Monday, December 17, 2007
Manhattan Chiropractor Granted Patent for His Spinal Decompression Group -- First Chiropractor in New York to Receive Patent for Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Treatment
NYC Chiropractor is granted a Patent for his spinal decompression group. This group is dedicated to Non Surgical treatment of bulging/ Herniated discs, Sciatica, spinal stenosis,and Chronic low back pain. This group has the highest success rate in New York.
(PRWEB) December 17, 2007 -- Manhattan Chiropractor Dr. Steven Shoshany has been recently granted a Certification of registration from the United States of America for a Patent Service Mark for his Spinal decompression group NYCDISC which stands for New York Spinal Decompression specialists. This group was formed over three years ago and is comprised of the best trained and equipped spinal decompression doctors in New York City. To be a service provider the doctor must meet certain criteria and utilize special equipment like the DRX 9000.
The DRX9000™ computerized nonsurgical spinal decompression systems were designed to provide maximum patient benefits with the use of a noninvasive approach that may help minimize health care resources and offer a potentially optimal therapeutic approach to the treatment of LBP (low back pain).
In order to be considered you must have a DRX 9000 table or a comparable table, sorry not DTS tables or modified traction tables allowed. This group was formed out of necessity as spinal decompression grew in its popularity more chiropractors are offering this service and the goal of NYCDISC is to maintain a level of excellence in providing spinal decompression services.
Dr. Steven Shoshany is the founder of this group and has consulted with doctors nationwide on the principles and protocols of spinal decompression. This non surgical procedure has been shown to be 89% effective in resolving disc herniation, sciatica spinal stenosis and disc degeneration.
Spinal decompression when combined with a targeted Physical therapy and nutritional program can help many patients that have been suffering needlessly. In the United States, low back pain is the second most common reason for physician visits and the third most common indication for surgery. However, a special report published in the December issue of Anesthesiology News highlights exciting research on a medical device that offers patients a non-surgical treatment option in treating chronic low back pain. The device is called the DRX9000™ and is manufactured by Axiom Worldwide of Tampa, FL. The authors of this special report are from the prestigious institutions of Duke University School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. They conclude their special report by stating, "The DRX9000™ computerized nonsurgical spinal decompression systems were designed to provide maximum patient benefits with the use of a noninvasive approach that may help minimize health care resources and offer a potentially optimal therapeutic approach to the treatment of LBP (low back pain)." The report is attached.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I picked up a copy of AM paper the other day this is a daily paper that is given out for free in New York City. I noticed that three different Chiropractors where advertising spinal decompression treatments.
I realize that this is getting more and more popular, but what really struck me was that one of the Chiropractic clinics mentioned that 5 visits where free! This is a bait and switch technique and very wrong to do. I decided to contact the office,not only is this unethical i believe is illegal.
The type of equipment that these clinics use is very inexpensive tables like the Chattanooga traction table called the DTS or the Saunders lumbar decompression system.
My beef is that if you are going to be paying your hard earned money why not go with an expensive high quality table like the DRX 9000.
If a Chiropractor tells you his equipment doesn't matter and all decompression tables do the same thing run out of the office because that is completely false.
In my Manhattan Chiropractic clinic I utilize the DRX 9000 which in my opinion is the best and I utilize the Cox table and the Saunders 3D active trac.
I have been utilizing these treatments for 4 years now and most Manhattan chiropractors are just starting with this technique on inferior equipment and asking you to pay a premium or worse yet over billing your insurance!
If you have insurance like Cigna, Aetna and United my insurance department can verify what portion they will cover.
I have had patients that had only to pay co insurance and the insurance paid for remainder.
If i had a choice I would go with the best equipment, to say they all do the same thing is like saying that all cars drive the same! A BMW drives better then a Yugo.
Some of these tables that are being advertised as decompression are traction tables so buyer beware.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about true spinal decompression
email me or visit my website
Monday, November 26, 2007
This is some new data that will be presented that shows how effective the DRX 9000 is in treating patients with herniated discs.
New York City Chiropractor
The clinical results of an IRB-approved prospective, multi-center, phase II, non-randomized pilot study utilizing the DRX9000™ will be presented by three of its authors at the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists PGA meeting in New York, NY December 7 – 11, 2007. The study, authored by Dr. John Leslie of The Mayo Clinic and others, was designed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the DRX9000 in the treatment of chronic lower back pain. Patients enrolled in the study had suffered an overall average of ten years of chronic back pain. After two weeks of treatments on the DRX9000 there was a 50% reduction in pain scores and upon completion of the entire six week protocol an amazing success rate of 88.9% was documented. The patients also reported an improvement in their Oswestry Disability score. Abstracts and copies of the presentation will be made available following the presentation at the New York State society of Anesthesiologists PGA meeting.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
If have been asked time and time again can the disc heal well below I found a great explanation from a colleague in San Fransisco.
It only makes sense that herniated discs would be able to heal...after all, the disc material is living tissue. But the thing is...the conditions need to be right (some discs are beyond repair)...and so does the treatment.
Most cervical or lumbar disc herniations have been present long before they are detected. During this time a lot of damage can be done to the spinal disc and surrounding structures. The spinal discs stay healthy when the bones they attach to are able to move through their normal ranges of motion.
When the bones lose their normal position...say from spills and falls when we are a child...or from sports, or just poor posture over time...the spinal disc are unable to exchange nutrients with the blood stream. So, they weaken and breakdown...setting the stage for a cervical or lumbar disc herniation.
All of this happens gradually. Of course a disc can rupture from a trauma, such as an auto accident or falling off a horse...but this is less common. What actually happens, is the center of the disc...the "nucleus pulposus", pushes through the outer containment walls of the spinal disc...the "annulus fibrosis"...and puts pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves.
This can cause sciatica, arm/hand pain, numbness/tingling in the arms or legs, weakness of grip or foot drop, and of course pain the the neck, or pain in the low back. The symptoms can often times be crippling.
SO...HOW CAN A HERNIATED DISC BE REPAIRED?
Well...sometimes herniated discs will spontaneously heal. Other times, chiropractic care can promote the healing process with a herniated lumbar or cervical disc complex.
But what if nothing helps...than what do I do?
This is when we should consider non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 (lumbar decompression) or DRX9000c (cervical decompression). The DRX9000 was specifically designed and built to treat lumbar and cervical disc bulges and herniations. So...this is most logical "next step" if chiropractic does not help...at least at my manhattan clinic it is. And...the results are great. Sure...decompression therapy does not help everyone...but nothing does. And...it is very safe. There has never been a single case of the DRX9000 herniated disc repair system causing permanent bodily harm...at least to my knowledge. IT'S WORTH A SHOT.
In my Manhattan practice I specialize in Non Surgical spinal decompression using the DRX 9000. A recent study shows that 89% of patients responded favorably to treatments without relapses.
For the remainder of the year I am offering a $500 reduction in the price of a complete spinal decompression program. Please mention blogger
Friday, November 16, 2007
I would like to share with my readers some exciting news.
I have recently decided to expand my practice to a 2,400 sq. foot center of excellence. I plan on adding only state of the art diagnostics like Digital x-rays and cutting edge physical therapy and rehab equipment.
This center will have Medical doctors,Chiropractors, Physical therapists, Acupuncture and Massage therapists all working together with one common goal. This goal will be to get the patient better as quickly as possible.
