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Spinal Decompression Therapy


A non-surgical procedure for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain
Spinal Decompression Therapy Is Effective For:
  • Herniated or Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Disc/Osteoarthritis
  • Arm Pain
  • Neck/Lower Back Pain
  • Leg Pain/Sciatica
  • Post-surgical Patients
  • Chronic Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
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Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal decompression therapy has a high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs, even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction-based treatment for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.

By significantly reducing intradiscal pressure, spinal decompression promotes retraction of the herniation into the disc and facilitates influx of oxygen, proline, and other substrates. The promotion of fibro-elastic activity stimulates repair and inhibits leakage of irritant sulfates and carboxylates from the nucleus. The most recent trial sought to correlate clinical success with MRI evidence of disc repair in the annulus, nucleus, facet joint, and foramina as a result of treatment and found that reduction of disc herniation ranged between 10% and 90% depending on the number of sessions performed, while annulus patching and healing was evident in all cases.

How Does Negative Pressure Affect an Injured Disc?

During spinal decompression therapy, a negative pressure is created within the disc. Disc material that has protruded or herniated can then be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, thus permitting healing to occur. Since the disc is an avascular structure, it doesn’t receive fresh blood and oxygen with every beat of the heart. It requires “diffusion” created by motion and decompression to restore nutrients and enhance healing.

What system is used for this purpose?

Bailey Health Solutions chose the new Triton® DTS system manufactured by the Chattanooga Group, the premier manufacturer of physical medicine equipment. This new version has the brand-new computerized head, which is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced unit in the world. In fact, the new Triton® head is so revolutionary that it won the Australian Design Award in the “Medical and Scientific” category. It is also the system that the University of Texas purchased for the treatment of its world-class athletes. We also selected the Triton® DTS systems due to their ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back.

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from regular traction?

The award-winning Triton® computer is the key. It controls the variations in the traction pull, allowing for back decompression and eliminating the muscle guarding that is typical in conventional traction devices. The pre-programmed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc re-hydration.

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Anyone who has back or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, and sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).
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Are There Medical Studies that Document the Effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Yes!  One study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases, and other studies reported that the majority of herniated disc patients achieved “good” to “excellent” results after spinal decompression therapy.

“To Your Health” magazine featured an article about spinal decompression therapy authored by Dr. James Edwards.  In the article, Dr. Edwards discussed the safety and effectiveness of this non-surgical treatment for spinal disc herniations.

The most recent clinical study of 219 patients has showed that spinal decompression therapy provided an immediate resolution of symptoms for 86% of the participants, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment.

Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not recommended?

Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity, or severe nerve damage. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates, or “cages”) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery can be performed.

How long are treatments and how many do you need?

Patients typically undergo 20 treatment sessions. Each treatment lasts about 20 minutes. This, of course, depends on your individual case and is determined by a thorough evaluation. It is important to note that many patients get substantial, immediate relief after just a few treatments. Some experience relief after just one treatment. The really good news is…this is not something you have to continue to do for the rest of your life! So it is not a big commitment.

Are the sessions painful?

In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session (our decompression table is quite comfortable!).

How do I get started?

We want to make it easy for you to try spinal decompression & lumbar decompression therapy. Click on our special offer link below or give us a call at 904-342-4941. Please remember to bring any MRI reports so the doctor can review them and advise you toward the best spinal decompression treatment options.

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