The DMR Non-Surgical Method

New Hope for Your Back

If you’re experiencing chronic neck or back pain, you don’t need to suffer anymore! Our team of physical therapists and chiropractors at Hopkins Health & Wellness Center has developed a highly successful nonsurgical, noninvasive method of treatment called the DMR Method. In addition to providing fast relief to back/neck/arm/leg pain, numbness and/or weakness, the DMR Method provides a long-term corrective solution to decrease your pain and restore optimal mobility, alignment and stability to the spine.


What is DMR? To begin with, it’s an acronym for Decompress, Mobilize and Rehabilitate. The DMR Method is a hands-on, high-tech method that can give you fast, lasting relief—without pills, injections or surgery. If you have a herniated disc, sciatica, stenosis, numbness or pain in your extremities, or chronic back and neck pain, the DMR Method just may be the answer you’ve been searching and hoping for. Over 7 years of clinical case-study research confirmed a 96 percent success rate even when other treatments had failed.


By the time you’re done reading this article, you will have a better understanding of what the DMR Method is, why it has such a high success rate, how it’s different from other non-surgical treatments, and how to maximize your chances of avoiding surgery or other risky procedures.


At Hopkins Health & Wellness Center, we hear a lot of stories about people’s struggles with back issues—how they happened, what they’ve been through trying to find relief, what treatments they’ve tried, and how their condition has affected them and the people around them. We’ve heard it all. What’s fascinating is that many people have actually done a lot of good things to resolve their condition, but just not in the right combination or order. The DMR Method ends the confusion about back conditions and provide a highly effective and affordable solution that provides lasting relief. Patients who have been suffering for years and have been through extensive treatment, sometimes even surgery, are shocked when I tell them that they are just a few weeks away from getting better.


Far too many unnecessary back surgeries are performed these days. Back surgery has the poorest outcome rate of all back treatments; it’s dangerous, costly and can leave patients in greater pain and more disabled than before surgery. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place for back surgery; in fact, sometimes it’s the only option. And thank God we have skilled neurosurgical and orthopedic doctors to help with those cases. However, as we’ve proven with the DMR Method, surgery is not necessary for the vast majority of patients, even those with severe conditions. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that one of our biggest referral sources for the DMR Method is back surgeons. Most of them want their patients to avoid surgery too! After all, the DMR Method provides excellent short-term and long-term outcomes without the risks associated with surgical intervention.


Ground Breaking Research

Seven years ago, our team of physical therapists and chiropractors dedicated themselves to formulating a standard course of evaluation and treatment for neck and back pain, herniated discs, sciatica, stenosis and degenerative disc disease. Our goals were to help people get out of pain, regain their physical abilities, prevent recurrence of their condition and, most importantly, effectively manage their condition without surgery, injections or other invasive procedures.


Our team at Hopkins Health and Wellness spent the next year reviewing research from all over the world, meeting with spine care specialists and surgeons, and spending countless hours working together to identify key factors in nonsurgical recovery from complicated spinal conditions. This, along with years of clinical experience, was the foundation of an innovative new treatment protocol we called the DMR Method.


Once we began using the DMR Method, we were encouraged by the highly successful outcomes whether they were measured subjectively (patients’ reports of symptom relief), functionally (patients’ improvements in ability to perform daily activities) or objectively (decrease in positive clinical findings associated with intervertebral disc herniation).


Even so, we were not prepared for what came next. In 2007, a patient named Amy came into our clinic with a severe disc herniation. She was experiencing debilitating lower back and leg pain after hurting herself by lifting something heavy at home. Because of the severity of her pain and the clinical findings, she was referred for an MRI to the Center for Diagnostic Imaging. After examining her MRI, the concerned radiologist called to tell us that Amy had an enormous disc herniation that required immediate surgical intervention. Upon seeing the MRI scan myself, I agreed with the radiologist and recommended to Amy that she see a surgeon as soon as possible. The only person who didn’t agree with these assessments was Amy. She refused to even consider surgery. Given her resistance, I told her we could begin the DMR Method of treatment, but that if she didn’t show rapid improvement, she would need to get a surgical consult. Two weeks after starting the DMR Method her leg pain was gone, and by the eighth week she had completely recovered. When the radiologist at CDI followed up with me to see how Amy had done with surgery, I explained that she had opted to receive the DMR Method of treatment and that her condition had been completely resolved. Surprised, he requested that we send her back to CDI for a follow-up MRI. That MRI showed that her herniation had been completely reabsorbed. See Amy’s case study below:
Based on that case, the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, one of the largest and most respected diagnostic imaging groups in the country, offered to form a partnership with Hopkins Health & Wellness Center to do a first-ever clinical case study utilizing pre- and post-treatment MRI scans of Minnesota patients.

