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Traction for Decompression
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy or Traction for decompression, is FDA approved and been clinically proven with an 86% success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs, even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. (Picture of person strapped down to table)
What can this vacuum effect do?
The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site. (Disc anatomy picture)
How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from regular traction or inversion tables? The computer and table is the key. It controls the variations in the traction allowing for spinal decompression and eliminating muscle reaction and subsequent compression that is typical in conventional traction devices. The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration. With the doctors guidance we are able to specifically target the disc(s) causing pain and change the rope angle accordingly to customize treatment and results. (Picture of table and computer)
Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?
Spinal decompression therapy is usually not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or sever nerve damage. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates, etc) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery can be performed.
How often are treatments and how long do they last?
The specific treatment plan is determined by the doctor after your examination and evaluation. Based on current research, the best results have been achieved utilizing a protocol of 16 sessions over a 6 week period. Each of the spinal decompression therapy takes 30-40 minutes. We also work with some spinal stabilization exercises, massage, and core strengthening to further speed your recovery. (Picture of cervical decompression)
Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy. (Picture of low back decompression)