In the past patients would have to go to different locations to see different doctors and shuffle paperwork back and forth.
I plan on having all Professional working together under one roof with electronic medical records working together.
This new facility will be open by Febuary 08.
I will update my patients and potential patients as we get closer to this exciting new facility.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Since the article was published in bottom line secrets about how spinal decompression can be a cure for some with chronic low back pain and disc herniation I have received tons of emails from patients requesting that I review their MRI's and help them understand if they are a candidate for Non Surgical spinal decompression.
I prefer to have the actual MRI films and have the patient present in the office to conduct a physical exam. If a MRI report is the only available piece of information it is a start.
I have been doing spinal decompression close to 3 1/2 years in my Manhattan Chiropractic practice. I have been impressed with the post MRI changes that I see, I have seen some patients with a 50% increase in their disc height and complete reduction in symptoms and they have not had any relapses for 3 plus years!
I also am proud to announce that I recently became the only Chiropractor in the nation to obtain a trademark for my Spinal decompression group www.NYCDISC.com
Monday, November 05, 2007
Make Back Pain Disappear Without Drugs or Scalpel
Spinal Decompression Is a Magical Cure for Some People
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reprinted from Daily Health News, November 1, 2007
Luckily I've never suffered a serious bout of back pain -- and staying strong in the hope I won't have problems like that is one reason I am so committed to fitness. Even so, though, the truth is that most of us (80% by some estimates) will have back pain at some time or another -- whether from over-exertion, injury or simply a result of the aging process. Chronic back pain is frustrating, not only because of how badly it hurts but also because it can be difficult to cure. It is the fifth most common reason for doctor visits.
A particularly common cause of such pain is a herniated disk, also referred to colloquially as a "slipped disk." For a long time, the usual mainstream medical solutions were surgery, physical therapy and/or pain medication, all of which take a long time and may not work for everyone. So I was very interested to learn about a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for herniated disks called spinal decompression.
Visualize the disks in your back as being like hard donuts filled with a jelly-like material in the center. With age, the strong fibrous cartilage (the donut) can weaken, allowing the jelly-like material (nucleus pulposus) to bulge, which in and of itself is not painful. But more seriously, with a herniated disk the hard tissue has actually torn or ruptured, causing this material to ooze and press on spinal nerves. This causes pain that can range from mild to horrible.
SPINAL DECOMPRESSION 101: A PRIMER
One of the first devices used for spinal decompression was approved by the FDA in 1995. Because spinal decompression requires special expertise and pricey equipment, few chiropractors have offered this treatment -- but numbers are growing as training and better insurance reimbursement becomes more commonplace, I was told by Steven Shoshany, DC, a New York City-based chiropractor who specializes in spinal decompression.
Here's how it works: The patient lies on a comfortable table made specifically for this purpose, comfortably strapped down with a pelvis and torso harness that resembles a girdle. Calling it a "high-tech traction device," Dr. Shoshany explained how it works. "Slowly and comfortably, almost imperceptibly, the machine creates traction by pulling and holding for one minute. Then, intermittently, it releases. It is believed that this creates a negative pressure, or a vacuum within the disk, which then draws back the herniated-disk material which was displaced." With less pressure inside the disk, and thus less on the spinal nerves, pain often decreases or might even disappear -- sometimes instantaneously. To "fix the hold," however, numerous sessions may be required.
This technique also allows nutrient-rich fluid to go to the area where there is less pressure, stimulating the healing process. Most patients either sleep or watch a DVD during the treatment, Dr. Shoshany told me. Each session takes about 30 minutes and a typical treatment program may take between 20 to 30 sessions.
Critics contend that there are no long-range, well-designed studies looking at efficacy over time, but there has been some research on the treatment and the results are promising. In one study published in 2001 in Neurological Research, researchers reported that a spinal decompression therapy called VAX-D produced a success rate of 68.4%, compared with 0% for a placebo therapy in treatment of chronic low back pain. Another study from a team of researchers at the University of Illinois and Rome found a 71% success rate for treatment of herniated disk and other causes of low back pain, with "success" defined as a reduction in pain to 0 or 1 on a scale of 0 to 5.
NOT FOR EVERYONE
Dr. Shoshany noted that some people get much more benefit from spinal decompression than others, and it is not an option for everyone. "It's not a good choice for a person who has metal implants in the spine," he warned. It's better for people with a single-disk herniation than those who have herniation in several or all of them. Also, people who are morbidly obese and/or who smoke likely won't find much relief from spinal decompression either.
The procedure is thought to be safe, though there is no hard science supporting its efficacy. If you do decide to seek out this somewhat unconventional form of treatment, it's safest and best to do so with the oversight of your orthopedic surgeon, who can help you ascertain whether it might work in your case. For more information on spinal decompression, go to http://www.drshoshany.com
Effectiveness and safety of Non Surgical Spinal Decompression reveals a 89% reduction on severity of chronic LBP once this article is converted to a text form i will post it.
Monday, October 29, 2007
New York Spinal deccompression
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AXIOM WORLDWIDE RECEIVES NUMEROUS INQUIRIES REGARDING PROFESSIONAL GOLFER AND FORMER DRX9000™ PATIENT, FRANK NOBILO!
Tampa, FL October 17, 2007: Axiom Worldwide has received numerous inquiries regarding professional golfer Frank Nobilo’s return to the PGA Tour. Mr. Nobilo left the tour in 2003 because of serious back problems. On October 9, 2007 the Associated Press reported that he was making a comeback and had registered for the PGA Tour’s qualifying school. The report also went on to state that Mr. Nobilo was expected to play in this year’s New Zealand Open. The inquiries to Axiom Worldwide are in response to Frank Nobilo’s video testimonial regarding his treatment on the DRX9000™; specifically the teaser that he may play professionally again one day. A copy of the Frank Nobilo testimonial may be found at: www.axiomworldwide.com. View Frank Nobilo's Video Testimonial. In the video Mr. Nobilo is quoted as saying:
“Eventually after X-Rays and MRI’s I realized I had my last three vertebra which was L4, L5 as well as L3 just above there as well were almost touching each other, I had virtually no disc on those last three vertebra and effectively as a golfer you need the function of your whole spine to rotate and whatever and all the symptoms that I’d had, the pain, the lack of movement, stiffness, everything , and literally I was in agony, were caused through literally bone on bone; no disc.”
“So when I had an MRI, it shows disks again, so to me it’s like a modern miracle, so I am now a believer.”
“The only thing that’s missing in my life right now is that I don’t play competitive golf anymore but you know I can play with my daughter, I can play with my pets for example, you know, I can get out and play the odd game of tennis, I can play the odd game of golf, I can do that now, I can actually have a normal life that I never thought was possible.”
“I have seen players getting ready for the champions tour and I was nearing 50 years of age trying to get back into shape, for example using the DRX9000, and I’ve seen players in their 30’s that are perfectly healthy using the DRX9000 to stay perfectly healthy.”
“So for me the DRX9000, I can’t put a value on it. All the things that I thought I’d forgotten, I can do most of them again now. All of a sudden, my life is totally different, I really feel like I can achieve pretty much everything I wanted to do outside golf and maybe, you never know, when I reach 50 with the Champions tour these days and I keep using the DRX9000 on a regular basis, I might just, you never know, I might just compete once again.”
