Spinal Decompression Table Benefits
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The Fundamentals of Spinal Decompression Table Therapy
When something goes awry in the human body, there’s not always a speedy solution. Many people suffer from Back Pain—as a matter of fact, 31 million Americans have pain in their lower back at any given time. But when they pursue treatment, they typically obtain temporary symptom relief when what they are seeking is long-term relief.
Patients suffering from the chronic pain associated with Bulging, Degenerating, or Herniated Discs might benefit from therapy via a Spinal Decompression Table. This kind of pain, which can present as Back or Neck Pain itself, in addition to accompanying pain in the arms and legs, may have already been treated by Traditional Traction methods or even by Spinal Surgery with minimal improvement. In these cases, a Spinal Decompression Table that utilizes computerized sensors to perform stretching actions on the spine and promote healing can be highly beneficial.
What exactly is a Spinal Decompression Table, and how is it employed to treat patients who have been unable to achieve comfort though other treatments?
Spinal Decompression Therapy Explained
Spinal Decompression Therapy, also called Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, is a treatment option that employs a Spinal Decompression Table to alleviate pain by producing circumstances whereby bulging or herniated disc tissue is able to return back into place and heal, easing the pain this condition produces.
Spinal Decompression Therapy aims to assist patients who experience excruciating pain caused by Bulging, Degenerating, or Herniated Discs. It can also be utilized for the pain management and treatment of many causes of Sciatica, injured or diseased spinal nerve roots, and worn spinal joints.
Spinal Decompression Therapy stretches the spine, via a Spinal Decompression Table to generate negative pressure and space within the disc, thereby enabling disc fluid to shift back into place. This creates an environment in which the disc can receive more nutrients and consequently heal itself sooner and efficiently. The fundamental objective of Spinal Decompression Therapy is to alleviate the patient’s chronic back, arm, neck, and/or leg pain, and to heal the cause of this pain.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is also called Non-Surgical Decompression Therapy, since it is often used as a safe, affordable, and highly beneficial alternative to Spinal Surgery. The difference between Surgical and Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a significant one, since Surgical Spinal regimens are typically considered a last resort, whereas Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safe treatment during any stage of Back Pain. The most prevalent Spinal Decompression Surgeries include Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy, which pose a higher risk of complication or failure.
The Spinal Decompression Table
A Spinal Decompression Table is the primary tool utilized in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy. There are 2 kinds of Spinal Decompression Tables: 1 with cable and pulley systems that generates pull on the patient’s body, and Spinal Decompression Tables that are comprised of an upper and lower body segment that operate independently from one another. The second type of table is much more effective at preventing Muscle Guarding, and is recommended for the best possible patient results.
Patients are strapped to the table with a harness; other props such as pillows are utilized to keep the patient comfortable and the spine in the correct position for Decompression. Once the patient is in place, the table program is performed and the 2 parts of the table begin to pull apart from one another. The poundage of the pull depends on the type of Decompression, in addition to the physicality of the patient and can range anywhere from just 5 pounds for a Cervical Decompression regimen to 100 pounds or more for Lumbar Decompression on a larger patient.
How a Spinal Decompression Table Functions
Spinal Decompression Tables use computerized technology to generate negative intradiscal pressure in the spine. A Spinal Decompression has 2 sections which move independently of one another. During setup, a Spinal Decompression Technician selects a decompression program that will accommodate the patient’s needs. The best program for an individual is based on that person’s diagnosis as well as how they have responded to previous treatments.
As Spinal Decompression Tables stretches the spine, negative pressure is created within the spinal discs, which can prompt the retraction or repositioning of the disc material, bringing about pain relief. Additionally, the lower pressure within the disc can cause an inflow of healing nutrients to the disc, to promote additional relief even when the patient is not on the table.
One of the stumbling blocks for effectual Spinal Decompression with manual techniques is the fact that the body naturally resists the stretch, known as Muscle Guarding. With a Spinal Decompression Table, sensors can determine when the patient’s muscles are guarding against the stretch and release the tension, ensuring that the maximum decompression is achieved.
Spinal Decompression Regimen
The precise Spinal Decompression regimen for an individual will be based on the symptoms he or she is enduring. Normally, Spinal Decompression patients can expect to go through at least 12 sessions on the Spinal Decompression Table, though depending on the patient’s diagnosis and response to the treatment, additional sessions may be necessary. Additionally, follow-up treatments may be indicated as necessary to manage pain.
A patient’s first visit should determine whether he or she would be a good candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy. A preliminary examination should include a review of the patient’s history, including any available imaging such as X-rays and/or MRI results. If the patient is a good candidate, the Doctor can compile a suggested Spinal Decompression regimen created for that particular patient and diagnosis.
Each Spinal Decompression Table session lasts approximately 30 minutes. During this Spinal Decompression Table session, the patient is strapped into the table with a pelvic harness. For Lumbar Decompression, the lower portion of the body will move to gently stretch and relax the spine based on computerized algorithms designed to maximize the stretch and minimize the body’s resistance to that stretch. For Cervical Herniated Disc Decompression, the upper portion of the body will move.
Spinal Decompression Therapy Candidates
Anyone enduring Back Pain associated with Bulging or Herniated Discs may be a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy, but only a Chiropractor or other Healthcare Practitioner specializing in the musculoskeletal system and trained as a Spinal Decompression Technician can make this determination when evaluating a patient. While many patients come to Spinal Decompression Therapy after being unable to find relief from other treatments, including surgery, this is not a requirement.
Here are some contraindications for Spinal Decompression Therapy:
- Metastasized Cancer
- Spinal Fusion
- Broken Vertebrae
- Patients with artificial discs or another spinal implant
- Spinal Tumor
It is imperative that patients are fully examined and a medical and health history taken prior to beginning treatment with a Spinal Decompression Table.
Results of Spinal Decompression Therapy
Just like any medical treatment, results of Spinal Decompression Therapy will vary based on the patient, the doctor, and the regimen used. Patients do not usually feel a great deal of relief following the first treatment. Instead, after several Spinal Decompression Therapy sessions, relief should be evident. In some instances, patients might need to complete their entire treatment regimen before they experience complete relief from their symptoms.