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What Is Spinal Decompression

Non Surgical Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression Table.jpgDr. Anderson was the first Nationally Certified Spinal Decompression Specialist  in Colorado. He has had great success with this revolutionary technique addressing spinal disc problems, lower back pain, and neck pain. Spinal decompression therapy has been extremely effective in relieving neck and back pain for residents from all over the state of Colorado. Spinal decompression does not hurt, does not have a healing process afterwards (like surgery) in fact patients often feel great after their very first spinal decompression session! More importantly, the results speak for the themselves!

So what is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy is FDA cleared and has a high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs...even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction based therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. Check out our Disc Injury Videos!

How does this negative pressure affect the injured disc?

During spinal decompression therapy, a negative pressure is created within the disc. Because of that negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing to occur.

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from regular traction?

Traction
Traditional traction which has been used for decades uses force to pull on the spine. The simple traction table at right uses a cheap electric winch with a rope to pull the spine. Others are more cleverly disguised. No matter how sophisticated the machine may look, traction machines mechanically pull on the spine in only one direction. 

The problem with traction is that it just pulls and after a few minutes your body says "hey, I’m being stretched!" and reacts by tightening up the muscles. This prevents the disc spaces from opening and staying open. No traction manufacturer has been able to show before and after MRI’s where traction was able to increase hydration to the disc or reduce disc size.

Spinal Decompression
Spinal Decompression is an evolution of traction. True Spinal Decompression, not only pulls the spine, but it also "senses" how much force the body is pulling back and is able to lessen the pull when needed.

The DTS Spinal Decompression unit has a feedback sense so that when your body begins to tighten up, the machine backs off a bit. This occurs several times each second. So essentially your body does not know it is being pulled and does not spasm. That is why comparison MRI’s do show improvements in disc hydration, reductions of disc bulge and reduced nerve impingement using the DTS Chatanooga Spinal Decompression unit.

Back pain sufferers beware:
"Spinal decompression" has become very popular due to the fact that "true spinal decompression" like with the DTS Chatanooga unit, works. This technology has spared many people from dangerous spinal surgery

Most "decompression" machines today are just traction machines in disguise. Machines that 3 or 4 years ago were proudly called "traction" machines have suddenly become re-badged as "Decompression units." Roller massage tables that do no more than heat, massage, vibrate and lightly press on your spine are being sold as "decompression tables." Devices that hang you upside down are no longer "gravity traction" units but are now "decompression" swings. It’s endless.

None of these machines use a computerized feedback sensor. None of them have research behind them proving they work. 

Traction vs. Spinal Decompression is very simple: From the 12th Century up through the 20th Century we had traction. In the 21st Century we have Spinal Decompression and current medical research indicates that Spinal Decompression works. In fact most recently I had a radiologist read a before and after MRI report on a patient and she couldn’t believe the results. She asked what type of treatment was being performed because the disc bulge had completely reabsorbed.

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is FDA cleared and has a high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs...even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction based therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. Conditions that we commonly treat with Spinal Decompression include:

  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Numbness/Tingling/Weakness down the arms, hands and fingers
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging Discs
  • Herniated Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of
Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Absolutely! Please click HERE to be redirected to our research page!

Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not Recommended?

Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or“cages”) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery, can be performed.

How do I get started?

CALL!  We can set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Anderson to discuss your condition.  Please remember to bring any MRI reports, etc., so Dr. Anderson can review them and best advise you about your treatment options. If you have not been evaluated for your condition, Dr. Anderson can fully evaluate you including X-rays, MRI, and comprehensive neurologic testing to determine if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy.

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