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Spinal Decompression Therapy is the evolution of Traction.... In fact spinal decompression is traction but traction is not spinal decompression.(think about that for a while)
Do not be fooled by clinics pushing traction labeled as spinal decompression. It is not their fault as some manufacturers of equipment have taken features of spinal decompression, encorporated into their existing traction tables and voila ... called it spinal decompression. Unsuspecting clinics have bought this equipment because they do not have any training or expertise in non-surgial spinal decompression therapy (training in traction at their school definately doesn't count). They then pedal this modified traction therapy as spinal decompression to you the patient. Many physiotherapists have bought this type of equipment because its same price as a traction unit. (well that is because it is a traction unit).. Why does it matter... RESULTS. Traction has poor track record at giving relief, especially long term relief... The type of relief you are paying for!
Research has found that it is possible to lower the pressure in a herniated disc to below -100mm Hg. The lowest pressure measured during progressive traction was 40 mm Hg compared to 75mm Hg in plain resting position. The drop into negative pressure is what gives spinal decompression a healing advantage over pulley operated traction systems. When traction is applied the bodys reaction is to resist against the “Pull”. Real spinal decompression equipment contain sensitive computer feedback mechanisms to overcome this phenomenom. A real decompression table can monitor muscle reaction and compensate by re-adjusting its distraction parameters.
A spinal decompression table delivers a pumping action which alternates negative and positive pressure allowing the disc to be re-oxygenated, rehydrated and renutrified.
This is why before and after comparisons of MRI’s of decompressed patients have often shown significant improvements of disc height, reduction of disc herniations and reduced nerve impingents.. No traction device has ever shown before-and- after MRI’s where there was a increase in disc height.
To ensure you are getting spinal decompression and not dressed up traction, ask.
Does the machine offer a selection of programming with BOTH pull and relax stages, not just pull and pause?
Do these stages vary in their percentage of load (pounds of pull)
Will the machine automatically shut down or adjust its pull force if senses too much guarding from the patient.
The machine should allow for targeting of specific levels.
The machine should also allow the patient to lye on their stomach or back and the table allow rotation and side bending to further customize treatment. POSITIONING CAN DRAMATICALLY INCREASE YOUR CHANCES FOR SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES.
If you are suffering from any of the above conditions you may be a candidate for Spinal Decompression.
DR. PAUL S CHAUHAN ● 604 465-3040
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Decompression Clinic at Alouette Chiropractic