What does Spinal Decompression treat?

Why hasn’t my doctor told me about the Spinal Decompression Machine and therapy?

What does your Spinal Decompression System in Maple Ridge involve?

Does Spinal Decompression Therapy hurt?

What does the research say about Spinal Decompression Therapy?

What are some unique features of the Spinal Decompression Therapy system at Westgate Wellness Centre?

Is Spinal Decompression Therapy a quick fix for short term relief, or can I expect long term results?

How much will Spinal Decompression Therapy cost me in your clinic?  I can’t afford to put down large sums of money right now.

Does Spinal Decompression Therapy at Westgate Wellness Centre include Chiropractic care?

I’ve had surgery that has failed. Can Spinal Decompression help me?

I’ve seen ads in the newspaper and on the radio about Spinal Decompression Therapy. What’s the difference between them and you?

What happens when I’m done my Spinal Decompression Therapy and I just want to come in for “tune ups?”

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What does Spinal Decompression treat?

In our office in Maple Ridge, Spinal Decompression treats:

  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Failed back surgery
  • Numbness and Tingling in the upper or lower extremities
  • Disc Bulges and Herniations
  • Nerves that are irritated or “pinched” due to Cervical or Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

Why hasn’t my doctor told me about the Spinal Decompression Machine and therapy?

There are a couple of different reasons why your doctor may not have told you about Spinal Decompression Therapy like the one we have at Westgate Wellness Centre in Maple Ridge.

1) Your doctor primarily learns about pharmaceutical and surgical treatments to disc problems.  He/She receives very little to no training in Chiropractic care, Nutrition, Exercises, or Modalities like Spinal Decompression.  Since Spinal Decompression Therapy is such a new technology, the only way your doctor would learn about it is through hearing about success stories from other patients, or staying current with new technologies.

2) They don’t receive any incentive by referring for alternatives to drugs and surgery all too often—and physical therapy is some doctors treatment of choice, along with anti-inflammatory drugs. When those two fail, surgery is the only option they really encourage with their patients.

What does your Spinal Decompression System in Maple Ridge involve?

First, we must determine if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy. In our Westgate Wellness Centre office in Maple Ridge, a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic will perform a detailed history and examination. After we see X-rays, MRI or a CT-Scan report, we can then determine the appropriate treatment plan for you. If you don’t have any of those tests, we can take X-rays at our Maple Ridge office to determine which discs we will target for decompression.

Your Spinal Decompression Therapy includes an intensive decompression treatment schedule, home care exercises (similar to the ones that are shown in free videos you can have delivered to your inbox by entering your email address), nutritional advice ideal for disc health, and chiropractic care is included when appropriate.

Does Spinal Decompression Therapy hurt?

No, quite the opposite. Many patients feel that while they are on the machine, their symptoms feel relieved, like they are hanging upside down (without the uncomfortable sensation of the blood rushing to the head). The pressure of the nerve root from the bulging disc is actually relieved while on the machine.

What does the research say about Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Since Decompression Therapy is relatively new, there has only been a few studies done with the machine. The effects of Spinal Decompression has been studied, and the research articles are presented in PDF format on the website for you to carefully study.

Here are a few summaries on Spinal Decompression Research:

1) Effects of Vertebral Axial Decompression on Intradiscal Pressure: G. Ramos M.D., W Martin M.D.; Journal of Neurosurgery 1994

ABSTRACT: The object of the study was to examine the effect of vertebral axial decompression on pressure in the nucleus pulposus of the lumbar discs. Intradiscal pressure measurement was performed by connecting a cannula inserted into the patients L4-L5 disc space to a pressure transducer. Changes in intradiscal pressure were recorded at resting state and while controlled tension was applied by the equipment to a pelvic harness. Intradiscal pressure was decreased to below -100 mm HG.

(This study concludes that spinal decompression does actually decrease the pressure within the disc, thereby reducing pressure on the nerve roots.)

2) Outcome Study: Vertebral Axial Decompression Therapy for Pain Associated with Herniated Discs, Degenerated Discs, or Facet Syndrome.
Gose, et al; Journal of Neurological Research April 1998

ABSTRACT: Outcomes of Decompression therapy for patients with a diagnosis of herniated disc, degenerated disc, or facet syndrome.

  • 778 cases
  • Average time between the initial onset of symptoms and beginning of treatment was 40 months
  • Data was collected from 22 medical centers in the USA
  • No rehab was performed, only decompression
  • Average time of treatments: 17 facet, 19 degeneration, 20 HNP
  • Pain was rated on a scale from 0-5 with severe pain being 5
  • Average was 4.2, Success was considered 0-1
  • Overall the treatment was successful 71% of the time
  • 73% for single herniated disc
  • 72 % with multiple herniations
  • 68% for facet syndrome
  • 68 % for failed back surgery

(The study concludes that the majority of those who took part in Spinal Decompression Therapy showed favourable results.)

3) T. Gionis M.D., E. Groteke D.C., Orthopedic Technology Review November 2003

• Decompression using DRX 9000
• 219 patients with herniated discs and degenerative disc disease
• 86% showed improvement and resolution of their symptoms
• 92 % showed improvement overall
• 2 % relapsed within 90 days

(The study, funded by Axiom, makers of the DRX 9000 showed an 86% success rate after 20 treatments for 219 patients who were in the study, but 92% showed overall improvement.)

