This month you get to take “A Close Look at Decompression,” our feature topic which serves as an introduction to our commitment to bringing you the most up-to-date information you and your patients need to know on this subject. One of the fastest growing niches in the chiropractic profession, decompression therapy offers tremendous opportunities for better health care, particularly in the treatment of herniated discs and even failed back surgeries among many other conditions. It has been just over a decade since Dr. Allan Dyer coined the term Vertebral Axial Decompression; however, the public’s desperate need for a non-surgical spinal solution to extreme back problems has not diminished, and, in fact, has been growing. So, to arm you with the knowledge to sort through it all, this issue we bring you the beginning of an ongoing coverage with the industry’s leaders in decompression to tell you what this technology is and how it can help your patients and your practice along with your traditional chiropractic care.
To get you initiated this month, we begin in an interview with the man who began it all, a medical doctor and the founder of the first Vertebral Axial Decompression (VAX-D) table, Dr. Allan Dyer himself, starting on page 18. Next, Dr. Eric Kaplan, a long time practice management expert, helps address the difference between the oft-intermingled terms “decompression” and “traction.” Find out in his article beginning on page 24. Finally, Dr. Fred DiDomenico provides some good suggestions for follow-up care after decompression to help prevent any relapses in your patients’ back pain, beginning on page 30 in his article, “The Next Step for Decompression.” And to help give you easy access to some of the best tables, techniques and advice for your practice, look up our special Market Review on page 14. Remember, this is an introduction on decompression, so keep your eyes open for more coverage in our upcoming issues on this topic! And, we fully expect to hear from you if you agree or disagree with any of our authors’ comments, so please do take the time to send us your questions and comments on this subject: [email protected].
All this and much more! Keep up the great work!
Jaclyn Busch Touzard, BA
Executive Editor / [email protected]