Vacuum Effect

Painless, nonsurgical therapy relieves back pain.

Massachusetts native Joe Graham spent a career with New England Telephone, later NYNEX, where he was last a computer programmer. He’s retired now, but still works as a volunteer genealogist at a local library in Sarasota, his Florida home.

Dr. Craig S. Aderholdt of Back Pain Institute of West Florida in Bradenton and Sarasota treated Joe Graham for low back pain with VAX-D therapy.

As a genealogist, Joe spends hours sitting while
doing research.

The sitting involved in these jobs, combined with aging, likely contributed to the pain that developed over time in Joe’s lower back.

“I’d been going to chiropractors off and on for years,” he shares. “I had small aches and pains, but nothing major. They told me I had spinal degeneration, so I was aware of that condition.

“Then last year in May, my wife and I drove up to Maine. While we were checking into a hotel outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania, I was taking the luggage out of the car and putting it onto a luggage cart. I went to put some luggage on the cart, stepped back, and the next thing I knew, I was flat on my back.

“The pain didn’t come for a few days. When it finally did, it was an aching pain, and my lower back was really sore. I saw a doctor in Maine, and he determined nothing was broken. He put me on a mild muscle relaxant, which did nothing.”

While in Maine for the summer, Joe found a local chiropractor to treat his aching back. In September, when Joe and his wife returned to Sarasota, Joe’s back still hurt. As time went by, it got worse, and his pain level increased dramatically.

“I just wanted to sit because getting up was painful,” he describes. “I was having problems walking, and I had to use a cane. I talked to a person at church who told me about a chiropractor he went to who did wonders.”

That provider was Dr. Craig S. Aderholdt at Back Pain Institute of West Florida. Joe’s pain was intensifying, so he decided to make an appointment with Dr. Aderholdt and find out for himself what the doctor could do.

“Dr. Aderholdt took an x-ray and could see my lower back and pelvic area were out of alignment,” explains Joe. “He told me the lower part of my spine, the L4 and L5, were compressed. All the weight of my upper torso was pushing down on those discs.

“He recommended I undergo a type of decompression therapy called VAX-D. I never heard of that before, but I agreed and immediately began treatment. After a few weeks, I started feeling much better.”

Valuable Tool

For many patients like Joe, Dr. Aderholdt often recommends vertebral axial decompression, or VAX-D, which is a patented, FDA-approved medical decompression technique for alleviating pressure on the discs of the spine. It is not a traction device, and Dr. Aderholdt is one of the few doctors in the country who offers this treatment.

“Chiropractic adjustments alone can actually relieve many patients’ pain,” observes Dr. Aderholdt. “However, for select people with sciatica, or herniated, bulging or degenerated discs, the VAX-D treatment has proven extremely effective.”

During treatment, the patient relaxes on a comfortable, computer-controlled table, secured with a pelvic belt or patented cervical collar. Carefully specified tension and pressure changes guide the use of VAX-D, allowing the therapist to focus decompression at the exact level of spinal dysfunction.

VAX-D’s computerized system enables the table to make subtle but targeted movements, which creates a powerful vacuum within the disc space. This vacuum gently draws the disc back to its proper orientation, pulling nutrient-rich spinal fluid into the disc and stimulating repair cells, effectively mending the disc.

“Nothing else can create such a powerful vacuum,” notes Dr. Aderholdt, “which is what makes VAX-D such a valuable tool for pain relief. There are imitators, but the vacuum effect is the most powerful one known; it doesn’t allow muscles to contract like other machines might. In fact, VAX-D is the only nonsurgical treatment that has been clinically proven to reduce disc pressure to negative levels.

“The VAX-D treatment has a long track record of many satisfied patients over the years. Long-term studies have actually shown that VAX-D is effective in more than eighty-eight percent of patients who go through the treatment.”

“The treatment is hard to describe,” reports Joe. “You’re lying there face down on the table, harnessed up. Then, you get pulled and stretched a little. It felt a bit strange at first, but it doesn’t hurt. Afterward, you receive electrostimulation and hydrotherapy. The treatments helped a lot. I started feeling a difference quickly.”

“I consider VAX-D one of the most effective nonsurgical medical treatments for low back pain and sciatica today,” offers Dr. Aderholdt. “This revolutionary technology is one more tool I can offer my patients as we work toward relieving pain and maintaining the health of the lumbar and cervical spine.”

Barely One

Once Joe completed his treatment, he experienced significant improvement in his back pain and his mobility. He notes the difference in his pain level on a scale from one to ten.

“The VAX-D treatment relieved the pain,” he confirms. “Now, I’d barely give the pain a one. Before, it was more like a seven, eight or sometimes nine.

“Dr. Aderholdt’s treatment made it easier for me to walk, sometimes without the cane. I use the cane now only as a safety aid in case I lose my balance, but there are times I walk and don’t use it at all.

“The x-ray Dr. Aderholdt took shows the gap between the L4 and the L5 is widening from the decompression, so it definitely helped that, too.”

Getting up out of a chair is much easier for Joe as well. He takes his time to make sure he’s steady on his feet, but it isn’t painful like it was before VAX-D. Joe knows he still needs to take care of his back because of the spinal degeneration.

“I usually get up, pause a moment to make sure I have my balance and then go about what I’m doing,” he states. “What I do between treatments makes a difference, too. Since I’m a genealogist, I sit a lot at the computer doing research. If I don’t sit properly, I might put my back out. Dr. Aderholdt gave me a list of exercises I can do to strengthen my back.”

Joe is very pleased with the outcome of his VAX-D treatment. He often recommends Dr. Aderholdt and Back Pain Institute of West Florida.

“Dr. Aderholdt’s VAX-D has been a success for me!”

FHCN article by Patti DiPanfilo. Graphic from Photo by Fred Bellet. mkb
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