Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and the low back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. This technique of spinal decompression therapy has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.
The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over four to six weeks, the results are quite significant.
The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.
For the low back, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back or stomach on the treatment table, with a set of straps snug around the waist and the lower chest. For the neck treatment, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back with a pair of soft rubber pads behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite comfortable and well tolerated.
In addition to mechanical traction described above other Spinal Decompression options include manual traction and inversion therapy.
What conditions does spinal decompression treat?
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndromes. Proper patient evaluation is imperative. Please call our office and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for this safe and effective treatment option.
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