Spinal Decompression Therapy is an Alternative to Surgery
You don't have to live in debilitating pain. Whether you have lower back pain, a pinched nerve, sciatica, neck pain, or a variety of symptoms related to damaged or degenerative discs, as well as syndromes of the lumbar and cervical spine, Decompression Therapy may be for you.
This gentle, non-surgical therapy can provide lower back pain relief, sciatica pain relief, and is a state-of-the-art therapy for neck pain relief, bulging, protruding, herniated or degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy (pinched nerves) and lumbar pain.
The gentle distractive forces of the Decompression therapy 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.
Therapy sessions typically last 20-30 minutes, 2-4 times a week, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond, with most patients feeling pain relief with as few as 6-12 treatments. Each person is different and results depend on the extent of your problem.
If you have had spinal surgery but continue to have pain, spinal decompression therapy can help. It can be performed on most patients who have not been left with an unstable spine after surgery.
There are some conditions where spinal decompression is not recommended such as women who are pregnant, or patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. However, every patient is evaluated on an individual basis. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws and metal plates or "cages") is also contraindicated. Surgery to the discs without fusions or fusion using bony replacement is okay.
A complete program targeting the function of the stabilization muscles is a vital part of Decompression Therapy. Exercise and adjunctive therapies such as heat 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 re-occurrence. Clinical results of this type of therapy 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 Therapy.