In an open letter found on his website: www.nobilo.com, Mr. Nobilo states, “I have not, nor did I have any intention of entering this year’s PGA Tour Qualifying School.” In the letter he goes on to state that there were conversations regarding his return to this year’s New Zealand Open to help support the event, but that there have been no further conversations and he has not arranged his schedule to participate. In summary, Mr. Nobilo states, “I am flattered with the response from many well wishers in the short period of time since the article was released. While never a day goes by when I wish I wasn’t back out on the golf course the reality of getting back to competitive golf, whether it be regular or Champions Tour, is extremely unlikely.” We at Axiom continue to wish Frank and his family the very best in all of his endeavors.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I wanted to briefly touch on the topic of some pointers on how to prevent back injury and flair ups of a chronic back pain.
Often men carry their wallet in their pocket all day and sit on their butt with the wallet jammed in the pocket.
This is horrible for the low back and if you can simply switch to front pocket you can prevent pain and a possible spinal misalignment.
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Monday, October 15, 2007
I recently had a person email me about spinal decompression and the fees associated with the treatment.
If someone does not have health insurance they can finance the treatment and spend as little as $89 a month. If they have insurance it really depends on the type of plan they have.
In New York we have patients that have horrible coverage and some with great coverage.
How much a patients pays really depends on so many things.
I had a patient with New York Workers Compensation that covered the whole treatment protocol 100%.
My recommendation is come in for a Complimentary evaluation with your MRI report to see if you are a candidate and to see if you qualify for treatment.
In order to keep my success ratios high I only accept patients that meet the criteria for Non Surgical spinal decompression.
I can also review your MRI report if it is emailed to me.
Monday, October 08, 2007
I found this great article in Time magazine over the weekend.I would like to comment on it after the article see below.
Amy Toosley was standing in a split pose when her yoga instructor gave her leg a little prod. "I heard the loudest pop I've ever heard, and the instructor said, 'Ooh! Good release, huh?'" Toosley recalls. "Not really--I could hardly walk." With her hamstring muscle snapped, Toosley, 32, avoided yoga for the next three months, and almost a year later, she is still in pain.
Bad-mouthing yoga seems like begging for a hit of unfavorable karma. But with more than 14 million people practicing yoga or tai chi nationwide, up 136% since 2000, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and chiropractors across the country are dealing with the increasing fallout from yoga gone awry. Over the past three years, 13,000 Americans were treated in an emergency room or a doctor's office for yoga-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Often people get hurt because they assume that yoga is simple and that anybody can pretzel himself or herself on demand. Edward Toriello, an orthopedic surgeon and spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, says most of the injuries he sees are sustained by "weekend warrior" baby boomers who begin yoga without realizing that their bodies are no longer what they used to be. "They think that yoga is an easy way to start exercising, so they go to class once a week, not stretched out at all, and they get hurt."
At the same time, others see yoga--a practice originally conceived to help people achieve inner peace and tranquillity--as a way to get a vigorous workout. More than five times as many people take yoga classes at health clubs today as did a decade ago, and enthusiasts have devised all kinds of variations appalling to purists: hip-hop yoga, disco yoga, power yoga, not to mention controversial hot yoga, or Bikram, which incites people to push themselves to their limit in sweltering rooms in which temperatures are set at 105ºF (41ºC).
The truth is, yoga, regardless of the form, doesn't offer a comprehensive way to get fit. According to a study by the American Council on Exercise, a national nonprofit organization that certifies fitness instructors and promotes physical fitness, dedicated yoga practitioners show no improvement in cardiovascular health. It's not the best way to lose weight either. A typical 50-min. class of hatha yoga, one of the most popular styles of yoga in the U.S., burns off fewer calories than are in three Oreos--about the same as a slow, 50-min. walk. Even power yoga burns fewer calories than a comparable session of calisthenics. And while yoga has been shown to alleviate stress and osteoarthritis, it doesn't develop the muscle-bearing strength needed to help with osteoporosis.
Part of the problem is that increasingly, the people teaching yoga don't know enough about it. Yoga was traditionally taught one-on-one by a yogi over a period of years, but today instructors can lead a class after just a weekend course. Though the Yoga Alliance, formed in 1999 and now based in Clinton, Md., has set a minimum standard of 200 hours of training for certification, only 16,168 of the estimated 70,000 instructors in the U.S. have been certified. "Yoga means bringing together mind, body and spirit, but in Western yoga, we've distilled it down to body," says Shana Meyerson, an instructor in Los Angeles. "That's not even yoga anymore. If the goal is to look like Madonna, you're better off running or spinning." Namaste to that.
I have always been a big fan of Yoga and recommend it to patients as a great way to stretch and stay fit, But most people jump into it without properly taking into consideration that they might get injured. In my 10 years in practice I have seen plenty of patients that get hurt in yoga and I have yoga instructors refer patients to me all the time.
If you are considering starting a Yoga routine know your limitations and do not push yourself to fast.
I also posted a picture i took several years ago, Yahoo ran a campaign in NYC and thought it was interesting how they put Chiropractic and Yoga studios together.
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Tuesday, October 02, 2007
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 2, 2007 -- New York City-based www.drshoshany.com chiropractor Dr. Steven Shoshany D.C, C.C.E.P. recently introduced a powerful new tool to his practice with the arrival of the Power Plate®, and its origins are literally out of this world.
Power Plate® is an advanced machine that allows people with various conditions -- including chronic lower back pain, weak muscles, chronic knee pain, and decreased bone density -- to exercise while working within their personal physical limitations using the concept known as Acceleration Training™. According to the Power Plate® Web site, this style of exercise was first used (on the ground) by Soviet cosmonauts in the 1960s to counteract the bone and muscle degeneration caused by zero gravity.
Power Plate® specifically utilizes this sophisticated, space-age training technique -- and the end result means improved treatment of the symptoms for patients who suffer from these challenging conditions.
"This machine not only enhances but speeds up the healing process relating to these different ailments," Shoshany said. The acquisition of this cutting-edge technology continues a trend for the center of being at the forefront of the latest chiropractic technology, which has been endorsed by a wide range of professional athletes and celebrities around the world. He is also Manhattan's only chiropractor to have integrated this technology into practice, he said.
"We are very excited to introduce this powerful new aid to what we do at the center," said Shoshany, founder and owner of The Downing Chiropractic and Pain Management Center in New York City. "This technique has greatly enhanced the already stunning success I am having with DRX 9000 spinal decompression treatments with herniated disc problems and chronic low back pain."
Shoshany, who is also the clinic director of the New York Disc Decompression Center and the founder of the Spinal Decompression Institute, said he agrees with the Power Plate® Web site's assertions that the biomechanical applications of Acceleration Training™ exercise using Power Plate® machines are becoming accepted in the medical field for the prevention and treatment of different types of illnesses and injuries.
"This is an impressive machine, and will help to improve the lives of the patients who choose to use it," Shoshany said.
About The Downing Chiropractic and Pain Management Center:
The Downing Chiropractic and Pain Management Center in New York offers a multi-disciplinary approach to advanced spinal correction with a variety of non-surgical techniques, as well as exercises and lifestyle advice. As the founder and director of Downing Chiropractic, Dr. Shoshany has a diversified educational background with specialized knowledge in Chiropractic, Pediatric Chiropractic, and Sports Injury Management. Shoshany specializes in both spine and sports-related injuries, and he focuses on delivering highly effective chiropractic care to people of all ages. Years of specialized training at Life Chiropractic University has fostered Shoshany's driven focus on individualized non-surgical treatments, and his extensive knowledge of chiropractic medicine allows him to perform a variety of chiropractic treatments.
