Not too long ago I began to suffer extreme back pain, my job requires me to sit without a break or lunch many nights for 11 to 12 hours. After 3 years of this schedule it became apparent that something was very wrong in my lower back. I would have episodes were I would have blinding pain that would take me down as I was unable to get off the floor for up to an hour and a half.
I finally convinced my doctors to give me an MRI which showed my L4 and my L5 were degenerating. As the pain continued to increase I start looking for any therapy that might improve my condition that did not include surgery. I found axioms website and thought that this may help, unfortunately the chiropractor was about an hour drive from my current residence. I signed up for the full 24 treatments which were supposed to be the most beneficial for my condition. The doctor stated that after treatment the machine would heal my degenerative discs and allow me to sit again from 11 to 12 hours and enjoy the outdoors. I started the treatments while still performing my typical job duties, the first three weeks were very difficult as I worked from 10 PM to 9 AM weekly. While I was still sitting 11 to 12 hrs. and doing the physical therapy the pain never subsided. I finally went to human resources and requested short-term leave as I could no longer make the drive to work let alone sit for that amount time at work. I even bought a wireless headset and attempted to try to walk around more during my working hours. (Even standing still is extremely difficult when not moving.) I was now on short term disability and continuing the chiropractic treatments, the pain after two weeks had significantly improved. I still have misgivings because it did not improve while working and taking the treatments. My pain level stayed about the same throughout the treatments. I kept requesting for them to increase the weight that was used by the machine as I never felt any kind of pull while on the table. Not once, in 24 treatments did I feel any lower back stretching or movement. I told the doctor that my inversion table I purchased gave me a much better pull and I felt much more relief in my lower back. On the inversion table at 30° I could truly feel my back stretch out as well as my muscles in my lower back loosen up. The doctor stated that the drx9000 was a precision machine and was only hitting L4 and L5 and I would not feel any stretching or pulling. As we neared the end of my treatments I told the doctor several times that if I sat for more than 40 minutes or stood in one place for an hour the pains came right back. I still could not do much yard work which I enjoy greatly. When I began the treatments the Dr. stated that I should not sit for more than 30 minutes. As I neared the end of my treatments the Dr. stated that I should return to work immediately as I was fully healed. One thing I cannot do is to bend over at the waist at all and the doctor requested that I now bend at the waist because he assured me that I was fully healed. When I refused to do so he stated I probably needed psychiatric counseling as I was creating pain in my mind. The doctor then told my short-term disability company that I should return to work immediately. As much as I'm grateful for the wonderful job that I was able to get at my company, I knew this was no longer a possible reality for me. I told the chiropractor that I was going to see a neurosurgeon and request a second MRI (an MRI after 4 months of consecutive spinal decompression therapy.) He then suddenly told me that he would let me come for 4 more additional sessions for free and only charge the insurance company. I went to the neurosurgeon and they agreed to give me a second MRI. The MRI showed that my back condition did not improve whatsoever and actually had continued to degenerate.
From the second MRI the neurosurgeon stated my L2-L5 were not regenerating. Before starting this treatment I read hundreds of forms with people stating how wonderful the machine worked and how they have been healed and able to do all of their original functions they could not do before. As for the chiropractor I cannot say if he knows the machine truly works or not. Everyone at the chiropractic office was always polite and helpful. One thing that did strike me as odd is everyone who came in for a first consultation always had one leg that was shorter than the other and that was one of the reasons they're having back pain. I now question all those reviews across the web axiom technologies (as they were being investigated by the government for fraudulent advertising). The saddest part is in the $6800 which I have paid for most of it out of pocket while on std. Due to the chiropractors’ statements it has caused a delay in getting ltd approval and payment so I have been living on savings for over 2 1/2 months. Bankruptcy is a true possibility as I am still unable to return to work doing the job I was in and I have spent such a large amount of my savings. I believe that you should discredit anyone posting favorable reviews of axiom machines. If they do not post their MRI showing degenerative disc disease. Being in constant pain, what helps the most is walking, my inversion table and changing my diet completely. I've been reading several books from Amazon that provides you the facts of eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Increasing my water intake substantially has helped as well. I will also post screenshots of my MRI’s before spinal decompression (axiom machine) therapy and an after spinal decompression (axiom machine) therapy to show that I do not have a grudge against axiom, but I must say I'm quite disappointed.
MRI Link 2009http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5J223KRC
MRI 2010 After 28 DRX9000 Sessionshttp://www.megaupload.com/?d=NZUBPUXG
Each file is 300k screen shot taken from both my MRI CDROMS.
I did not post this to argue with anyone, only to give honest opinion of what I believe to be an ineffective device. I have not found one post of anyone who claimed to have been fully healed showing any supportive evidence. No clinical trials by Axiom are backed by MRI's that I can find. I feel in my desperation to return to work I overlooked so many facts including the inquiries to Axiom's marketing practices that I found before starting the treatments. I will try and anwser sincere questions about my experience if asked.