Vax-D Therapy in Idaho Falls

One of the most effective innovations in treating chronic back pain and disc disorders is non-surgical therapy using a decompression technique or vertebral axial distraction. This is also known as VAX-D therapy. The only Idaho Falls chiropractic clinic to find this type of therapy is with Dr. Wight and Dr. Holwege at Legacy Health Partners. Used as an alternative to surgery, VAX-D gives the patient the desired result while being both safe and cost effective. There are several reasons why this VAX-D therapy has forever changed the Idaho Falls chiropractic treatment of back pain.

For more than 15 years, VAX-D therapy has been used by innovative Idaho Falls chiropractic physicians to eliminate chronic back and neck pain from disc and facet joint disease. It is non-evasive which means there is no surgery, injections or anesthesia, no threat of infection and no long recovery period. Most importantly, patient research has shown that the relief of pain is long-lasting with 7 out of 10 patients reporting success.

Conditions We Treat

Treatment is recommended for patients with lumbar or cervical back pain. It has proven effective in correcting herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome and nerve root pain. Even people with sciatica (foot and leg pain and numbness) or a previous back surgery that had failed, are candidates for the treatment. VAX-D therapy is not available from every practitioner. Access to this therapy is a great reason to visit Legacy Health Partners in Idaho Falls.

VAX-D Spinal Decompression Tables have been used to treat these conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Mid back pain
  • Chronic/debilitating back pain
  • Bilateral leg pain
  • Certain neurological symptoms
  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Muscle pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Spinal Senosis
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Studies have shown that it significantly improved disability scores and pain by the end of the treatment. Non-treatable conditions include spinal tumors, vertebral fractures, spinal infections, pregnancy, spondylolisthesis, and osteoporosis, just to name a few.

How It Works

VAX-D is used to treat back and neck pain by alternately stretching and relaxing the lower spine. This revolutionary process decompresses the discs and the stretching aligns the neck and spine – easing the pain. During a VAX-D session, the patient will be face down (or face up) on a computer-controlled split table with a harness around their hips. The patient extends their arms and holds onto the two hand grips. The treatment begins as the table separates into two pieces – creating a stretch in the lower back.

If the patient experiences any pain or discomfort, all they have to do is let go of the hand grips and that will stop the treatment. A single session typically lasts 45 minutes and the treatment generally includes 20 sessions.

The treatment relieves pressure on the structures that cause back pain such as herniated or bulging discs as well as degenerative disc disease. Studies have shown that VAX-D treatment has better outcomes than physical therapy, TENS, ultrasound, acupuncture, epidural steroid injections, lumbar support belts, and surgery.

VAX-D table control panel

Transforming Lives

It has been known that heavy lifting and rotation can increase disc pressures and result in pain. Nurses, mechanics, mining, and construction are among the high risk occupations for back pain. VAX-D for the treatment of back pain, is helping patients lead more productive lives. Many people are able to return to regular activities after just four weeks. It is reassuring to know that while surgery, anesthesia, and injections are avoided with spinal decompression of VAX-D, patients can be confident they are getting the best state-of-the-art treatment.

For those suffering from back pain, the thought of having to succumb to back surgery may be dreadful. The process of back surgery is incredibly uncomfortable and the recovery is not easy. Fortunately, thanks to the numerous technological advances that have been made over the past decade in the chiropractic field, many options exist that are often as effective as back surgery but less invasive and devoid of the complications that back surgery may cause. Those who are looking for a chiropractic clinic that offers alternatives to surgery will be happy to learn of vertebral axial decompression therapy (VAX-D) offered by Dr. Wight and Dr. Holwege.

Another reason that VAX-D is such a favorable alternative for those looking for a chiropractic clinic is due to the fact that it is completely risk free. While mistakes during surgery are not incredibly common, they do occur and can often be quite devastating. With VAX-D, the risks are completely minimal and because it is not invasive. There is no chance of causing excessive harm to your back. For this reason, many people who are contemplating enlisting the help of a chiropractor will choose VAX-D instead of invasive measures.

Overall, those who are seeking a chiropractor will clearly find Legacy Health Partners and Dr. Wight and Dr. Holwege to offer the best chiropractic clinic in the area. No other Idaho Falls chiropractic clinic offers VAX-D, making it truly unique in the chiropractic field. Unless you wish to endure the pains and risks of an invasive back surgery as well as a slow recovery, look no further than the VAX-D offered by Dr. Wight and Dr. Holwege at Legacy Health Partners.

Keep in mind that VAX-D is not linear traction. This treatment lengthens and decompresses the spine to relieve pressure on the parts that might be causing your chronic lower back pain. It is the only treatment that has been proven to decrease disc pressures enough to allow for healing. VAX-D was invented in 1991 by Allan Dyer, M.D.

Thourough Consultations

You deserve to live pain free. If you think that VAX-D or any other treatment offered at Legacy Health Partners might help you to live better, you can request a consultation. In addition, there is a new program available to help those patients with no insurance, or high deductibles, to find an affordable solution to their healthcare needs. This is primarily targeted to chiropractic work but can be used for ALL providers at Legacy Health Partners. The program is called ChiroHealth USA. The ChiroHealth USA program covers chiropractic, physical therapy, and even massage therapy.

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VAX-D Treatment FAQs

VAX-D patients normally have 20 or more treatments that last 45 minutes each time. Every patient and condition is unique so the length and number of treatments may very.

Yes. A previous back surgery should not prevent you from having VAX-D treatment. One exception would be if you had fixed surgical hardware to fuse your spine.

Studies have shown that VAX-D is successful in about 70 percent of patients and that surgery is not more effective than conservative treatment years later. A big reason for this is that surgery is physically changing your spine by removing some or all of the disc. In many cases, this puts stress on the healthy discs that are above and below and can lead to problems in the future.

In the medical community, VAX-D is relatively new. This treatment has been successful for patients all over the world and the awareness is growing rapidly. VAX-D is becoming the standard of care for chronic lower back pain.

A herniated disk is one of the most common causes of pain in the neck, arms, and legs. VAX-D is very helpful for treating bulging or herniated discs in close to 75 percent of cases.

Each patient is unique so it can depend on the diagnosis and your overall condition. A single session typically lasts 45 minutes and the treatment generally includes 20 sessions.

There are a small percent of people who would not be eligible for VAX-D treatment. You would fit into this group if you have conditions such as tumors, pregnancy, fractures, osteoporosis, or other conditions that compromise the structural integrity of your spine.

VAX-D is a non-surgical treatment for lower back pain and the only treatment that provides decompression curve with a 70 percent success rate. This treatment has been proven to be safe and effective and is only available in Idaho Falls at Legacy Health Partners!

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