The Kennedy Decompression Table

Eidolonai October 26, 2017

In our last article, we discussed Spinal Decompression Therapy and how it can truly be a life saver for patients suffering from degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, facet joint syndrome, sciatica, cervical radiculopathy, and of course herniated and bulging discs.

Dr. Jay Kennedy has become a driving force behind Decompression Therapy over the last decade. Over the last seven years, over 1,500 chiropractors in the United States and Canada have learned his technique to help their patients find a pain-free life. Throughout his career, he has owned and operated decompression therapy equipment from VAX-D, DRX-9000, Lordex, Dynatronics and Chattanooga. This has given him the ability to do numerous “cross-comparison” treatments with these various units.”

According to his website, over 4000 systems that he designed have been sold, effecting over 2 million patients to date. He has taken his experience, knowledge and ability and created both the Kennedy Decompression Technique and the Kennedy Decompression Table.

Patients using other tables, such as the VAX-D and DRX-9000 tables, are subjected to an average of 40 sessions for as long as 45 minutes. The tables use 50% of the patient’s body weight and generally there are only two positions they can be positioned in: on their stomach or on their back.

With the Kennedy Decompression Table, there are considerably less treatments and they last just 12-15 minutes long. This table only uses 25% of the patient’s body weight, creating less pressure on the body. Additionally, the table can be used in 6 different positions, making it gentler and more versatile.

Dr. Kennedy’s research shows that the position of the patient is imperative to the success of decompression. The Kennedy Decompression Table allows the patient to lie in many different positions rather than the normal “on the back” position. All patients differ in anatomical size, disc migration patterns, mechanical dysfunction and neural compromise. Because we are all unique, this table allows versatility to accommodate the differences.

Another reason why we chose the Kennedy Decompression Table is for its ability to treat more patients. The table we chose has the flexibility to treat more patients with varying issues with much better results.

The Kennedy table comes complete with a 24 hour post-graduate course for doctors built around identifying the source of the pain.  We must understand the motion and migration of the disc pattern and compare them to the patient’s history, previous treatments and response to “provoking” or testing the disc.  Also other structures such as the facet joints, the ligaments, the tendons and the possibility of fissures or cracks in the disc can be the source of the intensity of the pain and just addressing the disc pain may not resolve or cure the patient.

As mentioned, often the site of pain may be the facet joints, ligaments, annular fibers or other structures and that is critical to know prior to placing patients on the table. It is extremely important to know if a patient’s pain is one of “movement disorder,” which is related to ligament strain, pain due to migration of the disc or “discal” in nature or a combination of both.  From here we utilize your x-rays and MRI’s to further confirm and decide how to proceed clinically and with accuracy with you.

Retraining core intrinsic muscles – multifidus dorsi and transverse abdominus muscles-  is critical, as these are the core muscles involved in allowing the major muscles around the disc to weaken. This alters the security the disc has in protecting the spinal functioning if these intrinsic muscles are involved and failing.

To date there is no other training out there that we have found that allows such specificity for analyzing and treating the source of the pain.  We also have a great list of rehabilitation exercises to provide for you and will go out of our way to make sure your needs are addressed on every level to provide for pain relief and rehab care.

If this article speaks to you, please call our office at your earliest convenience to set up a time to review your back…you don’t have to live in chronic pain and we would love to help you get back on track ASAP.

If you have questions or need further information about this topic, please contact Dr. Lynn Kerew directly at or visit her website at



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