Spinal Decompression Therapy
After a significant amount of research, Northern Nevada Chiropractic chose what we believe to be the most sophisticated, technologically advanced, state-of-the-art Spinal Decompression Therapy system in the world. We also selected this system due to its ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back.
Back Pain Relief Without Drugs or Surgery
Spinal Decompression Therapy is FDA cleared and has a very high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs – even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, decompression therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain.
At Northern Nevada Chiropractic, we specialize in spinal decompression to help relieve lower back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine, relieving pressure from the spinal discs. Spinal discs are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine. If they are injured, ruptured, or out of place this causes pain and limited mobility. By creating negative pressure in the disc, spinal decompression causes bulging or herniated disks to retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.
By cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc in the neck or low back can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect. The vacuum effect accomplishes two things:
- 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.
- The vacuum within the disc stimulates growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.
The computer head of the machine is the key. The pre-programmed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc re-hydration.
The Disc and How It Causes Pain
Your spine is similar to 24 blocks stacked on top of each other. Between each set of blocks is a disc. Discs are similar to a shock absorber on your car’s suspension. The outside of the disc is made up of tough fibers called the annulus fibrosus and the inside has a soft, jelly like substance, the nucleus pulposus. When your disc is injured or torn, the jelly-like substance on the inside can protrude or leak out. This is called a herniated disc. This substance is highly irritating to the surrounding anatomy and is a source of pain. If the outer material is not torn, discs can bulge -without herniating. This is similar to stepping on a balloon when it doesn’t pop. The balloon bulges out to one side or the other without the rubber breaking.
As you probably know, bulging or herniated discs are a major cause of back pain. These conditions can also cause nerves to be pinched that can cause pain or loss of sensation in your extremities including legs, arms, toes, etc.
Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc. These conditions include:
Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Most certainly! One study used an MRI to document up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases. Other studies have reported that the majority of ruptured disc patients achieved “good” (50-89% improvement) to “excellent” (90-100% improvement) results after spinal decompression therapy.
Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not recommended?
This treatment is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. Patients who have had spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) are also not good candidates for spinal decompression therapy. However, spinal decompression after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery, can be performed.
What should I expect with Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Treatment begins with a series of sessions typically three to four times per week. Each session is approximately 15 to 25 minutes. Following each session, electrical muscle stimulation and ultrasound is applied to help relax your muscles and ligaments. It is administered to patients fully clothed either face down or face up on the table.
After treatment, your doctor may prescribe specific exercises designed to help you regain control and strengthen the co-contractor muscles which are responsible for stabilization.
Are the sessions painful?
In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session.
Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.
How do I get started?
We want make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy. Simply call the office at (775) 829-8686 for your first appointment. We will evaluate you for the best treatment options for you. If you need any additional information, please contact our office and ask to set up a free consultation with one of the doctors so we can discuss your condition in detail.
Dr. Welch’s tip to avoid back surgery
Spinal decompression therapy is a non invasive treatment to relieve back, neck, arm, and leg pain. Treatments improve quality of life and can help you avoid back surgery.
Dr. Welch discusses spinal decompression therapy for lower back pain with KOLO TV
Spinal decompression therapy is used for a number of different treatments, but most specifically for disc bulges. It is also a very effective treatment for patients with sciatica or lower back pain. It is a non surgical, non invasive therapy that is actually quite relaxing. Spinal decompression therapy gives significant relief to patients with lower back issues.
Listen to some of the results our patients have seen through treatments with Spinal Decompression Therapy.