Have you been suffering from neck or back pain and thought, “If I could just get some relief?” Instead of reaching into your medicine cabinet for that pain pill, why not consider a visit to the chiropractor and inquire about spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and lower back. According to Dr. Murray Johnston DC, BSC in the Journal of Neuroimaging Volume 8, Number 2 1998, spinal decompression serves two functions:
- “Sucks” in herniated discs or bulges
- Thickens and heals the disc
In the spinal decompression procedure, the vertebrae are gently separated from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs. The “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure. While back pain relief may not be immediate, these microscopic separations happen over time (usually 4 to 6 weeks). The end results can be quite dramatic after 10 to 30 sessions.
According to Spine-Health, “Not everyone with a bulging disc is a candidate for decompression (traction). Treatment must be preceded by soft tissue muscle work to relax deep core muscles to reduce the body’s reflex reaction to guard.” An important note at this point: Always consult a doctor in order to understand the best course of treatment for your discomfort.
Spinal Decompression Therapy was developed by Allan E. Dyer, PhD, M.D. and is promoted as the only non-surgical treatment that is most effective for severe cases of disc herniation, degeneration, arthritis, stenosis and pressure on the nerve. With full compliance on the part of the patient, this process has an 86% success rate. Spinal Decompression is FDA cleared.
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
According to the ASDA, “The patient lies comfortably on his/her back or stomach on the decompression table with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set around the lower chest.” The patient undergoes the procedure fully clothed on this computer controlled table.
Each treatment lasts about 30 to 45 minutes and consists of 20 to 28 treatments over 5 to 7 weeks. Treatment sessions may also include electric stimulation, ultrasound, thermotherapy (heat) and cryotherapy (cold) before, during or after each session. Proper patient screening is imperative and objectives for treatment must be clear between patient and doctor for treatment to be successful.
For a 3D animated video of the procedure you can visit the American Spinal Decompression Association.
After consultation and or treatment with your chiropractor, spinal decompression can be successfully accomplished in the comfort of your own home. Home treatment consists of a prescribed set of exercises determined by your chiropractor.
In Doylestown, Pa. and surrounding areas, Dr. Jeff McQuaite successfully treats patients for spinal decompression. Call to book your appointment today at 267-247-7000.