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Spinal Decompression Therapy is non-surgical, non-invasive, drug-free treatment technique that treats patients suffering from chronic back and neck pain. The device used for this treatment provides calculated, computerized adjustments to create space between spinal vertebrae. Spinal Decompression Therapy helps reduce the pressure from the spine that is causing pain and discomfort.
Spinal Decompression Therapy may initially be performed manually to understand the level of pressure a patient can withstand before moving to a specialized device that provides accurate treatment consistently. The doctor or physician will softly stretch the area of the back or neck that is experiencing pain. Upon success of this stretch, the Spinal Decompression Therapy device will continue stretching the area of the spine to provide sustained pain relief by creating negative intradiscal pressure (vacuum effect), which allows fluids and nutrients to return to the spinal discs.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is designed to treat people who are suffering from back and leg pain through nonsurgical methods that help reduce pressure from the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves and muscles.
Yes. Through gradual degrees of calculated increases of distractive force and calculated angles to the specific vertebral disc, Spinal Decompression Therapy slowly creates space between the discs to pull in the necessary nutrients and oxygen. Basically, the decompression device will slowly pull the vertebral discs apart to create the vacuum effect and allow the disc to rehydrate with the aforementioned fluids, which leads to pain relief and healing.
No. Most patients experience a reduction in pain after Spinal Decompression Therapy. With our Spinal Decompression Therapy table, each patient has the option to stop the treatment at any time by simply pushing a button.
Under normal circumstances, each session will take approximately 30 minutes. Basically, the length of time you spend on our device will be determined by the severity of your condition. We will gladly cover this information during your initial consultation.
Typically, patients experience improvement with just a few appointments or after the first week, but everybody is different. Some patients with severe chronic back pain have found quick relief after the first or second treatments. It is important to remember that results from Spinal Decompression Therapy therapy may vary depending on the severity of your condition.
The frequency of Spinal Decompression Therapy is based on your condition. After a full examination of your condition, we will be able to determine the number of times and for how long you should receive treatment. Depending on the severity of your condition, we may recommend Spinal Decompression Therapy anywhere from 4-8 sessions before major improvement is noticeable.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is safe and effective for the majority of patients. Our doctors will perform in extensive medical examination and go over your medical history to identify the need for Spinal Decompression Therapy. If there are no conditions present that would cause other problems from this treatment, then the doctor will recommend this treatment. Typically, patients who have been experiencing chronic back pain for six months or longer may be possible candidates. However, for patients with severe back problems or for those that have had spinal fusion or implants, Spinal Decompression Therapy may not be effective.
No. Spinal Decompression Therapy the evolution of Traction. In other words, it is the next step. The biggest difference between the two is the “Vacuum Effect” that occurs from Spinal Decompression Therapy, which does not happen with Traction Therapy. In fact, traction therapy may tug on the body in a way that causes the muscles to respond and contract. This response will increase the amount of pressure to the vertebral disc that is affected and, ultimately, create more pain. The Vacuum Effect is so important because it is the negative pressure created through Spinal Decompression Therapy that allows nutrients and oxygen to repopulate the disc area and begin the healing process.
We are more than willing to consult with your insurance company to understand the amount they will cover under your policy. During your consultation, we will go over this information with you. Call (925) 900-5400 to schedule your initial consultation today.
Insurance will normally cover part of your Spinal Decompression Therapy. However, each insurance plan is different, and we will get in touch with your insurance carrier to obtain a clear idea of the amount they will cover during your initial consultation.
Having your own, up-to-date x-ray and MRI images is very helpful and may speed up the process. However, it is not necessary, as we are more than capable of taking digital x-rays in our office. We also work with other offices to take MRI images if necessary.
Yes. However, you will not be able to jump right back into your normal routine. Absolutely no dead lifts. Actually, adopting a wellness plan and lifestyle that includes light, routine workouts combined with maintenance adjustments can help you get the most from your treatment.
The ML830® Laser was designed by a team of doctors and leading medical engineers to harness the therapeutic application of advanced low energy laser technology. The ML830® is a handheld, non-invasive, low energy, therapeutic laser. The ML830® produces infrared (invisible) laser light at the 830nm (nanometer) wavelength and is classified by the FDA as a Class IIIB medical device. In cooperation with General Motors and several other clinical investigators throughout the United States, it was proved that the ML830® is an effective tool in the battle of pain.
Low level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible range. However, light waves in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum. When low level laser light waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they optimize the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunostimulate effects. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effects throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell.
For most people, laser therapy is quite passive. There are no pulsating shocks felt, as in forms of electronic stimulation, nor heat used as with ultrasounds. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser, as it comes in contact with the skin.
Some patients (3-5% of those undergoing light therapy) have reported a slight tingling or tapping in a nerve or along a nerve pathway. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feeling of warmth. But for the most part, the treatment, which may last from 2 to 20 minutes, is not noticed at all. Following (and even during) a laser therapy session, approximately 75-80% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present.
Generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 4-5 or 10-18 treatments. Once again, the number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and its duration. If your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived.