An abnormal condition of an inter-vertebral disc is referred to as a Herniated Disc; also known as a ruptured, slipped, or blown disc. It is not always known what causes the disc to herniate, but it’s commonly believed to be caused from repetitive stress due to occupation, poor spinal posture, or natural processes of aging or trauma. Discs are located between each vertebra in the spine; discs provide flexibility and shock absorption for the spine. These discs can undergo tremendous amounts of stress, which can sometimes lead to a bulging – which is a weakening of the disc wall that causes the disc to bulge out and press painfully on surrounding nerves.
How does Spinal Decompression help a Herniated Disc?
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression slowly lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressures within the discs. This reversal of pressure creates a vacuum inside the discs that helps to reposition bulging discs and draw 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. Each treatment session lasts approximately 30 minutes. Individual patient results may vary.
What is the Typical Treatment Protocol?
A typical spinal decompression treatment protocol consists of about 12-20 sessions over four to six weeks. 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 Spinal 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 shown that spinal decompression creates negative pressures as low as -110 mm Hg3 within the injured disc during the treatment session. 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.
How do I get started?
Contact our office to schedule an initial consultation to determine if your clinical case is suitable for the spinal decompression therapy. You may also bring recent copies of x-rays or MRI films or reports to help evaluate your case. After answering any questions you may have about the recommended plan, you may begin your case.
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