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Dr. Katie June 2014

Written By Coastal Integrative Health on June 25, 2014

Affordable Spinal Decompression

Have you ever heard of a non-surgical spinal decompression table? We are excited because we have recently added a spinal decompression table to the office! So let me tell you a little bit about it and how it may be helpful to you.

The main region of the body that a spinal decompression table works on would be the neck (cervical) or the low back region (lumbar). Spinal decompression will be done with either the lumbar unit or the cervical unit, they are not performed at the same time. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, facet syndromes, hypomobility, and compression fractures. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. There are 4 protocols that will be used with different time intervals and weighted pulls set up, depending on what part of your treatment plan you are on. This technique of spinal decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure. The mechanical effects include decreasing intra-discal pressure, widening the intervertebral foramen, stretching the ligaments and muscles, and relaxing musculature. The physiological effects include relief of nerve root compression, possible disc retraction, mobilization of joint and muscle, improve blood flow, and decrease pain.

So all in all, the goal is to relieve pressure on the irritated nerve that is causing numbness and tingling down your arm, decrease the bulging disc in your low back that you cannot get relief from, stretch and relax the muscles that are surrounding the area of discomfort that are becoming tighter and tighter from guarding the low back or the neck region from the pain, help to mobilize the region because our bodies were meant to MOVE, and to decrease inflammation that is adding to the discomfort in the muscles. Sound like something that would be beneficial to you or someone you know? Give the office a call today to find out more information. Remember, pain is NOT a lifestyle.

Have a smart phone? Well you are in luck, we have just recently added an app! Download ‘mychirotown‘ for your smart phone or iPad and then enter our clinic code ‘CIH0001‘ (that is 3 zero's). You can check your appointments, request appointments, look up exercise videos, and much more! Download it today!

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