your fingertips. Also, your body harness has an easy-release latch, if you feel you need it.

Your Treatment Plan

Most patients are scheduled for 20 treatment sessions over a four-to-six-week period. Some patients require fewer sessions, while others require more.

Very often, patients feel pain relief from the start – which is rewarding for both doctors and patients. When their treatment program is complete, nearly all report feeling significant relief from even the most debilitating pain.

This Isn’t Traction!

If this sounds like “traction,” please be assured – it’s not! Traction does not have a great track record in helping herniated discs. Spinal Decompression, however, has helped thousands and thousands of people. Because there are a few similarities in the two procedures, let’s analyze them.

With traction, you lie in a traction bed, and weights are gradually added. This applies tension to the harness you are wearing around your pelvis – which lengthens the spine. This procedure is intended to relieve pressure on the spine, but the force can cause muscle spasms – which can cause injury.

Researchers in another study compared the traditional linear traction device to a Non-Surgical-Spinal Decompression device. They found that the traction device did not help herniated discs. However, the Spinal Decompression device resulted in “good” to “excellent” pain relief in a significant number of patients treated.[iii]

Here’s the difference: While both devices lengthen and put tension on the spine, the technology is very different. Spinal Decompression is a more sophisticated procedure that utilizes electronic sensors and computer-assisted protocols.

Sophisticated Sensors in Spinal Decompression

Unlike traction, Spinal Decompression utilizes sophisticated sensors that track your muscles’ resistance to the pulling forces. These sensors, with computer enhancement, allow your doctor to very gently tighten, then reduce the tension, all in a very slow, controlled process — so your muscles do not react to the tension. This spinal stretching is a process that takes place over multiple sessions, as needed, to protect vertebrae and discs from injury.

In one study, researchers examined the effects of Spinal Decompression on the nucleus pulposus (inner core) of spinal discs. They connected a very thin tube to each patient’s L4-5 disc space, and attached a device called pressure transducer to measure pressure on the disc. They recorded the pressure between discs when tension was applied and when the patient was in resting state.

The results were exciting – because, when highest levels of tension were applied, the decompression on the nucleus pulposus decreased significantly – to less than 100 mm Hg. This provided proof that the tension in Spinal Decompression does its job! [iv]

MRI studies comparing regular “old” traction to spinal decompression have shown regular traction does NOT return herniated material back into the disc, while spinal decompression DOES return herniated material back into the disc (reducing or eliminating pain). [v]

Sidebar: “I Want to Ride My Bicycle” – Jack Williams Story:

“I started coming into the office because of sciatica pain. I feel so much better. The office staff is very professional. I am getting stronger and more flexible thanks to the Spinal Decompression and the therapy program. I can move around daily and ride my bicycle with no pain. Thanks,”


The Pioneer in Pain

Allan Dyer, MD, PhD, is credited with developing non-surgical Spinal Decompression. Dr. Dyer was a pioneering cardiac researcher, focused on creating the heart defibrillator, before becoming Canada’s Deputy Minister of Health.

In his personal life, he waged a battle with back pain – caused by a herniated disc. When he retired from his governmental duties, Dr. Dyer embarked on his personal mission to find an effective treatment for back pain. His research took him beyond the concept of traction – and led to development of a far more sophisticated procedure that is aided by computer technology.

In Dr. Dyer’s method, a carefully calibrated tension is applied to pull the spine – then a hold, with a partial release. This is repeated many times over in a 30 to 45-minute period, and during multiple sessions. With this tension, the discs are given more space in the spinal column. In this space, the disc begins to heal naturally and regain its natural shape.

Dr. Dyer’s device was developed with a team of scientists and bioengineers at the nation’s leading hospitals. Six years later, in 1991, the VAX-D unit debuted; the name refers to Vertebral Axial Decompression. Dr. Dyer is a symbol of its success; he benefited from VAX-D treatment, and now walks pain-free. VAX-D® is a registered trademark of VAX-D Medical Technologies. [vi]


[i] Gionis. Thomas, MD, JD, MBA, FICA, FRCS, et al. The outcome of a clinical study evaluating the effect of nonsurgical intervention on symptoms of spine patients with herniated and degenerative disc disease is presented. Spinal Decompression, Orthopedic Technological Review, (Nov/Dec 2003) Vol. 5 No. 6 36-39.

[ii] Eyerman, Edward, M.D. MRI Evidence of Nonsurgical, Mechanical Reduction, Rehydration and Repair of the Herniated Lumbar Disc. Journal of Neuroimaging, (April 1998) Vol. 8 No. 2.

[iii] Alf Nachemson, MD, PhD. The Load on Lumbar Discs in Different Positions of the Body. Clinical Orthopaedics, (1966) Vol. 45 107–122.

[iv] 3. Gustavo Ramos, MD; William Martin, MD, Effects of Vertebral Axial Decompression on Intradiscal Pressure, Journal of Neurosurgery, (1994) Vol. 81 No. 3.

[v] Eyerman, Edward, M.D. MRI Evidence of Nonsurgical, Mechanical Reduction, Rehydration and Repair of the Herniated Lumbar Disc. Journal of Neuroimaging, (1998) Vol. 8 No. 2.

[vi] “Decompression: Where it All Began.” The American Chiropractor, Sept 28, 2010.