What is Spinal Decompression?
Patients who suffer from the chronic pain associated with bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs may benefit from treatment using a Spinal Decompression Table.
This type of pain, which can manifest as back pain itself as well as associated pain in the arms and legs, may have already been treated by traditional traction methods or even by spinal surgery to limited improvement.
In these cases, a spinal decompression table that uses computerized sensors to perform stretching actions on the spine and promote healing may be beneficial.
Spinal decompression therapy is also referred to as non-surgical decompression therapy
What are the major reasons you will consider Spinal Decompression Therapy?
- Bulging or Herniated Discs
- Pinched Nerves
- Arm or Leg Pain Numbness / Tingling
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Facet Joint Syndrome
- Failed Back Surgery
- Spinal Stenosis
How does Spinal Decompression work?
Negative pressure is created within the discs by providing a series of slow pulls, holds and releases.
Over time, this vacuum effect may in many cases help the bulging disc material to be ‘drawn back into place’.
The fibres in the outer ring of the disc are also helped to heal by the increased nutrients which circulate in the area due to the gentle pumping movement created around the disc and facet joints. (Images below)
What does the treatment look like?
The picture (top left) is an example of a lumbar spine decompression therapy session. The pelvis is angled differently depending on which exact disc level is being targeted. The computer has seven sensors that constantly measure the amount (and the exact timing) of each stage of decompression.
The picture to the right shows decompression therapy on the neck. Your head is cradled in a holder, and the exact angle of the table is programmed into the computer to ensure that the area of your neck that needs decompression will be treated.
What does it feel like?
Apart from an initial pulling sensation, which you quickly get used to, it is very relaxing-in fact many people fall asleep!
Patients usually feel no pain and only a small percentage of patients experience temporary soreness. We do regular reassessments of your condition so that we can adjust your care as needed with the aim of you getting maximum results as soon as possible.
What does each Spinal Decompression Therapy session involve?
Once your spinal level and treatment type has been prescribed for you, you will receive a specific treatment program. As your treatment program proceeds, your programme will be adjusted gradually as changes are made.
You will stay fully clothed and relax on the decompression table. Your exact requirements will be entered into the computer, you will be comfortably strapped in, the program will begin and you will be left in peace to relax for approximately 20 minutes while your spine decompresses in exactly the way you need it to.
Is it necessary to see a Chiropractor first?
Yes. You will need a Chiropractic and Decompression Assessment with one of our Chiropractors where you will need to bring with you any X-rays, scans or MRI’s you may have.
You will need to allow 45 mins for this visit.
Our Chiropractor’s Pierre and Stelios will assess your case and perform a thorough orthopaedic and neurological examination on you. If required, they will either refer you out for more tests, or prescribe a specific decompression treatment for you.
How is Spinal Decompression different to traction?
Traction does not provide the special logarithmic movement, systematically increasing and decreasing the decompression the way that the Hill DT table does.
This cycle of movement is a critical part of the success of this therapy, as it brings the essential oxygen and nutrients to the area to help it heal.
How long is the Spinal Decompression Therapy Program?
Generally it may take 10-12 weeks for a disc to respond with Spinal Decompression Therapy. It may take longer for more serious and complex cases. Typically the patient is required to attend 2-3 times per week for treatment during this time, this will depend on each individual’s situation. Additional treatment such as Chiropractic Adjustments or mobilisations may be performed as required. Specific exercise advice to stabilise and strengthen the spine and core muscles will be recommended as well.
What success rate does this treatment have?
Generally the success rate is rather high, however results can never be promised and you may still require surgery.
We will monitor your progress and refer you to your doctor should you / we will not be happy with your progress.
The research to support the use of Spinal Decompression Therapy can be found here. Research
Will I feel immediately better?
Some people do feel a change after just one or two sessions, others after about 5 -8 sessions, and others not until their 20th or 25th session. It all depends on how much inflammation you have, how long you have had the problem, how severe the problem is, and how well you follow our. Every case is different and we can give no guarantees regarding how long you may take to get better, nor if you will get better at all.
Are there any reasons it may not be suitable for me?
There are a few circumstances which may prevent you from being a candidate for decompression therapy.
- Metastasized cancer
- Spinal fusion
- Broken vertebrae
- Patients with artificial discs or other spinal implant
- Spinal tumor
- Weigh over 155kg
How do I know if my case is suitable for decompression therapy?
Our Chiropractor’s Pierre and Stelios will assess your case and perform a thorough orthopedic and neurological examination on you. If required, they will either refer you out for more tests, or prescribe a specific decompression treatment for you.
If we do not think that your case is suitable for decompression therapy we will refer you back to your doctor or another health professional for a different approach to pain relief for you.
To make an appointment please call 9890 7111 and ask for a Spinal Decompression Assessment with one of our Chiropractors.
*The Hill DT Table is new to Australia, and is the only Table available in Parramatta.