4) Decompression Reduces Chronic Back Pain: A four year Study; R. Odell M.D., D Boudreau D.O., Anesthesiology News March 2003

ABSTRACT: Excellent 4 year study results have been reported in a small series of patients with chronic discogenic low back pain with a spinal decompression device. Of the 23 patients who responded, 52% had a pain level of zero, 91% were able to resume their normal daily activities, and 87% were working or retired without having back pain as the cause of retirement.
SUMMARY: Among 23 patients, 71% showed more than 50% reduction in pain immediately after treatment and 86% showed a 50% or better showed a pain reduction at 4 years. “After 4 years 52% showed a pain level of zero. Thus pain relief not only improved but lasted.” Reported R. Odell M.D.

And finally,

5) In the Journal of Neurological Research VOL 23, NO 7, October 2001 the researchers stated: “For any given patient with low back and referred leg pain, we cannot predict with certainty which cause has assumed primacy. Therefore surgery, by being directed at root decompression at the site of the herniation alone, may not be effective if secondary causes of pain have become predominant. Decompression therapy, however, addresses both primary and secondary causes of low back and referred leg pain. We thus submit that Decompression therapy should be considered first, before the patient undergoes a surgical procedure which permanently alters the anatomy and function of the affected lumbar spine segment.”

Westgate Wellness Centre’s  Spinal Decompression System in Maple Ridge has several features:

drx9000 Westgate Wellness

Spinal Decompression Machine at Westgate Wellness Centre

Other than physical appearance, other unique features of the machine:

1) The settings can be altered to target the specific cervical or lumbar disc that is bulged, slipped, or herniated. Most traction tables just use a basic mechanical pull in one plane.

2) Uses a logarithmic loading scale, which ramps up the pull quickly at first, and then it tapers down slowly (the cycle appears like a logarithmic curve). This allows for the paraspinal muscles to relax easier during the decompression of the disc.

3) The machine has the ability to reach 150lbs of pull if necessary to decrease the intra-discal pressure for larger patients.

4) The machine’s sensitive monitor gets feedback 13 times per second from the patient. It adjusts the decompressive load accordingly to allow for maximal muscle relaxation. The more relaxed the muscles, the greater the decompressive effect.

5) Cost: A brand new machine costs in excess of 110 thousand dollars.

Is Spinal Decompression Therapy a quick fix for short term relief, or can I expect long term results?

After you have gone through our Spinal Decompression Therapy program at Westgate Wellness Centre, home care exercises, nutritional counseling and maintenance program, your likelihood is high that you will experience long lasting relief and return to full function. No treatment can boast a permanent relief, especially if you return to the same lifestyle that created the problem in the first place.

Lifestyle modifications, nutrition, and proper spinal care and maintenance is the only way to ensure a healthy spine both now and in the future. This educational system is all a part of the Spinal Decompression program offered in Maple Ridge at the Westgate Wellness Centre.

How much will Spinal Decompression Therapy cost me in your clinic?  I can’t afford to put down large sums of money right now.

Spinal Decompression is more affordable than ever.  If you are qualified for care for Spinal Decompression, the cost of treatment might vary from patient to patient, depending on how many visits are needed, and this will depend on previous surgeries, how long you have been in pain, lifestyle, degree of degeneration. Financing in comfortable monthly payments is also available to ensure affordability.   Your options are all covered in the complimentary consultation and report.  Packages are available, and the average cost is $150 per session which includes chiropractic care and cold laser when appropriate.  Included in your care is an intensive spinal care education system that will teach you how to help make your corrections last as long as possible.

Does Spinal Decompression Therapy at Westgate Wellness Centre include Chiropractic care?

Yes. It is our philosophy that while decompressing the discs will take away a major contributor to your pain, keeping your joints mobile and unlocking spinal joint fixations (subluxations) with chiropractic care will address other causes to your problem and only enhance your results. Your chiropractic care is included in the program.  When appropriate, cold laser will also be administered.

That depends. While we have had great success with failed back surgery patients, there are some surgical procedures that disqualify you from receiving Spinal Decompression Therapy in our Maple Ridge office. There are other options, and that is why it is important to do a comprehensive consultation with imaging tests (x-ray, CT scan, MRI) to determine what course of action is right for you. Our Doctors of Chiropractic will point you in the right direction.

I’ve seen ads in the newspaper and on the radio about Spinal Decompression Therapy. What’s the difference between them and you?

You will have to investigate whether or not the other places have Licensed Doctors performing your consultations and exams. Some of these places have pictures of doctors and nurses in their advertisements, but there are no licensed Chiropractors or Medical Doctors on staff taking your history or examination. There are no x-ray facilities available either to confirm if you are an appropriate candidate. One place that we keep hearing about by disgruntled patients has an “F” rating by the Better Business Bureau. Please do your research and investigate.  At Westgate Wellness Centre, all patient care and monitoring is done by a Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic on premises.

All patients going through the Spinal Decompression Therapy program attend our “Posture 101” workshop and “What your doctor won’t tell you about your symptoms” workshop to learn tools for helping to get well faster, and stay well longer, both in mind and body.

What happens when I’m done my Spinal Decompression Therapy and I just want to come in for “tune ups?”

After you have completed your Spinal Decompression Therapy in our Maple Ridge office, our maintenance plan is designed to keep you healthy in the long run. Many people want to come in a few times a year to “tune-up” their spinal health. We will make financial arrangements to make it very affordable to do so, especially for the ones who have no choice but to return to occupations that cause daily damage to the spine. All efforts are made to provide lasting, long term relief through lifestyle modification, wellness chiropractic care, nutritional education, and daily home care exercises.

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