For most of our patients, the relief they feel after using traditional models of chiropractic care is sufficient to resume their normal life. Before the technology blossomed in 1985, the only step between receiving spinal adjustments and physical therapy was surgery. Since then the practice of spinal decompression has become FDA approved and has over a 70% success rate of alleviating chronic back pain. (Sherry, Eugene; Kitchener, Peter; Smart, Russell (October 2001). "A prospective randomized controlled study of VAX-D and TENS for the treatment of chronic low back pain".)
The biggest challenge to treating patients with conditions like herniated disc, bulging discs or degenerative disc, is our inability to reach the affected discs, without invasive surgery. The body lubricates and energizes the discs through the movement of the vertebra and circulation through the nervous system. When a disc or vertebra is damaged, immediately the disc begins transforming from a soft and supple tissue to a fibrous and brittle material, thus engaging deterioration and pain. With the use of spinal decompression the pain experienced from sciatica, leg cramps, neck and back pain, can be all but eliminated. In fact a recent study on previous spinal decompression patients, found that 91% of patients live pain free, even four years after their treatment. (www.arizonabackinstitute.com/decompression, Sept. 2010)
With the use of special equipment, gentle, non-surgical therapy provides relief for the lower back, sciatica pain, neck pain and even bulging or degenerative disc disease. Patients with lumbar pain have also seen improvements!
Precise and safely placed tension on the lower back creates a negative pressure inside the disc, which actually realigns the disc to its proper location. The ultimate effect is a rehydrated and healed disc in the injured area. Not only that, but spinal decompression also helps enhance muscular control.
The therapy sessions include periods of stretching and relaxation. Lasting less than 20 minutes, up to three times per week. Healing can begin to take place within 6-10 treatments. The majority of our patients are seen for 8 weeks.