Non Surgical Spinal Decompression

 

 

What is spinal decompression therapy?

This technique of spinal decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.

The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, the cal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over four to six weeks, the results are quite dramatic.

How does spinal decompression heal back pain?

Experts believe that during spinal decompression nutrients, oxygen and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing.

Experts also believe that non-surgical spinal decompression stimulates the body’s repair mechanism, providing the building blocks needed to mend injured and degenerated discs.

 

What can non-surgical spinal decompression treat?
Spinal Decompression therapy is a proven non-surgical treatment for radiating arm pain as well as chronic neck pain and chronic back pain caused by:

• Degenerative Disc Disease

• Facet Syndrome

• Bulging/Herniated Discs

• Failed Back Syndrome

• Sciatica

• Spinal Stenosis

• Pinched Nerves

What equipment is used during non-surgical decompression? Is it safe?
This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner

The Accu-SPINA® system is recognized as simply the best non-surgical physiotherapeutic treatment system for back pain in the world. The Accu-SPINA offers features that no other spinal-treatment device can truthfully match, and it bears multiple patents and patents pending. Intrinsically medical and scientific in design, this system is the medical doctor’s non-invasive treatment of choice. Clinical studies have shown the treatment success of this device on surgical candidates has reached as high as 92%.

How exactly does non-surgical spinal decompression work?
Spinal decompression gently lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressure within your discs. When pressure is reversed an intradiscal vacuum is created. This vacuum takes the pressure off of pinched nerves, helps to reposition bulging discs and pulls extruded disc material back into place.

The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.

For the low back, 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. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back with a pair of soft rubber pads behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite comfortable and well tolerated.

How do acupuncture and non-surgical decompression work together?
Acupuncture is a homeopathic method of treatment that can work alone or as a complementary treatment. Doctors found it very beneficial to prescribe acupuncture as one of the therapies included in their customized spinal decompression programs. Other treatment programs include modalities of electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and lighter forms of therapeutic exercise before and after the decompression session. Using acupuncture pre and post decompression treatment loosens up muscle guarding before the session begins and then after the session, a modality is performed to reduce any type of inflammation and relax the muscles again since there is significant blood flow centered on the treated area for that length of time.
Why combine acupuncture treatment with non-invasive spinal decompression therapy?
The intended purpose of acupuncture is to restore balance and remove blockages of the flow of “Qi” or energy throughout the body. This positive flow of energy allows the body to naturally heal and function as expected. It also aids with reducing inflammation and pain symptoms which is one of the goals of the decompression therapy. In the first few sessions of spinal decompression therapy, patients’ bodies tend to experience more aggravation in the problem areas which overall may make them feel worse before getting better as the body gets used to the therapy. Like the other modalities, acupuncture as a pre or post treatment can help to reduce the impact of these relative symptoms and builds the patient’s endurance throughout the 24+ session program.
What are the benefits of combining acupuncture and decompression treatments?
Many homeopathic treatments work best when done in combination with other alternative therapies as a treatment plan. A typical treatment plan will include at least a 30 minute session of back office or physical therapy modalities. Another plan includes acupuncture with each decompression session, sometimes alternating between the two for at least the first 24 sessions. Once a decompression program is completed, acupuncture and related treatments can be used for preventative maintenance. Though it may sound to some like this is a lot of treatment to be done, the key is to remember that the pain or condition did not onset overnight so it will not diminish overnight. Additionally, these forms of therapy are homeopathic in that, they allow the body to move through a natural healing process which also takes time. The advantage of choosing acupuncture and decompression is that all of these therapies are non-invasive and most importantly, steer away from surgery.Acupuncture and decompression treatment work hand in hand. Acupuncture works to calm muscles and restore balance. Where as decompression treatment works to realign the spine. By combing acupuncture and decompression you can heal quicker and relieve your pain faster.

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