SOURCE: Dr. Phillips Chiropractic, Nutrition and Wellness

November 18, 2011 09:15 ET

San Antonio Chiropractor Uses Spinal Decompression as an Alternative to Surgery

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwire - Nov 18, 2011) - Dr. Donald Phillips, a doctor of chiropractic in San Antonio, has been using non-surgical spinal decompression to relieve his patients' back pain and neck pain for several years. According to the doctor and many of his patients, this treatment helps them find relief from back and neck pain stemming from herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, sciatica and even failed back surgery. During a decompression treatment, a patient is strapped securely to a decompression table. The doctor supervises the computer-guided table as it moves to stretch the patient's back or neck, elongating and decompressing it to remove pressure from pinched nerves. Dr. Phillips says that decompression can be a safe, effective alternative to back surgery for many patients.

Non-invasive decompression of the spine has been increasing in popularity as an alternative to surgery since it was developed by Dr. Allan Dyer, MD, PhD in 1985. It has since won approval from the FDA, which considers it a safe treatment for chronic back pain and neck pain. According to studies conducted throughout North America, anywhere from 68 to 87 percent of those receiving decompression treatments reported that it was successful as a long-term pain management option.

Dr. Phillips' San Antonio spinal decompression patients report that the process is comfortable and relaxing. "We've had patients come to us who had tried literally every other way of getting rid of pain in their backs, who had been on painkillers, or who had even had surgery, but to no avail. They're usually a little nervous when they first get onto the table for a treatment, but almost from the moment we start the decompression, they are surprised at how comfortable it is and how it relieves their pain."

Dr. Phillips explains that decompression is a much less expensive and problematic alternative to back surgery. He says that back pain often results when pressure between two vertebrae squeezes the torn discs in between, causing the gel-like disc substance to compress and pinch nerves. Pinched nerves can result in pain throughout the body, depending on which individual vertebrae are involved. Instead of surgically cutting into the back to treat the problem, Dr. Phillips says that decompression uses the force of gravity and traction to create a vacuum within the spine. This vacuum force pulls the vertebrae apart, sucking the discs back into their normal position. According to Dr. Phillips, this relieves pinched nerves and restores normal circulation to the injury site, which results in more nutrients and oxygen flowing into the areas that need to heal, thus speeding recovery time.

Dr. Phillips adds, "Patients suffering from herniated or degenerative discs, back, neck and leg pain, etc. have literally fallen asleep on our decompression table because their pain was so drastically relieved. Seeing that relieved look on their faces is wonderful." People who would like to know more about this treatment, nutrition, or massage therapy can visit Dr. Phillips' website at

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  • Dr. Phillips Chiropractic, Nutrition, and Wellness
    San Antonio, TX