What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal Decompression is non-surgical treatment. It works on the forces that help distract those areas that are inflamed, to relieve pressure off the nerves. It helps re-educate muscles, ligaments, and tendons, creating a healthier disc environment. Discs naturally remain healthy by activity, such as compression and decompression forces which you would get from activity such as walking.
Your spine is made of vertebrate, disc, and nerves. The vertebrate is bone and the disc contains a jell like substance which separates the vertebrate. When you have a disc injury, it means the vertebrate will pinch the disc making the disc spread out. When the disc spreads out it can touch the nerve, sending pain throughout the body.
You may be feeling pain throbbing in your lower back, neck pain, or upper back. Your fingers may tingle or you may feel a radiating pain in your arms or legs. You may even feel the pain is so great, that it’s difficult to walk and you may be experiencing the following.
How Does It Work?
The forces of decompression work on the concept of gentle distraction therapy. Gentle distraction therapy is the compression and decompression of the disc. A membrane that prevents fluids from moving in and out of the spinal column connects the vertebrae. This membrane allows fluids to enter the spinal column at a much slower rate than it allows them to leave. This helps to protect the integrity of the fluid inside the spinal column. During the decompression stage, a partial vacuum is formed that relieves the pressure between the vertebrate, allowing the disc to reshape back to its normal form. When the decompression is released, the pressure with-in the spinal column equalizes at a much quicker rate leaving the overall process with a net effect of relieving the pressures on the disc. Through compression and decompression, the tissue surrounding the disc can heal because this process also creates blood flow and oxygen to the injured area. The blood flow and oxygen send nutrition to the injured area allowing a faster recovery.
Spinal decompression is designed to work the muscles. This is a slow gentle process, so it allows the muscles and tendons to respond to the treatment. Patients do not go into spasm. The treatment doesn’t just work the joint, but also works on the muscles and tendons. Motorized and computerized spinal decompression allows the ability to target the injured disc, creating better results than traction.
Feel Comfortable and Relaxed
They do not feel any pulling or contraction. In fact, many patients fall asleep during the treatment. After the treatment is complete, some patients feel the same good sensation, as if they just worked out. When they get up from the table, the pain is reduced, because this process was not forceful. Most patients feel an immediate relief from the first treatment. In fact, patients even look forward to receiving their next treatment.
In the past, patients did not get better with regular chiropractic treatment and were required to go for surgery. This treatment creates a new alternative for patients. It helps creates stabilization in the spine, allowing the patients to respond better to the benefits from other forms of treatment such as nutrition and spinal adjustment.
How are Patients Treated?
Patients are treated fully clothed. During treatment patients are fitted into a pelvic harness that fits around the pelvis, as well as a thoracic harness, as they lie face up on the table. The table is operated by a computerize console. The treatment is personalized, based on the mechanics and the neurological feedback of each patient’s muscles and tendons, allowing each patient’s spine to respond to the treatment. Each treatment takes between 15 – 30 minutes. The average number of treatments, typically for each patient, range between 10 to 30 treatments, scheduled within a five to ten week period of time.
What if you are not sure this is the correct treatment for you? Not to worry! Just call and schedule your free consultation. Our doctor will give you a personalized evaluation of your spinal health with a recommendation on how to improve your condition. You will then have all the details to make a decision on your next step.