I just read a blog entitled "Natural Remedies" that discussed laser spine surgery as a "magical Natural treatment". Talk about a misleading, contradiction in terms. What a load of rubbish. I watched an entire laser spine surgery and I can tell you that there was nothing natural about it. I even think it is a heck of a stretch when the term "less invasive" is used in it's description. A natural remedy, by definition, is not associated with medication or surgical intervention. Natural remedies facilitate and assist the bodies ability to heal itself. To suggest that; splaying open the back, pushing over the spinal muscles or in some cases cutting through them, drilling a hole into the bone of the vertebra, cutting ligaments, pushing the spinal nerves to the side and then cutting out the herniated material of the disc is a natural remedy, is a monstrous distortion of the truth.
On the other hand - Spinal Decompression, which creates an environment that allows the body to heal itself by creating a negative pressure within the disc, is indeed an effective natural remedy. By creating a vacuum effect within the disc, nutrients, oxygen, water and disc material is moved back into a concentric (central) position away from the irritated spinal nerves. This ends the suffering of the patient. When a low back strengthening and rehabilitation program is added to that, you have a treatment that addresses the two fundamental parts of low back conditions. The pathology ie. disc herniation, disc bulge, disc degeneration, sciatica........and the loss in function ie. low back strength, muscle balance, flexibility etc. I want the public to be aware of treatment options and most of all not to be mislead by discussions that associate surgery with Natural Remedies.
A prominent Medical Doctor and former head of Pulmonology here in San Diego had this to say following his completion of our program. "I wanted to thank you for helping me with my back pain and in strengthening my back. I was particularly pleased that Dr. Mountain does the exercises with his patients. Back pain is a very debilitating condition, and too many doctors, and knife happy surgeons prey on people who suffer with this malady. You have a program that works. I hope you get the word out that there is an alternative to back surgery." Jim V. M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C. C.P.
Just so you know, prior to being treated at the Southern California Spine Center, this doctor had tried physical therapy, another type of spinal decompression system and laser spine surgery...all of which had failed!