Are you experiencing chronic back pain? Have you tried several treatments without lasting pain relief? Spinal decompression therapy may be your answer to returning to a life without back pain.
Spinal decompression is a non-surgical, non-invasive, and drug-free way of successfully treating back pain. At Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center, serving the Western Chicago Suburbs, Dr. Paul Reiselman uses spinal decompression therapy for low back and neck pain patients.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
Severe back and neck pain is a debilitating condition faced by people worldwide, and these problems if left untreated, can cause permanent loss of functioning in regions associated with the neck and the back. Although traditional techniques exist, new treatment methods have been developed which are faster and more effective.
Non-surgical spinal disc decompression is a non-invasive treatment for acute and chronic spinal pain associated with herniated, ruptured, bulging or degenerative discs and sciatic leg pain or spinal stenosis associated with these conditions. It is safe and effective without the normal risks associated with invasive procedures such as injections, anesthesia or surgery. Spinal decompression works through a series of 15 one minute alternating decompression (using a logarithmic decompression curve) and relaxation cycles with a total treatment time of 30 minutes. During the decompression phase, the pressure in the disc is reduced and a vacuum type of effect is produced on the nucleus pulposis. At the same time nutrition is diffused into the disc allowing the annulus fibrosis to heal. Very rarely is the nerve root compressed from the herniated disc and usually, the back and leg pain associated with these conditions is a result of irritation to the nerve root sleeve by the inflammatory chemicals that are released as a result of inflammation in the disc.
The theory behind non-surgical spinal decompression is that significant distractive forces, when applied to the lumbar spine in variable directions can create a negative pressure in the center of the intervertebral disc, thereby creating a suctioning effect or vacuum phenomenon in order to retract or reduce the size of the herniated or bulging disc’s gelatinous internal nucleus pulposus, thus diminishing or eliminating nerve compression, while at the same time creating an osmotic gradient which helps bring nutrients and water into the disc. Since intervertebral discs have poor circulation, they depend upon receiving their nutrition through diffusion across the end plates of the vertebrae above and below.
The appeal of non-surgical spinal decompression is that it is a non-invasive, non-surgical, drug-free alternative treatment for low back pain, sciatica, disc degeneration, disc bulges, disc herniations, and facet syndrome. There is copious anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness and more case studies are being published demonstrating very positive results in patients who have tried other conservative treatments that have failed.
Non-surgical spinal disc decompression therapy is the latest and most sought-after form of non-invasive, non-surgical spinal rehabilitation in US, Canada, and Europe. Research from US, Europe, Japan, and India site and recommend the use of non-surgical decompression therapy for conditions such as Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), Facet Syndrome, Failed Back Surgery/Post Surgical Pain Syndrome, Herniated Disc (Neck & Low Back), Sciatica and Spinal Stenosis; some reporting 86% to 92% improvement.