Spinal Decompression in Delray Beach

Chiropractic Delray Beach FL Spinal Decompression Back and Neck

Decompression Therapy in Delray Beach is applied with the goals of relieving pain and promoting an optimal healing environment for bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs. Nonsurgical spinal decompression is non-invasive and works by gently stretching the spine, this changes the force and position of the spine, which takes pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating a negative pressure in the disc.

What is Spinal Decompression in Delray Beach?

Spinal decompression is a type of traction therapy applied to the spine in an attempt to bring about several benefits including:

  • Creates a negative intradiscal pressure (pressure within the disc itself, acts like a vacuum) to promote retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material. (Pulls the herniated or bulging disc material back into the disc). **
  • Pressure is taken off of nerves and other structures in the spine (relief of sciatic pain)
  • Creates a lower pressure in the disc that will cause an influx of healing nutrients and other substances into the disc. (Promotes the passage of healing nutrients into the disc and fosters a better healing environment.

The patient remains clothed and lies on a motorized table. The treatment applies a specific force to the compressed discs, and the computer alternates the decompression force with relaxation periods. Usually, there is a series of alternating decompression and relaxation cycles, for an individual treatment time of approximately 15 minutes. The patient should not feel pain during or after the decompression visit, although they should feel stretch (lengthening) in the spine.

Spinal Decompression Therapy is an affordable, nonsurgical and safe alternative for neck and back pain without the use of drugs, pills or needles. Patients are tired of taking pills that simply mask the pain (with many side effects!). Patients are frustrated with getting shots that work the first and second time and then eventually have no effect. Patients are fearful of getting surgery (laminectomy and microdiscectomy) as they have seen first-hand from friends and relatives who’ve spent $1,000s, had weeks out of work, scars, risked serious side effects – only to end up with “failed back surgery syndrome”.

Who Can Benefit From Spinal Decompression?

If you have neck or back pain and other related symptoms, Spinal Decompression Therapy not only significantly reduces pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to more active lifestyles.

Patients that have any of the following symptoms/conditions are candidates for Decompression Therapy:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica (pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg)
  • Numbness
  • Bulging, Herniated or Protruding Disc
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Worn Spinal Joints (Posterior Facet Syndrome)
  • Injured or Diseased Spinal Nerve Roots (Nerve Impingement)
  • Compression Fractures
  • Joint Pain
  • Discogenic Pain (Pain Originating from the Disc)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Post-Surgical Pain

Treatment Protocols

Prior to your first Spinal Decompression Treatment, patients will be thoroughly examined by Dr. Alter and many times digital x-rays will be taken in order to determine the underlining condition of the spine, which spinal discs are compressed, and which treatment protocol will give us the highest likelihood of success.

While each patients’ condition varies, here is the standard initial protocol for Decompression Therapy:

  • 24 sessions over 8-12 weeks

Some conditions will require more visits, more frequently; while other conditions require more frequent visits initially then decrease in frequency over time. Each treatment lasts approximately 15 minutes.

We have many patients get their adjustment and decompression therapy on the same visit – as this will address both the spinal misalignment along with the disc health and pressure. Dr. Alter believes this two-prong approach is the best conservative protocol you can possibly do to get the spine in as best shape as possible.

After completion of your initial Spinal Decompression Protocol, Dr. Alter will determine the ideal maintenance program which can vary depending on that patient’s individual situation.

Is Spinal Decompression Effective?

Research has shown – YES, nonsurgical decompression therapy is effective. In fact most patients experience some type of pain relief and increased mobility within five to six treatments and upon completion of initial protocol overall pain was decreased by 88.9%!

One study, published by BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, confirmed that non-surgical spinal decompression can provide low-back pain sufferers some much needed pain relief. In this research, 30 patients who experienced lumbar disc herniations engaged in spinal decompression therapy for a period of 6 weeks. The results were a decrease in back pain and increased disc height, causing the researchers to conclude that “pain reduction may be mediated, at least in part, through a restoration of disc height.”*

In another study, a 33 year old male had been suffering with low back pain for 6 years; after 20 decompression therapy sessions he reported his pain went from a level of 6/10 (which he reported was present 75% of his waking hours) to a 0/10 post 20 decompression visits. An MRI confirmed that there an increase in his disc height. **

*Apfel C, et al Restoration of disk height through non-surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a restorative cohort study BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2010:11(155)

**Auster M, Florio F, Richmond C, Wilhelm J Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings after Treatment with a Nonsurgical Decompression System (DRX9000TM) – Case Report US Musculoskeletal Review. 2007:2;50-52

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Alter Chiropractic
15132 Jog Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446
(561) 819-2225