Spinal decompression is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for certain types of back pain.
Some back problems are related to spinal disc problems, such as disc bulges, protrusions or herniations as well as general disc deterioration.
Spinal Decompression is one alternative available in our facility which can be utilized to attempt to gently relieve the pain and pressure in your neck, back, low back, and any symptoms in arm and legs.
The procedure uses a decompression table with strategically placed straps and traction controlled by a computer. The computerized technology allows the spine to be slowly and gently stretched, taking pressure off compressed discs and vertebrae, then relaxing again in specific cycles, customized to each individual patient. This allows for ‘gentle ‘pumping’ and the ‘decompression’ of the disc, enhancing circulation of fluids and promoting disc health and repair.
Therapeutic Ultrasound (‘US’):
The ultrasound machine produces sound waves, but at a much higher frequency than ‘audible’ sound. It penetrates our body tissues and creates vibrations in the deep tissues. This results in heat production and increased blood supply to the injured area, as well as increased soft tissue extensibility. US also alters the chemistry of the injured cells, accelerating the healing process leading to faster recovery. US is widely used for the treatment of ligament sprains, muscle strains, joint pain, soft tissue tightness and other conditions causing pain, inflammation and limitation of function.
Following are the benefits of US:
- Decrease pain
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase tissue flexibility, and joint movement
- Accelerate rate of tissue healing
- Decrease muscle spasm
Medical grade moist heat packs are heated to specific temperatures by and then applied to the body. This can be used as a treatment by itself or as a preparation for other treatments like stretching and exercise.
Benefits of using hot packs:
- Decrease pain and muscle spasm
- Reduce joint stiffness
- Increase soft tissue flexibility
- Increases blood supply to the injured part.
Cooling of the injured body part by using ice pack or specialized implements.
- Decrease pain and muscle spasm.
- Reduce inflammation and swelling.
Intermittent mechanical traction:
A distraction force is applied to the spine / joints in an attempt to stretch the spinal muscles and separate the joint surfaces.
- Decrease joint stiffness
- Reduce muscle spasm
- Decrease pain caused by disc protrusion
- Reduce pain caused by pinching of nerves in the spine.
Electric current is applied to the body via electrodes placed over the skin for therapeutic benefits. There is a wide range of different frequencies that can be used to provide a variety of different effects. Electrical current can be used to stimulate sensory nerves and block the pain sensation, stimulate motor nerves to generate muscle contractions, or to create a “pumping’ effect to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Some of the types of currents commonly used are TENS, IFT, Russian currents, Faradic and Galvanic currents and so on. Choosing the appropriate current type and frequency is an important factor in achieving the desired therapeutic effect based on the specific needs of the patient.
The following are the benefits of using electrical stimulation:
- Decrease pain, swelling and inflammation
- Decrease radiating pain caused due to impinged nerve or prolapsed intervertebral disc.
- Strengthen weak muscles.
- Stimulate muscle contractions after nerve injury.