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Posted on 07-28-2010
A Non-Surgical Solution for Acute and Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Decompression Therapy also know as Cervical and Lumbar Traction gently stretches the spine, relieving pressure from the discs, joints, and muscular tissues, while enhancing the body's natural healing process.
What is Decompression Therapy (Cervical and Lumbar Traction)?
Decompression Therapy is an FDA approved treatment that uses a special table and computer to help in the management of serious back and neck pain. This unique therapy is directed at relieving pressure on structures that may be the source of your pain.
Cervical and lumbar traction gives you pain relief through the decompression of lumbar and cervical discs and joints that are unloading due to distraction and positioning. The traction creates a controlled unloading of the vertebra to reduce disc pressure, thus increasing blood and nutrient exchange to help heal damaged discs naturally. Twenty-five years of combining research efforts of doctors and therapists has led to the development of this technology, creating a safe, cost-effective alternative to invasive treatments.
Neurosurgeons across the country recommend that, "physicians have an ethical obligation to attempt cervical or lumbar traction prior to surgery." Physicians agree that surgery should be used only as a last resort.
Is it Safe? Does it Hurt?
Decompression Therapy (Cervical and Lumbar Traction) is one of the most gentle and comfortable therapies available. The treatments utilize equipment with proven safety and efficacy. Most patients report a mild sense of stretch on their back or hips, and often fall asleep during treatment sessions.
Why is Decompression Therapy (Cervical and Lumbar Traction) More Successful Than Other Treatment Options?
Cervical and lumbar traction is a pain-free alternative that has shown a very high rate of success at significantly reducing or even eliminating back and neck pain. It is a comprehensive program of the newest traction techniques and targeted "core" stabilization exercises.
As an additional benefit, we use other adjunctive treatments such as Chiropractic adjustments, heat, ice, muscle stimulation, and ultrasound to help with inflammation and spasm reduction. A gradual breakdown of the foundational support of your back is what puts undue stresses on the discs and leads to pain and loss of function. Our hope is not only to help heal he disc, but enhance muscle control and support of the low back and neck.
It is this multi-facet approach that makes the overall treatment so effective. If you suffer from acute, chronic, or debilitating, low back or neck pain, you owe it to yourself to call our office today to make an appointment to see if you're a candidate for cervical or lumbar traction!
How Long Will My Treatment Program Be?
It depends on the complexity and extent of the rehabilitation needed, however, we typically treat 4-5 times per week for one month, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond. The treatment is administered over a reasonable time frame and your response is continually evaluated.
Cervical and lumbar traction sessions typically last about 20 minutes, and most patients feel pain relief with as few as 6-10 treatments. It is important to remember, however, that pain subsiding does not mean that your discs and spinal are healed. So it is critical that patients stick with the treatment protocol prescribed by their doctor in order to achieve the full value of cervical and lumbar traction.
Call the office today for a consultation with one of our Doctors to see if Decompression Therapy is right for you. (615) 646-1003.
I started decompression therapy for severe neck pain that would radiate down my arm a few months ago and have seen a huge improvement. I think the decompression sessions are relaxing and feel really good. I'm so glad Dr. Diaz suggested decompression therapy. It has resulted in a big quality of life improvement for me.