Published on September 3, 2012
One of the more common serious causes of back or neck pain is a damaged spinal disc. Whether the cause is acute (accident or injury), or chronic (lifestyle, diet, repetitive stress…) the soft-tissue disc that sits between vertebrae can be compromised. It may become thinned due to the effects of prolonged trauma and inflammation; it may also develop a bulge or herniation for much of the same reason. Any displacement of a spinal disc can put pressure on adjoining nerves. This is one of the more painful sources of back pain.
Conventional treatments and therapies for pain relief are widely available (chiropractic, physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, acupuncture, medication, etc.). Often these approaches can provide satisfactory relief to more garden-variety back pains like sprains and strains. Sadly, we see there is a high percentage of patients suffering with serious, debilitating back pain who do not respond successfully to these treatments. For these patients a combined approach integrating non-surgical Spinal Decompression, Class IV Laser and a supportive nutritional approach is proving to be remarkable successfully for true, lasting healing and pain relief.
In this article we will focus our discussion on non-surgical spinal decompression.
Non-surgical spinal decompression uses advanced, sophisticated engineering technology to target and treat the specific damaged disc(s) requiring care. This is in contrast to conventional traction, which distributes the traction force over a larger area with less control, and consequently is less able to affect primarily the damaged area. Patients who suffer for months, and even years, with conditions like degenerative disc disease, herniated or bulging discs, stenosis, spinal arthritis, facet syndrome and sciatica are reclaiming a pain-free life in as little as a few weeks of treatment.
Spinal discs have the ability to heal, when the environment allows. Non-surgical spinal decompression works to create the ideal healing environment. Decompression forces gently pull on the two vertebrae surrounding the damaged spinal disc. This creates space in which the disc bulge can retract, the disc rehydrates (thus regaining its proper healthy height), and the disc becomes healthy again. No other non-invasive treatment targets the root cause of pain with such precision and effectiveness. Care is gentle, patient-specific, and has virtually no side effects.
The doctor administering treatment programs the decompression forces to be exactly right for each specific patient. So whether one is 4’11” and has sciatica, or is 6’2” with degenerative disc disease, non-surgical spinal decompression could work. It has even been successful with patients who have previously undergone spinal surgery (surgery is, in our opinion, a last resort and in fact should be avoided if possible).
If you are considering non-surgical spinal decompression try to choose a doctor who has performed it over at least 10,000 times, and who has the best technology available, as quality varies between machines.
If you have been suffering for more than a month with low back pain or neck pain, you may be a candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression.*
* Not every patient is a candidate for care. One must undergo a thorough consultation/examination after which the doctor will determine if non-surgical spinal decompression is the appropriate mode of care.