Axial Vertebral Decompression
Over the last decade spinal decompression treatments have become very popular for patients with chronic low back pain, neck pain, headaches, as well as numbness in the legs or arms. At Gaeta Chiropractic we use a TRITON decompression table to treat patients with cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) disc issues including bulging discs, herniated discs as well as spinal stenosis.
Many patients have avoided the need for surgery with our treatment program.
The TRITON decompression table is very comfortable, effective and affordable. Treatments are typically twice a week for 2 to 8 weeks, focusing on decompression and physical therapy modalities. We have found most patients see a positive response in the first 4 visits.
For lumbar issues we use a belt across the back and hip region to stretch the low back, lying face up, resulting in targeted decompression treatments. Some patients have compared this type of treatment to an inversion table or gravity boots. With Inversion therapy, the patient is suspended upside down in an attempt to stretch the spine. Axial decompression is considered a much safer and more specific treatment to the spine.
Unfortunately, hanging upside down may result in ligament damage to the ankle, knee and hip joints which are more flexible than the spine. Perhaps more concerning is the risk of a stroke from blood pooling in the head.
The TRITON also treats cervical issues as well, using a cradle to decompress the neck gently, in a seated position. Cervical decompression requires less stretching force; otherwise the treatment protocol is similar as with the low back.
Many spinal issues are caused by compressive forces like falls, car accidents and age related diseases, so it makes sense logically to apply a reversing force like decompression to treat those conditions.