3D Spinal Decompression (Extentrac)

The Northport Wellness Center is pleased to offer Extentrac® Elite M3D to our patients.

Extentrac® Elite’s patented M3D® System offering Multi-Directional Disc Decompression is the most advanced, high-tech decompression device or rehabilitation equipment on the market, and represents the next generation in therapeutic devices incorporating 3-Dimensional, non-surgical, spinal decompression. Its patented technology provides the spine care specialist with a conservative, safe, and effective means of applying customized spinal decompression combined with the synergy of evidence-based therapeutic protocols.

M3D® technology is in demand because it is a better spine med technology for back pain than limited function axial or linear decompression devices and is a better alternative to DRX 9000 machines. It offers virtually unlimited patient positioning and a choice of decompression and other evidence-based protocols in the prone, supine, and lateral position.

Clinical experience and worldwide use in rehabilitation hospitals and pain management clinics demonstrate Extentrac® Elite’s effectiveness in patients with back pain, when distraction of the spinal vertebrae can produce beneficial results. Optimal candidates for M3D treatment are those who, on the basis of neurological deficits and examination findings, are not immediate candidates for surgery. Extentrac® Elite is commonly used as a primary spinal decompression treatment intervention or as a co-treatment in combination with epidural injections, physical therapy, chiropractic, and medical manual therapy to affect spinal decompression.

FDA indications for use include relief from the pain of the major causes of mechanical back pain including lumbar disc herniation (protrusion), disc bulge, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, radiating leg pain, low back pain and localized back pain.

It is best used in patients when previous surgery has not been performed.

How much time is reserved for each treatment?

Because of more exact and direct spine positioning prior to decompression, treatment results are achieved in an average of 15 minutes—but varies depending on the patient—as opposed to the 30-minute treatment sessions allowing the practitioner to see more patients per day. This is due to the flexibility of customized treatment protocols which target the area in need of correction. Extentrac also allows for up to 200 pounds of force, unlike other devices.

How many treatments are typical for each patient?

Number of treatments is dependent upon the diagnosis and prior treatment history. Increments of 10 visits are recommended to assess patient progress during that time. Patients with severe pain and stenosis with greater spinal pathologies on MRI or x-ray may require an upfront recommendation of 25 visits. Surprisingly, some patients with stenosis and severe spinal pathologies may respond within 10 treatments. Follow up treatment of continued care twice a month should then be recommended.

Unfortunately, the Extentrac® Elite is not for everyone. It is not advisable to use the Extentrac® Elite if the following conditions are present:

  • The presence of infections
  • Metabolic diseases (severe osteoporosis, osteomalacia)
  • Fractures of the vertebrae
  • Inguinal hernia or Umbilical hernia (must use additional abdominal hernia strapping)
  • Prolaps uteri, and prolapsed recti
  • Pregnancy or during mending stages of post-partem
  • Tumors
  • Tuberculotic lesions of the spinal column.
  • Hypotension
  • Patients presenting cauda equina syndrome symptoms (i.e. bladder or bowel paresis or incontinence



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