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SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY
Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive, non surgical treatment to apply significant distractive forces, to the spine in variable directions creating a negative pressure in the center of the intervertebral disc, creating a suctioning effect or vacuum phenomenon in order to retract and reduce the size of herniated or bulging disc's gelatinous internal nucleus pulposa, thus eliminating or decreasing significantly nerve compression, while at the same time creating an osmotic gradient which helps bring nutrients and water into the disc. Thus stimulation the healing process. Since intervertebral discs have poor circulation, they depend upon receiving their nutrition through diffusion.
We use the DOC System in our office for decompression therapy. This system is an advanced computer controlled system that is capable of specific vertebral targeting. This allows us to focus primarily on the specific problem area rather that a general area like most tables. The DOC System also allows for separated lumber and cervical decompression programming and continuous readout and graphing of treatment protocols.
The DOC System provides articulation decompression, defined as decompression that can vary the posture of the spinal column during the treatment. This means that we are able to strategically position the spine into a variety of postures to make the treatment more effective. Basic linear decompression systems cannot. This positioning improves how the therapy moves through the spine. It enables the decompression to reach into area of the injury that other systems miss.
This articulation can improve the range of motion as it continues to make the joints healthier. The spine has many ranges of motion. They include flexion (bending forward), extension (bending backward), lateral flexion (bending side to side) and most important, rotation. A healthy spine muse seamlessly move through all of these motions without pain. Anything less may be due to an injury or ma be a pre-cursor to injury. Damage to back or neck muscles as well as spinal alignment issues can limit our spines ability to move. Limited or painful movement is an indication that treatment would be warranted.