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2/3/14 For Immediate Release:
Hill Laboratories Awarded ISO 13485 Compliance, UL and Health Canada Approval for Hill DT
Frazer, PA – On January 20, 2014, Hill Laboratories has been awarded the highest level of international standards, ISO 13485. ISO 13485 Quality Management System will now add to improvements in the quality, design, production and customer satisfaction of all Hill products. ISO 13485 is the preferred standard recognized by the U.S., Europe, Australia, Japan, Brazil and Canada.
Hill has also received UL Approval 60601-1:2012 3rd Edition and Health Canada Approval for its premiere Class II Medical Device, the Hill DT Decompression System. Hill DT Solutions LLC, in Grand Rapids, MI, will continue to provide the outstanding training, certification and sales of the Hill DT. Led by Dr. Timothy Burkhart, DC, BCIM, Hill DT Solutions mentors deliver remote and onsite certification training across the world. Coupled with the Hill DT online network, 24/7 support and monthly mentoring conference calls, doctors receive solid fundamentals in treating disc patients with the Hill DT.
“With this milestone, our company is in a great position to grow exponentially and keep quality, consistency and customer satisfaction at the front of our company’s philosophy. The Canadian doctors are hungry for the Hill DT and now we can safely deliver it, not only that market, but to many others as well,” said Benjamin Hill, Vice-President of Hill Laboratories Company.
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In my neurology practice, patient’s with herniated discs and severe arthritis (DJD) present significant challenges. Medications, physical therapy and surgery frequently do not solve the problem and patients still progress to disability. I felt helpless, unable to stop the worsening of their disease.
Since I started treating my patients with the HillDT spinal decompression system, the outcomes improved dramatically. The patients are consistently getting better and love the fact that the treatment is natural and drug free. Most importantly – it is the best treatment that promotes healing of the disc and facets.
Thank you HillDT!!!
Dr. Alexander Smirnoff, MD
A second look
With the right approach, spinal decompression can succeed with your patients and serve as a vital component of your practice.
By Tim Burkhart, DC
In the past several years, spinal decompression therapy (SDC) or non-surgical axial spinal decompression treatment (NSSD) has often been misunderstood, misrepresented, or poorly implemented into the chiropractic clinical setting. This gave it a bit of a bad rap and few practitioners became truly successful with it.
As a result, some patients and doctors became dissatisfied with SDC and have sought other solutions for degenerative and disc-related conditions. It’s time for a second look at SDC, to separate fact from fiction, and investigate whether it can be an integral part of your practice.
SDC research results
- with one herniated disc (73 percent)
- with multiple herniated discs (72 percent)
- for facet syndromes (68 percent)
- with failed back surgery (68 percent)
- with extruded herniated discs (53 percent)
In another low-back pain study, chronic cases began seeing results in just eight weeks of SDC treatment.2 The majority of the patients (almost 80 percent) reported their symptoms were present for more than six months and had failed at least two non-operative interventions. Following SDC, their pain decreased and their functionality continued to improve even 180 days after treatment ended.
In another long-term study, decompression was found an effective treatment for herniated and degenerative disc disease by creating negative intradiscal pressure.3 Decompression treatment rendered “good” to “excellent” relief for more than 85 percent of patients with herniated discs and for 75 percent of patients with facet arthrosis. Whereas traction yielded no “excellent” results in patients with herniated discs and only 50 percent of patients diagnosed with facet arthrosis reported “good” to “excellent” results.
Research also suggests that the cost of SDC care compared to outcomes outshines any other approach, making it a viable treatment protocol for disc degeneration. Low-back pain treatment initiated with a doctor of chiropractic saves 40 percent on healthcare costs, when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor.4
According to the Manga Report, chiropractic management is superior to medical management in terms of scientific validity, safety, cost effectiveness, and patient satisfaction.5 The DC is uniquely qualified to offer spinal- care options such as SDC because
- DCs have an excellent understanding of the biomechanics of the spine;
- manual methods, such as chiropractic adjustments, are documented for obtaining results in a conservative and effective manner; and
- SDC is a natural extension of what the DC is already doing for patients.
Regardless of whether you are an acute-care DC or wellness DC, SDC helps accomplish either goal.
What it takes
Based on the experiences of those who have built successful SDC practices, there are proven methods to achieve success in providing this modality, especially with patients who are experiencing disc degeneration.
To become proficient with SDC in your own practice, you will need an SDC table with multiple treatment protocols. Prices and reputations vary by manufacturer. Not all tables are created equal; you usually get what you pay for.
Learning how to use the table for the best possible outcomes requires additional training and support. When considering an SDC table purchase, investigate the customer support offered. It takes more than just a decompression table to be truly successful.
Some vendors offer proprietary training to help you achieve success with your table with both better patient and ROI outcomes. They also may offer certification and clinical support consultation with doctors to address questions that arise on SDC techniques.
Vendors usually provide support for operational aspects of your table including software updates, hardware and software troubleshooting, and a warranty on parts.
With an existing practice, you may already have a significant number of candidates for SDC. Most vendors offer educational and marketing materials for patients, and some have community marketing programs to provide a quicker ROI. You can also get insights and direction from other SDC practitioners.
Should you choose to conduct your own marketing efforts, however, you will likely need to subcontract and use more of your time as a marketer. Pre- prepared materials are usually a better investment of your time and money.
While there is no magic formula, you can achieve great results with reasonable effort. SDC offers a proven treatment methodology, chiropractors are uniquely qualified to deliver it, and with the right table and training you can experience tremendous success. Take a second look at SDC and investigate making it an integral part of your practice as an effective treatment protocol for patients with problematic disc-related conditions.
