Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffers from back or neck pain? Chances are you've tried all kinds of medications and therapy that didn't work.
News Channel Seven’s Neysa Wilkins explains.
Imagine no more back or neck pain, without surgery or medication.
That’s now a possibility for many people in the form of a decompression table. It's being offered right here in Bay County.
"My pain was definitely a ten,” said Tracy Buchanan.
Just a few months ago Tracy Buchanan was in so much pain she could barely move.
"I wasn't walking; I was lying on the floor for days on end," said Buchanan.
Tracy's pain started after an injury to her lower back.
When she went to the doctor, she discovered she had a herniated disc. In the past, folks suffering from back pain had only two basic options.
Live with the pain or take their chances with surgery.
Now they have another choice.
DRX 9000 Patient, Tracy Buchanan said, "I've used Dr. Cowen for Chiropractic care for 20 years and I sought him out first before looking into any kind of surgical procedures and he said I was a candidate for the DRX.
The DRX 9000 is a decompression table.
It can decompress the lumbar spine for herniated discs that cause back pain and it can also decompress the cervical spine for people who have neck pain.
“The DRX is, as I like to say, kind of the Mercedes Benz of decompression tables," said Chironetwork Health Care Center’s, Dr. Hal Cowen.
Dr. Cowen also said, “Anyone could be a candidate who has spinal degeneration in their lumbar spine or cervical spine.
Whiplash cases could be from car accidents and of course any kind of bulging or herniated disc."
Many people who suffer from arthritis in their neck seem to think that's a normal part of aging.
"There's no normal amount of arthritis in your neck,” said Dr. Cowen. “It's common to have arthritis in your neck at age 60 but it's not normal. Normal is to have well hydrated moveable discs.”
And that's what the DRX does.
"It opens those disc spaces up allows fluids to go back into those cartilages and opens those spaces and actually can rehydrate those discs," said Dr. Cowen.
The machine has a pulling feeling similar to traction. But decompression is very different in that it can actually sense how much the body is pulling against it.
And the table actually compensates for that and allows it to specifically decompress the disc that needs it.
"The sensors are 17 times second making adjustments to everything the patient is doing,” explained Dr. Cowen. “So it works amazingly for the patients and the results have been speaking for themselves"
After only a couple of months of treatment Tracy’s pain went from a ten to a zero and she says she is back to her old self.
"I can do everything I did before--all the activities I did before... I surfed before, I can surf again, and I really don't have any limitations now," said Buchanan.
There is so much more to this machine that we don't have time to tell you about.
For more information about the DRX9000, you can visit chironetworkhcc.com or call Dr. Hal Cowen at 872-8880.