Spinal Decompression

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Life Itself Is Compressive

We are always fighting gravity. We lift things, exercise, get massages, etc. But, these are all compressive in nature. Constant compressive forces may cause many injuries ranging in severity. They then result in mild discomfort to serious pain.

Think of your spine as a jelly donut. Now, imagine someone presses on that jelly donut and the jelly sprays out. That is what all of these compressive forces can do to your spine.

Greenwich Sports Medicine has added the Triton Decompression Table to it’s tool belt. This tool helps combat compressive forces resulting in the quick and effective treatment of patients. Spinal decompression is a therapeutic procedure performed on either the cervical spine (the neck) and lumbar spine (the low back). During this procedure, a steady pull (traction) is applied to your body. This relieves pressure on the spine itself or the various structures surrounding it.

How does a spinal decompression treatment work?

Mechanical decompression is the type that is administered by the Triton Table. While laying on the table, the patient is placed in the proper position by their doctor. A supportive wrap is applied and than a series of pulleys, ropes, and slings engage at a calculated resistance to relieve the pressure on your body. This stretches the muscles and joints in the back which could result in a considerable improvement in the way you feel and move.

Am I a good candidate for spinal decompression?

Common injuries that respond well to mechanical decompression are disc herniation’s, facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, stenosis, pinched nerves, and muscle spasms. In the case of disc herniation’s, improper movement and compressive forces of life cause your disc to rupture out of position.

In turn, this disc can press against sensitive structures (like nerves) causing intense local, and at times, radiating pain. When this occurs in the low back it is one of the various causes of sciatica. Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Then you are a candidate for spinal decompression.

When your treatment begins, negative intra-discal pressure is created and this promotes the repositioning of a herniated or bulging disc (see illustration below). This also helps to relax the tight muscles surrounding your spine.

While mechanical traction is great for managing common musculoskeletal injuries, it’s just another tool in Greenwich Sports Medicine’s tool belt. It works best when combined with soft tissue treatments, medical acupuncture, and physical therapy. Instead of chasing symptoms, the cause of your pain can be identified and corrected immediately.


Dr. Dustin DebRoy

Dr. Dustin DebRoy

References:

“Slipped Disc | Herniated Disk | MedlinePlus.” MedlinePlus Trusted Health

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