1What is Spinal Decompression?
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is a spinal disc rehabilitation program that uses FDA cleared medical technology that gently stretches the spine and decompresses the discs. It is programmed for lower back pain, neck pain and some spinal related conditions.
2How does it work?
The therapy applies computer-controlled pulling forces at precisely measured angles to gently distract (draw apart) targeted spinal segments. Spinal Decompression Distracting vertebral joints relieves pressure on the disc and any pinched nerves (a cause of sciatic pain) whilst promoting the movement and absorption of fluids and nutrients in the disc space. These fluids and nutrients are essential for disc health. Whilst distracting the vertebrae the treatment also works on tight or stiff muscles and ligaments, helping to get more movement into the joints. The body has a natural maintenance and healing mechanism. By progressively improving the mobility in a joint, these mechanisms can operate more effectively and help to relieve pain. Warming the muscles and ligaments helps to make them more flexible and this allows a deeper and more comfortable distraction on the machine.
3Who is suitable for decompression therapy?
It is suitable for patients suffering with unresolved back pain, neck pain, leg pain (sciatica) or arm pain caused by spinal nerve root irritation. Most commonly, patients with degenerative disc disorders, bulging or herniated discs (slipped disc), degenerative disc disease and chronic stiffness in the lower back are candidates for treatment.
4How many treatments will I need?
Depending on condition, patients may require 15-30 sessions while each sessions lasts for ranges between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Patients have a series of treatments typically spread over 4 to 6 weeks.
5How long will the effects of treatment last?
Evidence has shown that people who undergo a course of Spinal Decompression Therapy can see continued improvement after treatment has completed. The goal of this therapy is to relieve pain and allow segments of the spine to move freely. Improving mobility is essential to enable the body’s natural healing and maintenance mechanisms to operate more efficiently and thus give lasting improvement.
6I have had surgery on my back in the past. Could I still be a possible candidate for this therapy?
Patients who have had surgery can have treatment, provided that the procedure was not within the previous six months (to allow for complete healing) and there are no surgical implants.
7Is there an upper age limit to having decompression therapy?
There is no upper age limit to having decompression therapy and many mature patients enjoy good outcomes with treatment. Treatment is adjusted according to the condition of the person being treated.
8Are there any side effects to the treatments? What is its success rate?
Most patients do not experience any adverse side effects from undergoing Spinal Decompression Therapy. Spinal Decompression Therapy has undergone extensive clinical testing and has achieved substantial rates. Thousands of satisfied patients have been successfully treated with spinal decompression Therapy treatment.
9What benefits I may experience?
- relief from neck and back pain
- increases flexibility
- improves mobility
- slow the effects of gravity
- improves postural stability
10Will I feel any pain during or after treatment?
The secondary objective of the treatment is to make it as comfortable as possible. Patients do not typically feel pain during treatment; most are very relaxed and some even go to sleep. Patients can experience temporary soreness following treatment since muscles which have not been used are being worked in a new way. Cold packs are used to relieve soreness which usually passes as treatment develops and the body adapts.