Dr. Steven Shoshany
Telephone: (212) 645-8151
Monday, September 24, 2007
Since its introduction to the U.S. in 2001 by vibration pioneers - Power Plate North America, Acceleration TrainingTM (a.k.a. “vibration training") acceptance continues to increase steadily within the mainstream sports performance, fitness and wellness communities nationwide. Meanwhile, its stronghold in elite athletics, particularly professional and college football, surges onward. With more than 30 professional and college football teams, currently utilizing Power Plate® Acceleration Training™ products, Advanced Vibration TechnologyTM has quickly established itself as arguably the most relevant new strength and conditioning technology in elite football circles.
“Neuromuscular training using Power Plate® has a wide variety of benefits," said Jeff Fish, Oakland Raiders Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. “It increases strength, quickness and reaction time and provides warm-up, cool-down as well as injury-reduction benefits. The low impact nature of the Power Plate also makes it an effective tool for injury rehabilitation. The Power Plate® provides several physiological advantages in our program, and is critical in the overall development of our players."
Professional and college football strength and conditioning coaches, as well as head athletic trainers, are driven by three primary motivators: providing players a competitive edge, ensuring players’ safety and health every step of the way and keeping players on the field and out of the training room. Acceleration Training™ through vibration training is unique in its ability to achieve these ends.
Fish and the Raiders are among 15 NFL teams using Power Plate®, a list that also includes the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and New York Giants. In the college ranks, the impact is no different with Power Plate North America’s client list comprising another “who’s who” list of elite programs, including UCLA, Notre Dame and National Champion University of Florida Gators (the aforementioned teams do not officially endorse Power Plate North America or its products).
“We used Acceleration Training with Power Plate® products extensively during our national championship run and traveled with it to Phoenix for the title game last year,” said Mickey Marotti, University of Florida Football Strength and Conditioning Coach. “Not only do I love the versatility and effectiveness of Power Plate®, our players also recognize the variety of benefits.”
Athletes’ Performance, the nation’s preeminent athletic training franchise, has championed Acceleration Training™ with Power Plate® products since its inception in the United States. Athletes' Performance facilities prepare more college prospects for the annual NFL professional football combine than any other training organization. Through this use and the outspoken endorsements of Athletes’ Performance founder and nationally-renown athletic training specialist - Mark Verstegen, Acceleration Training™ has established itself within professional and collegiate football.
“Acceleration Training™ is integral to sports performance methodology and Power Plate is the only choice for the elite athletic population,” said Verstegen. “We use Power Plate products across our entire methodology, from high performance to medical rehabilitation and regeneration.”
Backed by a host of published research, Acceleration Training™ with Power Plate® products offers a wide variety of benefits, including improved muscle strength, flexibility, balance, reaction time and quickness, hormonal release, pain reduction and expedited recovery of damaged muscles and tendons.
Acceleration Training™ via Power Plate® equipment exploits the body's innate reflexive response to disruptions in stability in order to achieve its varied benefits. Just as the leg kicks forward involuntarily when the doctor strikes the lower knee to test reflexes, the body's muscles engage in an involuntary reflexive muscle contraction in response to the vibration stimulus from Acceleration Training™. Muscles are forced to contract 25-50 times per second in response to mechanical vibrations delivered to the body from a central platform upon which static and dynamic exercises are performed.
Friday, September 21, 2007
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Spinal decompression has really taken off as a treatment for disc herniation and sciatica. I have been receiving emails from patients and also have had patients come in and want to know the difference between all the tables on the market.
I currently use the 3D active trac and the DRX 9000, one is much more expensive and definitely a better table( The DRX 9000 is the best spinal decompression table for both doctor and patient).
What some patients complain about is doctors that are new to the spinal decompression market buying a low end table like the DTS and charging 4-5K for 20 visits, These tables can be bought new for 7K. This doesn't make sense and is unfair to patient.
I had a patient come in a couple of months ago and he was told by another Manhattan Chiropractor that his DTS table was the best on the market and he wanted $5,200 for the twenty visits, I charge 4K for 20 visits on the DRX 9000 and my table is 100 times better.
Before you as a patient fork over hard earned cash make sure you get on the best most comfortable table you can find.
I have been doing spinal decompression for close to three years in my Manhattan Chiropractic practice and as it becomes more well known I now have MD's that are sending in their difficult back pain patients.
If you would like a second opinion please email questions to email@example.com.
Non Surgical spinal decompression NYC
NYC Spinal Decompression
So in conclusion you get what you pay for, A Mercedes cost more than a Ford and they both get you from point A to B but the amenities on the Mercedes makes it more comfortable and a better experience.
In my practice I only buy the best equipment, this allows me to deliver the best spinal decompression care I can.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I had a patient come in for a consultation on Friday that has suffered with back pain and pain radiating into his left foot.
He already tried Chiropractic care and physical therapy in New York City.
He brought in his MRI's and his MRI report and I evaluated them and based on what I saw he had a large central disc herniation at L5-S1 putting pressure on the S-1 nerve root.
He is scheduled for surgery this Thursday but was curious to know if this can be resolved with Non surgical spinal decompression he heard about it from a friend that had a similar problem and spinal decompression corrected his problem.
I am very confident that a course of spinal decompression and corrective exercises would eliminate the need for an invasive back surgery.
There is a condition called Failed back surgery syndrome because surgery is not always the best option.
In this case i do not believe that his only option should be surgery.
If you suffer from herniated disc pain and have been to chiropractors,physical therapy and taking pain medications please email me or come in for a consultation in my Manhattan New York City practice.
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Monday, September 10, 2007
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I was emailed a question from a person yesterday in regards to our first lady, she recently underwent a surgery for pinched nerves in her neck. The person wanted to know what was the procedure and why she didn't try cervical decompression first.
he 2 1/2 -hour procedure at George Washington University Hospital enlarged the passageway where the nerves sit near the spinal column, removing pressure from the nerves, said Sally McDonough, Mrs. Bush's press secretary.
Mrs. Bush returned to the White House in the afternoon and was said to be resting comfortably. She has no public events scheduled through tomorrow. It was not immediately clear how much time she would need to recuperate.
"Every patient is different, so there's no kind of set time frame. She will certainly ease back into her schedule," McDonough said.
Mrs. Bush injured a nerve in her neck and shoulder earlier this year while hiking and has been undergoing physical therapy since.
While en route from Sydney to Hawaii, President Bush telephoned his wife at the hospital, and they spoke for two to three minutes, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.
Mrs. Bush told the president that the operation was a success.
"He said she sounded very well," Perino said. "He looks forward to getting back to help her in the recovery."
My take on this article from the Washington Post is that she underwent traditional Physical therapy. I work with Physical therapist's and therapy is not going to change the fact that the nerves are pinched. I am glad that the surgery was a success.
My opinion is try the most non-invasive therapies first and then if they don't work then do surgery. I have referred patients to surgeons for pinched nerves but most patients can respond without surgery. Cervical spinal decompression can help relieve chronic neck pain and pinched nerves in the cervical spine. In my Manhattan practice I utilize cervical decompression combined with cold laser therapy.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Welcome back everyone,
I took a couple weeks off from blogging about my chiropractic practice but now I am back.
