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Dual approach alleviates aggravating back pain.

Terri Beer isn’t just a resident of DeLand, she’s part of the community’s fabric. Now retired from her career in sales and marketing, she is a dedicated community volunteer who has served as president of the Rotary Club of DeLand and was once a board member of the Florida Hospital Foundation for Florida Hospital DeLand.

 Terri Beer found relief from back pain caused by a bulging spinal disc, thanks to spinal decompression therapy with the DRX 9000 decompression system at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. To protect her back even more, Terri enrolled in the clinic’s Ideal Protein® weight-loss plan. She lost 30 pounds, taking significant strain off her lower back.

Terri Beer

She’s also an avid golfer, but it wasn’t all that long ago that lower back pain forced her to put away her clubs and cut back on a lot of her activities.

“The pain in my back would wake me up and as I got out of bed in the middle of the night, I felt like an old lady,” she confides. “Lying down was a killer, and sitting for any length of time hurt, too. It went on for months, and I kept thinking, Oh, it will eventually go away, but it never did.”

Forced to seek medical attention for her sore back, Terri eventually learned through her doctor and the results of an MRI he took, that she was suffering from a bulging disc in the lower region of her spine. Despite the diagnosis, she was adamant she was not going to have surgery to repair the problem.

“I said, I am not going under the knife,” Terri reveals. “A lot of my friends have had back surgery, and it didn’t do anything to relieve their pain. A lot of them even had to go back for a second surgery. I didn’t want to go through anything like that. Besides, I knew there was an alternative from reading the paper.”

The alternative Terri had read about is called spinal decompression. She read about it in Volusia Health Care News, where she learned that this noninvasive treatment for back pain is the specialty of Jeremy M. Gordon, DC, clinical director at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. Remembering the article, she made an appointment to see Dr. Gordon.

About Spinal Decompression

“If you want to get the best results for your patients, you need to have the best equipment available,” Dr. Gordon says. “That’s why we utilize the DRX9000™ decompression system. When it comes to achieving the best results for patients with back pain, I feel that the DRX9000 is the best piece of equipment available.

“In my opinion, the DRX9000 nonsurgical spinal decompression system is unequaled in its design and clinical results. The DRX9000 system primarily benefits patients with herniated, bulging or protruding discs; spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and those suffering with neuropathy in the arms or legs, as well as those with post-surgical neck and/or low back pain.”

DRX9000 technology has multiple design elements that make therapy easy on the patient, whether the problem is in the lumbar spine in the lower back or the cervical spine in the neck area.

“The patient is able to relax and close their eyes while the treatment is performed, gently stretching and decompressing the discs of the spine,” describes Dr. Gordon. “This gentle motion increases disc spaces and reduces the size and severity of herniated, bulging or degenerative discs and restores nutrients and hydration.

“Unfortunately, many people choose to have back or neck surgery when it may not be necessary,” asserts Dr. Gordon. “By contrast, the DRX9000 has an excellent track record. After tracking our results with hundreds of patients over eleven years, I am very proud that our patient satisfaction rate exceeds eighty percent, even with those patients who were told that surgery was their only option. That’s a much higher satisfaction rate than invasive surgery.”

Decompression treatments are typically followed by cold therapy and/or electrical muscle stimulation to restore proper muscle tone, decrease inflammation and maximize the effects of the treatment. Cervical spinal decompression is also accompanied by laser therapy, which decreases nerve root inflammation and improves the healing process.

Terri had a series of ten treatments and discovered they were painless and highly effective. She followed Dr. Gordon’s advice to temporarily stop playing golf to rest her back while undergoing therapy.

“It really worked,” Terri enthuses. “Every time I had a spinal decompression treatment, I felt so good! Eventually, the discs started to align, and I eventually started to feel so much better. It was the best thing I could have done for my back.”

Ideal Protein® Plan

While the spinal decompression treatments may have been the best thing Terri could have done for her back, they weren’t the only thing. It turns out that by enrolling in a comprehensive and personalized weight-loss program available through DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression, Terri could do even more for her back.

