Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that has been shown to effectively treat disabling lower back and neck pain, associated radiating leg and arm pain, as well as headaches. Decompression Therapy effectively enhances the healing process and often renders effective and amazing pain relief that enables most patients to return to a more active lifestyle.
Decompression Therapy utilizes a specifically engineered table that provides mechanical axial traction to the spine in efforts to separate or distract spinal levels. This treatment utilizes the natural osmotic ability of a disc to take in fluid, increase space within the vertebrae and remove excessive pressure on the spinal canal or exiting nerve roots.
Conditions that have been shown to benefit from Decompression Therapy include:
- Protruding Disc (Bulge or Herniation)
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Degenerative joint disease
- Facet syndrome
- Radicular pain
- Prolapsed discs
- Spinal Nerve Root impingement
- Spinal hypo mobility
What to expect:
Here at Core Therapies we utilize the KDT Neuroflex table. Both Dr. Matthew McGowan D.C. and Dr. Meagan McGowan D.C. have been certified in the Kennedy Decompression Technique.
Once a patient is prescribed Decompression Therapy, the therapy initially starts with 2-3 treatments per week. The patient will be placed in a comfortable position for their spinal condition and will feel a gentle pulling sensation taking the pressure off of the disc. Depending on the specific protocol for that patient, the pressure will oscillate back and forth helping to drive fluid back into the discs. After the treatment there will be a short period of rest to return from the state of Decompression and the Doctor will than have the patient perform a series of exercises to help sustain the results of the treatment.
Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
A wide range of individuals can utilize Spinal Decompression Therapy. It is best used on disc injuries in individuals that still have viable hydrated discs. As we age, discs will often dry up or desiccate making them less likely to utilize the original osmotic properties. However studies have shown that the Decompression Therapy can still benefit patients who have desiccated discs when used to mobilize the painful joint.
If I cannot lie face down can I still utilize the treatment?
The table is designed to place the patient in the most comfortable position possible. Treatment can be done face down, face up, or even side lying. We have the ability to manipulate the table to get a patient into a position of relief.
Do I have to utilize this therapy in conjunction with Chiropractic care?
In order to be eligible for this therapy you must have an initial exam with one of our Chiropractors. After you are cleared for Decompression Therapy you can just utilize it as a stand-alone therapy if you choose.
Is Decompression Therapy covered by insurance?
No, Decompression Therapy is a non-covered charge.