Decompression Therapy

SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY  

The Triton decompression/traction device used in our office provides a treatment in static, intermittent and cyclic distraction forces to relieve pressure on structures that may be causing pain of skeletal or muscular origin (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, hip, wrist, shoulder).  Therapeutic distraction can be applied in a variety of programmable patterns, cycles and functions.

The device may be used to relieve peripheral radiation/sciatica and pain associated with:

spinal.jpg                                 Protruding discs 

                                 Spinal root impingement

                                 Radicular pain

 

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Hypomobility  

Discogenic pain

Herniated discs

Degenerative joint disease 

Prolapsed discs

Degenerative disc disease

Facet syndrome

Acute facet problems

Posterior facet syndrome

Compression fracture

The decompression device achieves these effects through mechanical traction of intervertebral discs, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning.

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from regular traction?

The computer is the key.  It controls the variations in the traction pull allowing for spinal decompression and eliminating muscle guarding that is typical in conventional traction devices.  The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration.

Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?

There are actually a few reasons that we must exclude a patient from spinal decompression treatment.  These include:

  • Active spinal cancer or infection
  • Severe osteoporosis (sufficient to cause serious risk of spinal fracture)
  • Spinal instability
  • Pregnancy
  • Metal or other surgical implantation in the area of the spine to be treated

How does Decompression Therapy work?

Spinal decompresion therapy is a non-surgical, traction-based treatment that uses a computerized guided pulley system to cycle through distraction and relaxation phases to gently spearate the bones of the spine.  A specific spinal segment can be isolated and placed under a negative pressure gradient, causing a vacuum effect within the disc.  The disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc, thus taking pressure off the surrounding pain sensitive nerves.  In addition to relieving nerve irritation, decompression therapy increases circulation to the disc which stimulates healing within the injured tissues.

Our system offers additional options that many of the other systems do not.  In addition to lumbar traction, our system is also capable of performing cervical decompression traction.

How long is a typical treatment?

A typical treatment session for decompression therapy is approximately 20-30 minutes depending on each patient's condition.  In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless.  In fact, some patients fall asleep during their spinal decompression sessions.  We make every effort to make you comfortable during your sessions.

Treatment time differs for each patient due to their condition and the severity of the condition, so your number of treatments may vary.

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SUSAN E. CHALMERS, LMT

Monday:

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday:

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Wednesday:

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Saturday:

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sunday:

Closed

JOHN M. DIMASI, DC

Monday:

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Tuesday:

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3:00 PM - 7:15 PM

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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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STEVEN L. VERGOTE, DC

Monday:

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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NATHAN J. LYONS, DC

Monday:

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thursday:

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Friday:

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sunday:

Closed

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