The best non-surgical solution for bulging, herniated and degenerative discs


Avoid Back or Neck Surgery in San Diego.

We have been helping people avoid disc surgery for over 17 years.

We use the DRX9000 Spinal Decompression System which is FDA approved and proven to ‘un-bulge’ and ‘un-herniate’ discs without surgery.

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Spinal Decomp DRX9000. Spinal Decompression Therapy at Family First Chiropractic.

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Your $49 First Treatment Includes:

• Private 1-on-1 consult with the Doctor

• MRI and/or X-ray review, X-Ray included.

• Case evaluation

• Initial treatment on the DRX9000*

*Patient must be deemed a candidate following the consultation to trial the DRX9000.



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Take advantage of our discounted consultation where you can sit with the doctor, review your MRI’s/X-rays, answer your questions, and even get a spinal decompression treatment the same day [if candidate].

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    Family First Chiropractic & Wellness Center

    9445 Farnham Street Suite 104
    San Diego, CA 92123


    Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Really Work?

    Spinal Decompression Therapy – Data from a recent multi-center pilot study utilizing Axiom Worldwide’s DRX9000 Reveals a Dramatic Success Rate of 88.9%!

    The clinical results of an IRB-approved prospective, multi-center, phase II, non-randomized pilot study utilizing the DRX9000 was presented at the annual New York State Society of Anesthesiologists PGA meeting in New York City December 7-11, 2007.
    The study, authored by Dr. John Leslie of The Mayo Clinic, was designed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the DRX9000 in the treatment of chronic lower back pain. Patients enrolled in the study had suffered an overall average of ten years of chronic back pain. After two weeks of treatments on the DRX9000 there was a 50% reduction in pain scores and upon completion of the entire six week protocol an amazing success rate of 88.9% was documented.

    Patient success with spinal decompression at Family First in San Diego. Relieve that bulging disc pain or Herniated Disc.

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    video review.

    Patient success with spinal decompression at Family First in San Diego. Relieve that bulging disc pain or Herniated Disc.
    Patient success with spinal decompression at Family First in San Diego. Relieve that bulging disc or Herniated Disc.

    Spinal Decompression is the NEW treatment for your neck and low back pain

    We offer the latest cutting edge technology in the non-surgical treatment of serious lower back pain and sciatica. Our commitment to offering the highest quality of care resulted in the addition of the FDA cleared Spinal Decompression technology for the treatment of back pain due to:


    • Herniated Discs

    • Bulging Discs

    • Pinched Nerve

    • Sciatica (leg pain)

    • Low Back Pain

    • Neck Pain

    • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

    • Spinal Stenosis

    • Post-Surgical Pain

    In the past, a patient suffering from disc problems was usually given pain medications, instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred for physical therapy, and when they weren’t progressing they were sent for spinal surgery. Conservative chiropractic care proved very helpful in many cases, yet there have been some cases when surgery seemed to be the only other option… until now.

    Spinal Decompression Therapy at Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care from Family First Chiropractic in San Diego.

    Today, you don’t have to live with that pain anymore. Thanks to the concerted efforts of a team of top physicians and medical engineers, Spinal Decompression Therapy was developed to effectively treat lower back pain and sciatica resulting from herniated or degenerated discs. Spinal Decompression Therapy not only significantly reduces back pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to more active lifestyles. Call for an appointment.

    Meet the Doctors

     Dr. Payton Ely

    Dr. Payton Ely


    For over 15 years, Dr. payton ely has helped thousands of patients get out of pain. He’s passionate about helping his patient’s overcome sciatica, nerve compression, chronic neck and low back pain and disc injuries without drugs or surgery.
    An avid athlete himself, he knows the importance of being able to perform at your best while also staying out of pain. He’s witnessed the DRX9000 help patients in ways where traditional methods have failed.
    He loves spending time outdoors with his family, enjoying all things San Diego and staying on top of his physical health with CrossFit
     Dr. Dawn Ely

    Dr. Dawn Ely


    For over 12 years, Dr. Dawn Ely has been the go-to doctor in San Diego for pain relief. Thousands have trusted her with regaining their health without drugs or surgery. Her empathetic nature and attention to detail is what patient’s love about her, as she will do whatever it takes to get her patient’s healing and functioning better than they have in years.
    Dr Dawn graduated from the University of Calgary with a Biological Science degree. She continued on to Palmer West where she graduated magna cum laude and was the class valedictorian. She has been in practice for over 12 years with her husband. They have two children that they love spending time with.
    Dr. Dawn also enjoys making healing nutritional foods and spending time outdoors hiking, working out and gardening.

