Decompression therapy is a safe and effective way to treat conditions such as herniated or bulging discs within the spine, spinal stenosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative joint disease, facet syndrome as well as sciatica which causes pain to travel into the leg/s or pain that moves into shoulders or arms often caused by a herniated disc in the neck.
How it works is the patient is typically prepared for the treatment with soothing modalities such as electric muscle stimulation or moist heat designed to loosen the surrounding soft tissues which will allow the therapy to work more effectively. Once that process is complete, the patient is comfortably positioned on the decompression table and fastened into the harnessing system which is attached to a computerized traction unit programmed according to the patients specific area of involvement.
Once the therapy begins, it is very important that the patient is relaxed as possible as to allow the machine to do the work, which is to apply a sustained but gentle pull or traction within the area of involvement, thereby allowing separation between the hard bone of the spinal vertebra and the soft tissue of the shock absorbing discs which are designed to keep pressure off of the spinal nerves.
The therapy typically lasts for approximately 25 minutes and then is usually followed up by applying ice to the effected area to reduce any residual soreness that sometimes occurs following a treatment.
Many patients have received tremendous results from this safe and conservative form of therapy and as a result have not had to resort to more invasive procedures such as surgery or become dependent on dangerous and addictive pain medications.
If you believe you are a candidate for this amazing form of therapy, please do not hesitate to contact our office and speak with the Dr. Dave directly to discuss your treatment options.