Disc Decompression Therapy
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from lower back or neck pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Burning, shooting nerve pains and muscle in constant spasm make even the simplest movement an ordeal. Often, just finding a comfortable position is virtually impossible.
Traditional treatment starts with medication and bed rest and ends with the prospect of surgerya painful, expensive, frightening experience. Treatments such as acupuncture, epidural injections, hot/ cold therapy, massage and other “therapeutic” techniques may offer limited relief.
Considerable research has produced a relatively new therapy that is upwards of 80% effective in treating inter vertebral disc problems. This treatment, known as decompression therapy, has opened the floodgates of new patients to Synergy Rehab and Chiropractic.
Decompression therapy is a traction-based procedure that relieves pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, disc herniation, degenerative discs, posterior facet and compression-related syndromes. This process renders quick, effective and amazing pain relief that enables most patients to return to an active lifestyle. It is an FDA-cleared procedure, and many insurances cover this therapy. Decompression occurs as a result of an improved understanding of how to reliably cause the spine to “unload”. The vertebral separation causes a vacuum or a centripetal force in the disc, which results in a “negative systolic pressure”. This “vacuum effect” helps in the retraction (pulling in) of the extruded disc material. When the disc retracts it can stop putting pressure on the spinal nerve or spinal cord, thus the term “decompression”. Once the nerve is decompressed, 80% of patients will notice a decrease in arm/leg pain.
Someone who has previously not found relief through other treatments is a perfect candidate for this treatment. Decompression therapy may also be useful in determining the overall prognosis of passive care and expediting the phase-in of rehab protocols. Clinical findings suggest decompression will create a relatively quick initial response. Patients who will do well tend to feel a sense of relief (which can be a direct pain cessation or a centralization of pain and/or reduction to an ache or stiffness) within six sessions. Full relief, if attainable through this passive treatment, will usually be in as soon as a few weeks. (Occasionally a “stubborn” pain syndrome may continue to improve slowly over 15 sessions, though this is not the norm.) Often, patients will be treated in 4-6 sessions and notice enough relief to allow active rehab to begin. Their decompression may continue (pre- or post-rehab depending on the methods chosen) for 4-6 further sessions before discontinuing or reducing the frequency. Typical frequency is 3-5 times per week. The extent and seriousness of the symptoms will determine if more than 3 sessions per week should be used.
Treatments only take about 25-30 minutes and again, most insurance companies cover them. (Special thanks to Tri-County Pain Management for information in this article.)
Therapeutic K-Laser Therapy
K-Laser Therapy can be used to safely and effectively treat the following conditions:
- Low Back, neck and disc pain
- Chronic and acute (traumatic) pain
- Tendonitis and bursitis
- Sports injuries – sprains and strains
- Painful trigger points
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis/golfer’s elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis)
- TMJ disorders
- Eczema, psoriasis and inflamed skin conditions
- Wounds and burns
- Non-healing ulcers
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Plantar fasciitis
Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy occur when photons of therapeutic laser light interact with cells. Higher adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) levels are produced, cell membrane permeability is increased, and blood and lymphatic vessels are vasodilated. These events then lead to a cascade of beneficial effects increasing cellular energy and health.
Laser Therapeutic Effects
During each treatment, laser energy increases circulation drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
K-Laser Class IV Therapy Promotes:
- Increased Circulation
- Immune Stimulation
- Muscle Relaxation
- Improved Vascular Activity
- Accelerated Cell Reproduction and Growth
- Stimulation of Nerve Regeneration
- Increased Metabolic Activity
Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue, enhance repair and growth, and decrease inflammation and pain. When it comes to pain management, K-Laser treatments are very safe and may provide dramatic results.
Positive Effects of K-Laser on the Body
- Improves and promotes healing
- Reduces pain and spasm
- Increases joint flexibility
- Reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis
- Improves peripheral microcirculation
- Detoxifies and eliminates trigger points
- Advanced pain relief
Benefits to Patient
- Pain relief
- Inflammation reduction
- Reduced muscle spasms
- Faster recovery time