Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Common Causes of Disc Compression/Pain

Overexertion
Strain/Sprain
Strenuous Movement
Repetitive Movement
Injury
Accidents
Effects of Gravity and Age
Overall Health & Diet
Spinal Canal Size
Shape of Spine
Physcical - Emotional - Chemical Stress

Common Symptoms

Muscle Pain
Restriction of Normal Movement
Headaches
Abnormal Posture
Sharp or Aching Bone Pain
Swelling of Joints
Increase of Pain when sitting for a long time
Numbness, Tingling down arms & legs
Shooting Sharp Pain down arms & legs
Weakness in upper & lower extremities
Foot Drop (Extreme Nerve Damage)

Outcome If Not Corrected

Disc Bulge (less than a disc herniation)
Disc Herniation (slipped disc; tearing of fibers,soft central portion allowed to bulge out beyond damaged disc rings compressing nerve )
Sciatica (pain down leg usually due to disc bulge/herniation compressing on nerve)
Spinal Stenosis (narrowed opening closing down on nerve)
Deterioration (degeneration of bone, disc & nerve / Degenerative Joint & Disc Disease))
Facet Arthrosis (advance bone & joint arthritis)

Science & Goal of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

OUTCOME GOAL OF SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY

It is a type of procedure working to relieve pressure on a disc by pulling two spinal bones apart creating a negative pressure in the disc. In other words, take a compressed disc and help it to decompress!

HOW DOES IT WORK? (THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT)

Intervertebral disc pathology is one of the primary causes of back pain. The discs are continuously undergoing compression and twisting forces throughout daily activities which can lead to disc degeneration. As a disc degenerates, the gel-like center called the nucleus pulposis and the elastic outer rings called the annulus fibrosis lose hydration thus reducing the disc height. This can lead to joint and nerve irritation such as facet syndrome, degenerative joint disease, lateral foraminal stenosis, sciatica and peripheral radiculopathy.

Furthermore, the reduced hydration causes the pliable outer coating of the annulus to become brittle and susceptible to cracks and tears that may lead to disc herniations. Bulging and herniated discs often press on the spinal nerves causing severe pain. Damaged intervertebral discs seldom heal because they remain under constant pressure, even while a person is at rest. It is widely accepted that the ideal environment to improve disc pathology is to decompress, or reduce the intradiscal pressures within the damaged disc.

Spinal Decompression is a process of creating, within damaged intervertebral discs, a state of negative intradiscal pressure. This favorable pressure status is responsible for many simultaneous changes to take place. First, an enhanced osmotic diffusion of fluids and nutrients occurs across the vertebral endplates. It is this transfer of fluids into the damaged spinal discs that creates both a refilling expansion of the degenerative discs as well as providing greater quantities of nutrients to be available for the repair process.

Secondly, research shows that achieving a state of negative intradiscal pressure, is responsible for the success in, drawing the displaced central nucleus pulposus portion of a herniated disc, back into the proper anatomic center location. Once this is achieved, marked relief from painful pressure on compressed spinal nerve roots is felt.

Thirdly, by creating a condition of negative intradiscal pressure decompression is able to promote and allow for, the approximation and repair of damaged (torn and separated) outer annular disc fibers. This helps avoid surgery and helps provide a long term benefit.

Our goal and hopeful outcome is to help your body heal a specific compressed disc. It does not treat other possible segmental dysfunctions and/or arthritic areas you might have that could be causing other painful symptoms.