Spinal Decompression Therapy in Rochester Hills

What is Spinal Decompression ?

Spinal decompression therapy is a state of the art treatment option that has the potential to stop some of the most severe back pain and nagging severe shooting pains; pins, needles and numbness. Spinal Decompression is sometimes referred to as Traction or VAX-D (Vertebral Axial Decompression). This treatment option is a gentle therapy aimed at restoring normal function to injured or degenerative vertebral Discs. During this therapy the spine is gently pulled apart allowing fresh nutrient rich fluid back into the dehydrated or injured disc. Often we compare this therapy to the motion and function of an accordion musical instrument. As the accordion is pulled apart it pulls air into the bellows allowing the instrument to be played. Just like an accordion when the vertebral column is gently pulled apart a inverse pressure is created within the disc causing nutrient rich fluid to nourish the degenerative,dehydrated or injured vertebral disc.

Decompression Therapy is the chiropractic gold standard of care for some of the most severe debilitating symptoms. Radicular pain, or pain that shoots down the arm or leg is often caused by compression or irritation of a spinal nerve root. Depending on the location of the compressed nerve root will determine weather the radicular sensation will occur in the arm or leg. Removing the pressure from the nerve root is critical in the treatment of these severe symptoms. Severe nerve root compression can cause permanent irreversible changes including loss of sensation and muscle weakness if left untreated. Our doctors are highly trained to properly diagnose these severe conditions and offer safe effective treatment options that can provide fast and often times permanent relief of numbness and tingling.

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What Are Spinal Decompression Treatments Like?

When visiting the office for a Spinal decompression treatment please dress comfortably. Please do not wear skirts or dresses. Belts and jewelery will need to be removed prior to treatment. The doctor will position you on the decompression table in a very precise manner in order to deliver the forces directly into the affected area. In order to achieve this optimal position the doctor may need to position a pillow underneath your knees and may also have to elevate the foot of the table to precisely target specific discs. The doctor will stabilize your body by strapping your hips and torso to the table with soft padded straps. This is not uncomfortable. Next the table is programmed to decompress a specific area with a predetermined amount of force. You will be given a hand held safety switch in case you feel uncomfortable at any time. This trigger will Stop the decompression treatment when pressed. During the decompression treatment you will feel the table slowly pull your vertebra apart and then release your spine rhythmically. The pulling will hold for 20-30 seconds slowly relieving pressure within the spine. The table will gradually increase the amount of traction until you reach the predetermined goal for that session. Treatments usually last between 15 and 25 minutes.

What to expect after decompression treatment.

Following the first treatment some patients feel sore 2-3 hours after treatment. Patients are given a reusable ice pack to take home with them on the first visit. You are encouraged to use the Ice pack 3 x per day while undergoing your spinal decompression treatment plan. The doctor may recommend vitamin supplementation during your course of treatment. These supplements are commonly Glucosamin-Chindroitin with MSM and other naturally occurring anti-inflammatory supplements . It is not uncommon for patients with severe tingling and numbness to feel a change in their symptoms within the first 24 hours after treatment. In a small percentage of patients symptoms remain the same and no changes are seen until the 2nd week of treatment. Symptoms will be monitored closely during your spinal decompression therapy treatment plan. The Doctor will pay very close attention to identify any changes in your condition that would warrant a change in your treatment plan.

How many decompression sessions will I need:

Spinal decompression therapy is a great treatment choice when treating the effects of degenerative disc disease and bulging, or herniated discs. Vertebral Axial Decompression when administered correctly has a high level of success. If you are suffering from Chronic pain, shooting pain, pins and needles, or numbness call and schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Our Office is equipped with the tools necessary to treat: Lower back pain, Sciatica and Pinched nerves. It is impossible to say exactly how many sessions you will need before your symptoms are relieved. It is also impossible to say when, or if your symptoms will ever return. However, the doctor does recommend that an acceptable opportunity be given to determine if you will respond favorably to vertebral axial decompression ( VAX-D) therapy.

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