If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain, sciatica or disc issues, just hearing the words spinal decompression can bring a sense of relief.
Feel the pressure lifted from your spinal column, blood flow returning to your expanding discs, pinched nerves finding release and comfort.
At Gulf Coast Pain Specialists, we offer the most advanced technology in the treatment of spinal pain and injury through spinal decompression.
Decompression is the incremental, therapeutic elongation of the spine to relieve pressure on compressed vertebrae and discs. Spinal decompression works through the use of controlled mechanical traction being applied to the spine.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is used to treat:
- Back pain
- Leg pain
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Bulging disc
- Arm pain
- Neck pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Failed low back syndrome
Chronic back pain can interfere with every part of your daily life. Left untreated, the ailments linked to disc compression can become markedly worse as circulation is limited, nerves are damaged and discs deteriorate. Immobility of the back can then lead to more widespread health issues.
Assess your back pain by answering the following questions:
- Are you currently dependent on pain-relieving medications on a daily basis?
- Are you limited in daily activities?
- Have you had repeated injections or epidurals with little or no relief?
- Are you considering surgery but would prefer non-invasive options?
- Have you already tried chiropractic or physical therapy?
- Have you missed work or given up activities due to pain?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then consider non-surgical spinal decompression therapy.
What causes disc and nerve injury?
Disc and nerve injury can stem from several different causes. Some are as obvious as acute injury, while others develop over time, such as bad posture, repetitive stress or bad body mechanics.
The discs act as cushions between the vertebrae, and any one of these factors – or often a combination of factors – can cause vertebrae to compress discs or make discs slip out of alignment. This pressure causes discs to bulge and pinch nerves. The pinched nerves cause pain, numbness, tingling and even immobility. Sustained pressure can also lead to permanent damage to discs. Because the disc is compressed, its circulation is restricted which interferes with its ability to heal.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is an alternative FDA approved treatment option that has shown very good for patients with compressed discs and related spinal issues. It is non-invasive and provides gentle decompression of the disc through the use of a decompression table.
Patients are secured to the table which applies a distraction force to targeted areas of the spine. A computer controls the distraction force which is applied in between periods of relaxation. This gently pulls the spine apart elongating it and creating a small vacuum between the vertebrae which pulls the disc back into shape.
Decompression works in very small measures, gradually allowing the disc to resume a normal, healthy shape.
In spinal decompression, the injured discs of the spine are gently stretched apart. This induces suction inside the disc which draws the bulges back into the disc, restoring a more normal shape. The stretching process also restores circulation to the disc, which encourages it to heal.
The benefits of spinal decompression include:
- Safe when done by a qualified professional
- Full treatment can take many sessions, but initial pain relief begins quickly.
- Effective when done by a qualified professional
- Non-invasive, so there is no healing time.
- Can be used in conjunction with other therapies.
At Gulf Coast Pain Specialists, we use the most advanced equipment available for spinal decompression therapy, Eurotech’s DOC Decompression Tables. This table utilizes a state-of-the-art digital command center for specific vertebral targeting, separate lumbar and cervical decompression programming and continuous readout and graphing of treatment protocols.
Gulf Coast Pain Specialists of Pensacola can track every element of your treatment using this technology and use that information to optimize each therapy session.
The high-tech table even offers a CD player and radio with headphones for patient relaxation.
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