VAX-D is an acronym for Vertebral Axial Decompression. The table is a FDA approved device that applies a measured amount of distraction force to the intradiscal spaces of the lumbar spine. The table consists of two halves. The patient lies either on their back or stomach.
This section contains handgrips, which the patient grasps to restrain movement as pressure is applied. A specially designed harness is fitted around the pelvic girdle that attaches to the end of the moveable or caudal section. There is a tensionometer to measure the amount of distraction force applied attached to the caudal section. This force is preset and monitored by a technician or physician at a nearby operation console and graphically displayed as function of time on recording paper which becomes part of the patient’s chart.
The therapy consists of applying the distraction force gradually by extending the lower half of the table away from the body’s midsection thus creating pressure on the pelvic harness. This force is exerted fifteen (15) times in one (1) minute intervals with a relaxation time of thirty (30) seconds in-between the distraction cycles. The approximate time of VAX-D treatment lasts for thirty (30) minutes.
VAX-D therapy works by removing pressure from the disc spaces that separate your Lumbar Vertebrae. This allows the fluid contained within the discs to migrate centrally, and thus, taking pressure off of your spinal cord and nerve roots.