Now there is hope for lasting relief with ‘Non Surgical Spinal Decompression’.
This new, proven and gentle technique may be able to help your pain IF your pain is caused by:
Bulging/ Herniated Discs
Degenerative Disc Disease
Facet Joint Syndrome
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Stubborn Muscle Tension
How does Spinal Decompression work ?
Negative pressure is created within the discs by providing a series of slow pulls, holds and releases. Over time, this vacuum effect may in many cases help the bulging disc material to be ‘drawn back into place’. The fibres in the outer ring of the disc are also helped to heal by the increased nutrients which circulate in the area due to the gentle pumping movement created around the disc and facet joints.
What does the treatment look like?
The picture (top right) is an example of a lumbar spine decompression therapy session. The pelvis is angled differently depending on which exact disc level is being targeted. The computer has seven sensors that constantly measure the amount (and the exact timing) of each stage of decompression. The picture to the right shows decompression therapy on the neck. Your head is cradled in a holder, and the exact angle of the table is programmed into the computer to ensure that the area of your neck that needs decompression will be treated.
What does it feel like?
Apart from an initial pulling sensation, which you quickly get used to, it is very relaxing-in fact many people fall asleep! During or after treatment some people may initially have some flare up of their pain. This is normal, and temporary, and should pass within a few days. We recommend ice applied to the area that has been treated, rather than heat, and the use of Metagenics Inflavinoid Intensive Care to reduce inflammation and promote healing. If you have leg pain or pins and needles you may experience a temporary increase in back pain as the leg symptoms disappear. This is also normal, expected, and temporary …and is a sign that you are getting better. We do regular reassessments of your condition so that we can adjust your care as needed with the aim of you getting maximum results as soon as possible.
What does each treatment involve?
Once your spinal level and treatment type has been prescribed for you, you will receive a specific treatment program each time you come, with gradual adjustments as we make progress with your spine. You stay fully clothed,and relax on the decompression table. Your exact requirements will be entered into the computer, you will be comfortably strapped in, the program will begin and you will be left in peace to relax for 20 minutes while your spine decompresses in exactly the way you need it to.
Is it necessary to see a Chiropractor first?
Yes, a full neurological examination will need to be performed, and your X-rays and CT/ MRI scans need to be studied so our Chiropractors can determine your exact program and script for your treatment on our Chiropractic spinal decompression table.
How is Spinal Decompression different to traction?
Traction does not provide the special logarithmic movement, systematically increasing and decreasing the decompression the way that the Hill DT table does.
This cycle of movement is a critical part of the success of this therapy, as it brings the essential oxygen and nutrients to the area to help it heal.
Does it replace traditional chiropractic care?
Spinal Decompression is best used in conjunction with your regular Chiropractic treatment to bring about fuller healing of your spine. However, if you have not received results from previous Chiropractic treatments then you may well find this new type of treatment will likely be able to help, showing you a whole new way forward with this style of Chiropractic specific for disc and arthritis issues. In most cases there is NO manipulation involved, so this technique is suitable for people who prefer a more gentle approach.
How long does it take and how much does it cost?
Generally it takes 8-12 weeks for a disc to heal with decompression therapy. Usually 20-30 treatments over 2-3 months is required to achieve the best result possible.
An initial consultation is needed with one of our Chiropractors for $65 which includes a complimentary full treatment (one only) on the Decompression table, then the cost is the same as any Chiropractic treatment, $62 per visit.
Ideally 3 treatments per week will help the most, later dropping to twice per week, then once per week as you improve.
What success rate does this treatment have?
Generally we are achieving approximately 90% success with our decompression patients, however results can never be promised and you may still require surgery. We will monitor
your progress and refer you to your doctor should you/ we not be happy with your progress. The research to support the use of Spinal Decompression Therapy can be found here.
Will I feel immediately better?
Some people do feel a change after just one or two sessions, others after about 5 -8 sessions, and others not until their 20th or 25th session. It all depends on how much inflammation you have, how long you have had the problem, how severe the problem is, and how well you follow our guidelines regarding nutrition, supplements and activities. Every case is different and we can give no guarantees regarding how long you may take to get better, nor if you will get better at all.
Are there any reasons it may not be suitable for me?
There are a few circumstances which may prevent you from being a candidate for decompression therapy. Some of these reasons include if you weigh over 155kg, are pregnant (for lower back treatments) have severe vascular disease or severe osteoporosis.
Your case will be assessed and if we need to seek approval from your medical specialist then we will not start care until you have been given clearance by them.
How do I know if my case is suitable for decompression therapy?
You will need a Decompression Assessment with one of our caring Chiropractors where you will need to bring with you any X-rays, scans or MRI’s. You will need to allow 30 mins for this visit ($65) plus 15 mins to fill out paperwork beforehand.
Our Chiropractors Kellie, John, Anna, or Kelly will assess your case, do some neurological tests on you, and then will either refer you out for more tests if required, or precribe a specific decompression treatment for you.
We can arrange for your first decompression treatment to be for free, so that we can assess how you respond, and so that you can assess whether you are comfortable during treatment.
If we do not think that your case is suitable for decompression therapy we will refer you back to your doctor or another health professional for a different approach to pain relief for you.
To make an appointment please call 3808 6633 and ask for a Spinal Decompression Assessment with one of our Chiropractors.
*The Hill DT Table is new to Australia, and is only available at Chiropractic One in Liverpool in Sydney, the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Hawthorn Melbourne, The Canberra Spine Centre, Synergy Chiropractic in Canberra, Mackay Chiropractic Centre, Bribie Cold Laser Therapy on Bribie Island, Lifestyle Family Wellness Centres in Kenmore, Capalaba Chiropractic in Capalaba and at Springwood Wellness Centre in Brisbane