I enjoyed the last week or two of the summer,September is going to be a busy month.
I have a Medical doctor flying in from Sweeden to train with me on Spinal Decompression and cold laser protocols, I also have a group of MD's coming in from Japan to learn more about spinal decompression protocols. What I find very interesting is that more and more Medical doctors across the globe are interested in this non surgical treatment but here in the states a majority of doctors do not know enough about this technique.
What is even more interesting is that US insurance companies are considering this experimental and other countries like Canada are now making patients do this prior to approving a more costly surgery!
I am carrying over my August special for two more weeks, Normally 4K if prepaid only 3,200. This offer is only good till Sept 15.
This technique is fantastic for those that have been suffering with Chronic low back pain
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
This month I am offering a special on Spinal decompression treatment in Manhattan.
For the month of August a complete program of Spinal decompression on the DRX 9000 with core stabilization on the PowerPlate and Cold laser therapy.
This package normally runs $4,850.
I am offering it for $3,200.
Please contact the office directly at (212) 645-8151 and mention the Blogger special.
This offer is for new patients only.
Spinal decompression may be covered 100% by certain insurance.
I have had workers compensation cases cover it 100%.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Spinal decompression in New York City.
I recently added the PowerPlate to my practice to use in conjunction with the DRX 9000.
This is a great tool to help stimulate the deep spinal muscles and condition core muscles
Call 212 645-8151
Monday, July 16, 2007
What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Proven Non - Surgical Treatment for Back Pain
Spinal Decompression Therapy (also known simply as Spinal Decompression or SD), is a non-surgical therapy proven to treat back pain and sciatica caused by bulging, herniated, and degenerative discs or facet syndrome. Even post-surgical patients and those suffering from stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal) have reported significant pain relief from SD treatments. Over a series of relaxing treatment sessions, patients experience powerful pain reduction and healing. Some patients even notice an improvement in their symptoms after the first few treatments!
Spinal Decompression, not to be confused with traction, gently lengthens and decompresses the spines, creating negative pressures within the discs. This reversal of pressure creates an intradiscal vacuum that not only takes pressures off of pinched nerves, but helps to reposition bulging discs and pull extruded disc material back into place.
Simultaneously, spinal experts believe nutrients, oxygen and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing. By bringing disc pressures to negative levels, many experts surmise that SD stimulates the body’s repair mechanism, providing the building blocks needed to mend injured and degenerated discs.
“I served on the police force for 18 years. I injured a disc in my back while on duty. I got treatment from the work comp doctor and a physical therapist. I tried to go back to work, but the crippling back and leg pain wouldn’t stop. Eventually, the city forced me to take a medical retirement. I was 39 years old! I continued to live on pain medication and struggle just to sleep at night. Simple everyday became painful tasks. Finally, I heard about Spinal Decompression Therapy, and shortly thereafter found out that I was a candidate. I got my life back! No more pain and no more sleepless nights.”- Joe M.
“Chronic low back pain was a regular part of my everyday experience for almost three years, but I tried not to let it take over my life. I continued to work as an RN and stayed in shape at the health club. Then my back pain took a turn for the worst. I had trouble getting out of bed, getting dressed, and I couldn’t bend over to brush my teeth. I got an MRI and went to a board certified anesthesiologist. He gave me an epidural and a nerve block. Neither was effective. My pain began to rapidly worsen and I ended up at the emergency room. They gave me more shots and pain medication.
Finally, I heard about Spinal Decompression Therapy and decided to give it a try. I was skeptical, but to my surprise I started feeling relief after my first treatment. Now after two weeks of treatment my pain is almost completely gone.”—Bobbie
Invention Born of Necessity - How one doctor’s injury led to his invention of Spinal Decompression Therapy.
Allan Dyer, MD, PHD, is the inventor and founder of the founder of the revolutionary technology behind Spinal Decompression. As former Deputy Minister of Health in Ontario, Canada, Dr. Dyer’s many contributions to health sciences include, among others his extensive research that led to the development of the heart defibrillator.
Dr. Dyer’s own experience with back pain began when he was debilitated by a herniated disc. After conventional treatments failed, his creative intelligence went into high gear. He developed a method of exerting pull o n the spine that is far more sophisticated than traditional traction. He discovered that by slowly increasing pull-tension on the spine, followed by a hold then partial release, and repeating these steps over a 30-45 minute time period, a vacuum could be created within injured discs. This vacuum was found to assist in repositioning extruded disc material back into place, and has been credited with creating an environment within injured discs conducive to healing.
Dr. Dyer set about designing a device to implement this method. After more than six years in research and development with a team of physicians, engineers, and technicians at major teaching hospitals, Dr. Dyer introduced the VAX-D unit in 1991. VAX-D, short for Vertebral Axial Decompression, is the predicate device after which all Spinal Decompression Therapy units are modeled.
Happily, Dr. Dyer used his invention to cure his own injured disc. Soon he was able to walk pain-free and has been doing so for more than 15 years. Today thousands of Spinal Decompression units operate throughout the world, treating thousands of patients a day.
What Is Causing My Back Pain?
While only a trained medical professional can accurately diagnose your condition and prescribe appropriate treatment, a basic understanding of common causes of back pain and how Spinal Decompression works to alleviate them can help you make a more informed decision concerning your treatment options.
Understanding How The Spin Works
Your spine is composed of 24 bones called vertebrae. In between each vetebra is a fibrous disc (annulus fibrosus) filled with a jelly-like substance (nucleus pulposus), which provides flexibility and cushioning to the spine. The vertebrae protect the spinal cord, which runs through a tube at the back of the spine called the spinal canal. In the lower portion of the back, spinal nerves exit the spinal canal between the vertebrae and unite as they move down through the pelvis. Some of these spinal nerves join to become the sciatic nerves, which travel down through the buttocks, along the back and sides of the thighs and calves, and into the feet.
With such a dense network of nerves traveling throughout the back, it is easy to see how a slight upset in the delicate architecture of the spine may cause great discomfort. Accidents and injury may damage discs and vertebrae, putting pressure on nerves. This results in tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, or even sharp shooting pain. Shown in the illustration below are some of the more common diagnoses for the back pain that will
be covered at the length in the coming pages.
Consider These Facts on Back Pain:
On any given day, 6.5 million people are in bed because of back pain.
Approximately 5.4 million Americans are disabled annually due to back pain.
Back pain is the # 2 reason for hospitalization.
Up to 85% of the U.S. population will have back pain at some time in their life.
After cold and flu, back pain is the number one cause of work absence.
Spine surgery is the second leading surgical procedure in America, with the total number in the U.S approaching 500,000 per year.
An estimated 93 million workdays are lost each year due to back pain.
Lift with Your Legs, Not with your Back!
Many bulging and herniated discs can be attributed to lifting objects incorrectly. When picking up an object from the floor, bend at the knees, keeping the spine as erect as possible. Rise using the strength of your legs, as their study, more simplistic architecture is designed for such exertions. Putting great amounts of pull or pressure on the spine, when bent forward or backward, can compromise its delicate alignment.
Of course, there is no right way it lift an object that is simply too heavy. Listen to your body, and if you feel any discomfort while doing heavy lifting, back off and save your back!
“ For three very long years I had severe lower back pain. Doctors tried epidural, to no avail, and said I would have to learn to live with it. I’d been using a walker to get around and could not stand more than five to ten minutes without excruciating pain. My activities were very limited; I was unable to sleep in a bed for three years. After reading an article on Spinal Decompression Therapy, I decided to try it out.
