VAX-D Decompression 2017-10-20T13:44:14+00:00

VAX-D Decompression

How does decompression work

Vax D Spinal Decompression is a state of the art non-surgical treatment technology specifically designed to effectively rehabilitate damaged vertebral discs.

Once the damaged disc is located, a precise distractive forces will be applied to it.  This distractive force will create a negative pressure (a vacuum like effect) within the disc which will the draw in water and nutrients back into the disc.

Thus, is a patient is suffering from degenerative or thinned disc, our VAX D Spinal Decompression therapy will rehabilitate the disc by building it up with the water and nutrients that is brought back into the disc.

If one is suffering from a herniated disc, the vacuum-like effect that is created will draw back in the herniated disc material to its proper position,  remove the pressure of the spinal nerve and thereby removing the patients pain.

Is this for me

The VAX D Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Table is an extremely safe procedure without side effects or complications once any abnormal conditions (i.e. contra-indications) have been ruled out. Patients that have disorders that weaken the spinal column, such as severe osteoporosis, spondylolisthesis grade II or greater, fractures, tumors, or congenital pars defects are not candidates for the VAX D.

Those with previous spinal surgery can still be considered candidates unless surgical hardware (screws, rods, etc.) has been implanted onto the spine.  The minimum age for VAX D procedures is 16 years. The maximum is based on your health and physical condition and will be assessed by our doctor.

The SpineMED® Procedure

The VAX-D is an effective non-surgical treatment technology for acute or chronic neck and lower back pain and for radiating pain and symptoms down the arms or legs brought about by herniated discs, degenerated discs, facet syndrome and certain types of failed back surgery.
There are many different terms that are used to describe spinal disc pathologies. Such terms as:
disc protrusion, herniated disc, annular tears, bulging discs, ruptured or extruded disc, pinched nerves, disc degeneration etc. Regardless of the term being used to describe your condition, each of them can lead to severe debilitating pain and can all be treated effectively using the VAX-D Spinal Decompression Treatment Technology.

Advancements in the VAX-D technology allows patients to be treated either lying on their back or stomach. As such, our patients can be comfortably treated in the position that best suits them. The VAX-D treatment is specifically designed to remove the pressure on the structures that is causing the pain in the patients neck or lower back. That is to say, the VAX-D addresses the root cause of our patients symptoms.


In a 2008 two year research study sponsored by one of the country’s leading insurance companies demonstrated positive short AND long term results using the VAX-D. This study showed that patients had significant improvements in pain and disability scores at the end of their VAX-D treatments at both 30 days and 180 after treatments.


Due to the sophistication of our VAX-D treatment technology, our patients typically only receive 20 treatments, once a day for 5 days and within just a short period of time during treatment, our patients can experience significant reduction in their levels of pain.

For patients suffering from lumbar (lower back) pain, they are fitted with a pelvic harness and then lay down (either face up or down). The patients upper body is placed in a specific position on the stationary portion of the VAX-D table and is held in place by the patient holding onto handgrips or by using the arm-rest restraints.

For patients suffering from cervical (neck) issues, a harness and cervical/neck collar is used.

Once treatment starts, the VAX-D then applies a precise and gentle custom treatment tension that is based on the patients individual case parameters. This tension is applied in a logarithmic manners so that the muscles surrounding the damaged disc cannot react and are always in a state of relaxation. As such, minimal resistance is involved and maximal therapeutic tension is achieved.

Each session is approximately 35-45 minutes and patients often feel a great sense of relief immediately after starting their session.

What Causes The Pain

Why Is The Spine So Prone To Injury?

Your spine must be stable to support upright posture, and also flexible, allowing you to bend and twist. This is mechanically very challenging and makes your spine vulnerable to injury.

The spine is made up of a chain of bones, called vertebrae, which are connected together by ligaments and muscles. The vertebrae cover and protect the spinal cord, which carries sensory messages to and from the brain, controlling all your body functions.

A disc separates each vertebrae and acts like a cushion, absorbing shock along the spine. The disc is made up of jelly like substance known as the nucleus, covered with many strong outer layers called the annulus. The discs do not have a supply of blood vessels to nourish and replenish them, rather, they depend on a transfer of fluids, nutrients and oxygen from the bones (vertebrae) above and below them. This transfer of fluid depends on the difference in pressure between the inside of the discs and the surrounding vertebrae and blood vessels. This is why most disc nutrition and regeneration takes place when we lie down and the pressure inside the discs is reduced. This process is not very efficient, and as we age, the disc is exposed to wear and tear greater than its ability to heal and regenerate.

The discs are prone to injury and degeneration as we use our backs each day, as they are compressed and torqued through sitting, bending and lifting. In the two lower levels of the lumbar spine, stress forces can equal 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. Repeated injury weakens the annulus, while the earliest changes that occur in the discs are tears in the annulus.

With increased pressure inside the disc, the tears in the annulus may allow the disc to bulge like an old tire with a broken casing. Any internal damage to the disc may cause severe pain in the back. If all of the layers of the annulus break, the jelly-like nucleus will ooze out of the disc, causing a disc herniation. A bulging or herniated disc may press on spinal nerves, causing sciatica, which can be felt as weakness in your muscles, loss of sensation in the skin or a tingling or burning sensation along the nerves in your buttock and legs.

Repeated episodes of injury results in the degeneration of the disc, which becomes stiff and dry, causing it to lose its shock absorbing properties. This process may continue until the disc is collapsed, which increases the mechanical pressure on the bones and joints lending to arthritis (facet syndrome).

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