All About the Spinal Decompression Table
When something’s wrong in the human body, there’s not always a quick fix. Many people suffer from back pain – in fact, 31 million Americans are experiencing pain in their lower back at any given time. Our goal at Tannenbaum Chiropractic is to not only offer temporary relief from back pain symptoms but to find a solution for long-term healing.
What is a spinal decompression table, and how it can be used to treat patients who have not been able to find relief in other ways? A spinal decompression table that uses computerized sensors to perform stretching actions on the spine and promote healing can be uniquely effective.
Our friends and patients who suffer from the chronic pain associated with bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs will find increased benefits from treatments using a spinal decompression table. This type of pain, which can manifest as back or neck pain itself as well as associated pain in the arms and legs, may have already been treated by traditional traction methods or even by spinal surgery to limited improvement.
What is a Spinal Decompression Table?
A spinal decompression table is the main tool used in non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. Patients are strapped to the table using a harness, with other props such as pillows used to keep the patient comfortable and the spine in the correct position for decompression. Once the patient is in place, the table program is enacted, and the two parts of the table begin to pull apart from one another. As the muscles resist, the table reduces the poundage of the pull until the muscles relax, then begins to pull again. By taking resistance into account, a decompression table more effectively relieves pressure in the spine.
Spinal decompression therapy is also referred to as non-surgical decompression therapy, since it is often used as a safe, affordable, and extremely effective alternative to spinal surgery. The therapy itself works to stretch the spine, using a decompression table in order to create negative pressure and space for the disc fluid to move back into place.
How a Spinal Decompression Table Works
Spinal decompression tables use computerized technology to create negative intradiscal pressure in the spine. A decompression table has two parts which move independently of one another. As the decompression table stretches the spine, negative pressure is created within the spinal discs, which can result in the retraction or repositioning of the disc material, leading to pain relief. In addition, the lower pressure within the disc can cause an influx of healing nutrients to the disc, to promote further relief even when the patient is not on the table.
One of the hurdles to effective decompression with manual techniques is the fact that the body naturally resists the stretch, known as muscle guarding. With a decompression table, sensors can detect when the patient’s muscles are guarding against the stretch and release the tension, ensuring that the maximum decompression is accomplished.
Candidates for Spinal Decompression Therapy
Anyone suffering from back pain related to bulging or herniated discs may be a candidate for decompression therapy, Dr. Tannenbaum and Dr. Hana can make this determination upon assessing a patient. While many patients come to spinal decompression therapy after they have failed to find relief from other treatments, including surgery, this is not a prerequisite.
After a thorough diagnosis, and if decompression therapy is recommended, we will put together a program that is best suited to the patient’s needs. The right program for an individual will depend on that person’s diagnosis as well as how they have responded to previous treatments.
Dr. David Tannenbaum and Dr. Hana Hadawar have been taking care of families in Beverly Hills for over 25 years. They have created practice unlike other chiropractors and from the moment you walk in you will feel the difference. Tannenbaum Chiropractic private office in Beverly Hills offers Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture and Massage Therapy.
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