by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, September 30, 2015
An Overview of Spinal Decompression Therapy in Fresh Meadows
Do you find yourself rolling your head several times a day, trying to release stiff neck muscles?
Have you ever wished that you could just stretch your spine to relieve tension or pain?
There is a solution for the community we serve – spinal decompression therapy in Fresh Meadows. Spinal decompression therapy is also known as spinal traction. It’s a common treatment and over the years a number of vendors, like DRX and VAX have developed high-priced machines to accomplish spinal traction.
Why Spinal Traction?
If you’ve got temporary or chronic pain in your neck or spine, you should see our back pain specialist in Fresh Meadows to find out about DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy (SDT). Here’s how it works. You stretch out on a specially-designed table, and a computer controlled traction device delivers soothing, gentle stretching relief all along your vertebrae, from neck to lower spine, concentrating on the areas that bother you the most. The therapy relieves pressure on your disks and nerves, and allows healing by improving the blood and oxygen circulation in your spine.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is NOT Surgery and NOT the Only Treatment We Provide
SDT is only part of a total treatment plan. There are conflicting studies with regard to the use of SDT but we are of the opinion that if it works, it’s not costly, and the patient experiences relief, we will include it as part of our treatment program. Notice, we said “part” of our treatment program. Below is a summary of the clinical research that does support its use:
“Eighty-six percent of ruptured intervertebral disc (RID) patients achieved ‘good’ (50-89% improvement) to ‘excellent’ (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved.” “Of the facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ results with decompression.”
You Will Receive A Complete & Custom Treatment Physical Therapy Program at MBF Rehab
Spinal Decompression Therapy is used for back pain, neck pain, disk problems including herniated disks, spinal joint problems, sciatica, and spinal nerve root pain. It’s not to be confused with spinal decompression surgery which is aggressive care for certain back pain conditions and should only be your last resort.
Here are some of the common results from SDT along with physical therapy:
- Balanced posture
- Pain-free activity
- Improved quality of life
- Improved sleep
- Decreased reliance on medications
- Improved flexibility and the ability to do daily tasks
Spinal Decompression Therapy can help us get to the root of your back and neck problems, instead of just using drugs to mask the pain. During and after your therapy, you’ll get expert care and an ongoing plan for exercises to keep your spine healthy and flexible, avoiding future problems and the risk of re-injury. Our goal is to return you to a healthy, active life.
To find out if Spinal Decompression Therapy is right for you, contact us at 718-975-3515 for an appointment or to learn more.