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Spinal Decompression Therapy

Breakthrough Treatment for Low Back Pain

Advanced Health & Rehabilitation Center is proud to offer it patients cutting edge spinal decompression therapy, a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for back pain due to:

  • Herniated Discs
  • Bulging Discs
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Sciatica (leg pain)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Post-Surgical Pain

In the past, a patient suffering from disc problems was usually given pain medications, instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred for physical therapy, and when they weren’t progressing they were sent for spinal surgery. Conservative chiropractic care proved very helpful in many cases, yet there have been some cases when surgery seemed to be the only other option… until now.

Today, you don’t have to live with that pain anymore. Thanks to the concerted efforts of a team of top physicians and medical engineers, Spinal Decompression Therapy was developed to effectively treat lower back pain and sciatica resulting from herniated or degenerated discs. Spinal Decompression Therapy not only significantly reduces back pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to more active lifestyles.

How Does It Work?

decompressionSpinal decompression works by slowly and gently stretching the spine, taking pressure off compressed discs and vertebrae. Individuals with significant low back and neck pain, sciatica, numbness and tingling are experiencing relief though this procedure, often when medications, injections or surgery have failed.

The adult spine is made up of approximately 24 bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of each other from the bottom of the skull to the pelvis. Between each vertebra is a soft, gel-like cushion, called an inter-vertebral disc. These flat, round “cushions” act like shock absorbers by helping absorb pressure. The discs prevent the bones from rubbing against each other. The spinal column also has small joints called facet joints. The facet joints link the vertebrae together and give them the flexibility to move against each other.

Spinal Decompression uses state of the art technology to apply a distraction force to relieve nerve compression often associated with low back pain and sciatica. Like a shock absorber for a car, the disc is the shock absorber for the spine. When too much pressure is placed on the disc, it bulges or herniates. Think of it like a jelly doughnut … squeeze it too hard and the jelly comes out. This is called a Herniated Disc. (Slipped Disc, Bulging Disc) Also, as we age or when we are injured discs can begin to dry out and degenerate causing nerves to be pinched and bone spurs to form. This is called Degenerative Disc Disease.

While lying comfortably on the spinal decompression table, gentle specialized traction forces are logrhythmically applied until decompression is achieved. This process creates up to 100 mm of negative intra-discal pressure, retracting (sucking in) the disc herniation and allowing the damaged disc to heal. Spinal Decompression also helps to repair, re-hydrate and regenerate degenerating discs by drawing in nutrients, minerals and water and by improving circulation to the discs. (Journal of Neurosurgery 81: 350-353, 1994. Effects Of Spinal Decompression on Intradiscal Pressure. Ramos G. MD and Martin W. MD)

What are Decompression Treatments Like?

At the beginning of each session, you will be comfortably fitted with a harness designed to achieve optimal decompression of the low back or neck. During a session of spinal decompression, you will notice a slow lengthening of your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and relieved of pressure. The treatment process is safe and relaxing. While some patients with extensively injured discs have reported mild discomfort during the first few treatment sessions, their discomfort subsides upon subsequent visits. A patient safety switch provides an extra safety feature, allowing you to stop at any point should you feel discomfort. Each treatment session lasts approximately 30 minutes. Individual patient results may vary.

What is the Typical Decompression Protocol?

A typical spinal decompression treatment protocol consists of about 20-25 sessions over four to six weeks. Some conditions require fewer visits; some require more. Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions, and most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed treatment program.

Why Is Spinal Decompression Different from Traction?

While traction, physical therapy, and manipulation may reduce disc pressures to as low as 40 mm Hg, only spinal decompression has been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression creates negative pressures as low as -110 mm Hg3 within the injured disc during the treatment session. Normally, pulls exerted on the spine trigger sensory receptors in the back to tighten the muscles surrounding the vertebrae and discs in an effort to protect them from injury, a mechanism in the body known as the proprioceptor response. Spinal Decompression bypasses this response by slowly pulling on the spine and relaxing the back over an extended period of time, allowing the spine to be re-positioned without tension and without setting off the “Lock down” proprioceptor response. It is important for patients to make sure that they are treated on a high quality spinal decompression table and not an imitation spinal decompression table.

Why are Some Spinal Decompression Tables Better Than Others?

We use the “Cadillac” of spinal decompression tables. This table is the gold standard in treatment, research and ultimately success in spinal decompression. As is found in all industries, their have been many clinics that have “cut corners and cost’s.” These clinics have bought inexpensive, substitute equipment and called it a spinal decompression table, when in reality, it is a traction table. Our decompression table has active computers that continuously monitor and measure your bodies response to the gentle forces used to take the compressionary forces out of your spine and discs. Every time your back muscles turn on to fight this process, the table very quickly “eases up” on the force, which in turn turns your spinal muscles back off. This monitoring and correction mechanism occurs 1000′s of times per second which turns off your bodies normal protection mechanism of muscle spasm. The only way you can truly decompress the spine and suck the bulging disc material back inside of the disc is to keep the muscles relaxed and turned off. Our results are exceptionally high with almost everyone getting significant relief, in part, because we use the very best equipment!

Call us today to schedule your free consultation and find out if spinal decompression is right for you!

If you are experiencing low back or neck pain, Advanced Health & Rehabilitation Center, conveniently located in New Bern , NC will attend to your needs with expert care. Utilizing the F.D.A. cleared, Non-surgical Spinal Decompression system, the Advanced Health & Rehabilitation Center decompression team will relieve pressure on structures that may be the cause of low back and leg pain as well as neck and arm pain.