Is Spinal Decompression a Scam?

by: Eben Davis, D.C.

I have been practicing chiropractic in downtown San Francisco for almost 20 years now. About 6 years ago I decided to add nonsurgical spinal decompression to my herniated disc treatment protocols for the cervical and lumbar spine. I did this after researching spinal decompression and all the different disc decompression machines for about a year.

I moved very slowly because I did not believe that a disc herniation could be fixed with a machine. I had seen the advertisements for years, but to me it sounded like a scam. That was until a friend of mine in Denver, who is a very conservative chiropractor, reported to me that he was seeing amazing results with spinal decompression using the DRX9000. Then a friend in Los Angeles reported the same thing.

Is Spinal Decompression a Scam? / Experience

 I decided to fly into both clinics and observe the spinal decompression process and speak with patients myself. I wanted to see it first hand. What I witnessed was amazing.

All of the decompression patients I spoke with were positive and very happy with the results. Many were in tears as they spilled their guts about how their life had changed because of the DRX9000.

I even tried the DRX9000c myself. The DRX9000c treats herniated discs in the neck… I have 2 of them. I had never felt anything like it before. My neck never felt better… after only a few sessions.

Is Spinal Decompression a Scam? / Research

Is Spinal Decompression a Scam

Now it was time to check-out the research behind nonsurgical spinal decompression… surely it must be great. Well… that’s where I ran into problems. There was no formal research on the DRX9000, or any spinal decompression system for that matter. I pulled the trigger anyway.

Why did I do it... knowing insurance would not pay because spinal decompression is considered experimental because of no long term clinical trials or research?

I purchased a DRX9000 and a DRX9000c because I could see that it was something that chronic back and neck pain patients would pay for out of pocket. I knew my practice was about to become more complete. I now had a next step for patients with bulging discs or herniated discs, that did not respond to chiropractic care.

Plus… I had felt it. I had talked to patients that were told they would have to live in pain or have surgery and now, they were sky diving! I did it because it made sense… even with no research.

Well, I have delivered thousands of spinal decompression treatments in San Francisco to hundreds of patients… maybe thousands…and you know what? Disc decompression still makes sense.

Sure, there is no research or only preliminary research to support the claims that nonsurgical decompression patients make every day around the world… but who cares?

I don’t… and my San Francisco herniated disc patients don’t. And those that do and decide not to try spinal decompression with the DRX9000 or one of the other machines because there is no research on it… they may be missing out.

Is Spinal Decompression a Scam? / Summary

Heck… even if decompression therapy does not fix you, it’s not going to hurt you. Spinal decompression to the neck or low back is very safe… and it’s gentle also. In fact, most of my patients fall asleep on the DRX9000.

I would think twice about having a surgical fusion to the cervical spine or to the lumbar spine without first trying spinal decompression.

Why?...Because if you have surgical fusion you will automatically be disqualified from nonsurgical spinal decompression.

Why not try the DRX9000 or DRX9000c first? If decompression therapy does not fix you than you are still whole and can try something else…

So is spinal decompression a scam? Hardly…it’s a virtual miracle.

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