The bones of your spine (vertebrae) form a column that protects nerves. Some of the nerves come from the brain and travel down through the spinal cord, while sensory nerves that originate in the body go up to the brain through the spinal cord.
Along the length of the spine, nerves enter and exit the vertebrae through small openings or spaces. Any time the spine is out of balance, the nerves become pinched, which causes pain. This can happen due to:
All of the following spine problems can put pressure on the spinal nerves, leading to chronic and potentially severe pain, as well as numbness or weakness:
The specialized discs between each vertebra serve as shock absorbers, as they cushion the space between vertebrae. A herniated disc occurs when the disc moves out of place (a slipped disc) or ruptures due to injury or strain.
Each spinal disc consists of an inner core that’s gel-like surrounded by a tough outer cover. When the outer part weakens or deteriorates, its gel-like center can balloon out at the weakest part of the cover, causing a disc bulge.
Sciatica refers to pain that begins in your lower back then travels down your leg, following the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is caused by several compression-related problems, including herniated disc, misaligned vertebra, arthritis, spinal stenosis, and a pinched nerve.
Degenerative disc disease
Natural degeneration of discs occurs as you get older, which may put enough pressure on nerves to cause symptoms, or it may lead to other conditions such as spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) and osteoarthritis.
There’s no doubt that spinal decompression is effective, but outside of a chiropractic practice, it’s often done with back surgery designed to give the nerve more space. Dr. Colopy performs nonsurgical decompression therapy to treat low back, neck, and radiating pain.
The treatment is accomplished using a traction table to gently stretch the spine, which treats pain by:
Decompression is pain free and provides relief by elongating the spinal column which reduces the pressure within the disc (intradiscal pressure).
Decompression is performed with the patient gently secured to the treatment table using a fabric harness that is placed around the patient’s chest and abdomen. The harness is connected to a cable pulley that is controlled by the DTS computer.
Treatment is computer controlled and directed to the specific levels of the spine by varying the angle of decompression making the treatment more effective and comfortable.
Each session will take approximately 30 minutes.
Results can generally be seen after 8-10 visits.
Usually our protocol requires 24 treatments to allow the disc to heal.
Insurance varies greatly with spinal decompression. We verify your benefits on the day of your first visit.
Yes! Through gradual degrees of calculated increases of distractive force and calculated angles to the specific vertebral disc, Spinal Decompression Therapy slowly creates space between the discs to pull in the necessary nutrients and oxygen for healing.
Most insurance plans are accepted at Colopy Chiropractic. We accept auto accidents and personal injury cases that have resulted in back pain, neck pain, headaches, or other related pain conditions. Because there are so many insurance plans out there, and because coverage for chiropractic care varies widely, our office will verify your plans chiropractic benefits following your initial visit. At this time, we are not accepting Medicare and Medicaid.
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