After 12 visits, I am now sleeping in a bed, and my walker is put away. I’m able to go shopping for over an hour without any increased pain. I’m cooking meals and cleaning without having to sit down every five minutes because of the pain. My family cannot believe the changes. I thought I would have to live with this for the rest of my life. I am so thankful that I tried this and would encourage you to do the same.”—Mariella S
Bulging and Herniated Discs
Bulging and Herniated Discs:
Discs are located between each vertebra and provide flexibility and shock absorption for the spine. The thick, fibrous outer disc wall, known as the annulus fibrosus, surrounds a jelly-like center, called the nucleus pulposus. Discs undergo tremendous amounts of stress, which can sometimes lead to a bulging disc, a weakening of the disc wall that causes the disc to bulge out and press painfully on surrounding nerves. A herniated disc occurs when the pressure within a disc becomes too great, tearing through the disc wall (annulus fibrosus), allowing a portion of the nucleus pulposus to protrude. The escaped nucleus pulposus may then impinge painfully on the nerve roots, leading also to numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness associated with the condition of sciatic pain. The illustration below gives a bird’s eye view of what exactly is going on when a disc bulges or herniates.
The Jelly Donut Analogy:
Comparing the disc in your back to jelly donuts gives you a good idea of what happens when a disc hernaites. Picture in your mind a jelly donut, plump with the strawberry filling. Have you ever set a box of donuts on your office chair, only to absent-mindedly plop down on them a few moments later? What happens? The jelly oozes out under the
pressure. When a disc ruptures or hernaites, the same thing happens, except, unlike the jelly donut, a herniated disc can be repaired! That’s where Spinal Decompression comes in.
Sciatic, Spinal Stenosis
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is the sensation of pain, tingling, or numbness in the buttocks, and/or legs produced by an irritation of the sciatic nerve. Multiple nerve roots extend from the spinal cord between the vertebrae and join to form the sciatic nerve, which branches as it descends into the buttocks, down each leg to the ankles and feet. The primary causes of sciatica and herniated, bulging, or degenerated discs, which induce pressure on the spinal nerve roots.
Other causes include small, bony growths on the spine (bone spurs) or compression of the nerves through injury. In rare cases, the sciatic nerve may be irritated by conditions such as piriformis syndrome, tumors, or pregnancy.
Where Does it Hurt?
In the illustration below, the letters L1-L5 refer to the lumbar (lower) portion of the spine and s1 refers to the first segment of the sacral vertebrae. Over 90% of herniated discs occur in the lowest two levels of the lumbar spine, between L4-L5 and L5 – S1. The colors reflect the regions of the lower body potentially affected by compression of each given lumbar and sacral nerve root. Do you experience pain, tingling, or numbness in any of these regions?
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal due to the encroachment of disc material or bony growths that squeeze and irritate the spinal cord and/or extending nerve roots. This can lead to pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs ,feet or buttocks. The benefits that may stenosis patients derive from the
Spinal Decompression may be due to it’s positive repositioning and rejuvenating effect on the herniated and degenerative discs that often accompany stenosis. Spinal stenosis, which may be found in conjuction with any of the above conditions, is commonly a contributing cause for sciatic symptoms.
Degenerated Disc Disease
What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerated disc disease is not technically a disease, but rather a state of disc
Dehydration and deterioration due to a combination of cumulative trauma, poor dietary and exercise habits, and aging. As discs degenerate they become more prone to failure from physical stress, which may tear disc fibers and result in more complications, such as osteoarthritis, disc bulging, disc hernaition and stenosis.
Many spine experts surmise that the vacuum of negative pressure created in the discs by Spinal Decompression can actually help attract moisture from surrounding tissues, rehydrating and revitalizing thinning and torn degenerating
If You Don’t Use It, You’ll Lose It
Traumatic spinal injuries may cause patients to avoid their normal daily activities. Without proper treatment, pain will progressively worsen, resulting in decreased physical activity and gradual weakening of the supportive spinal muscles, leading to accelerated disc degeneration.
Going, Going …and Finally Gone.
Phase One: Dysfunctional – Phase one of degenerated disc disease, is categorized by tears around the outer surface of the annulus. Further damage to the disc and surrounding tissue is exacerbated by the less effective disc.
Phase Two: Unstable- In Phase two, the joint progressively loses strength. Disc changes include further tearing along the horizontal axis of the disc, greater loss of the disc height, and cartilage degeneration.
Phase Three: Stabilization- Further loss of disc height, disc space narrowing, moderate to severe endplate damage, disc fibrosis and the formation of osteophytes can eventually cause surrounding vertebrae to fuse together.
What is Facet Syndrome?
Facet syndrome, an inflammation of the facet joints, is one of the lesser-known causes of back pain. Facets are the bony wing-like protrusions extending form the back of the vertebrae that align with the facets on the vertebrae and discs. At the point where the facets of two vertebrae meet are small ligaments that join corresponding facets together.
Bearing the Brunt of Unhealthy Discs
As a result of lost disc height for one reason or another, the spine may shift its weight, adding pressure to facet joints. Bearing the brunt of all that weight can lead to tearing or degeneration of the ligaments, as well as inflammation of surrounding tissues. Adhesions over the joint surface usually form over time, leading to loss of mobility and breakdown of facet cartilage. Symptoms are usually characterized as a deep ache in the lower back that may extend to the buttocks, hip, and even below the knee. Facet syndrome is often associated with degenerative disc disease and soft tissue damage in the lumbar spine.
Contributing factors to Spinal Injury and Disease
Age: As we grow older, discs may dry and crack, losing flexibility and the ability to cushion the vertebrae. Good diet, plenty of exercise, and water intake can help slow the process.
Exercise: Exercise keeps the muscles surrounding the spine strong, decreasing injury susceptibility. Exercise also helps to maintain healthy blood flow to discs and surrounding tissues.
Diet: A healthy diet with appropriate supplementation will help ensure that your bones and tissues are receiving proper nutrients.
Activities: Maintain an awareness of what your body can handle. Falls or reckless exertions on the body, such as lifting heavy objects, can lead to severe spinal injuries. Be smart!
How Spinal Decompression Works
High intradiscal pressures cause discs to bulge out and press painfully on nerve roots. They also make for a compressed, anaerobic environment unsuitable for healing. Spinal Decompression produces negative pressures within the disc, creating a vacuum effect which many doctors believe helps the disc draw in nutrients and fluids to promote the repair of injured discs and surrounding tissues. This vacuum has also been shown to aid in the retraction of escaped cushioning gel from herniated discs.
When Negative Is a Positive
Much like gauging the air pressure in a car tire, scientists have been able to use pressure sensors to measure the various pressures put on spinal discs while lifting, standing, sitting lying down, undergoing traction, and during SD therapy. Like other pressures found in the body such as blood pressure, intradiscal pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). While traction, physical therapy, and manipulation may reduce disc pressures to as low 40 mmHg, only SD has been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that SD creates negative pressures as low as -160 mmHg with in the injured disc during the treatment session!
