WHAT IS SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY ?
Spinal decompression therapy is a revolutionary computer-aided technology that helps treat the symptoms of low back and neck pain from herniated, bulging, degenerated and slipped discs. Spinal decompression therapy is FDA-cleared and has been around for more than twenty years. There have been more than numerous successful research studies done on spinal decompression and there are currently more than 5,000 clinics in the U.S. and Canada that are performing spinal decompression therapy treatments. Every day more and more clinics are adding spinal decompression therapy as an alternative to surgery for patients suffering from herniated, bulging, degenerated, and slipped discs. Even when physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, pain pills and shots have failed, most patients still receive dramatic pain relief in 4 to 6 weeks of spinal decompression therapy.
WHAT DOES SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY TREAT ?
HOW DOES SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY WORKS ?
Decompression is achieved by using a specific combination of force of pull, angle in degree of pull and varying time in order to create a negative pressure inside the discs of the spinal cord. This reversal of pressure creates an vacuum inside the disc that helps to draw in bulging discs and extruded disc material back into place, taking pressure off pinched or irritated nerves. Spinal experts believe that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing for both herniated and degenerated discs. Based on the patient’s body weight, tolerance, level of severity, and duration of symptoms your spinal decompression therapy specialist will determine a specific treatment plan based on your individual needs. This will help to ensure the best most long lasting results.
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 therapy, 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 generally 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.
TREATMENT PROTOCOL ?
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL TREATMENT PROTOCOL ?
A typical spinal decompression therapy 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 WOULD SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY WORKS WHEN CHIROPRATIC, PHYSICAL THERAPY AND TRACTION HAVE FAILED ?
While traction, physical therapy, inversion tables and manipulation may reduce disc pressures to as low as 40 mmHg, only spinal decompression therapy has been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression therapy creates negative pressures as low as -110 mmHg 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, a mechanism in the body known as the proprioceptor response. This typically includes muscle guarding and muscle spasms. Spinal Decompression Therapy 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 setting off muscle guarding and spasms. It is important for patients to make sure that they are treated on a high quality spinal decompression therapy table by a physician with years of experience and not an imitation spinal decompression therapy table to ensure best results.
IF I UNDERGO SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS ?
Based on our experience with spinal decompression therapy and thousands of patients treated we have noticed that the overall success rate is approximately 80%. We consider this success rate to be very good considering most of our patients have “tried everything else” with minimal or no relief, are at least a 6/10 VAS pain level and have been experiencing their pain for greater than 6 weeks. Approximately 20% of patients will start seeing relief of pain within the first week. Approximately 40% of patients will have significant relief within 2–3 weeks. The remaining 20% will get significant relief between 4–6 weeks. Less than 20% will experience no relief or minimal relief. Very rarely will a patient get worse.
DO I QUALIFY FOR SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY TREATMENT ?
Diagnosis of a herniated, bulging or degenerated disc
Back pain persisting for more than three weeks
Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is more than six months old
Persistent pain from arthritis
Patient at least 18 years of age
WHO DOESN'T QUALIFY FOR SPINAL DESOMPRESSION THERAPY ?
Hardware in the spine such as screws and rods
Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
Metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to the bones)
Grade 3 and 4 spondylolisthesis. Grade 1 or Grade 2 spondylolisthesis are treatable
Recent compression fracture of lumbar spine
Pathologic aortic aneurysm
Pelvic or abdominal cancer
Disc space infections
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO THE TREATMENT ?
CAN SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY BE USED FOR PATIENTS THAT HAVE HAD SPINAL SURGERY ?
In many cases Spinal Decompression Therapy treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression Therapy even after a failed back surgery. After a failed Laminectomy or Micro Discectomy patients may still respond favorably to spinal decompression therapy. If a patient has had more than 3 laminectomies then the success rate of spinal decompression therapy will go down. If a patient has had surgical fusion with rods or screws or any type of hardware then patients may not qualify for spinal decompression therapy. Always consult your spinal decompression therapy specialist to see if you qualify for spinal decompression therapy.