Omaha Spinal Decompression
Natural Life Chiropractic offers non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy (DTS), which is a revolutionary technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. Take a moment to watch our video (green link -right side of this page) that gives a quick overview of DTS. Or check out this past segment from KMTV’s the Morning Blend, where Dr. Hinze talks about DTS (http://www.omahamorningblend.com/videos/174564981.html).
If you or your family members have been struggling with little or no relief, then ask yourself the following questions.
• Are you currently dependent on medications on a daily basis?
• Are you limited in daily activities?
• Have you had repeated injections or epidurals with little or no relief?
• Are you considering surgery and are uncomfortable with that choice?
• Have you been out or work due to pain?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then non-surgical DTS is certainly a viable treatment option. In the past, a patient suffering from disc problems usually was given pain medications, instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred for physical therapy, and when they weren’t progressing they were sent for spinal surgery. Conservative care proved very helpful in many cases, yet there have been some cases when surgery seemed to be the only other option. Today, you don’t have to live with that pain anymore.
DTS is an effective treatment option that is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. This technique of Spinal Decompression, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.
The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, the cal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over four to six weeks, the results are quite dramatic. The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.
This system provides relief of pain and symptoms associated with herniated discs, bulging or protruding intervertebral discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, and sciatica. Spinal Decompression not only significantly reduces or eliminates back pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to their previous lives.
Diagnosing back pain and choosing a treatment method is determined by reviewing the patient’s medical history, performing a physical examination, and prescribing diagnostic tests. Review of a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) and/or an X-ray of your spine will be necessary to assess the cause of your back pain (we have digital X-ray on site and an MRI will be prescribed if needed). It is difficult to create an effective treatment regimen without first identifying the underlying cause of the pain. The type of treatment prescribed for back pain will usually be dictated by the diagnosis of the underlying cause of pain. For the vast majority of people, back pain can be treated non-surgically. Proper patient screening is imperative and only the best candidates are accepted for care.
After a significant amount of research and hands on experience with DTS, Natural Life Chiropractic chose the D.O.C. Decompression Table. The unique design of the new D.O.C. table utilizes a state-of-the-art digital command center for specific vertebral targeting, separate lumbar and cervical decompression programming and continuous readout and graphing of treatment protocols. Not only does the D.O.C. have the benefits of a traditional DTS table but it also allows for state of the art positioning, meaning it can include axial rotation and lateral flexion. In layman terms this allows the disc space to be addressed and properly opened by moving the spine into position. The D.O.C. is unlike other spinal decompression units in that it only utilizes direct and straight pull.
To learn if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy, just call Natural Life Chiropractic to arrange a consultation.
1. How is spinal decompression therapy (DTS) different from intersegmental traction (IST)?
IST stretches your spine and muscles simultaneously. If you only stretch the spine, your body naturally “braces” for the next stretch reducing the ability for the treatment to be effective. This “overall stretching” commonly used in IST can also trigger painful muscle spasms. DTS is different than conventional IST it alternates between stretching and relaxation. The relaxation stages trick your body into staying relaxed and therefore maximizes the load and the effectiveness of the treatment. DTS should also allow your doctor to target your treatment area in three different dimensions. This isolates specific spinal discs and allows them to “target” their treatment, while IST often just “stretches” the entire spine. At Natural Life Chiropractic we can completely customize your DTS treatment. We can change the amount of stretch (load), the quantity of stretch/relax stages, the amount of time it takes to reach each peak stretch/relax stage and my other settings. This allows us to personalize the session for your age, weight and condition and to adjust your treatments as we track your results.
2. What can I expect during treatment?
During each 30-minute treatment session the patient relaxes comfortably on a heavily-padded bed. After being secured into position by an upper and lower body harness, the patient can completely relax by listening to music, or simply taking a nap. Typically, each 30-minute session is divided into 18-phases where spinal decompressive forces alternate between a maximum and minimum therapeutic level. The cycling of forces in this manner appears to create a pumping action that simulates the natural processes responsible for nourishing the intervertebral disc.
3. What makes Spinal Decompression Therapy (DTS) so effective?
Doctor skill combined with the table and computerized traction head are the keys. Proper assessment, correct positioning and the use of preprogrammed patterns of distraction and relaxation may reduce disc pressure allowing necessary nutrients to enliven and accelerate disc healing.
4. What can I expect during the course of treatment?
Some patients may experience light side effects with this type of therapy. Mild muscular soreness during treatment may occur. The sensation would be similar to what a person might experience at the onset of a new exercise regimen. Most patients find this therapy quite comfortable and relaxing. Adjunctive therapies to Spinal Decompression will include electrical stimulation and cold therapy.
5. Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to DTS?
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.
Did you know?
It is estimated that back pain afflicts over 31 million Americans and is the number one cause of activity limitation in young adults. Within a given year, up to 50% of U.S. adults suffer from back pain.
• Americans spend at least $50 Billion each year on low back pain and it is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States.
• Low back pain is the second most frequent reason for visits to the physician.
• 80% of people over the age of 30 will experience back problems at some point in their lives. 30% of those will have recurring problems.
• Back pain accounts for almost one fourth of all occupational injuries and illnesses.
Disclaimer: Results may differ from patient to patient based on many factors. Age, condition, length of time, and other health factors will affect results. As with any program there is no 100% gurantee, and we do not claim to cure any specific disease. Natural Life Chiropractic promises to do everything in our power to get you to your most optimal health.
14440 F Street, Suite 109
Omaha NE 68137