At Carrollton Family Chiropractic we have recently added this wonderful treatment option. We chose the newest in decompression systems, the Dynatron DX2. This newer system is user friendly for the patient and the doctor. With the ability of the decompression table to lower, elevate, move side to side, and its ability to be positioned to provide maximum patient comfort and effectiveness. The DX2 computer programming offers extensive treatment parameters. It monitors not only the decompression forces administered but also the precise angles of the forces.
Mechanical Decompression is a physical modality that has been used to treat various spinal dysfunctions. There is no question that decompression has been hailed in terms of its potential clinical effectiveness. Proper equipment and techniques are critical factors to the effective use of mechanical decompression. First, the device used for decompression must provide the doctor with precise control over forces applied. Second, the angle of application of distractive forces, timing, and patient position must be specific for the patient’s condition. Lastly, the use of supportive treatment modalities, such as cold laser light and interferential current therapies, is an important factor in the success of the treatment.
Mechanical Effects of Spinal Decompression
It is certainly true that not every patient with back problems is a candidate for decompression therapy. First, a comprehensive examination and spinal evaluation of the patient is completed. It is important that the doctor fully understands the patient’s condition and spinal dysfunction. Secondly, the patient’s spinal dysfunction must be one that would be helped by decompression therapy. Indications for the use of spinal decompression are:
- To achieve vertebral separation which can decrease disc pressure and reduce disc bulging, and may enhance disc fluid flow.
- The separation and gliding of the facet joints for improved alignment, articulation, and joint mobility.
- Tensing of the spinal ligaments.
- Widening of vertebral openings for the exiting of spinal nerves.
- Stretching of the spinal musculature thereby decreasing muscle spasming and improving blood flow to the spinal tissues.
When one of more of these effects has the potential to help the patient, decompression therapy might be your best treatment choice.