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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD) is a program in itself specifically for people suffering with lower back pain or other nerve related symptoms radiating in the legs or feet caused by a problem to the disc. It’s important to explain how the NSSD technology works as simply as possible, but first let me describe the disc. I like to use the analogy comparing the disc to a jelly donut. Inside the disc in the middle sits this jelly like substance called the nucleus pulposus (NP), it is sequestered in the middle by these round concentric fibers called the annulus fibrosis. The NP acts as a pivot point for the bone above and the bone below to articulate with one another and more importantly the disc helps create a space with the bone above and the bone below. This space is where the spinal nerve comes off the spinal cord and flows through.

Sounds serious. Yes its is. This is one space we want to keep open at all times with no interference. When there is any type of interference, our nervous system will let us know; either immediately or gradually over time. This space is affected by disc problems, it also is an area prone to degeneration when the spinal structure has lost its alignment.

The disc is mostly made up of collagen and water. There is a positive pressure inside maintaining the disc structure keeping the vertebral bones separated. When the disc starts to break down for whatever reason, usually chronic abnormal loading (bad posture) or due to trauma of some kind, one of the first indicators we see on x-ray is a decrease in the height of the disc by way of measuring the space between the bones. X-ray is a great diagnostic tool that is safe and effective to quickly view the spinal structure. Now we have to be concerned if there is any encroachment of the nerve off the spinal cord at that level. This narrowing is called stenosis of the intervertebral foramina (IVF). If there is disc material, degenerated bone, or inflammation in or around this area the nerves will know and it is not a good situation to be in. Usually we feel pain, believe it or not, this is a good thing. The reason I say this is pain is a signal to our conscious mind making us aware that something is wrong. Unfortunately most of us don’t appreciate our bodies innate safety mechanism.

There are many degrees of damage to the disc from the ever so common disc bulge, disc herniation, disc prolapse, and to when it’s so severe that the jelly (NP), has broken out of the disc and is floating in spaces it should not. Like the intervertebral foramina to the spinal canal where the spinal cord lives.

Yes it does happen. Normally the jelly (NP) stays in the center of the disc by these round concentric fibers called the annulus fibrosus (AF). Based on the severity of spinal structure out of alignment, the history and wear and tear, the AF will be stretched by the force jelly causing some to all of the fibers breaking. When these breaks occur, our innate life force causes the disc material to send biochemical signals following the damage outwards. What happens now is theses biochemical signal reach a very small tiny nerve that connects to the outer portion of the disc. This conversation is not a good one, sending messages to the brain of pain.

DRX 9000

Let’s talk about the technology of the DRX 9000 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. This medical device slowly lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressures within the discs. This reversal of pressure creates a vacuum like force that pulls the jelly back into the donut. Also, the healing and rebuilding of the disc material starts when the decompression separates the vertebral bones, causing this negative pressure within the disc, not only reabsorbing the jelly but bringing in nutrients directly out of the top and the bottom of the vertebral bones. The discs as we age stop providing blood supply to the inner 2/3rds of the disc. Therefore the decompression technology is also used as a maintenance procedure for those who might be suffering from degenerative disc disease.

The good news is that we have here in Naples Fl. The original Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression technology called the DRX 9000. This medical device was ahead of it’s time 20 years ago. It is the safest and most cost effective option someone has who suffers with any of the conditions just discussed. What are the other viable options available? Surgery, should be the last or the quickest depending on the situation. Pain Management is potentially addicting and can only lead to more pain management. Traditional Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Physical Therapy, could help in simple cases but unfortunately most cases at this level are not simple. Therefore it’s imperative to be properly evaluated and have a recent MRI no less than a year old. Then we can best determine if the patient is a candidate for the DRX 9000 Non- Surgical Spinal Decompression.

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DRX9000, it’s a wonderful machine. Really helped by back! The DRX9000 are a god send. People here are great. Consider it if you have any back problems. I have 5 herniated discs in my lumbar. I am 90%.


Picking up my shoes off the floor was a big thing…just get up and just walk it’s like a toddler walking for the first time…Little things but BIG stuff for me… I can’t say enough…how I feel so much better.


How does it feel?

Wonderful. I love how it stretches me stretches me and makes me feel comfortable, better than my bed… Prior to this treatment mornings were my worse. When I get up I can just get up and move. It’s a breathe of fresh air, feel like I have more energy.


thank you for helping to reduce, and at times, alleviate, my back pain with the chiropractic intervention you gave me over the three sessions… For my sleep apnea, the acupuncture was very successful. I sleep better now and feel rested plus it appears to have improved my foot neuropathy. I actually have feels again in my toes!


