What is Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression therapy is a specialized computerized non-surgical treatment for relieving back pain, neck pain, and radiating arm and leg pain.
It is an effective treatment for conditions such as:
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet syndrome
- Post-surgical back pain
- Hypomobility (stiffness)
- Numbness, tingling, pins and needles into arms, hands, fingers, legs, and feet
At Westwood Total Health we are using the Triton DTS® Decompression Therapy System. This system allows us to mimic the feel and effectiveness of hands-on treatment by using fully programmable pull patterns, cycling through decompression and relaxation phases. There are various programs and settings to choose from to allow for optimal treatment. It is also able to maintain consistent, clinically effective forces regardless of the size of the patient. By decompressing the nerve roots and distracting intervertebral discs, spinal decompression reduces disc pressure, relieves nerve root compression, improves blood flow, and relaxes muscles. This helps to relieve pain as well as restore function.
Spinal decompression is designed to assist the body’s natural response to heal an injury and fix the source of your pain rather than just treat symptoms. It creates negative pressure, also known as a vacuum, inside the intervertebral disc. This reduces disc bulging and compression forces in order to increase the flow of blood and nutrients into the disc and encourage rehydration, enhancing the healing process.
Spinal Decompression Treatments
During spinal decompression therapy, you remain fully clothed. All you have to do is lay on your back and relax as the machine gently pulls you. This gentle form of therapy feels more like a massage than spinal manipulation. Some patients even fall asleep during the treatment.
In the case of an emergency such as pain or any unusual symptoms, there is an emergency button that is given to the patient before the treatment begins. This allows you to stop the machine if necessary.
How long does a Treatments Take?
Each spinal decompression treatment is about 20 minutes in length. It also depends upon your condition and individual needs.
How long before I see results?
Results will vary from patient to patient, but most experience relief of their pain within the first few treatments. Some even notice a positive difference after one session.
Is Spinal Decompression right for me?
Patients will go through comprehensive screening by the physiotherapist in order to ensure that spinal decompression will be an appropriate treatment for their individual needs. While is it an effective treatment, it is usually not recommended for those who are pregnant or those whose structural integrity of the spine is compromised, such as in severe osteoporosis.