What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal Disc Decompression is an FDA approved technology that relieves pain by enlarging the space between spinal discs. Spinal Decompression uses computer-aided technology to apply a gentle pull or decompression to your spine, increasing circulation into the spinal discs and joints, causing a negative pressure within the disc. This causes the Disc material to get sucked back into the joint space and the outer layer is made stronger by stimulating the cartilage (collagen) to regenerate.
Decompression is achieved by gradual and calculated increases of distraction forces to spinal structures. The system continuously monitors spinal resistance and adjusts distraction forces accordingly. A specific lumbar segment can be targeted for treatment by changing the angle of distraction. This technique of decompression prevents muscle spasm and patient guarding. Constant activity monitoring takes place at a rate of 10,000 times per second, making adjustments not perceived by the body, as many as 20 times per second via its fractional metering and monitoring system.
According to a clinical study performed by the Orthopedic Technological Review in 2004, 86% of all cases experienced spinal pain relief with disc decompression.
During spinal decompression, the pull is so slow and cyclic that you don’t notice how much of a pull you have attained until the session is over.
Does it Hurt?
During the session, you should not experience pain. Many people feel some discomfort after the first few treatments and are usually better by the end of the next day. Following each treatment, you should walk at least 10 minutes and then ice at home 3 times for 10 minutes each session. Along with the spinal decompression, we use ice and electrical muscle stimulation to help decrease inflammation and accelerate healing. Chiropractic adjustments may or may not be performed.
Treatment Frequency & Duration?
Each treatment session averages 45- 60 minutes in duration. (Decompression, electrical muscle stimulation and ice) Patients are treated fully clothed and are fitted with a pelvic harness that fits around their pelvis and a thoracic harness as they lie face up. Herniated and degenerated discs generally respond within 20 sessions (4-6 weeks) while patients with mild disc bulges or compression will require less. Patients with posterior fact syndromes may achieve complete remission with 10 or fewer sessions. Research has demonstrated that most patients achieve a full remission from pain after the initial treatment regimen.
Conditions helped by Decompression
Nerve Compression (arm and leg pain)
Degenerative Disc Disease