Do you have a disc injury of some kind? Do you suffer from nerve pain down the arms or legs? If you said yes, then you have probably experienced spinal decompression from a physical therapist or chiropractor at some point. Spinal decompression is a common and effective method to relieving nerve pressure caused by a herniated or bulging disc. We offer several different methods of spinal decompression at CaliSpine.
An Advanced Approach to Spinal Decompression
Traditionally, spinal decompression is done passively through spinal traction techniques. The patient normally lies in a machine while it gently pulls your upper and lower half apart. In this case, the machine does the work for the patient. At CaliSpine, our philosophy is that the human body is meant to be in constant active movement. Decompressing the spine can be a powerful tool for recovery, however, we use active decompression along with scar tissue breakdown to reduce disc pain. Active decompression includes utilizing unique manual traction techniques that require the patient to resist against our force.
As seen in the photo, the force that is applied to the patient can be applied at variable angles with variable intensities. Traditional traction machines are often unilateral and may not apply enough force to be affective for some individuals. This method and position allows the patient to resist and tuck her hips under (anterior pelvic tilt), strengthening the lower back and greatly altering her pelvic tilt. The patient then relaxes as the strap again lengthens the spine.
We are still able to apply gentle traction to patients who are not suited for intense traction forces (ie. elderly and deconditioned clients). This manual traction approach is mostly geared toward an active human.