An Overview Of Vertebral Axial Decompression



One of the most prevalent types of pain worldwide is lumbar back pain, which affects many people and can be costly. This type of pain can be triggered by several environmental factors, which can overlap and cause referred pain throughout the body. Some factors linked to low back pain include those that impact people working for a living.

  • Age
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excess weight
  • Improper lifting
  • Excessive sitting
  • Stress
  • Wear and tear on the spinal discs

When environmental factors cause spine misalignment, the surrounding muscles become weak, tense, and strained. This can result in the body shifting its weight to alleviate pain. However, many non-surgical treatments are available to relieve low back pain and realign the spine. In this article, we will discuss how lumbar back pain affects the body and how non-surgical therapies such as vertebral axial decompression can help to reduce it. We utilize and incorporate valuable information about our patients to certified medical providers using non-surgical treatments like vertebral axial decompression to relieve pain associated with the lumbar spine. We encourage and refer patients to associated medical providers based on their findings while supporting that education is a remarkable and fantastic way to ask our providers the essential questions at the patient’s acknowledgment. Dr. Alex Jimenez, D.C., comprises this information as an educational service. Disclaimer


What Is Lumbar Back Pain?


Research studies suggest that lumbar back pain is commonly experienced as a symptom in the midline or sacral region of the body. This pain can develop gradually due to unwanted pressure and weight on the spinal discs, which compresses the nerve roots surrounding the spinal cord. Based on additional studies, lumbar back pain is often categorized into two types for diagnosis.

  • Specific low back pain: overlapping symptoms are caused by pathological mechanisms like, herniated discs, infections, musculoskeletal disorders, fractures, or disc degeneration.
  • Non-specific low back pain: where overlapping symptoms are causing pain in the lumbar region without a specific cause. This form of low back pain causes referred pain to different locations.

Many individuals commonly suffer from non-specific lower back pain, which can be triggered by environmental factors and affect their daily function. However, there are methods to alleviate lumbar back pain without surgery.


From Injury to Recovery with Chiropractic Care-Video

Nobody must suffer from lumbar back pain, as many effective treatments are available to help realign the body back to normal. Non-surgical treatments like chiropractic care and decompression therapy can reduce the effects of lumbar back pain and realign the spine. These treatments can restore blood flow and nutrients to spinal discs, relieve the affected muscles, and be personalized to an individual’s health and wellness plan. This may include physical therapy to strengthen weak muscles surrounding the lumbar, nutritional advice to incorporate healthy whole foods to feed the body, and mindfulness practices to reduce the effects of stress on the body. Check out the video above to learn how to identify the root cause of health issues related to lumbar back pain and take steps toward your health and wellness journey.

What Is Vertebral Axial Decompression?


If you’re experiencing lumbar back pain, there are a variety of non-surgical and non-invasive treatments that can help alleviate the discomfort. One such treatment is decompression therapy, which involves gently pulling the spine to reduce pain and rehydrate the spinal disc. In this article, we’ll discuss vertebral axial decompression, a specific type of therapy. According to Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, and Dr. Perry Bard, D.C.’s book, “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression,” vertebral axial decompression can effectively reduce lumbar pain. Vertebral axial decompression (VAX-D) was developed by Dr. Allen Dyer, M.D., Ph.D. The book also explains that VAX-D uses a logarithmic time force curve to apply tension to the spinal column, bypassing muscle guarding reflexes in the lumbar spine and reducing disc pressure. Overall, vertebral axial decompression can be a useful treatment option for those with lumbar back pain.


How Does It Reduce Lumbar Back Pain?

Many individuals who suffer from lumbar back pain experience associated pain symptoms that affect their legs and feet. This is referred to as sciatica or leg pain associated with pressure on the spinal discs. Vertebral axial decompression is one effective solution to reduce this pressure and alleviate nerve root aggravation. Research studies have shown that this treatment can improve mobility, reduce pain in the lumbar spine, and minimize the effects of lumbar back pain. By lowering intradiscal pressure, vertebral axial decompression allows for better blood flow and nutrient absorption to rehydrate spinal discs.



Lumbar back pain is a common and costly issue that causes misalignment in the body by putting pressure on the spinal disc, resulting in referred pain in various body parts. Environmental factors can contribute to the development of this condition, causing muscles and nerves to become tense, weak, or strained. Fortunately, many treatments are available to alleviate lumbar spine pain and relieve pressure from the spinal discs. Decompression therapy is effective in restoring mobility and reducing pain. Vertebral axial decompression is a non-surgical option that gently stretches the spine and rehydrates the spinal disc, revitalizing the body.



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Kaplan, Eric, and Perry Bard. The Ultimate Spinal Decompression. JETLAUNCH, 2023.

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