What Causes The Pain?

Your spine must be stable to support upright posture, and also flexible, allowing you to bend and twist. This is mechanically very challenging and makes your spine vulnerable to injury.

The spine is made up of a chain of bones, called vertebrae, which are connected together by ligaments and muscles. The vertebrae cover and protect the spinal cord, which carries sensory messages to and from the brain, controlling all your body functions.

A disc separates each vertebrae and acts like a cushion, absorbing shock along the spine. The disc is made up of jelly like substance known as the nucleus, covered with many strong outer layers called the annulus. The discs do not have a supply of blood vessels to nourish and replenish them, rather, they depend on a transfer of fluids, nutrients and oxygen from the bones (vertebrae) above and below them. This transfer of fluid depends on the difference in pressure between the inside of the discs and the surrounding vertebrae and blood vessels. This is why most disc nutrition and regeneration takes place when we lie down and the pressure inside the discs is reduced. This process is not very efficient, and as we age, the disc is exposed to wear and tear greater than its ability to heal and regenerate.

The discs are prone to injury and degeneration as we use our backs each day, as they are compressed and torqued through sitting, bending and lifting. In the two lower levels of the lumbar spine, stress forces can equal 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. Repeated injury weakens the annulus, while the earliest changes that occur in the discs are tears in the annulus.

With increased pressure inside the disc, the tears in the annulus may allow the disc to bulge like an old tire with a broken casing. Any internal damage to the disc may cause severe pain in the back. If all of the layers of the annulus break, the jelly-like nucleus will ooze out of the disc, causing a disc herniation. A bulging or herniated disc may press on spinal nerves, causing sciatica, which can be felt as weakness in your muscles, loss of sensation in the skin or a tingling or burning sensation along the nerves in your buttock and legs.

Repeated episodes of injury results in the degeneration of the disc, which becomes stiff and dry, causing it to lose its shock absorbing properties. This process may continue until the disc is collapsed, which increases the mechanical pressure on the bones and joints lending to arthritis (facet syndrome).

The Treatment

All treatments are administered with the patient fully clothed. First, the patient is custom-fitted with a unique upper harness that is designed to comfortably secure the upper body to the fixed table section. Once the patient is positioned on the table, the (patent pending) Pelvic Restraints are adjusted to comfortably secure the patient's pelvis.

With precise and painless computer controlled tension, the specific disc segment is gently distracted to reduce the pressure inside the disc.

A typical daily treatment session consists of 30 minutes of decompression on the SpineMED™ Table followed by 15 minutes of ice therapy. The process is painless and safe, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during treatment.

Most patients will find relief of their symptoms between 15 and 25 sessions, while the average recommended course of treatment is 20 sessions. Sessions are typically performed 3 times per week in conjunction with other corrective protocols.

At the conclusion of the treatment series, when the disc injury has been corrected, patients are given mobilization and strengthening exercises to avoid repeat injury.

After only a few weeks of treatment, research has shown outstanding results in relieving the debilitating pain caused by degenerative, bulging, herniated or ruptured discs, as well as sciatica, posterior facet syndrome, spinal stenosis, and many failed back surgery cases. Most patients are able to return to normal levels of activity at work or recreation in just a few weeks time.

This process is not a panacea. It is gradual and requires active participation by the patient following the protocol.

Facts About SpineMED® Therapy

It is a Non-Surgical treatment which is Safe and Painless.

Studies have demonstrated that 86% of patients report good to excellent relief of their symptoms.

It is designed to correct the underlying problem, not just relieve the symptoms.

Allows for a pre-determined treatment period.

A portion of the treatment is often covered by insurance.

SpineMED™ Therapy Is An Effective Treatment For:

Herniated Disc • Degenerative Disc • Sciatica • Facet Syndrome • Spinal Stenosis • Pre / Post Surgery

How Can SpineMED® Therapy Help Me?

Herniated and degenerated discs are among the most common causes of lower back pain. The SpineMED™ is specifically designed to treat these types of conditions.

It is a medical fact that damaged intervertebral discs seldom heal, as the discs are constantly under pressure. The SpineMED™ uses clinically proven principles to relieve pressure on vital structures of the lumbar spine and spinal nerves, reducing pressure inside the discs.

Through recent clinical trials, utilizing MRI, pre and post treatment on a similar table, disc herniations were reduced between 10% to 90%, depending on the number of sessions performed, while patching and healing of the annulus was also evident. The researchers also found increased water content in the disc, or rehydration of the nucleus.

The SpineMED™ Table is designed to comfortably and accurately increase intersegmental disc space, providing non-surgical decompression of lumbar discs. The object of decompression is to reduce the pressure inside the disc and facilitate the transfer of fluids, nutrients and oxygen back inside the disc (decompression, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning).

Reduction of intradiscal pressure - the pressure inside the disc, can result in the retraction of bulging or herniated discs, and welcome relief of nerve pressure. Tears in the disc annulus can be repaired, and sufficient fluids and nutrients can be introduced into the nucleus to reverse the disc degeneration and collapse resulting from injury. Rehydration of the disc nucleus can restore disc height, relieving the pressure on inflamed facet joints.

The SpineMED™ Table is not just aimed at treating symptoms but is designed to alleviate the underlying problems that cause low back pain and facilitate the natural healing of the discs.

Is SpineMED® Therapy For Me?

Spinal Disc Decompression with the SpineMED™ Table has proven to be safe and without side effects or complications once abnormal conditions have been ruled out.

Patients with conditions that compromise the integrity of the spinal column, such as gross osteo-porosis, spondylolisthesis grade 2 and above, fractures, tumors, or congenital pars defects are not candidates for Spinal Disc Decompression.

Previous spinal surgery is not contraindicated unless hardware (screws, rods, cages, pins, etc.) has been implanted in the back.


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Andover, MA 01810
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