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Safe and effective, non-surgical relief from nagging back or neck pain
Spinal Disc Decompression Therapy using our DTS table is a safe and alternative treatment designed to help relieve your nagging back, neck, or referral pain such as sciatica. Clinical studies of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy are reporting that a high percentage of patients show significant reduction of pain. A percentage reports the elimination of pain. Thousands of people across the country are enjoying the benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy. We are eager to help you learn if you are a candidate for this treatment method.
Spinal Decompression Therapy using our DTS table is a safe and effective treatment for pain without the risks associated with surgery, anesthesia, infection, injections, or prescription medication. As you imagine, decompression therapy is rapidly gaining popularity due to it's exceptional results treating chronic back pain without surgery.
Simply described, this method of treatment uses a therapeutic table that is connected to a computer, to electronically stretch and decompress your spinal structures. You rest on the table while a padded harness focuses the gentle force along your spinal column. This decompresses your spine - specifically the intervertebral discs and joints and stretched your spinal muscles - the three structures that produce most of your pain.
Prior to beginning treatments, we evaluate you to determine if you are a candidate. Your medical history, x-rays, CT/ MRI scans are carefully reviewed. If you are a candidate for therapy, an individual treatment plan is created for your specific needs. A typical plan may be between 10 to 30 treatments. It is important to complete your treatment plan - and thus the full healing process- even if you start to feel improvement early on. It is not uncommon to experience a significant reduction in pain early in your treatments.
At the beginning of each session, you are fitted with a comfortable harness designed to offer optimal decompression, unloading due to distraction and positioning. You are fully clothed, and a specially trained technician will make sure that you are properly positioned for comfort, safety and effectiveness. The computer is programmed in accordance with your specific treatment plan, and your session commences. Additionally, you are in complete control and can shut down the treatment session at any time if discomfort should occur.
During each session, you experience multiple cycles of treatment, which may take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Each cycle takes between 3 to 5 minutes. The equipment is designed to apply precisely-controlled tension along the axis of your spinal column, creating decompression of the intervertebral discs. The process is fully automated and administered by a computer, which in turn is monitored by a technician.
During the treatment cycles, you may feel some relief of the pressure in the area where your pain exists. Durin this time, your body is responding by flooding the area with valuable oxygen, blood, nutrients which help promote your body's natural healing process.
Your treatments sessions are typically both comfortable and relaxing. At the end of your session, you're ready to head home. Most patients benefit and enjoy their treatments.
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77 patients verified on pre-post MRI with signs and symptoms of herniation, underwent non-surgical intervention including pelvic traction. Changes in herniation and good-excellent symptomatic improvements were noted in over 82%. The authors draw the conclusion improving the disc's contact with the blood supply accounts for healing of herniation and there is an excellent prognosis for herniation with conservative treatment.
Three weeks of the described traction method to large volume herniations resulted in complete resolution of symptoms in all 4 patients.
29 Patients and 7 healthy volunteers had intermittent traction done while in MR. Substantial increase in vertebral length was seen. Full herniation reduction in 3 and partial reduction in 18 of the patients was reported.
30 patients with lumbar herniations axial disc decompress in a CT scanner at 58% body weight for 20 minutes. Hernia retraction occurred in 70% and good clinical improvements were seen in over 93%. The authors concluded improved blood flow was the source of healing. Additionally, they speculated previous studies showing traction doesn't create negative intradiscal pressures perhaps used too light a force.
The application of supine lumbar traction with adherence to several specific characteristics including gradual progression to a peak force and altering the angle of 'pull' from 10 degrees (L5-S1) to 30 degrees (L3) enhanced distraction at specific levels and patient outcomes.
A retrospective analysis of over 770 cases, many assumed to be unresponsive to previous therapies, showed a 71% good-excellent success rate with 20 treatments on the prone Vax-D traction device. All patients treated prone with 65-95lbs. of force 3-5 times per week.
Intervertebral pressure was recorded before and during traction. 62% of prolapsed discs showed a negative pressure prior to traction. 64% reduced in pressure with traction which was related to the distraction distance. In 19% of prolapsed discs the pressure actually increased, demonstrating the disruption to the hydrostatic mechanism occurring with annual damage and prolapse.
Cervical intermittent traction was shown to be effective in relieving pain, increasing frequency of myoelectric signals and improving blood flow in affected muscles.
The author's analysis shows loads not greater than those occurring in everyday life cause loss of stability of the disc and allow lateral nucleus displacement. The model indicates conservative therapy by traction may result in retraction of herniation by about 40%.
Significant negative pressure (-100mm Hg) was recorded at L4-L5 disc in 3 volunteers as axial decompression was administered. Negative pressure was observed at ~50lbs tension perhaps representing a minimum threshold force. Patients were prone and harnessed.
A controlled trial of traction with manipulative techniques. Traction force applied at 100lbs. for 20 minutes leading to substantial relief in over 85% of participants.
58 subjects had an inclusive conservative program including traction (when initially shown to reduce leg symptoms). Overall, 86% had good-excellent results.
There is no scientific basis for the belief muscles are a source of chronic pain. However, controlled studies show how common disc and facet pain is accounting for more than 70% of chronic back pain.
3 patients with a ruptured lumbar disc had contrast medium and radiographic images taken during and after a lumbar traction procedure. The protrusions were shown to lessen considerably with the 30-minute prone traction sessions and dimpling of the outer annulus suggested a negative intradiscal force was created.
Intermittent supine traction with >50% body weight, ten 20-minute sessions with added exercises showed considerable improvement in over 90% of the 62 patients.
40 patients with neurological signs treated with traction on a friction-free table at 55-70lbs. for 20 minutes. Good-excellent results were seen in 55%.
Patients were subjected to a supine angled traction force of up to 100lbs. with x-ray examination. A rope angle of 18 degrees revealed separation greatest at L4-L5. A more acute angle of 10 degrees may cause greater separation at L5-S1. The separation was obvious up to T12-L1 with total elongation of the spine approaching +5mm. The vertebra separation is greater on the posterior aspect of the disc.