Can I be Helped with DRX9000 Spinal Decompression?

Many times when people with back pain enter the office they invariably ask if the big machine in that room can help them. I always respond with “it depends on what is causing your back pain”. Not everyone can be treated on the DRX9000 and not everyone should be treated on the DRX9000 – regardless of what ad you may have seen online or in the paper. I usually explain to the patient that someone has to have a real bad back issue before we consider putting them on the machine.

What is a “really bad back issue” that requires the DRX9000? The first condition we always discuss is a lower back disc injury. Disc bulges and herniations may be a reason someone can be treated on the DRX9000. It is important to assess if the disc is actually causing the lower back or leg pain.  Recent studies have shown that positive disc findings on MRI have a high degree of NOT causing back or leg pain. A thorough history and examination can determine if the disc in question is actually causing the pain.  If it is not, then we do not treat it symptomatically, we may prescribe some exercises to keep that disc from one day causing pain.

12193670_10153079288422007_5420899305940277484_n-2-2Should it be identified that the disc in question is causing the pain, then we need to look further into the patient’s symptoms.  Do they have any stenosis, and if so what is the cause?  As discussed in a previous article, stenosis is just the closing in of a hole; in this definition the hole that the nerve enters and exits. That could be the sciatic nerve or other spinal nerves.  If there is stenosis is it boney or soft tissue?  Boney stenosis is self-explanatory; for some reason a bone is impinging on the hole that the nerve transverses through.  In this case we do not proceed further with DRX9000 treatment.  If it is soft tissue, such as the disc or an adjacent ligament, then spinal decompression treatment is very much indicated.

We follow this process with all lower back injuries to see if they could be treated with the DRX9000. Other injuries that could be helped are facet arthrosis/arthritis (joints that connect one vertebrae to the other that are injured or inflamed) and some forms of scoliosis that cause back pain.

There are true contraindications for spinal decompression which include surgery within the last 6 months, metal implants, mesh and other hardware.  We generally do not treat anyone with the DRX9000 if they have boney central canal stenosis because they have poor outcomes.

Back to the first question, who can be helped with the DRX9000? Someone who may suffer with any of the above issues without the contraindications; in these cases we will consider DRX9000 as a viable treatment option.  If someone cannot be treated with spinal decompression,  we do offer other treatment options and therapies that have excellent out comes; again depending on the results of the full analysis.

Until Next Time,

Dr. Michael Guadagnino, Chiropractic Physician

www.NYNJDRX.com

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Competitive Athletes Should be Seeing a Chiropractor, That Goes Without Say.

I received a lot of inbox questions from my last blog “Everyone Who Exercises Should be Seeing a Chiropractor”. A common theme I read is that it is even more important for anyone who regularly competes athletically to get chiropractic adjustments. As stated previously, if you exercise you should see a chiropractor on a maintenance schedule; but if you are a competitive athlete, especially one in-season, you may need to see a chiropractor a couple times a week.

In the last article, I spoke about the stress being placed on one’s body when exercising regularly, but when talking about a competitive athlete you have to add hitting one’s body against ground, pounding against a competitor or expending more energy running?  These types of stresses are compounded, even more so than one would realize.

While playing or practicing in an athletic setting, your body will release endorphins  which act as the bodies natural pain medication.  This is why it is so common not to feel bumps and bruises until long after the game.  As you unwind, your body begins to rest and the output of endorphins eases. The level of insult placed on the body isn’t even realized at times until long after the game; or until someone on the bench tells you about a hit you took and got right back up.

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Not all sports like, tennis and track are contact sports. Although these sports do put a world of strain on the body; ask any long distance track runner what their body goes through during a meet.  The constant pounding, the pushing of one’s body further and mental anguish of these sports taxes the spine and extremity joints. The sooner full motion can be returned to all the body’s articulations the faster the athlete may recover. The same can be said about all contact sports including football, basketball, hockey, soccer etc. The level of trauma from impact, whether great of small will affect the body in similar ways.  Baseball and softball were not included here but they have their own contact/non-contact stress; whether it is sliding to a base, repetitive throwing of a ball, twisting with a swing or diving for a ball.

