spinal decompression therapy
For Spinal Decompression Treatments book a free consultation with Dr. Rishi Tayal, B.Sc., D.C. He will be happy to answer your questions.
During our Spinal Decompression Therapy treatments, our simple goal is to get patients out of pain/stiffness by providing optimal joint mobility and prevent further damage to the spine. We work to keep patients off pills and surgical beds so that their body is able to heal itself naturally. We do this as gently as possible, because we understand some patients come to us in excruciating pain. It also allows us to treat patients who cannot tolerate the traditional Chiropractic adjustments. This therapy can be used throughout the spine and is most commonly used for the neck and low back.
I am interested in this treatment, what are the next steps?
First you need to book an appointment with our clinic for an initial consultation, to determine if Spinal Decompression is suitable for your condition. If you have any medical documents, X-rays, or MRIs pertaining to your condition, we request that you bring them in for evaluation.
What common conditions can Spinal Decompression help with?
- Disc Herniations (Lumbar, Cervical and Thoracic)
- Disc Bulges
- Disc Degeneration
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Low Back Pain
- Pelvic and Hip Pain
- Pregnancy related back strain/stiffness/pain
- Postural issues
- Work-related back stress/stiffness
- Neck and Arm Pain
- Patients who cannot tolerate traditional Chiropractic Adjustments
Other conditions that Spinal Decompression can help with:
- Radiculopathy (Back or Leg Pain)
- Spondylolisthesis (slippage of vertebra)
- Facet syndrome
- Compression defects or disorders
- Loss of spine curvature
- Loss of range of spinal motion
- Whiplash-type injuries
- Persistent pain after back surgery
- Transitional segments (abnormal L5 attachment to the hip)
- Osteoarthritis of the spine
- Synovial Cyst within the spine
- Coccydynia (pain in the coccyx)
- Mechanical back pain (such as that accompanying ankylosing spondylitis or collagen vascularizing diseases)
- Neurological Diseases (such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke)
- DISH - Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis
- Klippel Feil Syndrome
Who should NOT get this treatment?
Patients with severe osteoporosis, spine fractures, severe peripheral neuropathy, pathologic aortic aneurysms, spinal infections, spinal metastatic cancers, or very recent lumbar fusions/metal implants should not receive this treatment. If you are wondering if your condition is right for Spinal Decompression, please call our office to schedule a free consultation on whether or not this treatment is right for you.
This question and answer format will answer many of your questions:
Q. What is Spinal Decompression?
A. Spinal Decompression is a non-invasive manual therapy that allows the vertebra, disc, and joints of the spine the ability to “breathe” again. It does this by creating a negative pressure within the spinal canal, decreasing the stress on the discs and gradually allowing them to reabsorb nutrients, oxygen, and water, just like a sponge. The stressors of our daily lives, gravity, and muscular tension are constantly squeezing our discs causing the sponge to release its contents. Overtime, the discs shrink, they get stiff, the spine can’t bend, and eventually the sponge loses its ability to pump nutrients to the bones of our spine. All of these processes lead to degeneration and decay within our spine, causing stiffness and pain.
Q. What is the difference between a Disc Bulge and a Disc Herniation?
A. A disc bulge is when a small part of the jelly-like vertebral disc starts to press outwards on the ligaments and nerves surrounding your spine. These may or may not be associated with pain. A Disc herniation begins as a disc bulge, however when it ultimately breaks through the protective ligaments, it is now termed a herniation. Imaging squishing a jelly donut on the table and watching the jelly ooze out. At first, the pressure built-up from your compressive force causes the donut to bulge slightly and then eventually it breaks the outside layer, allowing the jelly to escape.
Q. How can a Chiropractor help me with these problems?
A. A Chiropractor is able to help you strengthen the muscles and ligaments protecting your spine, as well as provide the correct level of mobility to the joints and discs. Decompression therapy allows you to relieve spinal tension and start pumping nutrients, oxygen and water back into the disc by stretching out the spine along the long axis. This makes for a healthier, stronger, longer lasting disc that will slow the rate of degeneration in your spine and keep you active, as you grow older.
Q. How long does 1 treatment take & how long will it take to fix my problem?
A. One treatment ranges from 10 to 15 minutes. The benefit of this treatment comes from small doses over an extended period of time, because we are trying to promote the body’s natural ability to heal. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatments can be around 1 to 3 visits per week, spanning over 3 to 12 weeks, however most patients start seeing a significant reduction in their symptoms within the first few visits. In extremely severe cases, daily treatments may be warranted for a short time to bring your pain down to manageable levels.
Q. Do I need a Medical Doctor’s Prescription? Do I need X-Rays or MRIs?
A. No, you do not need any kind of prescription or diagnostic imaging findings to seek this treatment and to obtain relief. If you have taken X-Rays or MRIs in the past, that information is valuable for our Doctors to assess the severity of your disease, however it is not required.
Q. Is this treatment permanent?
Our goal is to bring you long lasting relief as permanent as possible. Sticking to the treatment plan and adhering to our home-care instructions allows us to do this effectively so that you do not have to return. In more severe cases, we may suggest periodic follow-up treatments to maintain the mobility and health of the spine. Ultimately this is a team effort that requires equal determination on both patient and doctor sides.
Q. Are there any risks or side effects?
A. Being a highly studied, non-invasive manual therapy, there are absolutely no risks to Spinal Decompression. Very few patients may experience minor muscular spasms or soreness after treatment, however these subside quickly as your body adapts to the treatment.
Q. What if I have already had back surgery?
A. Spinal decompression has successfully treated many patients recovering form back surgery. Whether it’s the same pain but slightly diminished or post-operative pain, we can absolutely help relieve the symptoms.
Q. Do you use that DRX-9000 machine?
A. No, we do not use this machine for our treatment and it is no longer recognized by Health Canada. Our machine is a special Chiropractic table that allows for Flexion and Distraction of the spine at specific areas, successfully attaining the decompressive forces required for treatment.
Q. Are we slightly shorter at the end of the day than the beginning?
A. The simple answer is yes. Depending on your age and relative disc health, the 23 vertebral discs in our spine get compressed all day long until eventually each one is a fraction smaller than when you woke up. This happens because our discs act like a sponge and eventually gravity and muscular tension cause the sponges to release their water, therefore making them shrink ever so slightly.
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