The first DMR Method study was completed in 2010 with the following results:

  • 100 percent of patients reported a significant decrease in symptoms and restored ability to perform daily activities without pain. On average, their degree of function increased by 50 percent.
  • 100 percent of patients who presented within eight weeks of occurrence had a decrease in the size of their disc herniations. On average, their disc herniations decreased by 52.5 percent, which means that the herniated disc was no longer pressing and irritating their nerves. This dramatic improvement was also exhibited by a 67.9 percent increase in their ability to perform daily activities without pain.
  • 100 percent of patients who came in for treatment after having symptoms ranging from nine weeks to ten years saw a decrease in pain and an improved ability to perform daily activities. On average, these patients experienced a 45.2 percent increase in function. The MRIs also showed that 26.7 percent of these patients experienced a decrease in the size of their disc herniations.
  • Overall, 96.4 percent of the patients we accepted for the DMR Method attained complete or significant relief of symptoms, regained the ability to perform daily activities and completely avoided surgery.


These results may seem astonishing, but it’s important to note that part of what makes the DMR Method so successful is that a portion of the protocol is an evaluation that helps us identify if a patient is a candidate for the DMR Method. In other words, we are skilled at identifying the people whom we can and can’t help. We refer those whom we can’t help to the appropriate medical specialists.  

The DMR Method Difference

Joe had surgery on a lumbar disc herniation. The herniation reoccurred a few years later and instead of surgery again, he decided to try the DMR Method of non-surgical treatment at Hopkins Health & Wellness Center. Watch Joe tell his story and see his amazing results.

You may be asking, What makes the DMR Method different from other back treatments? I’d like to share

the seven reasons why the DRM Method has such a high success rate.
First and foremost, The DMR Method focuses on identifying and treating the true cause of a patient’s condition. The body has an amazing capacity to heal when obstacles to healing are removed. Too many back care programs focus on simply treating symptoms, or on strengthening muscles around the true cause of the problem. Inevitably, the results in such cases are disappointing and the patient’s condition can worsen until surgery is unavoidable.

Second, we learned from the first DMR Method study that the secret to successful treatment lies in the synergistic blending of elements of physical therapy, oscillating decompression traction, chiropractic care and self-care. Each of these elements is crucial; if one is neglected, the patient’s recovery will be compromised. For instance, while developing the DMR Method, physical therapists noticed that patients who were not getting skilled chiropractic care lagged behind in recovery.


Third, many patients who come to Hopkins Health & Wellness Center for treatment have undergone many of the right treatments but at the wrong time. Consequently, they are disappointed with the results. One common mistake was participating in a strengthening based PT program before addressing the underlying structural cause of the condition. Strengthening is important, but needs to be done at the right time and in the right sequence. The DMR Method protocol prescribes the right treatment in the right order to produce rapid, predictable and positive results.


Forth, the unique pull patterns of decompression traction developed by the physical therapy team at Hopkins Health & Wellness Center enhance short-term recovery rates. We ordered the best decompression traction table available and then used our expertise and experience to program the pull patterns for maximum effectiveness. This specific protocol is only available at Hopkins Health & Wellness Center.


Fifth, a unique blend of simple stabilization exercises along with pharmaceutical nutritional support and instruction on proper body mechanics enhances long-term recovery and prevents recurrence.


Sixth, the DMR Method treatment protocol is backed by years of clinical case study research that utilized pre- and post-treatment MRI scans to prove effectiveness. The clinical staff at Hopkins Health & Wellness Center, in partnership with one of the largest diagnostic imaging groups in the country and some of the top spine specialists in Minnesota, have produced one of the only clinical case studies of its kind in the country.


Finally, our team of knowledgeable, experienced and concerned clinicians is highly skilled and dedicated. They are determined to eliminate a patient’s symptoms as quickly as possible, to correct the underlying cause of the condition and to teach the patient how to prevent recurrence. They are now doing exactly that with thousands of patients every year.


If you or a loved one has been suffering from a herniated disc, sciatica, stenosis, numbness or pain in your extremities or chronic back and neck pain, the DMR Method just may be the solution you’ve been hoping for. While I cannot guarantee results, I’d like to stress that 96.4 percent of the patients we accept for care attain complete or significant relief from their symptoms, regain their ability to do the things they love to do and completely avoid surgery.


Here’s some more good news: the DMR Method qualifies for insurance coverage. You don’t need a referral, so call us or click on the “Free Consultations” tab for a free consultation. Don’t spend one more day in pain. An active, pain-free life may be just around the corner with the DMR Method.


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