VAX-D stands for Vertebral Axial Decompression. It was invented by Dr. Alan Deyer, MD. It’s a revolutionary NON-surgical back pain management treatment that can be used for a number of low back disc-related conditions.
VAX-D, a spinal decompression therapy, treats low back conditions, which produce buttock, hip, groin, thigh, leg, and foot pain. These conditions include the following:
- Herniated Discs
- Bulging Discs
- Ruptured Discs
- Degenerated Discs
- Spinal Stenosis
- Facet Syndrome
- Spinal Arthritis
- Post-Surgical Patients with Failed Back Syndrome
VAX-D is an effective and safe bulging disc treatment and herniated disc treatment procedure without any of the risks associated with surgery, injections, or anesthesia. Time off work or in recovery is minimal, and the resolution of symptoms can be long lasting.
VAX-D is a very effective treatment for a number of conditions. In order for you to understand how VAX-D works, you need to understand the anatomy that makes up the structures of your back.
The spine is made up of 24 movable bones called vertebrae. These vertebrae run down the center of your back. Between each movable vertebra is a disc. The disc acts as a cushion or a shock absorber that provides flexibility and movement to the spine. In addition, the discs also act as a ligament to hold the vertebrae together.
Unfortunately, these discs can become injured and worn out over time, which is why people have so much trouble with their backs.
The anatomy of the disc is quite simple. The outside of the disc is made up of a fibrous shell called the annulus. The inside of the disc is made up of a jelly-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. The strong annular fibers hold in the nucleus pulposus. It is analogous to a jelly doughnut. Unfortunately, as you get older, discs lose their blood supply. Therefore, when you have an injury to a disc, it is difficult for that disc to heal on its own. When discs are healthy and uninjured, they retain their shape. When they are degenerated and injured, they push out and put pressure on the surrounding spinal nerve roots.
Bulging Disc Treatment, Herniated Disc Treatment & Ruptures
Discs undergo a tremendous amount of stress, which can sometimes lead to a bulging disc. A bulging disc is a weakening of the disc wall, which causes the disc to bulge out and press painfully on the surrounding nerves.
A herniated disc, on the other hand, occurs when the pressure within the disc becomes too great. This causes a crack or fissure to develop in the tougher outer layer of cartilage (the annulus), which allows some of the softer material inside to protrude out of the disc. It’s like squeezing a jelly-doughnut. This may impinge painfully on the nerves, causing severe muscle spasms and severe pain. It can also lead to numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness in the arms and legs. A herniated disc is also called a ruptured disc or a slipped disc.
Stenosis And Degenerated Disc Disease
Typically, spinal stenosis and degenerated disc disease are seen in older people. Stenosis and degeneration of the spine and discs are gradual results of aging and “wear and tear” on the spine. Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal due to the encroachment of disc material or bony growths that squeeze and irritate the spinal cord or nerve roots. On the other hand, degenerated disc disease happens when a disc degenerates or breaks down. This may be from years of strain, overuse, and maybe even misuse. Both of these conditions can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in both the arms and legs.
VAX-D is an effective, painless, and safe spinal decompression treatment. For patients suffering from the conditions listed above, VAX-D is the answer. Prior to VAX-D, the only documented way to correct disc problems was through surgery. VAX-D takes the escaped disc material and retracts it back into place by decompression.
VAX-D achieves decompression through a timed series of pulls, holds, and releases, lasting over a period of 30 minutes. The decompression cycle produces a negative pressure within the disc. This is what allows the treatment to be so successful. This negative pressure creates a vacuum effect that draws nutrients and vital fluids into the disc to promote the repair of the injured disc and the surrounding tissue. This is crucial to the healing process because without it, the disc won’t heal. This is what makes VAX-D such a clinical breakthrough.
Some patients have reported immediate relief after just one treatment, although it usually takes longer. Some conditions require fewer treatments, while some require more. Each treatment is customized to a patient’s individual injury.
VAX-D has also been shown to treat degenerative disc disease and stenosis. It has a rejuvenating effect on the degenerative disc. In addition, it reduces the pain associated with stenosis by pulling the disc back into place.
The patient is fitted with pelvic harness. The patient then lays face-down on the table. The upper body is then positioned on the stationary portion of the table.
The system applies tension in a smooth (patented) logarithmic time/force curve that allows the muscles to relax. When the muscles relax, decompression is achieved with a negative pressure being achieved in the disc. Each decompression cycle lasts for 60 seconds, so each patient will receive a total of 15 decompression cycles over the span of 30 minutes.
Patients find the treatment to be comfortable and relaxing. Many experience a relief of their pain and symptoms during the treatment.