Traction Is not Decompression
With traction, weights are added one by one to the end of the traction bed, which, in turn, adds tension to a harness secured around the patient’s pelvis lengthening the spine. The intention is to relieve pressure but the linear force of this traction can produce spasming which may lead to greater injury. Studies confirm that the benefits of traction come from simply immobilizing the spine. In fact, the Quebec Task Force ruled in 1996 that traction was not an effective treatment for chronic herniated discs; the results are not long-lasting and cannot produce negative pressures in the disc. Like traction, SD also lengthens and exerts tension upon the spine. However, the approach is far different, producing vastly superior results.
Fooling the Back Into Relaxing
Normally, pulls exerted on the spine trigger sensory receptors in the back to tighten the muscles surrounding the vertebrae and discs in an effort to protect them from injury- a mechanism in the body known as the proprioceptor response. SD bypasses this response by gently pulling on the spine and relaxing the back over an extended period of time, allowing the spine to be repositioned without tension and without setting off the “lock down” proprioceptor response.
The Key to Decompression
Formula for Relief
Each automated session of Spinal Decompression (SD) cycles the patient through a series of gentle pulls, holds, and releases. Super-smooth transitions between each phase of Spinal Decompression can make for an experience so relaxing during which patients often fall asleep. As a session of Spinal Decompression commences, tension slowly mounts, lengthening the spine. Up to one- half of the patient’s body weight, plus as much as 25 pounds of tension, can be exerted directly on the injured discs--- all without triggering the “guarding” proprioceptor response. This is where spinal pressures drop and decompression actually occurs.
The differing amounts of tensions administered throughout the session, when graphed on a chart, produce a logarithmic curve similar to the one shown above. After a holding period, tension is slowly decreased and the spine is retracted slowly. This cycle is repeated several times throughout a treatment session.
Is Spinal Decompression Right for Me?
You Are a Candidate for SD If:
You have chronic or severe back pain caused by bilging or herniated discs, degenerated disc disease, sciatica, and/or facet syndrome.
You have been diagnosed with a clinically unstable low back.
You have failed back surgery syndrome.
You have been told to consider surgery.
You Are Not a Candidate for SD If:
You are pregnant.
You have sustained a recent vertebral fracture.
You have any retained surgical hardware (titanium rods or fusion cages).
You suffer from severe osteoporosis.
You have any rare conditions such as certain spinal infections and pelvic abdominal cancer.
When Can I Expect Results?
Many patients report a reduction in pain after their first few SD treatments sessions and happily feel they have had all the treatments. They need. This is a wonderful sign that SD is working, but the scientific reality is that the healing process is not finished! Quitting the treatment regimen early usually results in a relapse of symptoms, as well as wasted time and money. On the other hand, it may take several sessions before patients experience a noticeable remission of symptoms. Why is this? Bulging and herniated discs may need several sessions to fully reposition themselves depending on your physiology. You can be sure that your spine is responding to SD’s vacuum effect, but results are not always immediate. Using time-tested protocols, SD
Can be tremendously effective at the eliminating back pain!
SD Works, Given the Chance
Many patients report more than a 50% reduction in pain after their first treatment! For those suffering form the herniated and degenerated discs, the escaped nucleus pulpous may be partially or completely retracted back into the disc after just the first session (though usually it takes longer),relieving a great deal of pain. However pain reduction does not indicate full recovery and a full recovery is essential to preventing reinjury. This may mean completing as many as 20 to 25 treatment sessions. Some patients require even more sessions. This may seem like a lot of treatments, but SD is working with your back as it heals, and that is a process that cannot be rushed. Why is this?
Much like a scab heals, tears in the disc wall need time to heal. The absence of pain does not mean the tears have had time to seal up, which is crucial to preventing the newly retracted nucleus pulpous from escaping and putting pressure back on the nerves. Completing your course of Spinal Decompression, as determined by your doctor and according to the severity of your condition, takes time. Each session prescribed is needed to maintain a fully hydrated and oxygen-rich environment for the damaged disc. The same principles apply for those with the degenerated disc disease.
After as little as nine treatments, the disc wall may have almost completely healed. However, a small fissure remains. Continuing wit the SD protocol will allow for an enriched disc environment speed the body’s natural healing mechanism. The last remaining SD sessions will enable the disc to heal completely.
What Can I Expect?
At your first visit, your doctor will recommend an x-ray or MRI to pinpoint the specific areas of damage and discomfort. Using this information, your doctor will determine your course of therapy and whether you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression (SD).
The Pressure Is Off!
A t the beginning of each session, you will be comfortably fitted with a pelvic harness designed to achieve optimal decompression of the lumbar spine. As a session of SD commences, you will notice a slow, gentle lengthening in your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and relieved of pressure. This process is safe and relaxing. While some patients with extensively injured discs have reported mild discomfort during the first few treatments sessions, their discomfort subsides upon subsequent visits. A patient safety switch, or quick release clasps on the upper-body harness, provide an extra safety feature, allowing you to stop at any point should you feel discomfort. Each treatment session lasts approximately 30-45 minutes.
Typical Treatment Plan
A typical SD treatment regimen consists of about 20 daily sessions over four to six weeks. Some conditions require fewer visits; some require more. Many patients report their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions, and most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed SD program.
As a session of Spinal Decompression progresses, the discs are relieved of pressure, or decompressed, creating a vacuum, many experts believe this decompressed state aids in pulling nutrients, oxygen and moisture back into the discs.
Before Surgery, Consider This!
While back surgery may be the only solution to some existing back problems, many medical professionals and surgeons themselves feel strongly that every non –invasive option should be explored before turning to surgery. Although advances in surgery have been made many procedures less invasive and more effective, surgery does come with the inherent risks. With high costs and lengthy recovery time, it only makes sense to consider all of your options before making a decision about surgery.
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Failed Back Syndrome is a real term used when a patient continues to suffer
from pain and loss of mobility long after surgery. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are approximately 200,000 laminectomies performed every year with an estimated 20-30 % of these operations reported to be unsuccessful. A laminectomy removes bone and thickened tissue that is narrowing the spinal canal and squeezing the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Great News for Post-Surgical Patients
If you still suffer form pain after surgery, we have great news for you! Post-surgical patients have experienced fantastic therapeutic results form Spinal Decompression. While those with surgical hardware, such as brackets, plates, and screws, are not candidates for SD, many post-operative patients are. If you have had surgery with unsatisfactory results or have suffered a relapse, consult your doctor about the possible benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy.
Dramatic Results Without Surgery
Case Study: Severe Herniated Disc
Almost two years ago, Terence M. ruptured a disc while lifting a box out of the trunk of his car. As a result, he lost the use his right leg and suffered relentless excruciating pain. Desperate for relief, he went to Bala Spine & Wellness Center of Bala Cynwyd, PA to see Harvey Kleinberg, DO , a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist for over 35 years. Dr. Kleinberg used Spinal Decompression Therapy to alleviate Terence’s pain and restore his lost function.
“When patients have injuries, you want to make them feel better as quickly as possible and that is what Spinal Decompression Therapy is capable of doing for many patients,” Dr. Kleinberg said.
Dr. Kleinberg prescribed a treatment plan of three 30 minute sessions a week, which eventually tapered off as the pain began to subside. Patients usually undergo about 20 to 25 treatments, and easy maintenance can keep people from ever having a repeat injury again.
“My pain was excruciatingly horrible,” Terrance said. “I thought I’d never be able to be up and about again. My pain was gone in two weeks. I was feeling so good I couldn’t wait to go back to work.”
“I Was a Pain Doctor In Pain!”
