Indications and Use
Any non-acute (>1 week) low back or neck pain syndrome not related to a disease process is theoretically treatable by mechanical traction. Mechanical traction has been around for decades and most insurances deem it as an "acceptable" treatment modality. Contraindications to decompressive traction are similar to manipulative therapy, however since mechanical stretch creates no impact, mild to moderate Osteoporosis may not be contraindicated. Disc fragmentation, calcification, severe arthritis and any surgical spinal appliances are all relative contraindications.
Clinical findings suggest Decompression via mechanical traction in conjuction with an associated chiropractic care plan typically will create a relatively quick initial response. Patients who will do well tend to feel a sense of relief (which can be direct pain cessation or a centralization of pain and/or reduction to an ache or stiffness) within six sessions. Full relief, if attainable through this passive traction treatment will usually be in 8-12 sessions. (Occasionally a 'stubborn' pain syndrome may continue to improve slowly over 15+ sessions though this is not the norm). Often patients will be treated 4-6 sessions and notice enough relief to allow active rehab to begin. Their Decompression may continue (pre or post rehab depending on the methods chosen) for 4-6 further sessions before discontinuing or reducing the frequency.
Typical frequency may be 3-5 times per week. The extent and seriousness of the symptoms will determine if more than three sessions per week should be utilized. Our experience suggests Decompression is also an excellent supportive or maintenance treatment for those cases where pain relief is marked but prone to exacerbations.
The Autotrax represents the finest Decompressive Traction System available today. Cervical and Lumbar Decompression Traction can be delivered utilizing the ATX in a controlled and proven method.
Decompression therapy is very affordable and cheaper than surgery. Spinal Traction treatments are covered by insurance.
Spinal Disc Decompression combined with an active care program, utilizing Decompression-Reduction-Stabilization focus, is a unique, non-surgical therapy we have developed as a highly successful treatment option.
The Spinal Decompression Table in conjunction with additional modalities and specific rehabilitation programs have effectively relieved the pain and disability resulting from back and neck injury and degeneration in this clinical setting. Spinal Disc Decompression via mechanical traction addresses the functional and mechanical aspects of discogenic pain and disease through non-surgical decompression of cervical and lumbar intervertebral discs, the joint capsules of the back and the small stabilizing muscles of the back. The Decompression Table is designed to apply distraction tension to the patient's spine without eliciting reflex paravertebral muscle contractions (muscle guarding).
For the detail oriented inquirer:
By significantly reducing intradiscal pressure, the separation of opposing vertebral bodies promotes retraction of the herniation into the disc and facilitates influx of oxygen, proline and other substrates. This is the same concept any physics book or weather man can describe to you - "high pressure will move toward a lower pressure". This is utilized with many rehabilitative approaches to herniated disc derangements.
The promotion of fibro elastic activity via the stretch, stimulates repair and inhibits leakage of irritant sulphates and carboxylates from the nucleus.