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What is spinal disc?

The spinal disc is a soft cushion that sits between each vertebrae of the spine. In a young individual, the disc is soft and elastic, but as we age, our spinal disc loses their flexibility, elasticity, and shock absorbing characteristics.

How does it “slip”?

Despite the common name – “slipped disc”. It doesn’t really mean that the disc has “slipped” out, rather, the gel-like material in the centre of the disc bulges into the spinal canal. A slipped disc is also known as pro-lapsed intervertebral disc (PID), herniated or ruptured disc.

Non-invasive treatment for the conservative

Treatments for herniated disc can range from physical therapy, to anti-inflammatory medication, to cortisone shots to surgery. Because back surgery is extremely invasive, and it is not always totally successful in correcting the problem, it would be wise to seek out the services of a doctor of Chiropractic First. Before resorting to a surgical approach, it just makes good sense to try a more conservative procedure. A doctor of chiropractic is trained to locate, reduce and correct spinal subluxations.

The introduction of a new, automated spinal decompression table provides yet another option for the conservative public who are suffering from herniated discs. It identifies the troubled spots and decompresses the lumbar or cervical discs through the diversion of pressure and positioning of the spine. This relieves pressure on the compressed nerve root. The reduction of pressure will increase the distribution of fluids and nutrients across the end plates back into the disc, to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities.

Benefits of the treatment

It is a drug free non-surgical approach for patients suffering from intervertebral disc disorders. The automated decompression table is designed to precisely target and decompress injured spinal segments with a significantly lower distractive force that reduces negative side effects and increases patient comfort. With its safe and pain-free sessions, it is not uncommon for some patients to fall asleep whilst on treatment. The cost involved in the treatment is also much lower as compared to the expensive and risky spinal surgeries.

Treatment procedures

Lumbar treatment

The patient is comfortably positioned on the table, where the patented pelvic restraints are adjusted to comfortably secure the patient’s pelvis. The upper torso is captured by a comfortable securing system incorporated into the fixed section of the table. The patented pelvic tilt section will be electronically tilted, so that specific spinal segments can be targeted. Precise and pain-free computer-controlled tension will be applied to distract the specific disc segment.

Cervical Treatment

The cervical Unit is first electronically tilted to the angle required to target specific segments of the cervical spine. The patient is placed on the table with their head positioned in the cervical cradle unit. The cervical restraints are designed to comfortably capture the base the patient’s skull for controlled distraction. A typical daily session on the automated decompression table lasts for approximately 30 minutes. The average recommended course of procedure is 20 sessions and ideally, the sessions are performed 3 to 5 times a week. Following that, patients will be given mobilization and strengthening exercises to avoid further injuries

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