Pittsburgh Spinal Decompression
Spinal Decompression is a non-surgical, traction based treatment for herniated, protruding or bulging discs in the neck and lower back. Once the patient is placed in the correct treatment posture, the computerized traction head applies a pre-programmed pattern of axial distraction in an intermittent fashion of pull-relax-pull. This pattern eliminates muscle guarding and permits decompression to occur at the disc level. The pull force is sufficient enough to create a negative pressure within the disc allowing the protruding or herniated portion to be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc allowing healing to occur.
Spinal Decompression is performed with the patient lying down in a comfortable position. Depending on the condition the patient is either positioned face up (supine) or face down (prone). A supportive harness is placed around the pelvis and another placed around the torso. The patient is then gently pulled in an intermittent sequence for a period of approximately 15 minutes. The amount of pull varies from patient to patient depending on body weight and the nature and extent of the condition being treated. Spinal Decompression is completely painless. In fact, many patients report feeling relaxed enough during treatment to go to sleep. Additional therapies such as ice and or electrical stimulation are sometimes used before, during or after the treatment depending on individual needs.