People who suffer from lower back pain, radiating leg and arm pain, carpal tunnel syndrome or neck pain may be able to avoid spinal surgery with DTS spinal decompression therapy. This therapy is a type of motorized traction that uses new technology to stretch the spine gently.
By changing the force and position of the spine, the pressure is taken off the spinal discs. These are like small sacks of a gel-like substance that provide cushions between the vertebrae. When the pressure is taken off the discs, they retract, and any bulging is removed. This takes pressure off the nerves and other parts of the spine. At this point, oxygen, water, and nutrient-rich fluids rush into the spaces created when the pressure is gone and help the discs heal.
Some of the symptoms that are treated by DTS spinal decompression therapy are:
- Sciatica pain that extends down the leg
- Neck and back pain
- Diseased or injured spinal nerve roots
- Herniated discs or degenerative disc disease
- Worn spinal joints or posterior facet syndrome
During DTS spinal decompression therapy, the patient remains fully clothed and is fitted with a harness around the pelvis and another one around the trunk. The patient may lie face down or face up depending on the area being treated. The table is computer-controlled and programmed to the patient’s specific needs. Treatment may last up to 45 minutes. Most patients may require between 20 – 30 treatments over five to seven weeks.
DTS spinal decompression therapy may be combined with other treatments including electrical stimulation that contracts specific muscles and ultrasound where sound waves promote healing. It’s important to enhance the muscle control and support the lower back. The pain is often caused by the breakdown and loss of function of the lower back. Adjunctive therapies and exercise may assist in rehabilitating this area.
DTS Spinal Decompression may not be for everyone. Pregnant women shouldn’t have it, nor should people with a fracture, advanced osteoporosis, metal implants in the spine, an abdominal aortic aneurysm or a tumor.
During the time the pressure is off of your back, you may experience a great reduction in pain and, even though the time is relatively short, the healing process is often effectively enhanced. The treatment may also help with diagnosis and give the physician a clearer picture of the benefits of expediting the phase-in of rehab protocols.
DTS treatment is very gentle and safe. Many patients fall asleep during treatment. You may feel a gentle stretching sensation in your back or hips. Traction therapy has been used for thousands of years, but decompressive traction is relatively new because of technical advances in the equipment and procedures.
Our trained specialists can analyze your back or neck pain and determine if DTS spinal decompression therapy is the best treatment for you. People who have a full course of DTS therapy and who do regular exercises at home may experience long-term pain relief. Contact Lakeside Chiro today to schedule an appointment.