Spinal Decompression delivers specific traction to the compressed disc to allow nutrients, blood flow, and bulged material to return back into the compressed disc. The traction is done by a computerized unit that gently distracts the spine apart and allows it to rest every minute throughout the session. Each session is usually less than 18 minutes and most patients report simply feeling a slight gentle stretching at their low back or neck. Spinal Decompression therapy is a comfort-based procedure that allows relief and relaxation. Many patients even fall asleep.
During this phase, pain relief is the goal. Usually within 5 treatments, a dramatic reduction of pain is reported. However, an injured spinal disc needs time to heal. Even though pain is gone or much improved, the supporting structures must be stabilized and strengthen to promote healing.
Many back pain sufferers have two compounding problems that have contributed to their disc injury and complicate their natural healing abilities.
1. Decreased spinal flexibility
2. Poor muscle control
A rehabilitation program will be given during treatment or after treatment to stabilize and strengthen supporting musculature. The exercises are simple pain free activities done to further promote healing.
An in office and at home exercise program will be designed to help bring your spine back to optimal health. Since all the body systems work in concert with each other, nutritional support may be recommended in addition to the at home exercises. The exercises are designed to strengthen the core and may include the use of resistance bands, physioballs, foam rolls, and an at home exercise system. Regular and at home exercises are the key to longer-term relief