Alevia Health and Wellness centre in London, Ontario now offers spinal decompression therapy. In this article, we will discuss what spinal decompression therapy is, what to expect and how it can help.
What is DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy?
DTS Therapy is a comprehensive program of focused, computerized traction techniques and targeted stabilization exercises. The DTS System creates a controlled unloading of the vertebra (spinal bones) to decrease disc pressure thus increasing blood and nutrient exchange. At Alevia we also use other adjunctive treatments that have proven effectiveness in back care such as massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture and therapeutic laser. It is this multi-faceted approach that makes the overall treatment so effective. Vertebral discs can be a predominant site of pain, and without surgical intervention, spinal decompression therapy may be a good treatment option. Through combined therapies of focused traction to the site, rehabilitation to the supporting muscle and joint structures, and improved posture and stability exercises- decompression therapy is very unique. DTS Therapy affects the disc as directly as possible without surgery.
Will DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy Treatments Hurt?
DTS Therapy treatments are one of the most gentle and comfortable therapies available. The treatments utilize equipment with proven safety and efficacy. Most patients report a mild sense of stretch on their back or hips, and a gentle unloading of pressure from their low back or neck. After a comprehensive physical examination, patients are carefully positioned on the spinal decompression table according to their current health status and the desired treatment outcome. While being constantly monitored, patients are asked how they are feeling or tolerating the therapy throughout the procedure. The computerized table comes with a patient held stop switch for comfort and reassurance during the procedure.
Can DTS Spinal DecompressionTherapy Help My Pain?
The clinical results of this type of therapy have been effective in a very high percentage of patients treated at Alevia Health and Wellness Centres. The common problems for many neck and back conditions are damaged discs and poor spinal muscle control. Our treatment program addresses both of these core problems. This exchange of fluids is something the damaged disc desperately needs to help it heal from the inside out. Muscle strength, control and endurance can all be improved with other facets of DTS therapy that include specific controlled exercises and rehabilitation.
Why Does it Take So Many Treatments?
As with many physical injuries in the body, the remaining tissues ‘splint’ or protect the injured area from movement into a more damaging position. The slow steady decompression or focused traction at these spinal segments allows the body to release this splinting or guarding effect, while limiting a reactive flare or spasm of that joint complex. This process takes time and depends on the complexity and extent of the rehabilitation needed, however at Alevia, we typically treat 3-4 times a week for 4-8 weeks, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond. The treatment is administered over a reasonable time frame and your response is continually evaluated. Further treatments may be necessary or a reduced frequency may be recommended at that time. The rehabilitative phase is an integral part of the DTS decompression process and will be recommended to continue off site at the end of treatment.
Do I Have to Exercise for Spinal Decompression To Work?
Along with the damage in the disc we also need to treat the supporting spinal muscles. At Alevia we provide a complete program targeting the function of the stabilization muscles. Heat, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, lumbar support braces, and laser therapy can offer an additional benefit for inflammation and spasm reduction. Our goal is not only to help heal the disc but enhance muscle control and support of the neck or low back. A gradual breakdown of the functional support of your back or neck is what puts undue stresses on the discs and leads to pain and loss of function. Exercise and adjunctive therapies will assist in rehabilitating these structures, and are provided at Alevia Health and Wellness Centre, London.
Is Pain Relief Permanent?
Although it is difficult to predict the future, at Alevia our experience is that most patients do find long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire program of treatments. Regular home exercise and periodic visits to our clinic will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of reoccurrence. As with any comprehensive rehabilitation program your continued home care exercises and discretion in some daily activities is key to long-term relief.
How Much Will it Cost?
At Alevia our office visits vary as to the extent of care needed, (DTS Therapy, adjustments, laser therapy, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage, shockwave, etc.). We promise to provide a thorough examination and only then, carry out the procedures necessary for your fullest recovery after discussing them with you. You always have the choice as to the extent of care. Our staff will review all costs and payment options prior to starting care. We want to help, and believe finances shouldn’t stand in the way of you and good health.
3 Essential Phases of DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy
- Stabilization of Structure
- Support of Muscular System