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New! Web Based Decompression Certification Learning System

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Doctors and Technicians now have the ability to effectively learn On-Line how to

integrate spinal decompression treatment into their practice with proven

certification material that will energize, inform and ultimately increase

patient results and practice income.

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Top Neurologist Recommends the Hill DT.

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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

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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


Three months re-evaluation
Nine months from start to treatment
The need for SDC arose from unsuccessful outcomes of traditional conservative management based on rest, physical therapy, or other passive- care methods. Some studies indicated that those treatments could even promote disability. SDC has been utilized successfully with results verified in peer-reviewed studies.In one outcome study, overall treatment was successful more than 70 percent of the time, with the original pain reduced to a level of zero or one.1 The results showed further successes:
  • 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

Uniquely qualified

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.

TimBurkhartTim 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


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.

Singapore – Dr. Burkhart Trains The Team at The Chiropractic Clinic

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Certification Training in Session with Dr. Burkhart

Singapore Night – a beautiful city!
Dr. Burkhart with the staff at The Chiropractic Clinic in Singapore. The Clinic is lead by Dr. Brian Chen. The team achieved their HillDT Spinal Decompression Certifications. A very talented group!

Meeting Doctors at the IL Chiropractic Convention

5:21 pm in Decompression Reports, Hil DT Testimonials, Hill DT Decompression Table by Candi VanderWal

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Early October, HillDT Solutions was at the IL Chiropractic Convention in Naperville, IL.  At this well attended event, the doctors were lining up to give the HillDT a test run.

One doctor, experiencing numbness in his shoulder and down his left arm, realized our table spelled R-E-L-I-E-F!


Press Release – HillDT Solutions and University of Bridgeport team up to host Continuing Education Credit Decompression Seminars at the University

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University of Bridgeport

Learn how to overcome the national trend of less insurance reimbursement from decompression expert Dr. Tim Burkhart as he shares his knowledge on ‘Building a Cash Practice with Decompression’.   Receive 8 CE Credits when you learn the latest evidence based information to ‘Maximize Your Decompression Practice’ nationally recognized presenter Dr. Randy Reed.

Presentations are Saturday 10a – 8p October 27 or Sunday 8a – 6p October 28, 2012 at The University of Bridgeport.  The CEU credits for this course are being facilitated through the University of Bridgeport, Health Sciences Postgraduate Education Department.

To learn more contact Candi@HillDTSolutions or call 616/813-9308.   Early Bird Registration Here –

About the University of Bridgeport Health Sciences Postgraduate Education

The University of offers a wide variety of seminars, online education, and distance learning programs designed to enable health care providers to keep abreast of current clinical concepts and advances in professional training.   The Health Sciences Postgraduate Education Department serves the continuing education needs of acupuncturists, chiropractors, dental hygienists, naturopaths, nutritionists, and Physician Assistants. 

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Decompression Training w/ Dr. Burkhart – March 2, 2012

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Dr. Tim Burkhart in full swing, training on the how’s and why’s of decompression.  Joining  the class, we welcomed:  Dr. Stephen Fierro from Florida,  Dr. Kelly Douglass from Alabama, Dr. Aaron Kik and Jennifer from Michigan, also Dr. Kate Lyzenga from the Burkhart staff.

The first half of the day is spent at the beautiful Stonewater Country Club, a conference room  in FireRock Grille is our classroom setting.  Later we move to Burkhart & Chapp Spinal Decompression Center for hands on training with the Doctors and CA’s.

The Hill Decompression Table is a valuable tool for our team of chiropractors and their patients well being.

Chiropractic Heros wanted!

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If you have a desire to grow your practice and your skills as a Doctor see what our experts have to say about being a member of the HillDT Network. Check out this great new video! 


Commentary on the Hill DT Solutions decompression system and how you can integrate Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Training and Certification, which is included with the purchase of your Hill DT Spinal Decompression Table.
Lead by our team of chiropractors with years of experience teaching, diagnosing & treating patients in their respective practices you will be at the forefront of spinal decompression treatment profiting from our experts and quickly becoming proficient with spinal decompression treatment.

Dr. Adam Van Gessel successfully completes HillDT Spinal Decompression Certification

9:56 pm in CE Decompression Training, Hil DT Testimonials, Hill DT Decompression Table, HIll DT Solutions Announcements, Uncategorized by HDTSNetwork

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Dr. Adam Van Gessel(right) receives his HIll DT Spinal Decompression Certification Certificate from HillDT’s VP Jeff VanderWal