Non-surgical spinal decompression is achieved through the use of a mechanical traction device applied through an on-board computer that controls the force and angle of disc distraction. This reduces the body's natural propensity to resist external force and/or generate muscle spasm. This enhanced control allows non-surgical spinal decompression tables to apply a traction force to the discs of the spinal column reducing intradiscal pressure, unlike the previous non-computer controlled traction tables. This practice is promoted as safe and effective without the normal risks associated with invasive procedures such as injections, anesthesia or surgery.
Spinal decompression works through a series of 15 one minute alternating decompression (using a logarithmic decompression curve) and relaxation cycles with a total treatment time of 30 minutes. During the decompression phase, the pressure in the disc is reduced and a vacuum type of effect is produced on the nucleus pulpous. At the same time, nutrition is diffused into the disc allowing the annulus fibrosis to heal. Very rarely is the nerve root compressed from the herniated disc. Usually, the back and leg pain associated with these conditions is a result of irritation to the nerve root sleeve by inflammatory chemicals that are released as a result of inflammation in the disc.
For the lower back, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back or stomach on the decompression table. You are set in one nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set around the lower chest.
Decompression is usually quite comfortable and well-tolerated.
We get this question quite often... No, it does not hurt. You are strapped to a table to get the exact point on the spine. All you will feel is a slight pulling. Most people even fall asleep on the table.
The sessions all depend on severity of the spine and what the end goal is. I try to think of it as braces on the teeth. When they put braces on teeth they have to move it very slowly to get the results they want. We also have to move the spine very slowly to get the disc and blood flow back moving properly. On average it will take around 30 visits.
Most insurances do not cover Spinal Decompression. Other care that goes along with the process may be covered such as adjustments and therapy. Because spinal decompression is not drugs or surgeries, insurance companies look at it as an alternative care procedure.
Since decompression is not covered, our office will make the treatment the most conservative to give you the best outcome. We also offer many payment plans to help with all your needs.
In our office, to make patients feel comfortable, we do an evaluation and let you try it the procedure on the decompression table.
Once you have back surgery you can never go back. Spinal Decompression is a great option if surgery is not wanted.