Spinal traction is one of then oldest forms of treatment for disc herniations, sprains, and strains of the neck and low back. We are truly blessed to have one of thesestate of the art non invasive spinal decompression units at our office in Kingston. This machine works by pulling a very small amount of traction on the spine and releasing compression from every day life. The traction causes a negative pressure inside of the vertebra, thus pulling nutrition and fluid back into the disc place for many of our patients.
Here is a indepth explanation much better than we could say. Spinal decompression was founded on the principles of spinal traction and methodology applies the same way. However, from our research and 15 years of clinical knowledge we find straight traction works best for our patent population. But the explanation of how it sucks the disc back in this article works for both.
The information was taken from: americanspinal.com
Non Surgical Spinal Decompression
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. 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. 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 intradiscal pressure.
The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over four to six weeks, the results are quite dramatic.
The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.
For the low back, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back or stomach on the decompression table, with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set around the lower chest. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back with a pair of soft rubber pads behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite comfortable and well tolerated.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndromes. Proper patient screening is imperative and only the best candidates are accepted for care. Please go to the “Find a Physician” link to find a doctor in your area. You may also want to fill out the “Web Physician Consult” form to determine whether you are a candidate for this safe and effective treatment option.
As you can probably imagine not everyone is a good candidate for decompression. Often complications may found upon examination of the patient. Make sure you have a thorough evaluation and check into the contra-indications of any procedure not just decompression before you have it performed on you. Our Kingston NY office is a great place to have a evaluation and see if your eligible for this type of care.