Autotrax Decompression Therapy (ATX)
Do you are suffer with low back pain, leg pain/numbness, neck pain, arm pain/numbness?
Have you been told you need back surgery?
Decompression Therapy may be an effective option. It is very affordable and less expensive than surgery. Decompression Therapy is the hottest new therapeutic device available to the public today!
The Decompression-Stabilization therapy has profoundly helped a multitude of patients in our office with a wide variety of complaints.
Is your doctor suggesting surgery, pain management, or physical therapy? Have you tried Chiropractic and just could not get enough relief? Make a move to a more conservative option (compared to a surgical suggestion) and a more advanced option (in contrast to pain management or physical therapy) and try Chiropractic Neurology & Sports Rehab and the Autotrax. We have combined years of physical therapy experience with the expertise in the neurological aspects of chiropractic and the advanced technology of the Autotrax.
Research indicates the disc is responsible for a significant number of Lumbar/Leg pain and Neck/Arm pain syndromes. Compression increases disc pressure leading to structural compromise and possible disc herniation.
Since the disc has little blood supply, it doesn't receive fresh blood and oxygen within the disc itself but only to the outermost layers. Its nutrition and elimination is created by motion and 'decompression' to restore nutrients and enhance healing.
Decompression is defined as reduction in pressure (intradiscal in this case). Recumbent positions (lying face up or down) decrease intradiscal pressures in comparison to standing and sitting. However focused, axial translation traction, (creating 'decompression' i.e. unloading due to distraction and positioning) has been shown to reduce disc pressure and enhance the healing response even further.
There is some suggestion in the literature that extruded nuclear material (herniated disc) may be "drawn in" by the reduction of intradiscal pressures. This concept however is not uniformly accepted since the length of time the material stays 'drawn in' has not been established in controlled studies. However, a temporary reduction in intradiscal pressure can still have a profound effect on the healing process via increased contact with the blood supply and fibroblast migration (so called phasic effects). This is in addition to the pain relief created neurologically by stretching soft tissue (e.g. stretch receptors, mechanoreceptors etc.) make decompression therapy a logical and viable addition to a "passive" pain care regimen.
Clinically it is important to establish criteria both in the utilization of Decompression therapy and in defining its utility. (As with many therapies, too much hype and overstatement are common.) Axial Decompression (both lumbar and cervical) is first and foremost a "passive" therapy and as such has definite limitations in "curing" a chronic musculoskeletal condition. Its value is most specific in helping referral pain not solely low back or acute low back pain (symptoms for which manipulation has proven beneficial), loss of local muscle control, abnormal posture and alterations in spinal curves are the probable underlying source of most spinal 'compression' and degeneration. Therefore a "passive" therapy has little effect in truly fixing the underlying problem. This is why we only use the decompressive traction in conjunction with an individualized active rehab program.
However, that being said, Decompression therapy (done safely within established protocols and a clear understanding of it's limitations) can often effectively enhance the healing process and render quick, effective and often amazing pain relief in a properly selected patient population (many who have previously failed other treatments). Additionally it may also be very useful in determining the overall prognosis of passive care and promoting the application of active rehab procedures.