Have you been told you need neck or back surgery?
Do you have a herniated disc, multiple herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, or any other type of spinal problem? Is your doctor suggesting surgery, pain management, or physical therapy? Have you tried chiropractic and just could not get enough relief? Spinal decompression therapy is the answer to your problems.
Research indicates the disc is responsible for a significant number of lumbar/leg pain and neck/arm pain syndromes. Compression increases intradiscal pressure leading to annular compromise and possible extrusion of nuclear (disc) material. Please see the following video for more information about how spinal decompression therapy helps damaged discs to heal.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical, comfortable traction therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.
Spinal decompression is a form of mechanical spinal traction that separates the bones, joints, and discs of the back. The separation relieves pressure on the nerves of the back and helps decrease pain, thereby improving the function.
Spinal decompression devices work on the basic principle of spinal traction offered by chiropractors, osteopaths, and other trained health professionals. The goal of traction and decompression is relieving pain and promoting an optimal healing environment for bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs.
Spinal decompression is a type of traction therapy applied to the spine that has benefits including:
Create a negative intradiscal pressure to promote retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material.
Create a lower pressure in the disc that will cause an influx of healing nutrients and other substances into the disc.
With spinal decompression therapy, people have found relief from many low back and neck conditions such as herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndromes, and symptoms of degenerative joint disease.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is FDA approved non-surgical and more affordable treatment alternative for a variety of disc-related problems. If you are suffering from a disc problem, our doctors at ZENITH Injury Relief and Wellness Clinic would love to have a consultation with you today to determine if you would be a good candidate for treatment. We have helped thousands of patients get out of pain and back to their lives. To see a few of our many success stories, please visit our patient experience page. Please see below for more information and helpful answers about this effective and affordable treatment.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is effective for:
Since the disc is a relatively avascular structure after the age of 14, it doesn't receive fresh blood and oxygen with every beat of the heart. It requires "diffusion" created by motion and 'decompression' to restore nutrients and enhance healing.
What is Spinal Axial Traction Therapy?
Almost 70-85% efficiency rate for many common back ailments, Spinal Axial Traction Therapy is the leading non-surgical alternative to spine surgery. Spinal Axial Traction Therapy allows for the gentle distraction of the bones of the low back and neck, increasing circulation to the spinal discs through axial traction.
Spinal Axial Traction Therapy utilizes the most sophisticated equipment to gently distract the spinal bones to allow the natural healing process to begin. The gentle decompression creates axial traction of the spinal discs and floods them with nutrients. Unlike traditional traction, Spinal Axial Traction Therapy gently graduates the pullover for 3-5 minutes making certain you are always comfortable, and muscle guarding is kept to a minimum. The therapeutic session of Spinal Axial Traction Therapy lasts about 15-20 minutes.
What can this vacuum effect do?
The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates the growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.
What machine is used for this purpose?
There are several spinal decompression machines presently used in the United States. After significant research, ZENITH has chosen to use the Triton DTS machine manufactured by Chattanooga, Inc., the premier manufacturer of physical medicine equipment.
The Triton DTS represents the finest Decompression Traction System available today. Cervical and lumbar Decompression Traction can be delivered utilizing the Triton DTS in a controlled and proven method.
Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy is designed to unload the spinal disc. Any back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding, or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).
Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression is not indicated?
Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients with disc fragmentation, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity, or severe nerve damage. It is not recommended for patients over 70. However, every patient is evaluated on an individual basis. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws and metal plates or "cages") is also contraindicated. Surgery to the discs without fusion or fusion using bony replacement is not contraindicated.
How often is Spinal Decompression performed?
Spinal decompression is usually performed 3 times a week for 12-35 sessions. Each treatment session takes approximately 1 hour.
What are the results of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Over 85% of patients have good pain relief. Please visit our patient experience page to see what our patients have to say about their results.
Can I try Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy can help almost anyone with neck or lower back pain, even those who have already experienced a failed spinal surgery. Our doctors will perform a consultation, health history, and examination to determine if you are a good candidate.