Competitive athletes do better when seeing a chiropractor and getting adjusted regularly. In-season I typically see an athlete two times a week; usually a day after their game while they recover, and the day before their next game for complete competitive fluidity. Of course this excludes treatment for true injuries they may suffer, for the sake of this article we are only speaking about optimizing full athletic ability.

Treatment usually consists of some mild therapy to relax the soft tissue musculature then an adjustment.  The therapy varies depending on the athletes body type and sport played; this is all determined at the initial consultation.  A visit typically lasts 10 – 15 minutes, which is plenty of time to get the athlete feeling his or her top self.

The same way an athlete eats right, sleeps enough and exercises regularly chiropractic treatment will enable him or her to reach a physical level of freedom of movement and post-game repair that will ultimately help their game and athletic potential.

 

Until Next Time.

Dr. Michael Guadagnino, Chiropractic Physician

www.NYNJDRX.com

 

Everyone Who Exercises Should Be Seeing a Chiropractor

The object of exercise is to stress your body physically, allow it to heal/repair, strengthen and then repeat.  This would apply for anyone in the entire gamut of those looking for better health to those who are competitive athletes. Whether your activity of choice is aerobic exercises, weight lifting or a little of both, the stresses you place on your frame need help with its repair.

If you break down what you do to your body, you will realize that in exercise you are not only “getting up a good sweat”, but rather you are creating a physiological effect to your entire body.  Yes we understand that the heart pumps faster, the blood moves quicker, there is a rapid exchange or oxygen to carbon dioxide in your lungs, that there is micro tearing in your muscles where such repair allows for growth etc.  There is something else such as a weight load on your joints and the build up of lactic acid that will sit in your muscle tissue; this is not something creating injury but a stressor to your body.

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Let’s break down some exercises and see what they can do:

  • Bench Press – we know this is a great power exercise for the chest but think about the weight that is placed on your mid-back while it supports you against the bench. This would apply to any lying down exercise.
  • Squats – another great power exercise this one for your legs, but that load of weight is resting on shoulders supported by the entire spine.  Same could be said about military presses, as they both create an axial load on your spine.
  • running/jogging – there is constant banging of your joints.  Every time your foot hits the ground your ankles, knees and spine absorb that shock.  It’s always best to run with great sneakers and on a better surface, but there is still impact upon those joints.
  • Bicep curls/Tricep extensions sitting – doing these sitting exercises may cause you to tighten your neck or put undo stress on your mid back as you perform the exercise

All exercises create lactic acid that rests in those muscles you worked until your blood takes these molecules, delivers them to your liver and breaks them down.

No matter how good your form and technique, basic physics says that the force of the weight (from iron or your own body weight) moves through your entire body and rests on the part making contact with a surface..be it bench, chair or running track.

Chiropractic’s can play an important role in the heal, repair and recover phase.  Allowing the spinal and extremity joints to return to their normal ranges of motion allows for faster recovery and more fluidity in those articulations.  More moment means more blood flow which ultimately means reduction in lactic acid clean-up time.  Adjunctive therapies such as ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, cold laser, heat/ice etc also moves the lactic acid out faster and increases the effectiveness of joint manipulation.

As some one who has exercised his entire life, and sees a chiropractor regularly for most my life, adjustments make a real difference in recovery and the ability to work harder in my training sessions.  This is a major reason why so many professional athletes utilize the care of a chiropractor and why they attribute it to helping them get back on the field quicker.

If you exercise regularly and have never seen a chiropractor, give one a call. Our office is open 5 days a week which include 3 nights/evenings.

Until Next Time,

~Dr. Michael Guadagnino, Chiropractic Physician