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VAX-D Vertebral Axial Decompression in Phoenix, Arizona

The Only Proven Alternative to Spine Surgery

 Real Science ♦ Real Studies ♦ Real Results

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Before and After Disc Images

VAX-D is a patented non-surgical spinal decompression therapy clinically proven to be a successful conservative treatment for chronic low back pain and sciatica (sciatic leg pain/pinched nerve), caused by bulging discs, herniated discs or degenerative disc disease, and facet syndrome.  Even post surgical patients have reported significant pain relief from VAX-D treatments.

Over a series of relaxing treatment sessions, patients experience powerful pain reduction and healing.  Some even notice an improvement in their symptoms after the first few treatments!

VAX-D, not to be confused with low back traction, lengthens and decompresses the spine, reversing high intradiscal pressure through the application of negative pressure via a patented slow ramp-up process.  This reversal of pressure creates a vacuum inside the discs that not only takes pressure off of pinched nerves, but helps to reposition bulging discs and pulls extruded disc material back into place.  Spinal experts believe that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing. 


There is good news for chronic back pain sufferers.  A two and one-half year study on the treatment of chronic back pain sponsored by Independence Blue Cross (BCBS), a leader in the insurance industry, has now been completed.  The study demonstrated that VAXD treatment was 88.8% successful in the (over) 430 patients studied.  The patients selected had failed at least two previous non-surgical treatments.

All patients were examined for pain reduction and activity modifications at the end of treatment, at one month and at six months to ensure the long-term benefits of the treatment.  The study on VAXD was designed, written and analyzed by Expert Clinical Benchmarks, headed up by Paul Beatty, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina.

The study design was a prospective case series, the third most reliable outcome measuring tool.  Patients for the study came from sources such as the Philadelphia Teamsters, Teachers Unions, Street and Municipal Workers in Pennsylvania.


A research overview of the first 118 patients was released in the January 2005 Issue of the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical therapy, Volume 35, Number 1. The complete study will be published in an American medical journal as two separate studies (215 patients each) and will include long-term follow up.

Mayo Clinic Researchers Applaud Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
VAX-D Reduces Chronic Back Pain: A Four Year Outcome Study

In comments to Anesthesiology News, David P. Seamans, MD, of the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, in Arizona, said that "there are millions of people suffering from low back pain, and many are not adequately treated. We don't have all the answers in allopathic medicine, so there is always a need for new therapies."

Dr. John Leslie, who practices at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and Phoenix, conducted studies on the DRX9000 system. In Leslie's research (DRX9000), the non-surgical spinal decompression system (DRX9000) provided almost 90 percent reduction in pain after six weeks among study participants, who averaged 10 years of chronic back pain.

Journal of the American Medical Association
Spine and neck pain expenditures have increased substantially from 1997 to 2005.
One out of four adults reported physical functioning limitations.

Because most spine therapies are expensive and don't work. The therapies offered at Spine&Disc are evidence based. Our therapies are supported by over 50 combined research articles in respected medical journals.

Conditions commonly treated with VAX D

• Chronic Low Back Pain
• Bulging Discs
• Herniated Discs
• Degenerative Disc Disease
• Degenerative Joint Disease 
• Facet Syndrome
• Sciatica (Sciatic Leg Pain)
• Pinched Nerves

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