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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
About the Therapy
Spinal Decompression is a non-invasive treatment for chronic back, neck and leg pain - in particular for herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and sciatica. Over a course of treatment, the stretch and release protocols of the decompression procedure create negative pressure in the disc. This vacuum effect draws any herniated disc material back into the disc, taking pressure off nerve endings and reducing chronic pain. The reversing of the axial load means circulation to the affected area is enhanced, which in turn may aid the healing process, reduce inflammation and result in pain relief.
Reasons to choose non-surgical spinal decompression treatment
- To aid in the relief of chronic pain caused by: Bulging or herniated discs, Degenerative disc disease
- When surgery is not recommended or in some cases as an alternative to surgery
- When current treatments are not working
- To help achieve a reduced need/dependency on painkillers
- To help achieve long-term pain relief
- To assist with a return to normal daily activities
Prior to treatment, patients require a full assessment and consultation with our NIIM Health Practitioner, including review of a recent MRI, CT or X-Ray scan. Typically candidates for Decompression Treatment are those who have had back or neck pain for three months or more and have not responded to manual therapy and exercise.
Decompression is also beneficial for healthy backs to relieve the effects of compression of the spine over time, particularly for those in sedentary occupations.
Spinal Decompression Table
The decompression table is driven by a sophisticated computer, which delivers a uniquely pre-programmed and very gentle pulling force at the precise angle required to gently draw apart the vertebrae surrounding a targeted disc(s). Patients remain fully dressed and completely relaxed during the 20 minute sessions.
Seven sensors in the table continually monitor the patient to ensure the correct treatment is delivered. This mechanical treatment delivers a precise and more consistent treatment than is possible with the hands alone.
A comprehensive program to create lasting results
Our NIIM Health Practitioner will design a program to support your treatment, benefit overall recovery and maintain spinal health. Your program will include some or all of these protocols:
- Methods to relax the muscles prior to treatment or to aid healing
- Manual spinal adjustment & massage
- Posture rehabilitation & core strengthening
- Nutritional support to aid restoration & decrease inflammation
Will I be comfortable or feel any pain?
The treatment is very gentle and pleasant. We recommend listening to music or meditating during sessions. Some patients may experience temporary soreness, a sign that muscles have been worked in a new way.
Can I drive home after treatment?
Yes, but patients are encouraged to not travel or drive for more than 30 minutes after treatment to avoid any counterproductive therapeutic effects of the treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
All conditions are different. Patients may feel a symptomatic improvement after a few sessions, however long-lasting therapeutic changes are progressive and may take a series of treatments over a number of weeks to achieve results.
Can I still have the treatment if I have had surgery?
Yes, provided that the procedure was not within the previous six months (to allow for complete healing) and there are no surgical implants.
How to make an appointment
To make an appointment, please contact NIIM Clinic reception on (03) 9804 0646.