Whether it is using our hands, specialised tables or a gentle device in the case of our more sensitive or fragile patients, one of our goals for our chiropractic patients is to align the spine. When the spine is in alignment, the nerve system, or our central computer, is able to communicate and coordinate with all the other body parts without interference. That is healthy living!
Chiropractic care is effective for a wide variety of conditions. The following is a partial list of some of the most common. If you experiencing any particular condition that you are unsure if we can help, we encourage you to give us a call so we can personally address your particular concerns.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
Non-invasive treatment for the management of patients with chronic neck, back, arm and leg pain from lumbar or cervical disc and facet joint pathology (disease).
What is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is the latest non-surgical procedure to treat chronic back pain. Widely used in Europe and recently approved in North America and Singapore, the treatment helps induce negative pressure in the vertebral joints, thereby creating space and relieving pressure from the nerves. Considered safe, and unlike surgery, the treatment does not entail the use of anaesthesia, needles or joint manipulations.
What conditions can Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression be used to treat?
Who can undergo Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression treatment?
Unlike surgery, this treatment can be a first line of help for individuals with chronic back pain. The treatment is ideal for infdividuals who have:
- Undergone surgery and continue to have back pain
- Persistent pain after 4-6 weeks of other supportive care methods
- Lower back or leg pain that is caused by herniated discs, bulging disc, osteoarthritis or trauma
Is there anyone who should not undergo Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?
Yes, here are some individuals who may not be suitable candidates for this treatment.
- Individuals who are pregnant or breast feeding
- Individuals in recent trauma with a resultant spinal fracture – it is advisable to wait at least 6-9 months before undergoing this treatment.
- Individuals with failed back surgery and retained surgical rods and nails. Treatment sessions can lead to further loosening of metal hardware.
- Individuals who have osteoporosis are generally not candidates for this therapy. However, someone recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and still has good bone density may be a candidate.
- Individuals who have cancer of the spine, or metastases from other cancers to the spine.
- Individuals who have an infection of the spine or vertebrae.
- Individuals with conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, cauda equina syndrome, severe scoliosis, lordoisis or kyphosis
How does Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression treatment work?
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is an outpatient treatment that will require 15-23 sessions for optimal results. Your physician will determine the number of treatments necessary based on your condition and examine how you fare with each session. Lasting about 30-60 minutes, treatments are comfortable and free from undue pain.
Are there any studies required prior to the treatment?
Yes. An X-ray, MRI or a CT scan is required. Prior to treatment, our physician will review the CT scan or MRI results to determine where the pathology is and the severity of it.
What does Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression do exactly?
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is not a traction treatment. It generates negative pressure between the discs and decompresses the joint. This vacuum effect essentially relieves pressure on the nerves and eases the pain.
Are there any other benefits of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?
Yes, studies show that most people who have undergone this treatment benefitted from improved posture and flexibility. It is also believed that it can help realign back muscles and restore normal anatomy of the joints.
How should I dress?
As you will be expected to lie down on an adjustment table. it is advisable that you wear comfortable or loose-fitting clothing during treatment sessions.
When can I see results after Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression may or may not produce immediate results. Healing of tissues is time-dependent. Most individuals begin to experience pain relief after 2 to 8 treatment sessions. Maximum relief is obtained with 15 to 20 treatments and lasts up to 4 years.
Is Non-surgical Spinal Decompression painful?
Not at all. Patients can comfortably lie flat on their back, on a special bed, without feeling the slightest bit of pain. Perhaps the only discomfort is the pulling forces along the spine.
What actually happens with Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?
You will be required to lie down on a specially designed bed before being comfortably fitted with a harness that goes around your pelvis. A technician will be present to operate the equipment and monitor you throughout the therapy session.
What are the side effects or complications of this therapy?
There are no major side effects or complications. However, the most common complaint is that of muscle spasms which are transient in nature.
Does Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression work in everyone?
Unfortunately, no. As it is difficult to predict who will or will not respond to this treatment, we recommend that all individuals undergo 6 to 9 sessions before determining their responsiveness. Those who do not respond well after the 9th session are likely not to respond at all.
Are there any articles published on the effectiveness of this treatment?
Yes, there are several scientific articles that attest to its effectiveness.
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This is a term used to describe the tissue rehabilitation or physiotherapy needed for some people going through a healing phase. We have trained specialist specifically for this portion of therapy that we offer in Advanced Pain Centres.
At Advanced Pain Centres we want to address all angles of the problem in order to speed up healing and help the relief to last as long as possible.
We advise on home exercise as well as do some in-house physiotherapy when the patient needs a little more one-on-one time with a professional. This one on one training is great for the elderly or those that find it hard to get motivated to do some of the stretching and exercises on their own.
Common causes of neck pain that we look after in our centres:
- cervical spondylosis (neck joint and bone degeneration)
- nerve compression
- cervical stenosis (condition where the spinal canal is too small for the spinal cord)
- poor posture
- muscle strain
- facet joint problems
- cervical osteoarthritis
- cervical disc bulge.
Treatment for these problems vary but usually include one or a combination of chiropractic adjustments, cervical spinal decompression, rehabilitation therapy and stabilizing recommendations to do at home.