I tried all of the tactics, stretching, yoga and all that and none of it was working… I haven’t really dealt with meds, worrying about toxicity… I went with acupuncture, and in just one visit, my pain was gone… and I keep coming back and it’s better and better.


2nd visit in, I feel great… I feel relaxed… a lot better…


Being my very first time I can honestly say Valerie and Dr. Koppel were both amazing! I felt very comfortable from the beginning. I had 32 needles placed in various areas and not one hurt. Most I didn’t even feel as they were placed. Before he finished placing them I had already begun getting very relaxed. By the time he was finished I was pretty much asleep yet aware. The 45 minutes that passed until he removed them felt like 20 minutes. I had to take my time getting off the table. I was that relaxed. Driving home I was much more patient with traffic, could breathe thru my nose easier, my daily craving for fast food was gone. Today, the day after, I even cooked for myself; scallops and flash cooked power greens in coconut oil with spices. I already have my 2nd appointment set up for next week and look forward to it! Thank you Valerie and Dr. Koppel for an amazing experience!

Dr Koppel and Valerie,

Dr Koppel and Valerie,
It is with sincere thanks in writing testimonial that I
express my deep level of gratitude, mere words cannot express the difference you made to my life. I came into your office a broken shell of a person, and you spent a lot of time and energy healing me, in effect “giving me my life back”
I’m humbled and appreciative for all you’ve done on my behalf. I will never forget what you have done, I’m wearing the smile you gave back to me.
A heartfelt thank you for everything that you’ve done to give my health back to me- You are a gift to my life, and I will treasure you both always.
yours truly,
Sharon Chronis
On April 1 2017 I was stopped at a red traffic light, and hit from behind by someone who was texting and driving and never hit her brakes. After the EMT’s and Police left, I made an appointment the same day with Dr Koppel at Chiroacuhealth, had x-rays, and light treatment, I had injuries to my neck, shoulder, torso and hip. My neck had severe whiplash, and from being tossed front to back on initial impact, I lost the curve in my neck, and sustained 2 herniated discs and 2 bulging discs effecting my neck & torso. Upon impact of the accident, my head was turned to the right side ( I must have been looking at the radio) so my head was permanently turned to the right side which was another necessary correction.
Symptoms experienced from day one were: from 1st day- I had mental break down- crying every 60 minutes over a period of 2 days, and At times constantly thirsty, and at times it feels like my brain shakes I was unable to sleep still due to severe pain in my neck, as well and shoulders, chest, and arms. I also had numbness and weakness in my arms and fingers, I experienced left hip and left leg pain, low back pain. My muscles in my neck and shoulders feel achy, hard or knotted up. I have constant Pain, My neck is stiff, and have constant headaches at the base of the skull that radiate towards the forehead I have Loss of mobility and loss of range of motion in my left arm. I am dropping things with my hands. I have confusion, and no concentration, or ability to retain information or process my thoughts at times, I was constantly tired, but cannot sleep thru the night. .. I would lose my balance while standing up and then righting myself. Difficulty with driving turning head. ( holding steering wheel ) I was extremely Limited as to effect day to day activities of showering, getting dressed, ( not doing any cooking or cleaning, laundry, or daily chores such as shopping or driving, as ( holding steering wheel with both hands was impossible ) cannot go to a hairdresser, or dentist because of my neck & shoulder pain My Husband helps do all the daily chores that I could no longer do ( for months) I noticed difficulty sitting ( head & neck get tired)… I was mostly laying down every day. I had an MRI, and saw a neurologist who suggested I would be a very good candidate for surgery, We decided on an alternative course of treatment – “Posture Correction”. and we started traction in-office at Dr Koppel’s office which gave immediate relief. I made consistent progress, and posture corrective treatment gave me hope to have pain relief and increase mobility ( which was immediate) and I am happy to say they gave me my life back. I was always an active person, and it was both depressing and debilitating to go thru these severe injuries. Thank you for saving my life, I am back to work, and happy, I have my active life again- paddle-boarding, yoga, working out at the gym, riding my bike, swimming, and walking the beach. ….. happy to add -I sleep thru the night- pain free. I will always have a special place in my heart for ChiroAcuHealth!
Sharon Chronis

Sharon Chronis