Non-Surgical Disc Treatment
What is Decompression?
In the world of chiropractic health care, spinal decompression is promoted as the latest technology to relieve back pain caused by compressed or degenerative discs. This procedure is called nonsurgical decompression therapy (as opposed to surgical spinal decompression, such as laminectomy and microdiscectomy). Decompression therapy is different from conventional traction because it alternates between stretching and relaxation. The relaxation stage tricks your body into staying relaxed and therefore maximizes the load and the effectiveness of the treatment. Decompression tables allow your doctor to target your treatments area in three different dimensions allowing doctors to target their treatment by isolating specific spinal discs. It is completely customizable and personalized to each individual.
Does it really work?
Dr. John Leslie of the Mayo Clinic and others, found that clinical use of a spinal decompression system led to an 88.9 percent reduction in pain scores over six weeks, as well as a drop in consumption of pain medications and improvement in quality of life.
In another study, CT scans of the lumbar spine in patients before and after spinal decompression treatment showed possible beneficial anatomical changes.
Dr. Christian Apfel, lead author of this study and associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative care at the University of California at San Francisco, says, “A significant reduction in chronic lower back pain after non-invasive spinal decompression correlated with an increase in disc height.”
Decompression helps by:
- Reducing pressure within an intervertebral disc can decompress discs and alleviate nerve pain.
- Helps to restore disc function.
- The movement of the table draws in oxygen and nutrients into the discs necessary to stimulate healing.
Ailments Commonly Treated by Decompression:
- Facet Syndrome
- Spinal Stenosis
- Disc Herniation
- Disc Bulging
- Cervicogenic Headaches