Posted by: Wagner IT | April 20, 2009

Spinal Decompression – Is your Doctor Certified?

Relieve Pain*Re-Establish function*Reduce Inflamation

By J. Adam Wagner, DC

Dr. Wagner, DTS and Kennedy Technique Training Make the Difference

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal Decompression Therapy is FDA cleared and has been clinically proven with up to an 86% success rate for pain associated with herniated, bulging or degenerative discs… even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.

What can this vacuum effect do?

The most important thing this vacuum like effect accomplishes is to decrease IDP (intra discal pressure) From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has migrated, protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the of normal disc fibers may, in fact, cause pain. Compression of the intervertebral disc may occur more easily with increased mechanical stress, degenerative processes which can lead to tears and desiccation. Decreased disc pressure from -Y axis translation (decompression) means the compressed disc can possibly rehydrate itself with water and nutrients through the vertebrae.

Not just vacuum effect…what else?             

Researchers speculate numerous biochemical and neurological events are affected by decompression that ultimately leads to pain relief. Decompression (- Y axis translation) to a disc may stimulate blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response, activate I-III mechanoreceptors to block pain impulses at the spinal cord, and increase disc volume (imbibition). It is very important to note that research shows even when the status of the disc does not change on MRI/CT that relief can still be achieved many cases.

What machine is used for this purpose?

5 years of research and previous spinal decompression experience led Vital Link to choose the Chattanooga Triton DTS table. This machine was redesigned this year with added features for positioning and securing patients with various needs and disabilities. We can position a patient prone, supine or even side lying with our new belting system. Decompression research shows that proper patient selection and positioning are the top 2 most important factors for an effective outcome. There are a number of spinal decompression machines presently used in the United States which only offer ONE position! Chattanooga is a leader in therapy equipment and known as the best of the best.

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy Different from Regular Traction?The DTS computer is the key.

It controls the variations in the traction allowing for spinal decompression and eliminating muscle guarding and subsequent compression that is typical in conventional traction devices. The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration.

How many sessions will be necessary, what is the cost and are the treatments painful?

The specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination and evaluation. Based on CURRENT RESEARCH, results have been achieved utilizing a protocol of anywhere from 6-12 sessions but length of treatment can vary. There are some exceptions to this. Most insurance companies will cover the treatment. In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session.

A decompression machine is not a magic wand!
Remember that the treating doctor is the key to success! It is his or her ability to diagnose and qualify the patient for this treatment and ascertain the correct parameters. Not everyone will benefit from this therapy but many do and it is NON-INVASIVE.  There is a lot of myth, hyperbole, and just plain deception going on in regards to decompression. Get the facts from Dr. Wagner and find out if you are a candidate.

Is your doctor certified in spinal decompression? Dr. Wagner is certified by Dr. Jay Kennedy progenitor of the renowned Kennedy decompression technique.

This treatment program, which may include 2-4 other modalities, is many times covered by most, but not all, insurance companies; and if not covered, should be reasonable and commensurate to insurance company reimbursement rates. Some practices are charging astronomical cash fees for this service. Vital Link’s philosophy strives to give a patient a chance to improve their condition and do it in an ethical manner. Visit for more information about the Kennedy difference. 215-230-8100

Dr. J. Adam Wagner with the Triton DTS

Dr. J. Adam Wagner with the Triton DTS

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