I have been coming to Integrative Sports and Wellness and love it. I have seen everyone from spine surgeons, physical therapists, and other muscle specialists and none of them have really been able to help me or lead me in the right direction. In just the few first weeks i went here my activity level completely changed and I can now play golf again pain free the way that i have always wanted to. I can play 18 holes now when i could only play 12-13 holes before my back completely gave out. I love the Kinesio Tape that Dr. Russ puts on my back. In fact that first week I was able to play 36 holes in 2 days and my back was barely even sore after my round. Treatments are definitely helping me! I look forward to the rest of my treatment plan. Thanks for giving my life back. Jake R. Lakeway Tx

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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression


Spinal decompression therapy is FDA approved and has been clinically proven with an excellent success rate. It is a nonsurgical, 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 isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. The frequency and oscillation of the treatment allows enhanced blood flow and oxygen to enter the problem area reducing pain and increasing function.

Who specifically benefits from this the most?

Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by damaged or degenerated discs may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves referring pain into the arms or legs). This program will work well together with some of the traditional pain management procedures such as epidural steroid injections, SI joint injections, and facet injections. Those procedures decrease the inflammation and the decompression changes the foundational issues. With patience and following our recommendations we will most likely keep you out of the operating room.

What can this vacuum effect do?


The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.

What machine is used in our clinic?

There is a number of spinal decompression systems presently used in the United States. After significant research over the last 5 years since opening our clinic, we have chosen the Kennedy Neural-Flex Decompression Table. This machine allows us to provide our patients with quality decompression for a fraction of the cost of some of the other machines, such as the DRX 9000. It is the ONLY table on the market allowing you to be comfortably and effectively treated on your stomach or on your back.  This is important because depending on your diagnosis, it may be too uncomfortable to lay one way and will then prohibit the treatment. With this specific table we will be able to get you in the perfect position for the treatment to be effective. The Kennedy Neural-Flex Decompression Table allows for patient’s to be treated for both neck and back pain allowing for a comfortable position and is customizable for any patient height or weight.


Is Decompression different than Inversion?

The Kennedy Decompression computer/motor is the key. It controls the variations in spindecomp.pngthe traction allowing for spinal decompression and eliminating muscle reactions and subsequent over-compression of the full spine that is typically seen in conventional traction devices or inversion tables. Inversion tables "over-traction" most disc segments and elongates the spinal muscles taking away the natural curves in the spine. The preprogrammed patterns of the decompression table allow for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction. The table angles also allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration. Disc patients do better with face down and with their legs up into extension. Facet/Stenosis patints do better face down with their legs down into flexion.


When is Decompression not recommended?

Spinal decompression therapy is usually not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe spinal degeneration, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after discectomies and laminectomies can be done.


 How many treatments do I need?

The specific treatment plan is determined by the doctor after your examination, x-rays, and evaluation. Based on the current research, the best results have been achieved utilizing a protocol of 15-20 sessions over a 6-12 week period. Certain patients with very mild symptoms will follow a 10-session protocol. Each session of spinal decompression therapy takes 30 minutes. To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are usually treated initially with passive therapies (ice and/or heat, electric stim, cold laser), stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. Once improvement occurs, active rehabilitation is implemented in order to strengthen the spinal musculature

Avoiding Surgery in Comfort

The Eyerman study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniation’s in 10 of 14 cases! The SealyBorgmeyer study reported that 86% of ruptured disc patients achieved "good" (50-89% improvement) to "excellent” (90- 100% improvement) results after spinal decompression therapy! The results we have achieved in our office reflect this exactly. From our experience surgery to the spine has too many risks and a poor recovery. Often surgery is repeated within 3-5 years.


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