Questions About Spinal Decompression – Answered.

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What are the Treatments Like?

At the beginning of each session, you will be comfortably fitted with a harness designed to achieve optimal decompression of the low back or neck. During a session of spinal decompression, you will notice a slow lengthening of your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and relieved of pressure. The treatment process is safe and relaxing. While some patients with extensively injured discs have reported mild discomfort during the first few treatment sessions. Their discomfort generally subsides upon subsequent visits. A patient safety switch provides an extra safety feature, allowing you to stop at any point should you feel discomfort. Each treatment session lasts approximately 30 minutes. Individual patient results may vary.

What is the Typical Treatment Protocol?

A typical spinal decompression treatment protocol consists of about 12-20 sessions over four to six weeks. Some conditions require fewer visits; some require more. Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions. Most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed treatment program.

Why Is Spinal Decompression Different from Traction, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Manipulation?

While traction, physical therapy and manipulation may reduce disc pressures to as low as 40 mm Hg. Only spinal decompression has been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression creates negative pressures as low as -110 mm Hg3 within the injured disc during the treatment session. Normally, pulls exerted on the spine trigger sensory receptors in the back to tighten the muscles surrounding the vertebrae and discs in an effort to protect them from injury.

Spinal Decompression bypasses this response by slowly pulling on the spine and relaxing the back over an extended period of time. Allowing the spine to be re-positioned without tension and without causing spasm and muscle guarding. It is important for patients to make sure that they are treated on a high quality true spinal decompression table by a physician with years of experience and not an imitation spinal decompression table.

Is it true that research has shown up to 88.9% success rate for spinal decompression?

Yes! More than 10 research articles have shown success rates for spinal decompression to be up to 88.9%. In fact John Leslie M.D. and the Mayo Clinic reported at the 18th Annual Meeting American Academy of Pain Management in Tampa Florida on September 5, 2007 the following amazing statistics:

  • Multi-center, phase II, non-randomized pilot study utilizing spinal decompression.
  • Designed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of spinal decompression in the treatment of chronic lower back pain.
  • Patients enrolled an average of ten years of chronic back pain.
  • After two weeks of treatments of spinal decompression – 50% reduction in pain scores.
  • Upon completion of the entire six week protocol success rate of 88.9% was documented.

Is it true that professional athletes, celebrities and patients in their 90’s have turned to Spinal Decompression and Cold Laser Therapy?

Yes! Professional athletes, celebrities and even patients in their 90’s are turning to spinal decompression and cold laser therapy. As it is an affordable, non-surgical alternative to neck and back pain without the use of drugs, pills and surgery. People are tired of taking pills that simply mask the pain and can cause all kinds of serious side effects. People are frustrated with getting shots that work the first time or two and then eventually have minimal or no effect.

People are scared to death of surgery as they have seen firsthand their friends and relatives who spent 1,000’s of dollars.  They’ve also had weeks of “down time”, scars, and risked serious side effects and still ended up with a “failed back surgery syndrome”. New non-surgical spinal decompression is not only effective and affordable but is also non-invasive and safe.

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