Lumbar Decompression Treatment in The Woodlands and Houston
Spinal Decompression is non-surgical treatment. In areas that are swollen,
it will help relieve some of the tension off of the nerves. It actually
helps re-educate muscles, ligaments, and tendons, which in turn makes
a better disc environment. It is important to stay active because compression
and decompression helps the discs stay naturally healthy. Simple activities
like walking can help.
Your spine is made of vertebrate, disc, and nerves.
The vertebrate is bone and the disc contains a gel-like substance which
keeps the vertebrate a part. When your disc is injured, it means the vertebrate
will pinch the disc making the disc lie flat. Just like pancake batter
spreading into another pancake while being poured onto the pan, the disks
will run into each other when they flatten which causes a significant
amount of pain. (This is just one of the many conditions helped by Spinal
The forces of decompression work on the concept of gentle distraction therapy.
Gentle distraction therapy consists of compression and decompression of
the disc. A membrane that stops fluids from moving in and out of the spinal
column connects the vertebrae. This membrane allows fluids to enter the
spinal column at a much slower rate than it allows them to leave. This
helps to protect the integrity of the fluid inside the spinal column.
During the decompression stage, a partial vacuum is formed that takes
away the pressure between the vertebrate, which helps the disc go from
its flattened state back to its normal state. When the decompression is
released, the pressure with-in the spinal column equalizes at a faster
rate leaving the body feeling relief from the disc. Through compression
and decompression, the reason it can be a non-surgical procedure is because
the tissue surrounding the disc can heal as blood flow and oxygen move
to the injured area. The blood flow and oxygen send nutrition to the injured
area allowing a faster recovery.
How is Spinal Decompression Different from Traction?
Traction is when something is pulling against a certain amount of force
creating tension It stretches against the irritated ligaments and tendons.
It puts a pulling load against the entire spine. It does not apply a different
pulling load to each disc within the spine or only apply the pulling load
to a specific target within the spine. It is also a constant decompression
and the partial vacuum created in the spinal column is equalized in only
about one minute. The rest of the time is only stretching the muscles,
tendons and ligaments, many times to the patient’s distress. This
can be a painful method, but it is worth it in the end with the relief
that you will feel.
Spinal decompression is designed to work the muscles
This is a slow gentle process making the muscles and tendons respond positively
to the treatment. Patients do not spasm with this treatment. It not only
works the joint, but also works on the muscles and tendons. Motorized
and computerized spinal decompression allows the ability to target the
injured disc, creating better results than traction.
What do Patients Experience?
Patients report feeling content and happy during the appointment. Even
though traction is happening, they do not feel any pulling or contraction.
Some patients are so relaxed that they fall asleep during their treatment.
After the treatment is complete, some patients feel the good feeling that
comes from working out. When they rise up from the table, the pain is
reduced because the body wasn’t being forced to do things it isn’t
capable of doing. After one treatment patients experience relief and look
forward to their treatments ahead.
In the past, patients did not get better with regular chiropractic treatment
and were required to go for surgery. This treatment creates a new alternative
for patients. It helps creates stabilization in the spine, allowing the
patients to respond better to the benefits from other forms of treatment
such as nutrition and spinal manipulation.
How are Patients Treated?
Most importantly, we want our patients to feel comfortable. Patients are
treated fully clothed. Throughout the treatment patients are fitted into
a pelvic harness that fits around the pelvis, as well as a thoracic harness,
as they lie on their back on the table. The table is operated by a computerized
console. The treatment is uniquely designed for each patient, based on
the mechanics and the neurological feedback of each patient’s muscles
and tendons, allowing each patient’s spine to respond to the treatment.
Each treatment takes between 15 – 30 minutes. The average number
of treatments, typically for each patient, range between 10 to 30 treatments,
scheduled within a five to ten week period of time.
What if You are Not Sure if this Treatment is for You?
If you are not sure if this treatment is for you, no problem We offer a
free consultation. Call and schedule right away for this exam. Our Doctor
will give you a personalized evaluation of your spinal health with a recommendation
on how to improve your condition. You will then have all the details to
make a decision on your next step.