Spinal decompression at Right Health Clinic is an FDA-approved therapy our Colorado Springs chiropractors perform. The advanced treatment involves using traction to relieve chronic pain caused by disc herniation or compression of a spinal nerve. Dr. Foster and Dr. Wren use the Triton DTS Traction Unit to perform this painless treatment on qualified patients.
What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Chiropractic decompression of the spine is a non-surgical pain-relief treatment that uses a motorized traction table or similar device to stretch the spine and increase the space the disc sits in. Traction creates negative pressure within a degenerating, bulging, or herniated disc and helps it to retract or reposition itself between the vertebrae.
The overall goal is to alleviate pain and provide a healing environment for the affected discs. Repositioning the disc also lifts the pressure off of the spinal nerve, which eases nerve pain and eliminates numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness.
Conditions Decompression Therapy Can Relieve
Bulging or herniated discs in the back or neck may come into contact with a nearby nerve and irritate it. Nerve interference usually leads to swelling, inflammation, and pain. Patients experiencing low back pain, neck pain, or leg pain due to the following conditions can benefit from spinal decompression therapy:
- Spinal stenosis
- Bulging or herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet syndrome
How Our Chiropractors at Right Health Clinic Perform Spinal Decompression
Our chiropractic physicians will position the patient comfortably on the Triton DTS traction table, which is connected to a computer and monitor. The patient is asked to lie face up or face down and a harness is placed around her/his hips. The lower half of the table will slide back and forth to allow traction and relaxation at specific intervals. To be most effective, the “pull” on the low back is very gentle. The idea is to separate the vertebra without the large back muscles getting involved. This affords the most comfortable and effective treatment.
The spine is gently and gradually stretched during the session that lasts about 17-20 minutes. Patients usually find the treatment painless and relaxing. Some even fall asleep during their sessions. It usually takes about one to three treatments per week over a four to six week period to completely decompress and realign the spine. Our doctors will discuss with you the most appropriate protocol for YOUR particular situation.As the disc and nerve heal, you should notice less pain, increased mobility, and a sense of overall wellness. Some patients even experience a sort of “airyess or lightness” after the treatment.
To maximize healing, Dr. Foster and Dr. Wren may include therapeutic massages, corrective exercises, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle advice in your personalized treatment plan.
Who Should Not Receive Decompression Therapy
Although spinal decompression is an effective treatment for persistent disc or nerve pain, decompression therapy is not recommended for individuals who:
- Are pregnant
- Have broken vertebrae
- Had a spinal fusion
- Suffered a failed back surgery
- Have artificial discs or implants in their spine
Complete Healing Starts at the Right Health Clinic
Our chiropractors at Right Health Clinic will do a thorough evaluation before deciding if decompression therapy is safe for you. Call our Colorado Springs, CO, office to schedule an appointment today.