Herniated Discs

Spinal decompression is most often used to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves caused by the following conditions:

  • Herniated disc
  • Slipped disc
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

The first phase of treatment begins with a treatment course targeted to the disc level identified by diagnosis.  Decompression is unloading due to distraction and positioning which utilizes distinct angles of degree to manipulate a specific disc level. This gentle decompression works to relieve neurocompression and may promote regression of a bulge or herniation over time by means of a negative pressure state, or vacuum, within the disc. This treatment method also works to create an environment within the disc of increased nutrient flow. This rehydration process has been shown in many post treatment MRI's and is highly beneficial to the healing process. The second phase of treatment is experienced as a secondary oscillation modality which is directed alternatively to the surrounding muscle groups at the treatment site. Typical muscle guarding and straining may be significantly reduced with the relaxing effect of this oscillation modality. Patients report a significant increase in comfort during treatment incorporating this modality along with the primary treatment to the spine, as proprioceptor firing is reduced. 
The changes in pressure surrounding the disc through the cycling action of the machine facilitate blood flow through the disc. Fresh blood, oxygen, and nutrients flow in while cations, acids, and the breakdown products of metabolism are removed. Thus, natural healing and repair can proceed in tissues that previously were encumbered with high diffusion pressure, edematous tissues, and chronic irritation.  Decompression therapy has helped thousands of low back pain patients return to active, pain-free lifestyles.   
The majority of patients treated will require no further intervention.  Some chronic cases may find it beneficial to continue on a preventative schedule of periodic treatments to maintain a symptom free lifestyle.  This decision is made by the Doctor and patient on a case-by-case basis at the end of treatment.  For patients with degenerative disc disease, maintenance or preventative treatments every few months may be considered.
Most patients have found this treatment to be a safe, pain-free and effective alternative to surgery.  Decompression therapy is also effective for patients who have had spinal surgery and have not been completely satisfied with the results.