This gentle, non-surgical procedure can provide lower back and neck pain relief, sciatica pain relief, and is a state-of-the-art procedure for, bulging, herniated or degenerative disc disease in the neck and lumbar regions.
The gentle distractive forces of the Spinal Decompression create a decompression of the spine with unloading due to distraction and proper positioning, to improve blood flow and nutrient exchange to the injured area. You'll experience several cycles of stretch and relaxation, which graduates to a peak over a period of several minutes.
To understand how spinal decompression therapy can provide relief for back pain, it is important to understand the basic function of intervertebral discs. Intervertebral discs act as shock absorbers throughout the spine, keeping separation between the neighboring vertebrae or back bones as we walk and move. As we age and with certain activities, these discs began to lose fluid, resulting in less space between the surrounding vertebrae. This loss in space often allows the vertebrae above and below to put increased pressure on local nerves, resulting in pain.
Spinal decompression tables are designed in a way that allows discs to return to their normal form. Typically, a person suffering from a disc pathology will lie on a specially designed decompression table that focuses on their area of pain. After a harness is applied carefully, a computer-controlled program will determine the amount of traction or pull necessary to provide the intervertebral discs with the relief they need. As the unit tractions the spine to the appropriate level fluids, which supply nutrients to the discs are allowed to return. With increased fluid in the discs throughout the damaged area of the spine, the discs are allowed to return to their normal shape and form, providing relief to compressed nerves and other surrounding structures. This process is similar to what astronauts experience in space as gravity is reduced. While it has usually taken a significant amount of time to cause damage to the discs, the time required to return them to their normal form and function varies.
Spinal decompression provides a valuable adjunct to your routine chiropractic care. While other treatment avenues exist, spinal decompression therapy provides a cost effective and proven approach to treating your back pain. In addition, the side effects and risks of spinal decompression therapy pales in comparison to more invasive treatments such as surgery and medication. If you are interested in learning more about spinal decompression therapy or are seeking a consultation concerning your back pain, contact our office.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
Therapy sessions typically last less than 20 minutes, 3 times a week for 1-2 months, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond, with most patients feeling pain relief with as few as 6-10 treatments. Most patients are released from treatment after 8 weeks.
A complete program targeting the function of the stabilization ligaments, tendons and muscles is a vital part of Spinal Decompression. Exercise and adjunctive therapies such as heat, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and cold therapy can assist in rehabilitation of these structures. Our goal is to not only help heal the disc, but to also enhance muscular control and support of the back and neck.
Regular home exercise and periodic visits to our office will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of reoccurrence. Clinical results of this procedure have been effective in over 75% of the patients treated and most patients find long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire program of treatments utilizing the Spinal Decompression.