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Our Kennedy Neuroflex Decompression Traction System has the widest availability of patient positioning options of ANY systems that we investigated. Patients may lay on their back (supine), on their stomach (prone), side lying, gentle inversion, supine extension or supine flexion, prone flexion or prone extension, side lying straight or with lateral bending. Due to the wide accessibility of positioning options we are able to adapt the table positions to the most comfortable / most relaxing position for our patients in pain. What does this mean for YOU? The more relaxed you are during the therapy, the more relaxed the spinal muscles in the area of injury are, the greater quantity of disc decompression is achieved. This means faster reductions in pain, more comfortable treatments, less traction force required, faster disc healing, and LESS COST.
Kennedy Neuro-Flex Decompression Traction System
Different brands of decompression traction tables are like different brands of automobiles. ALL decompression systems are a traction based system that uses a harness attached to a pulley to gently pull the damaged tissue to create a negative pressure to the targeted disc. Neuro-flex tables just have more positioning options available and the computer is significantly more customizable for individual patient situations .
Certain other brands (The VAX-D and the DRX9000) are the most limited in regards to patient selection and comfort. With the DRX9000, patients are limited to supine positioning (laying on their back) only. The VAX-D limits patient positioning to prone laying (face down on their stomach) only. Because of the effects of gravity on an injured disc, patients with other complicating conditions such as acid reflux, varying body shapes, surgical histories or “enhancements,” other injuries, or the actual mechanics of the injured disc, these limited patient positioning options can complicate the application of spinal decompression therapy. This means less comfort, more traction force required, more treatments, and higher cost.
Certain brands have trademarked the phrase “true decompression” which I find to be quite misleading to the public. Decompression is a function of the disc…not a table, the table is a mechanism of traction. Frankly, the FDA has the same concern because ALL of the brands of Decompression Traction Systems are Cleared by the FDA to perform “traction.” Unique pull patterns are better decided by an experienced doctor who has evaluated you and customized your treatment rather than a computer that treats all cases of disc herniations the same (cookie cutter approach). Most research regarding non-surgical spinal decompression has been performed using the VAX-D protocols (prone protocols and pull patterns using a percentage of body weight and contraction and rest phase pull patterns), and since most symptomatic disc bulges are oriented towards the posterior elements of the disc this is a more commonly positioned orientation for our patients with “radicular” symptoms (nerve symptoms progressing down the leg). The DRX9000 brand manufacturer (AXIOM Worldwide) has advised their practitioners to adopt the clinical trial results and have claimed them as their own even though the patient positioning is significantly different from the VAX-D system protocols.
Our concerns with many decompression traction providers is that they use a “one size fits all” protocol which we find to be too intense without any increased therapeutic benefit. Decompression performed at 50% of the body weight (for the lumbar spine) for 30 minutes has not been shown to have any increased therapeutic benefit when compared to our 12 – 15 minute program at 35% of the body weight. The more intense program used by our competitors has an increased risk of a “traction reaction (back spasm response)” than our more gentle program with no increased therapeutic benefit and it generally costs significantly more.
Even though some table systems do have limitations with variable positioning options, the patient improvements are generally impressive if correctly applied.
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