“Excess weight, especially around the abdomen, increases pressure on the lumbar discs in the lower back, as well as the hips and knee joints,” explains Dr. Gordon. “It’s similar to overloading the trunk of your car or the back of a truck with too much weight. The tires will compress and bulge outward because of the excess load. That’s the same type of thing that happens to the disc and lumbar spine when they’re put under extra weight and stress and strain.”

To help patients such as Terri further alleviate such stress and strain, Dr. Gordon offers the Ideal Protein® program. Based on more than 27 years of experience that includes more than five million people in the United States, Canada and Europe, the Ideal Protein plan enables patients to achieve weight loss quickly without sacrificing muscle mass.

In addition to enabling quick weight loss, the Ideal Protein program also helps participants boost energy levels, fostering better appetite control, improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure. It is an easy-to-follow, comprehensive, customized program that helps people such as Terri achieve and maintain a healthy weight in a way that becomes second nature.

“Ideal Protein is incorporated into a customized program for patients,” Dr. Gordon says. “On average, most of our patients lose approximately twelve to fifteen pounds per month on the Ideal Protein program, because it helps limit the amount of sugars and dietary fats that are coming in while providing a high-quality form of protein that is easily absorbed.

“Whereas some weight loss plans merely restrict caloric intake so the body will burn fat, that calorie restriction will also burn some muscle. The Ideal Protein program focuses on helping people lose weight by burning stored fat while preserving lean muscle.”

Even better, the plan is not simply a substitute for normal food; it also transitions patients to overall healthier eating. By offering cooking classes for our patients, they learn healthy eating habits and proper food combinations to allow them to maintain a healthy weight long term.

Terri Beer found relief from back pain caused by a bulging spinal disc, thanks to spinal decompression therapy with the DRX 9000 decompression system at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. To protect her back even more, Terri enrolled in the clinic’s Ideal Protein® weight-loss plan. She lost 30 pounds, taking significant strain off her lower back.

Before & After Ideal Protein

“There are four supplements that go along with the actual foods that they’re eating: a multivitamin, a potassium supplement, a fish oil and a calcium formula,” continues Dr. Gordon.

“None of the supplements are like what you see with the different fad diets,” affirms Dr. Gordon. “There are no diet pills or stimulants in Ideal Protein. The Ideal Protein plan is focused on the body’s biochemistry and burning stored fat through eating properly and through proper nutrition.”

What also sets Ideal Protein apart is the one-on-one coaching and support provided by the clinic’s Ideal Protein Coach, Jennifer Gordon, he adds. Jennifer meets one-on-one with Ideal Protein patients each week providing coaching and accountability to help them reach their health and weight loss goals.

Feeling Good Again

Terri, who is 5-feet-7, quickly lost 30 pounds following the Ideal Protein plan.

“This is the first diet I’ve been on where the weight came off quickly,” she reports.

“I lost three dress sizes. It was costly at first to buy new clothes, but I said to myself, If I buy these new clothes, I’m going to wear them and I’m not going to go back to big sizes anymore!

Although she has followed diets ranging from Weight Watchers to NutriSystem® in the past, she says Ideal Protein is the first that taught her how to manage weight without food cravings. Terri credits the support and nutrition counseling she received from her IP Coach  at the clinic.

“She is so compassionate, and she wants you to succeed,” shares Terri. “I’m in such a routine now, eating the right foods and a lot of vegetables.”

She is also thankful for how Dr. Gordon helped her find relief from chronic back pain – without surgery.

“Dr. Gordon is a remarkable man and just the nicest person you ever want to meet,” she acknowledges. “And his office is very friendly. There’s not a person that works there that doesn’t greet you when you come in.”

Free of back pain, and with much more energy, Terri is playing golf again and has resumed her active lifestyle.

“My back is so much better,” she raves, “and the weight loss just brought even more good things. I’m feeling great now.”

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