Spinal Decompression therapy is a non-surgial, and drug free chiropractic treatment method for patients who suffer from chronic neck and back pain. This pain is often caused by disc problems and other spinal related conditions.
A decompression treatment slowly and gently lengthens and releases pressure in the spine through repetitive movements by the revolutionary HillDT Spinal Decompression table. The table gently pulls and releases which creates a negative pressure change within the intervertebral disc, surrounding soft tissue and spinal joints.
The reduction of pressure inside the disc (i.e. the decompression) allows the disc bulge or herniation and the nutrients to be pulled back into the disc.
Rehydration of the disc and surrounding structures creates a physiological change which decreases pain levels and assists the body’s natural healing process.
Patients typically experience significant improvement within 25-30 treatments. Research shows that continued improvement is seen up to four years following the Spinal Decompression Therapy program.
Lower Back Decompression Therapy
Neck Decompression Therapy
Some of the primary reasons someone may consider Spinal Decompression Therapy, including:
There are many reasons why a Spinal Decompression program may be suited to treating back and neck pain in Hobart, including:
There are also some physical benefits that include:
When a bulging or herniated disc slips out of alignment, it may compress nearby nerves. The compression can block the nerves from sending and receiving messages from the central nervous system and brain, leading to chronic pain. As long as compression continues, damaged discs seldom heal and patients will suffer pain and other symptoms.
Spinal Decompression Therapy creates space between the different vertebrae, providing room for the bulging or herniated disc to be drawn back into its central position in the spine. This relieves pressure on the nerves and the surrounding soft tissues. By reversing the effects of axial load or compression in the spine, increased circulation occurs which facilitates the flow of nutrients, oxygen and fluids back into the disc which helps stimulate the body’s healing mechanism.
At the Chirolife Chiropractors Hobart, we promote a holistic approach by offering a comprehensive and tailor made Spinal Decompression Therapy program for all our patients.
Before we commence your program, Dr Travis, will perform a detailed spinal assessment to determine the extent of your disc or spinal injury.
Your initial consult may typically include:
Upon completion of the spinal assessment, Dr Travis m advise if you are a suitable candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy. If you are ready to commence treatment, we will outline a specifically designed program to you.
Using the latest technology, you can be assured that our Hill DT Spinal Decompression tables are safe and reliable. They are integrated with seven sensors which continually monitor the patient to ensure proper treatment is delivered. A total of 8 different programs may be selected, customising to your needs to create phasic physiological change.
Post-Decompression Therapy is necessary to ensure that your target regions are relaxed and pre-conditioned for Chiropractic manual treatment. Post-treatment may include massage therapy, dry needling, electro-stimulation and cold laser. These forms of treatment further facilitate blood and nerve exchange into the decompressed region.
Chiropractic adjustments complements your Spinal Decompression program by correcting your mechanical and structural misalignments. With your spine functioning properly, spinal decompression will then effectively target areas to relieve pressure between the vertebral discs.
Everyone knows that a healthy diet and nutritional supplements are important in any recovery process. Supplements like Arthrex, Glucosamine and essential vitamins not only support repair and restoration of the disc but also decrease inflammation.
Besides the spine, the only thing holding the torso and the lower body together are muscles! You have to do core exercises to take away pressure and strengthen the muscles holding up the spine. Our doctors will prescribe specific exercises, posture rehab and yoga unique to each individual as part of your program.
Surgical Alternatives: Spinal Decompression
CONCLUSION: 86% of the 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients, and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment. It was shown to be effective for herniated and degenerative discs.
Efficacy of Vertebral Axial Decompression on Chronic Low Back Pain.
CONCLUSION: This 144 patient study showed 76% achieved remission of pain. Except in emergent conditions, Vertebral Axial Decompression should be used on all conditions before surgery is undertaken.
“Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings After Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression”, the follow up MRI showed rehydration of the discs at L3/L4, L4/L5, L5/S1 of a herniated disc patient.
Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A Cost Effective Treatment.
CONCLUSION: Eighty six percent of herniated intervertebral disc patients achieved ‘good’ (50-89% improvement) to ‘excellent’ (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved. Facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ results with decompression.
Disc repair fundamentally depends on the stage of disc degeneration.
CONCLUSION: This study with respect to previous reports, confirms that disc distraction enhances hydration in the degenerated disc and may improve disc nutrition via the vertebral endplates. Thorsten Guehring, MD, et al; Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany. SPINE (Vol. 31, Number 15, 2006)
Vertebral Axial Decompression Reduces Chronic Discogenic Low Back Pain-4 Year Study.
CONCLUSION: Four year follow-up after Decompression method shows a sustained 86% reduction in pain and that 91% of patients had resumed their normal activities and has remained pain free.
Protocols for Patients with Activity – Limiting Low Back Pain
A total of 296 patients with low back pain and evidence of a degenerative and or herniated disc at 1 or more levels were in this study. 8 Week course of treatment consisting of 5, 30 minute sessions of Decompression Therapy per week for 4 weeks and 1, 30 minute session for a week for 4 additional weeks. CONCLUSION: Patients showed continued statistical improvement in both pain scores and functional movement scores after their treatment programs were completed for 180 days post-treatment.