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Oklahoma City Chiropractor | Oklahoma City chiropractic care | OK | Vertebral Axial Decompression Therapy

Oklahoma Injury Care

(Formerly Oklahoma Pain & Injury Centers)      

                   Your Recovery Is Our Only Priority

North Clinic

200 W. Britton Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
(405) 755-8000
Fax: (405) 755-8001

South Clinic

7825 S. Walker Avenue Ste C

Oklahoma City, OK 73139

(405) 634-1700
Fax: (405) 634-1708
Vertebral Axial Decompression Therapy

 Vax-D Question & Answers:

Q: What is VAX-D and how does it work?

A: VAX-D (Vertebral Axial Decompression) is a patented medical technology that gently stretches the spine and decompresses discs. Pressures in the lower lumber spine can be as high as +800 mm of mercury during many common daily activities. VAX-D Therapy is able to reduce the pressure in the lumbar spine down to levels of –160 mm of mercury, allowing fluids and nutrients to re-enter the disc; reducing swelling and relieving the pressure on pinched nerves. In short, VAX-D breaks the cycle of pain caused by bulging and degenerated discs and helps the body heal itself.

Patients are treated fully clothed and are fitted with a harness that fits around their pelvis as they lie face down on the Vax-D device. A Certified VAX-D technician operates the device from a computerized console. Each treatment takes about an hour. Most patients find VAX-D to be comfortable and relief of pain can usually be noticed in the first few sessions.

Q: If I’ve had back surgery, can I still have VAX-D?

A: Having back surgery does not prevent you from having VAX-D unless you have fixed surgical hardware used to fuse the spine. In fact, clinical studies show that VAX-D provides relief for patients who have had one or more back surgeries.

Q: If I go on VAX-D, how many treatments will I need, and how quickly can I expect to get better?

A: Most patients will experience some pain relief within the first few treatments.The number of treatment sessions required depends upon the diagnosis and the overall severity of your condition. One treatment session is about 35 minutes long. The total number of treatments averages between 15 and 25 sessions. Some difficult cases may require some additional sessions.

Q: Is VAX-D better than surgery?

A: In most cases, VAX-D is better than surgery. This is due to the fact that surgery physically alters the spine by removing all or part of the problematic disc. Although this can reduce the pressure on the nerve, and relieve the back pain, the surgery tends to place more stress on the healthy discs above and below. Complications from surgery can be severe and may result in debilitating conditions. Clinical Studies show that VAX-D is successful in about 9 out of 10 cases.

Q: Are there any reasons that I can’t go on VAX-D?

A: There are a few individuals that cannot take advantage of this treatment. These people have conditions such as:

Advanced Osteoporosis
Pregnancy or
Certain conditions (diseases) that compromise the structural integrity of the spine and discs. These conditions are present in only a small percentage of the population.

Q: How is VAX-D different from traction or the other treatment claiming to decompress the spine?

A: Although traction devices can stretch the lower back, they have not demonstrated the ability to decompress the lumbar discs and spinal nerves. Traction tables have a small electric wench that attaches to the head of the table. A rope and pulley are then attached to either a cervical device or lumbar belts. Either static or intermittent traction modes can be chosen, but neither have been shown to reduce intradiscal pressure and decompress the discs and nerves. Frequently, VAX-D research is found on traction table websites.

Q: Why should I consider VAX-D Therapy?

A: VAX-D Therapy has been proven safe and effective in numerous clinical studies. Over 3000 patients a day are being treated with VAX-D Therapy. Other so-called ‘decompression treatments’ simply do not have published clinical studies proving they can lower intradiscal pressure.

VAX-D Therapy is non-invasive and without the risks and complications associated with surgery, injections and anesthesia. VAX-D is painless and patients can remain at light duty work while taking treatment. VAX-D is also easy and convenient. Sessions last about 45 minutes a day, for 15 - 25 days. It’s that easy.

What is VAX-D

It's understandable that you will have many questions about VAX-D. It's always wise to investigate all your options when it comes to you and your family's health.

Below are some of the most commonly asked question that we, as VAX-D providers, hear from our patients.

  • Relief of acute or chronic (long term) low back pain and/or associated leg pain or numbness, generally within 1 month
  • Successful in over 70% of patients *
  • Early return to work
  • Non-invasive and safe
  • No patient hospitalization required


Results of multiple clinical studies have demonstrated that VAX-D is an effective treatment for the management of chronic low back pain. A retrospective outcome study on 778 patients, a Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial and a study conducted in a neurosurgery practice on the number of treatments for success, all reported approximately 70% or greater success rates and improvements in functional outcomes for patients suffering from disc related chronic back pain.

A two-year study sponsored by Independence Blue Cross has just been released in 2008. The purpose was to determine short- and long-term outcomes after VAX-D treatment in a large sample of patients with activity-limiting low back pain that had failed at least two previous, non-surgical treatments.  The study showed that patients had significantly improved pain and disability scores at the end of treatment, at 30 days and at 180 days post-discharge.

In addition, several research articles have been published examining the mechanism of action of VAX-D.  Studies on the effects of VAX-D on intradiscal pressures have been reported, and it’s effects on sensory nerve dysfunction in patients with low back pain and radiculopathy have been published.

Listed below are the published research studies  completed using Genuine Vax-D Equipment :

  • Archives of Physical Medicine (Vol. 89, pages 269-274, February 2008)
  • Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy (Vol. 35, No. 1, January 2005)
  • Journal of Neurological Research (Vol. 26, April 2004)
  • Anesthesiology News (Vol. 29, No. 3, March 2003)
  • Journal of Neurological Research (Vol. 23, No. 7, October 2001)
  • Canadian Journal of Clinical Medicine (Vol. 6, No. 1, January 1999)
  • Canadian Journal of Clinical Medicine (Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1998)
  • Journal of Neurological Research (Vol. 20, No. 3, April 1998)
  • Journal of Neurosurgery (Vol. 81: No. 3, 1994)
  •  Prospective Randomized Study of VAX-D Therapy for Acute Low Back Distress
    Peerless S., MD. FRCP, Meissner L., MD, FRCP
    Barnett H. J.M., MD. FRCP, Stiller C. R., MD, FRCP
    The John P. Robarts Institute, University Hospital at London
    University of Western Ontario, Canada


The Oklahoma Pain & Injury Centers is a full service medical and physical rehabilitation clinic specifically structured to treat pain and injuries caused by auto accidents, work related injuries, or those endless nagging aches brought on from stress or physical activities