In January 2001, the FDA gave clearance to a technology that began four decades earlier with the space program. When astronauts returned from their space missions, scientists found that the astronauts were inches taller than they were before they left. Research discovered that the lack of gravity allowed their spinal discs to actually rehydrate and get taller!
What resulted was reproducing “no gravity” here on Earth to help people with disc injuries.
Several attempts were made before the FDA cleared the product now known as non-surgical
See, as you are sitting there reading this, you (along with the help of gravity) are putting
400 mmHg pressure on each disc in your lower back. If you were to stand up and bend
over to pick something up, you would double the pressure on your discs. It’s no wonder that
repetitive bending or heavy lifting is a common cause of disc injury to the lower back.
And if you have one of these “hidden subluxations” in your spine, you are literally risking severe injury just by living in Earth’s gravity!
The FDA has measured the intra-discal pressure of the disc during spinal decompression at somewhere between NEGATIVE 150-200 mmHg! This negative pressure helps your injured discs in 3 ways:
No. Decompression in our office is gentle, relaxing, and often, our patients will fall asleep while undergoing treatment.
Each decompression session takes less than an hour. 15 minutes is spent with the doctor prior to decompression, then 30 minutes on the decompression table.
Unfortunately, no insurance plan currently pays for decompression. And there are doctors in the greater Wilmington area that are charging upwards of $4,000 for their decompression programs which require patients continue for 20 visits. Not us. Since we don’t have a crystal ball, we tell our patients to take it one visit at a time. If they continue to make the improvements we expect, then they continue with treatment until their injured discs are healed. And, very importantly: We reasonably charge just $50 per visit for decompression services. This $50 charge is over and above the amount of your co-pay. By the way, we take all of the following insurances: