Our spines go through a lot of stress every day, from bending over to pick something up, or bad posture when sitting down. There are many problems that can occur with them. Thankfully, there are several treatments one can undergo to help relieve pain and realign the spine. At Integrative Medical Group of Texas, we have specialists who can help you with your back care needs!
What does spinal decompression treat?
Spinal decompression tables create negative intradiscal pressure in the spine with the use of computerized technology. Decompression tables have two parts that move independently of one another. During setup, spinal decompression technicians choose a decompression program that is best suited according to the needs of the patient. The most suitable program for a patient will depend on that person’s diagnosis as well as how they have responded to previous treatments.
Negative pressure is created within the spinal discs as the decompression table stretches the spine, which can result in the retraction or repositioning of the disc material, leading to pain relief. To promote further relief even when the patient is not on the table, the lower pressure within the disc can cause an influx of healing nutrients to the disc.
Known as muscle guarding, one of the hurdles to effective decompression with manual techniques is the fact that the body naturally resists the stretch. Ensuring that the maximum decompression is accomplished with a decompression table, sensors can detect when the patient’s muscles are guarding against the stretch and release the tension. This treatment is often helpful with the following conditions:
- Herniated disc – This condition occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing.
- Degenerative disc – This is a condition of the discs between vertebrae with loss of cushioning, fragmentation and herniation related to aging.
- Sciatica – This condition is usually caused when a herniated disk or bone spur in the spine presses on the nerve.
- Facet syndrome – This is an arthritic condition of the joints of the vertebrae. The facets join the vertebrae together and provide stability and normal range of motion.
- Stenosis – This is the narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which will often put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine.
How does it work?
A specialist uses a traction table to intermittently and consistently stretch and relax the spine in a controlled setting. Bulging material is brought back into the disc and a passageway for healing nutrients is created and the spine’s misalignments can heal during the intervals of additional space.
When patients lie face down on the table and get harnessed in around the hips, they undergo lumbar spine decompression therapy. To create the sensation of relaxation and physically introduce new space into the spine, the harness attaches to the lower table near the feet; this part of the table will slide back and forth, subtly. While some therapies have patients lie facing up, leave it to your specialist’s discretion to determine which method is best for your healing.
How long should you do spinal decompression?
Patients have a 5 minute preparatory warm up treatment either with ultrasound or Class IV laser. The pretreatment warm up is designed to help the treated tissue become more elastic and give a better decompression effect. The patient is then placed on the spinal decompression table. The table is then positioned to give the patient maximum relief. Each spinal decompression treatment lasts 15 minutes for each area(neck or lower back) of treatment. The patient comes for 20-24 treatments over 6-8 weeks treatment program. Upon request, the doctor will provide a complete copy of the Spinal Decompression Treatment Plan.
Within the first few treatments, patients will experience some relief. All patients have reported some remission of symptoms by the 12th to 15th treatment. Patients may be referred for further diagnostic evaluation if not showing significant improvement by the 15th to 18th session. 80 to 90% of patients who have been properly selected and comply with the Spinal Disc Decompression protocol will have good-to-excellent outcomes.
If your back is misaligned, or you are experiencing back pain, come to Integrative Medical Group of Texas today to find a remedy for your ailment! We have experienced professionals to help you relieve back pain and get you on the road to wellness! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online! We serve patients from Austin TX, Sunset Valley TX, Hays TX, Rollingwood TX, Bee Cave TX, Manchaca TX, West Lake Hills TX, Buda TX and South Austin, TX. Looking forward to serve you!