Tim Burkhart, DC, has successfully treated thousands of patients with acute to chronic neck and back pain since 1984. He is an authority on the integration of NSSD into clinical practice. He is a member of the ACA, MAC, and serves on the Davenport University Health Professionals Advisory Board and is a regent at Sherman College of Chiropractic. He also developed the Hill DT Solutions certification program. Learn more at hilldtsolutions.com.
1Gose EE, Naguszewski WK, Naguszewski RK. Vertebral axial decompression therapy for pain associated with herniated or degenerated discs or facet syndrome: An outcome study. Neurological Research, 1998, Volume 20, April pp. 186-190.
2Beattie PF, Nelson RM, Michener LA, Cammarata J, Donley J. Outcomes After a Prone Lumbar Traction Protocol for Patients With Activity-Limiting Low Back Pain: A Prospective Case Series Study Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2008;89(2):269-274.
3Weber H. Traction therapy in sciatica due to disc prolapse. J Oslo City Hosp. 1973;23(10):167- 176.
4Liliedahl, et al. Cost of care for common back pain conditions initiated with chiropractic doctor vs medical doctor/doctor of osteopathy as first physician: experience of one Tennesseebased general health insurer. JMPT.2010;33(9):640-643.
5Pran Manga, PhD, et al. (1993). Study to Examine the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low-Back Pain. Richmond Hill, Ontario: Kenilworth Richmond Publishing.
Press Release – Hill Laboratories Launches the Largest Decompression Therapy Campaign in Company History.
In only eighteen months since its introduction, the Hill DT Decompression Therapy Table has become the industry standard among Chiropractors and Physiotherapists practicing in non-invasive, non-surgical spinal therapy techniques. No other table on the market today can match the Hill DT’s impressive engineering of lumbar and cervical decompression sensitivity, combined with a compact footprint, intuitive touchscreen interface, quick patient set-up and expert training and support through the HillDT Solutions Network. Now, in the tables 4th generation, Version 4.1 adds even greater functionality and control to the table’s preset treatment protocols.
Benjamin Hill, Vice-President of Hill Laboratories stated, “The Hill DT is now the culmination of over 11 years of decompression therapy development by Hill Laboratories beginning with the original Spine-Med Table. The platform of the new table is such that it can be updated remotely, so each Hill DT owner can benefit from future upgrades. Doctors across the globe are getting results based training and remarkable outcomes with the machine and we couldn’t be more pleased.”
Continuing to respond to the feedback from our Doctors the new Hill DT Cervical capture provides soft foam fingers and padding for a great capture, comfort and results for your patients. Tested by a number of our Hill DT Docs giving it the thumbs up it is now ready for order. If you would like one for your practice please call Candi @ 616/813-9308 or Candi@HillDTSolutions.com The purchase price is $299 plus shipping and any applicable tax. It will be shipping as standard equipment on all Hill DT Tables starting May 1, 2012.
This past Thursday I had the distinct honor of teaching the newest research and protocols on decompression for chiropractors and their staffs in Schaumburg, Illinois. This fine group of health care providers asked some of the finest questions of any of the students I have ever addressed and we had some of the best conversations I have encountered at any seminar I have taught. In the past three years I have taught decompression protocols to PTs, MDs, DOs, and DCs. I am always impressed with the DCs level of knowledge of the disc dynamics and how to handle the disc problems. Their questions and discussions are spot on and their compassion for their patients is remarkable.
Axial Decompression fits the chiropractic philosophy of “The body has the ability to heal itself if the interference is removed.” By using the proper protocols, understanding disc dynamics, using nutritional supplements that aid in the effectiveness of decompression’s effectivness on disc tissue repair, and using directional core rehab principles we can help to restore disc health and slow down disc degeneration. The research backs this and clinically we are seeing this in our practice on a daily basis.
In today’s economy we must get the best results for our patients so they achieve their maximum healthy potential and in turn refer more patients to our offices. In order to be successful we as physicians must work to be “Better Doctors”. I encourage all Doctors to become more educated on how decompression works so they become “Black Belts” in decompression. When doctors fail with decompression it is often because they do not understand how to individualize treatment programs to fit each patients needs. Often doctors use a one size fits all protocol. In my seminars I try to show doctors how to handle the problem patients and alter your protocols to enhance your probability of achieving successful outcomes.You have to understand why something is not working just as much as how it works when things go well. It is very simple: A good carpenter knows how to use his tools but a master carpenter knows how to maximize his tools to get great outcomes. You must become an expert (a Master) with your decompression tools. The only way to do that is to read research articles, go to seminars, and join mastermind groups. This network page is a great tool to use and I encourage you visit it often.
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“I started on the Hill DT in the summer of 2011. In 2010, I started out looking to relieve my back pain and tried physical therapy, acupuncture and injections.
After years of lower back pain (L4-L5 area), I started my journey to find help. My first step in this journey was to get the MRI’s, x-rays and then I had a year of physical therapy. When that didn’t help, I also tried spinal injections, acupuncture & massages. As a last resort before getting surgery I tried spinal decompression using the DRX9000.
While the DRX9000 did help, after 6 months I found myself in pain again. After crying and pouting about how much this last step cost
only to have my back pain return I decided to give spinal decompression another try. But this time, there where no contracts or gimmicks. I found myself in Dr. Burkhart’s office and he felt he could help me.
From the first time on the Hill DT Decompression Table I noticed it was different. It tilted my pelvis up, which felt like it was getting directly where I needed it. I have to say, that after 3 or 4 times on the Hill DT I felt 95% better. This experience was much better than my previous spinal decompression experience. Instead of feeling like I was being pulled apart, the Hill DT seems to be more comfortable and tugging on the part of my spine that needed help. It’s hard to describe the difference but the Hill DT Table is working for me and at this point this is all that matters to me.”
Chris Neiman – Michigan (with permission)