Spinal Decompression | Austin Preferred Integrative Medicine

Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression

Anyone who experiences discomfort caused by a damaged disc may benefit from Spinal Decompression therapy. Conditions associated with this include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves). Medical studies have shown that 86% of ruptured disc patients experienced positive results after treatment with Spinal Decompression.

If Spinal Decompression is recommended after your initial consultation, our provider will determine a custom treatment plan. Treatment will typically consist of placement on a motorized table, which will move back and forth to provide traction and relaxation. In virtually all cases, the treatment is completely painless. The best results are typically occur after approximately 20 sessions over a 6-week period.

Supporting structures can be treated with passive therapies including ice, heat, stimulation, chiropractic adjustments or active rehabilitation to strengthen the spinal musculature. These inclusions assist in the healing process while decreasing the likelihood of future injury.

Spinal Decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage, though it can be performed after bone fusion surgery or non-fusion surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Traction is helpful at treating some of the conditions resulting from herniation or degeneration. However, traction cannot address the source of the problem. Disc decompression creates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc. This increase in negative pressure causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Disc decompression is clinically proven to reduce the intradiscal pressure to between a -100 to -200 mmHg. Traction triggers the body’s normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area.


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