Spinal decompression therapy at Cox Chiropractic & Wellness is a cutting-edge treatment for neck and lower back pain. The therapy is touted as an effective way to treat pain associated with herniated disc and spinal nerve compression. The promising results are one reason why individuals are opting for treatment by our New Port Richey FL, chiropractor, as an alternative to invasive disc surgery.
What is Spinal Decompression?
Non-surgical decompression therapy is a type of modern traction therapy used to relieve pain associated with certain spinal disorders. It involves applying motorized traction to gradually stretch the spine to make space for an extruding intervertebral disc to reposition itself.
Conditions Treated with Decompression Therapy
The FDA approved the therapy for low back pain and neck that stems from bulging or herniated discs and sciatica, a painful condition that usually develops when a herniated disc irritates the nerve root in the lower spine. Compression of the disc and nerve cause pain to radiate down the leg and may also cause numbness, tingling, and weakness in one or both legs.
How Our Chiropractor in New Port Richey FL, Performs Spinal Decompression
Treatment is performed using the DRX9000 spinal decompression machines. You will be positioned face up or down on the decompression table, fully clothed with a harness around your hips to keep you in position. The machine is connected to a traction table and a computer monitor that allows Dr. Cox to adjust the degree of traction applied to your spine.
Traction is applied to pull and stretch the spine. This gradually increases the space between the vertebrae where the disc normally sits. Traction also creates negative intradiscal pressure that results in the disc retracting back between the backbones.
The therapy is painless, and each session lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. The benefits of decompressing the spine include long-term pain relief from disc pain, sciatic nerve pain, and radiculopathy symptoms caused by nerve irritation. Vital nutrients also flow to the disc to help with healing.
Some patients may also benefit from spinal adjustments, massage therapies, and strengthening exercises.
Is Decompression Therapy Right for Me?
Decompression therapy is not right for everyone. We can decide if you can safely receive the treatment after a full evaluation of your symptoms and tests that can include a spinal X-ray, discogram, CT scan, or MRI. Based on the results, we can customize a treatment plan that will address the underlying condition and support your health goals. Patients who are eligible for the therapy can expect to undergo a minimum of 15 to 20 sessions over a six-week period for optimum results.
Call to Schedule a Consultation
Cox Chiropractic & Wellness is open to residents of New Port Richey, FL, and neighboring cities. Call 727-844-5400 to request an appointment or walk in to see our chiropractor.