    How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

    Spinal Decompression uses state of the art technology to apply a distraction force to relieve nerve compression often associated with low back pain and sciatica.

    Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, not to be confused with linear traction, slowly lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressures within the discs. This reversal of pressure creates an intradiscal vacuum that helps to reposition bulging discs and pull extruded disc material back into place, taking pressure off pinched nerves. Spinal experts believe that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing.

    What are the Treatments like?

    At the beginning of each session, you will be comfortably fitted with a harness designed to achieve optimal decompression of the low back or neck. During a session of spinal decompression you will notice a slow lengthening of your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and relieved of pressure. The treatment process is safe and relaxing. While some patients with extensively injured discs have reported mild discomfort during the first few treatment sessions, their discomfort subsides upon subsequent visits. A patient safety switch provides an extra safety feature, allowing you to stop at any point should you feel discomfort.

    What is the Typical Treatment Protocol?

    Typical spinal decompression treatment protocol varies depending upon the particular case. Some conditions require fewer visits; some require more. Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions, and most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed treatment program.

    Why is Spinal Decompression Different from Traction, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Manipulation?

    While traction, physical therapy, and manipulation may reduce disc pressures to as low as 40 mm Hg, only spinal decompression has been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression creates negative pressures as low as -110 mm Hg3 within the injured disc during the treatment session.

    Spinal Decompression Therapy at Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care from Family First Chiropractic in San Diego.

    Normally, pulls exerted on the spine trigger sensory receptors in the back to tighten the muscles surrounding the vertebrae and discs in an effort to protect them from injury. Spinal Decompression bypasses this response by slowly pulling on the spine and relaxing the back over an extended period of time, allowing the discs to be repositioned without tension and without causing spasm and muscle guarding.

    It is important for patients to make sure that they are treated on a high quality true spinal decompression table by a physician with years of experience and not an imitation spinal decompression table.

    Is it true that Research has shown up to 88.9% Success Rate for Spinal Decompression?

    Yes! More than 10 research articles have shown success rates for spinal decompression to be up to 88.9%. In fact John Leslie M.D. and the Mayo Clinic reported at the 18th Annual Meeting American Academy of Pain Management in Tampa Florida on September 5, 2007 the following amazing statistics:

    • Multi-center, phase II, non-randomized pilot study utilizing spinal decompression.
    • Designed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of spinal decompression in the treatment of chronic lower back pain.
    • Patients enrolled have an average of ten years of chronic back pain.
    • After two weeks of treatments of spinal decompression — 50% reduction in pain scores.
    • Upon completion of the entire six week protocol success rate of 88.9% was documented.

    Is it true that Professional Athletes, Celebrities and Patients in their 90s have turned to Spinal Decompression Therapy as a Successful, non-surgical option to Neck and Back Pain WITHOUT the use of drugs, pills and surgery?

    Yes! Professional athletes, celebrities and even patients in their 90s are turning to spinal decompression therapy as an affordable, non-surgical alternative to neck and back pain without the use of drugs, pills and surgery. People are tired of taking pills that simply mask the pain and can cause all kinds of serious side effects. People are frustrated with getting shots that work the first time or two and then eventually have minimal or no effect. And people are scared to death of surgery as they have seen firsthand as their friends and relatives who spent 1,000s of dollars, had weeks of “down time”, have scars, and risked serious side effects and still ended up with a “failed back surgery syndrome”. New non-surgical spinal decompression is not only effective and affordable but is also non-invasive and safe.