Considerable pain and a decreased ability to function can develop when Sciatica or Disk Herniation is diagnosed. Typically, these symptoms of back and leg pain occur as a result of excessive pressure between the vertebral disks of the spine. These symptoms are features of SPINAL COMPRESSION.
It stands to reason that if compression created the condition, then DECOMPRESSION should also play a role in providing relief. It is always wise to consult with your physician, chiropractor or physical therapist before trying any home exercise program that aims to decompress your spine. They may suggest simple exercises that can provide the patient with some relief of symptoms from back, sciatica, and leg pain.
A home exercise program may help alleviate back pain and certainly does play an important role in the strengthening and rehabilitation process. Also proven to be over 90% effective with suitable candidates is non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. This type of treatment is facility based, meaning that the patient attends a clinic equipped with specialized state of the art decompression equipment like the DRX 9000.
What is a Spinal Decompression Program of Care?
A spinal decompression program of care utilizes a large computer assisted traction bed that gently stretches the spine with a series of very small and pain free movements while the patient is lying comfortably on the bed. These visits usually last about 30 minutes and many patients enjoy catching up on their favourite shows and movies while the DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression unit completes the stretch cycle. Each patient’s decompression therapy session is computer calibrated based on the patient’s specific diagnosis. Progress is continually evaluated and the treatment protocol is adjusted accordingly.
What are the benefits of Spinal Decompression?
In addition to the obvious benefits of increasing spinal disk space and relieving the pressure that herniated disks apply on the spinal nerves. The process of spinal decompression also increases the nutrition to the vertebral disk space and as a natural consequence encourages faster rates of healing. Patients who undergo this type of treatment commonly experience a significant reduction of pain and a return to the life and activities that they used to enjoy. Many patients report improvement after only a few sessions, but the patient should complete the full course of recommended treatment for maximal outcomes. Comparative MRI’s taken before and after treatment confirms a reduction in the size of the disk herniation.
Who IS and IS NOT a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Many patients who have already tried conventional forms of physical therapy, chiropractic, epidural injections and even prior surgeries turn to Decompression Therapy when other forms of treatment yielded insignificant improvement. Decompression treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical. Many patients would benefit from an accurate diagnosis and early intervention rather than the prolonged treatment journey that is more commonly experienced. Generally speaking, patients aged 20 and up are suitable candidates for this type of therapy. However this therapy is not appropriate for patients who are pregnant, diagnosed with cancer, fractures, specific types of bone disease or who have metal spinal implants.
Spinal Decompression is a very safe and effective therapy that is easily tolerated and readily available. CanadaPhysio has qualified staff who will evaluate your suitability for this type of treatment. We offer No-obligation, free consultations so that we can explain the process and answer any questions that a prospective patient may have about this form of treatment. Our aim is to educate each patient on ALL the options that are available in order to achieve maximum recovery.
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