Dr. Kleinberg knows first-hand how unbearable back pain can be- he suffered from herniated discs three years ago. “I had undergone three laminectomies, but continued to suffer form severe sciatica of my problem, it took 29 treatments for a total elimination of pain. It’s been three years now and I’m still pain-free!” Because Spinal Decompression Therapy alleviated his back pain, he is determined to inform people about this non-surgical treatment for herniated or degenerative discs.
“No one should have to suffer form pain for the rest of their lives if there is a treatment outside of surgery that can offer them relief with no risk involved,” Dr. Kleinberg said.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I recently added another fantastic piece of equipment to my practice.
The Power Plate is a Whole Body Vibration Platform that works on stimulating the patients nervous system, especially the cerebellum and reflexes. It works on postural muscles which ate basically the core muscle groups.
This is not a replacement to traditional exercises but for patients that do not have enough time to go to the gym or that are deconditioned it can provide a effective means of activating major muscle groups.
Patients that are suffering with disc herniations and disc bulges do fantastic with non surgical spinal decompression www.drshoshany.com
I always want to increase my results and i believe that using whole body vibration will allow for faster healing and rehabilatation times for spinal corrections.
This is the finest Whole Body platform on the market today. If you are in NYC and have interest in Whole Body vibration call (212) 645-8151.
Monday, July 02, 2007
To many people are jumping into risky surgical procedures without considering non-invasive spinal decompression.
Spinal decompression using the DRX 9000 is an effective non-surgical method of alleviating pain associated with disc herniation.
If you suffer with disc herniation you owe it to your self to at least learn about this procedure.
or email me and I can send you a 18 page full color information packet that contains all the information needed to learn about this technique, it also comes with a DVD that explains the method and answers most patient questions.
This technique is safe, gentle and effective.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Many patients have been questioning the difference between spinal decompression via the DRX 9000 and standard flexion-distraction technique via the cox or leander table.
Dr. Davis in San Fransico gives the answer below.
What's special about spinal decompression on the DRX9000 vs. traction or(flexion distraction) is that the DRX9000 has a brain. It is fully computerized. When you pull on the spine, the muscles resist. The DRX9000 senses this and makes adjustments, over 20 times per second. It has ambi-directional motor that allows it to spin backwards and forwards at super speeds while at the same time maintaining a constant tension, or logarithmic curve. In a nutshell, it is able to slice through all the muscle spasm and isolate on a specific spinal segment and create separation. This is the big difference between traction which stretches and pulls everything which could make the problem worse. That's way a traction machine costs $2500 and a DRX9000 cost over $100,000.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Call (212) 645-8151 for Spinal Decompression in Manhattan
DRX vs. VAX-D
Let me again explain the difference between the DRX spinal decompression and other typical spinal traction units. The DRX is three generations past the initial VAX-D table developed years ago. Actually, the former North American distributor of VAX-D is the present manufacturer of DRX who had requested upgrades to the VAX-D unit but was refused, which explains why the VAX-D hasn’t changed in twenty years. So he and other decompression spinal practitioners brainstormed the problems with VAX-D, and with the help of many engineers, the DRX 9000 unit was developed just a few years ago.
The problems with the VAX-D were numerous:
· non-specific for disc levels with its straight-line traction
· required patients had to hold on with their hands causing severe shoulder/arm problems
· inherent muscular resistance failed to achieve direct or specific decompression of the spinal column
· and the prone position was very uncomfortable for most patients, especially to women.
The DRX engineers solved these problems and improved the outcomes greatly:
· patients are placed supine wearing two harnesses to avoid holding on with their hands and, thus, avoid the muscular resistance found in the VAX-D
· the amount of decompression can be targeted to the specific disc level by varying the angle of traction
· computers automatically gauge the amount of decompression for each patient
· clinical studies have shown the DRX significantly reduces back pain in many patients who complete the program.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I found this great article today.
I thought I would post it
Surgery Not Only Alternative For Back Pain Friday, June 01, 2007 12:31:53 PM
Surgery Not Only Alternative For Back Pain
Nancy Gay, News 13 Medical Reporter
If you suffer from back pain you know how debilitating it can be.
News 13's Medical Reporter Nancy Gay learned about a way to treat the symptoms without surgery.
For anyone who has tried chiropractic care, physical therapy, pain management, medicine, massages, and even considered surgery to get rid of back pain, there is an alternative treatment they may want to consider.
"My left leg would burn, my back would feel like something was just squeezing all the time and I just couldn't get rid of the pain. It actually got to the point where I was in tears, I was in so much pain," said Cindy Rogers.
Days before she was scheduled for back surgery, Rogers decided to take another route -- spinal decompression.
"It causes a decompression to the spine and it sucks the disc material back into the disc and it brings fresh blood flow to the area and it helps with the healing process," said Dr. Damon Stafford of the Back 2 Life clinic.
Stafford said that spinal decompression is a great last resort before surgery. It can also help some people with failed back surgeries. An exam and MRI will determine the level of treatment. The DRX 9000 is then programmed specifically for each patient.
"They come in on the machine and their bodies are immediately relaxed and their muscle spasms are decreased and the separation of the bones causes the pressure to be off the nerves, decreasing their symptoms," Stafford said.
Patients also undergo electrical muscle stimulation. Rogers said the procedure helped her get back to doing her favorite things.
"Now I can do yard work. I walk two miles a day. I am a completely different person," Rogers said.
Stafford said patients are usually back to their daily activities within two to three weeks after treatment.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
If you suffer from Chronic Low Back pain and tried everything without success, this breakthrough treatment offers back pain sufferers relief when others methods have failed.
This medical breakthrough has caught the attention of the Canadian government. What is interesting about this is that before they will approve payment for a back surgery, if the patient has a herniated disc they must complete 20 -Non-surgical Spinal decompression treatments and if after that if no success then they will approve a surgery. www.drshoshany.com
Eventually Spinal decompression will become the standard treatment for the herniated disc, until that time some insurance companies may question its validity. There are several research studies that prove its effectiveness go to my website to see http://www.drshoshany.com/spine_decomp_research.php
I have listed most of the studies to date and continue to update monthly.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Call (212) 645-8151 in Manhattan for Spinal Decompression.
I have been getting numerous emails and phone calls from doctors across the country that are interested in getting into the Spinal decompression market.
The number one question I get is what table do I have and how do I like it.
I always tell them the same thing that this technique is not a miracle cure for everyone with back pain, That if you are selective in picking patients that fit the clinical guidelines you can get amazing results with their symptoms when all other methods have failed.
Recently I had a patient that has (F.B.S.S )or Failed back Surgery syndrome she did not want a second surgery after the third visit on my DRX 9000 spinal decompression table she felt better and has been able to sleep through through the night.
Anyway back to the table, I like the DRX 9000 because it is a heavy duty table and has great technology built into it unlike any other table on the market.
I have several other spinal decompression tables in my Manhattan practice, I prefer the DRX 9000 over all others due to patient comfort and ease of use for me and obviously the results I have been. getting.
I also believe it is crucial to analysis the patients gait patterns and correct any imbalance in their gait pattern, I use the gait scan made by a company called http://www.theorthoticgroup.com/ they make excellent orthotics.
I also use a lumbar orthotisis made by a company called cybertech that I give patient to stabilize their back after treatment.
more in future blog, please continue to send questions or comments to http://www.drshoshany.com/