What happens when the spine is compressed?
The bones of your spine (vertebrae) form a column that protects nerves. Some of the nerves come from the brain and travel down through the spinal cord, while sensory nerves that originate in the body go up to the brain through the spinal cord.
Along the length of the spine, nerves enter and exit the vertebrae through small openings or spaces. Any time the spine is out of balance, the nerves become pinched, which causes pain. This can happen due to:
- Spinal compression due to pressure
- Misaligned bones
- Tight or injured muscles and ligaments
What spinal conditions are treated with decompression?
All of the following spine problems can put pressure on the spinal nerves, leading to chronic and potentially severe pain, as well as numbness or weakness:
The specialized discs between each vertebra serve as shock absorbers, as they cushion the space between vertebrae. A herniated disc occurs when the disc moves out of place (a slipped disc) or ruptures due to injury or strain.
Each spinal disc consists of an inner core that’s gel-like surrounded by a tough outer cover. When the outer part weakens or deteriorates, its gel-like center can balloon out at the weakest part of the cover, causing a disc bulge.
Sciatica refers to pain that begins in your lower back then travels down your leg, following the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is caused by several compression-related problems, including herniated disc, misaligned vertebra, arthritis, spinal stenosis, and a pinched nerve.
Degenerative disc disease
Natural degeneration of discs occurs as you get older, which may put enough pressure on nerves to cause symptoms, or it may lead to other conditions such as spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) and osteoarthritis.
How does spinal decompression work?
There’s no doubt that spinal decompression is effective, but outside of a chiropractic practice, it’s often done with back surgery designed to give the nerve more space. Dr. Colopy performs nonsurgical decompression therapy to treat low back, neck, and radiating pain.
The treatment is accomplished using a traction table to gently stretch the spine, which treats pain by:
- Reducing internal disc pressure: Allows the disc to
return to its normal position
- Facilitate healing: Relieving pressure allows blood and oxygen to flow into the damaged area
- Preventing or relieving nerve damage
What Conditions Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care and Spinal Decompression?
- Severe or Chronic Low Back Pain and Neck Pain
- Pinched Nerves in the Neck or Low Back
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Herniated Discs (Disc Herniation)
- Bulging Discs
- Ruptured Discs
- Numbness, Tingling, or Burning Pain
- Weakness of the Arms or Legs
- Facet Syndromre
- Spinal Stenosis
How Does DTS Spinal Decompression Work?
Decompression is pain free and provides relief by elongating the spinal column which reduces the pressure within the disc (intradiscal pressure).
Decompression is performed with the patient gently secured to the treatment table using a fabric harness that is placed around the patient’s chest and abdomen. The harness is connected to a cable pulley that is controlled by the DTS computer.
Treatment is computer controlled and directed to the specific levels of the spine by varying the angle of decompression making the treatment more effective and comfortable.