By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: May 2007
Dr. Craig Day, founder of the Tulsa Back Institute (formerly Life Chiropractic), adjusts a patient being treated for lower back pain.
Dr. Craig Day has been practicing at the Tulsa Back Institute (formerly Life Chiropractic) in Broken Arrow for over 20 years. Earlier this year, Dr. Day received postgraduate certification in decompression therapy from the Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. He has also received postgraduate certification in cervical and lumbar spine rehabilitation.
With the certifications that he has worked hard to obtain, Dr. Day is highly qualified to perform spinal decompression therapy with the DRX9000. This form of treatment uses a painless, drug-free, non-surgical process to relieve severe or chronic lower back and neck pain. Sessions include a computer-controlled motion treatment to provide gentle and painless decompression of injured spinal discs.
According to Dr. Day, “Those suffering pain from back problems may be deemed eligible for treatment with the new, surgery-free medical technology available today.” Problems such as herniated or bulging discs, degenerative discs, failed back surgery, sciatica, failed chiropractic treatment or chronic low back pain are eligible for treatment. “Those who are approved for non-surgical decompression therapy also receive pre- and post-treatment therapy to strengthen muscles,” adds Dr. Day.
A device being used post-treatment is the Power Plate, a form of vibration therapy that strengthens muscle groups around vertebrae and discs that have been decompressed. Power Plate has been used for years in sports medicine to strengthen and condition elite athletes. It effectively restores damaged or atrophied muscles.
Also being used by the Tulsa Back Institute is the un-weighted treadmill. The platform on the piece of equipment allows patients to perform low-impact kinetic exercises in an upright, functional position. Treadmills are used to rehabilitate knees after injury or decompression. Walking, running, stair climbing and balance exercises may all be performed safely in an un-weighted condition by harnessing a support tether to the person being treated. Un-weighted equipment gives each patient little or no pain, while permitting rehabilitation to begin sooner to the injured or treated area. During treadmill rehabilitation, if a patient loses his or her balance, the body is supported by the harness and tether to prevent falling.
Dr. Day also specializes in neuromuscular reeducation treatment for sufferers of chronic knee pain. Those who have had knee surgery and are still plagued by equal or more pain than before surgery, as well as those with daily knee pain who have been told to have surgery, could be candidates for neuromuscular reeducation treatment. It is in each patient’s benefit to pursue all options before committing to surgery.
An appointment with Dr. Day would be worth the time. Many patients may be able to see improvement from the non-surgical treatments offered at the Tulsa Back Institute.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.