Spinal Decompression

Looking for a natural, effective way of relieving back pain? Dr. James Sylvia and Dr. Simone Simaan at Sylvia Chiropractic Center in Kinston, NC, offer spinal decompression and more.

Spinal Decompression Therapy

If you suffer from back pain, you might feel a bit hopeless. You might have been told that surgery is the only option or that you’ll need to take addictive pain medication – possibly for the rest of your life. And if you’re like most, neither of those answers are what you want to hear.

Unfortunately, you can’t seem to find another solution. No matter how much you stretch or ice your back, you just can’t seem to get rid of the pain. Before you decide that you’re willing to resort to drastic measures out of desperation, learn how spinal decompression might be the answer in the guide below from Dr. Sylvia and Dr. Simaan at Sylvia Chiropractic Center in Kinston, NC.

What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression or decompression therapy is a non-surgical method for relieving various sources of back pain, such as herniated discs and pinched nerves. Often, back pain comes from compression of the spinal column. This means that your back becomes cramped – typically due to poor posture.

Imagine packing for a trip. Your bag isn’t quite big enough to store everything you need neatly, so you begin pressing things closely together to pack in more stuff.

This same pressing can occur every day. Sitting, manual labor, and other activities can cause the back to become more compressed. While the worst that can happen with a tightly packed bag is wrinkled clothes or a broken zipper, the consequences can be far worse with your back.

Decompression therapy is a method for undoing this damage. As you lie on a table, the segment beneath the lower half of your body moves. This movement provides a gentle yet thorough stretch, which creates the following results.

Creates Space

The muscles, discs, bones, nerves, and other components all need space to function properly. When the spine becomes compressed, it impedes these functions and causes pain. Decompression therapy helps create the necessary space.

Creates a Vacuum Effect

The process of decompression creates a negative space that pulls blood, oxygen, and healing nutrients to the spine. It also pulls in the filling of any herniated discs, which relieves pressure on the nerves. The same vacuum effect helps rehydrate the discs so that they can provide the necessary cushioning.

Experience spinal decompression for yourself by calling (252) 523-1900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sylvia and Dr. Simaan at Sylvia Chiropractic Center in Kinston, NC.

What is DRX9000?

The DRX9000 is an innovative technology that uses spinal decompression to treat various spinal conditions. It is being hailed as a state of the art alternative to invasive and risky back surgery. Axiom Worldwide developed the technology and it has received FDA clearance for treatment of back pain. The DRX9000 spinal decompression is an effective means of treating herniated discs or degenerative disc disease. The DRX9000 spinal decompression is an effective means of treating herniated discs or degenerative disc disease. It has also shown to be effective in treating sciatica. It should be noted that not all patients are good candidates for the DRX9000. Your chiropractor will evaluate each patient independently.

The DRX9000 uses traction to slowly and gently elongate the spine to increase the intervertebral disc spaces. The process is precise, which eliminates the risk for additional injury. The machine is computer controlled and programmed by a trained professional.

The treatment usually takes two weeks of daily sessions, and then 3 weeks of 2-3 sessions. In several clinical trials, 86% of the test subjects reported immediate resolution of their pain following treatment. Of those 86%, 90% reported lasting pain relief beyond 90 days. Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy has been studied and discussed in several academic and industry papers.

Project Briefs: Back Pain Patient Outcomes Assessment Team (BOAT). In MEDTEP Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD, Summer 1994.

Thomas A. Gionis, MD, JD, MBA, MHA, FICS, FRCS, Eric Groteke, DC, CCIC, Spinal Decompression, Orthopedic Technology Review Nov/Dec 2003, Vol. 5, No. 6

ABS Spinal Decompression Machine

The ABS system is a state of the art spinal decompression machine. The ABS machine treats disc bulge and herniation, disc degeneration, sciatica, spinal stenosis/arthritis and facet syndrome. The machine is computer controlled. The technician enters the treatment plan for the patient. The computer safely monitors the patient status. The ABS machine offers 4 different decompression programs. The ABS in unique in that it considers the diagnosis and spinal tolerance for each patient. Negative inter-discal pressure is applied, which allows the herniated disks to be restored to their natural state.

The treatment consists of daily 20-minute sessions over a 5-week period. Relief is usually experienced after 6 treatments. A follow up study on the outcomes of decompression therapy found that, 71% of patients showed more than a 50% reduction in pain immediately after treatment, and 86% showed a 50% or better pain reduction at four years. After four years, 52% of respondents reported a pain level of zero. (Anesthesiology News, March 2003)

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