New technologies for treating lower back and neck pain are emerging in the medical field on a consistent basis. One of these new treatment methods, which is truly revolutionary for patients suffering from pain, is non-surgical spinal decompression technology. Utilizing FDA approved equipment, it is not only a simple method for treating pain, it is also safe for patients. Distraction forces are applied to the spinal structures, and this is done in a precise and graduated manner to ensure patient safety. Cycles of partial relaxation are also used to offset the distraction technique.
The spinal decompression technique has been shown to help separate the vertebrae from one another. This in turn creates a vacuum in between the discs which are being targeted during treatment. This “vacuum effect” as it is labelled, has also become known as the negative intra-discal pressure technique.
What does this negative pressure do? In some cases, it induces retraction of herniated discs or bulging discs. This will, in turn affect the inside of the disc, the nerve roots, or it can affect the spinal cord; it is also possible to affect both areas during treatment. Each time it is done, it has a microscopic effect on the disc(s). Over a four to six week period however, the cumulative results which are seen, are truly astounding.
Water diffusion, diffusion of oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of discs moving inside, is what each of these cycles of decompression followed by partial relaxation are meant to promote in our patients. Torn discs and degenerated disc fibers, are able to quickly heal through this treatment method.
When treating lower back pain, patients will lie on their stomach or back on the decompression table. Straps are placed around the waist and lower chest for support. Treating the neck will require patients to lie on their back, and soft rubber pads will be placed below the neck. It is not only comfortable and most patients tolerate the treatment extremely well. In fact, some patients are so comfortable that they fall asleep during the treatment session while in our office.
For treating bulging discs, non-surgical spinal decompression has become an extremely popular technique in recent years. Treating pinched nerves, treating sciatic pain or radiating arm pain, are all different types of pain which many patients use the non-surgical decompression technique to treat as well. Due to the fact that it is highly effective in alleviating pain and decompressing the pressure which they are feeling, this non-surgical technique has also been used in treating: leg pain, degenerative disc disease, and treating facet syndromes. Before treatment does begin, patient screening is performed to ensure the patient is a good candidate for this treatment method.