Spinal decompression is a non-invasive mechanical procedure performed within our office to help alleviate back pain. It involves gently stretching the spine to take pressure off the spinal discs (the cushions that separate the vertebrae in the spine). By relieving this pressure, bulging discs can retract back into place which takes pressure off the nerves in the spine. By decompressing the spine, it permits water, oxygen and other fluids to work their way back into the discs allowing them to heal naturally. Spinal decompression is an excellent option for anyone with chronic back pain who wants to get back to living a pain-free life as quickly as possible.
How Spinal Decompression Works
DRX 9000 Decompression table is an equipment to be used to provide spinal decompression to patients. It is a non-invasive, drug-free alternative therapy that has been proven effective with a wide variety of patients. Regardless of whether the therapy is performed manually on a traction table or mechanically with specialized equipment, the patient’s spine is stretched and repositioned in order to relieve pressure within the spinal discs. The stretching of spinal joints frees trapped nerves, reduces pain, restores the body’s range of motion and realigns the spinal column.
Spinal decompression is relatively painless and usually provides immediate pain relief to those with debilitating back or neck pain. In addition to restoring the body’s spinal alignment, spinal decompression restores overall health to the spine. The length of each spinal decompression session and the total number of sessions varies based on the exact needs of the patient. When visiting Medical Wellness Group, the team will perform an assessment in order to determine a unique treatment plan that is best for the individual patient.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is performed on a specially designed table in eiher a face up ot face down position. Clinical consideration and your comfort are used in deciding which position will be best for you.
We may begin in one position but in later sessions it may be necessary to change positions. You will remain fully dressed during the treatment though we recommend wearing loose fitting clothes, and removal of your belt and objects from your pockets.
You will be comfortably positioned on the table and fitted with a wrap-around harness. This restraint is what allows the unloading of the spine and discs by traction motor. Your position on the table, the harness, and the angle of the gentle distracting allows for accurate and focused treatment to the affected disc. Once comfortable on the DRS the computer controlled traction device is programmed to deliver gentle stretching force to the spinal vertebra. This force is delivered directly to the harness system. The DRS system applies the gentle force the releases it approximately every minutes throughout the session. The total treatment time is usually leass than 18 minutes and often just 10 minutes initially.
Most patients report simply feeling a subtle and gentle stretching at their lower back or around their hips. Since DRS Therapy is a comfort-based procedure, patients usually report sense of relief and relaxation during the session. Many patients even fall asleep.
Stabilization of Structure
Most patients feel significant pain reduction is as few as five DRS Therapy treatments. That however does not mean the healing process is complete, or that your pain won't return.
During this phase, our office will prescribe a series of rehabilitative measures in order to more fully heal your discs, and keep the pain from returning. Most low back pain sufferers have two compounding problems that have contributed to their disc injury and limited their natural healing abilities.
- Decreased Spine Flexibily
- Poor Muscle Control
A program of focused rehabilitative exercise, with Biofeedback, may begin during or after your DRS Therapy course treatment. Our rehabilitation program involves several clinically effective yet simple, pain-free activities including Biofeedback. Biofeedback allows you to monitor and control spinal motion and reclaim proper spinal movement patterns.
Strengthening the musles that support the spine, and regaining endurance in them, is also vital for spinal health.
All the body systems must work in concert of optimum health so nutritional and lifestyle advice may be given as well as at-home exercises. We can't over emphasize the importance of the at-home exercises, What you do at home is integral to the overall success we have.
Studies shows consistent stabiliation and endurance exercise control back pain and reduce injury. At what point you start the exercise program is a function of your pain and overall process based on your findings.
Support of Muscular System
During this phase, we'll structure an in-office and home-based exercise program that will help to bring your spine back to full health. This exercise program may include in-office resistance training, at home stabilizer exercised and resistance training and other "core" exercises.
Regular and consistent home-based exercise is one of the keys to long-term relief. We have found through experience the simple home-based exercises we prescribe are most effectice.
Introduction to the low texh movement exercises you can do to speed the healing process are one of the most important parts of the DRS Therapy System.
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