Welcome to the Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Center web page. The Decompression Traction System (DTS) is an innovative new treatment system for low back pain, sciatica, neck and arm pain. DTS is effective, safe and cost-effective, and offers hope for the millions of people who suffer from neck and low back pain everyday.
Public demand and acceptance by chiropractors, physicians, insurance carriers and therapists is driving the expansion of Spinal Decompression centers and is making it the standard of care for chronic neck and back pain. For sufferers of neck, low back pain and chronic low back pain, DTS can be the answer to ending years of discomfort.
Cervical and lumbar disc problems such as herniations and degenerative disc disease, and even injuries brought on by sports or work can be treated easily, comfortably and non-surgically with DTS.
AXIAL DISC DECOMPRESSION TRACTION THERAPY
Recumbent positions (both prone and supine) decrease intradiscal pressures in comparison to standing and sitting 3. However, focused, mechanical Y- axis traction improves the discs' healing response via decompression more quickly and with fewer disuse side-effects than prolonged bed rest. 6,7,8,9,10.35,36,40.41,44. There is a suggestion in the literature that extruded nuclear material may be "drawn in" by the reduction of intradiscal pressures and/or the tightening of the posterior longitudinal ligament. 9,10,14,19,44 This concept however is not uniformly accepted due to the limited number of studies able to differentiate the natural history of disc herniation vs. the direct effect of treatment. 1,5,37 Of course whether the disc is the sole source or just a component of the pain is often impossible to prove in many cases.
Many authorities conclude it's not so much something is structurally improved, but an inflammatory response to injury or foreign matter is reduced. We must keep in mind also that many studies suggest less than 5% of patients are good surgical candidates and many back surgeries (and injection procedures) fall to show any long-term value. 5 Thus passive non-surgical procedures that limit side effects and allow progression to active care should be the focus of treatment in that population of patients who fail to improve on their own.
As a passive therapy decompression has definite limitations in curing chronic musculoskeletal conditions. 1,12,14,27,39 Its' value is most specifically in helping discogenic back/neck and referral pain, not acute muscular back pain or those related to posture etc. (other types of therapeutic intervention may be more appropriate). 1,19, Loss of local muscle control & endurance, abnormal posture, cyclical flexion with compression (not to mention genetic influences) are the probable source of most disc damage and degeneration. 48 A passive therapy therefore has little effect truly fixing the underlying problem.
However, a temporary reduction in intradiscal pressure through cyclical stretching can apparently have a profound effect on the healing process via increased contact with the blood/nutrient supply and cellular migration (so called phasic, non-linear effects) as well as neurological changes generated by soft tissue stretch. 8, 9,19,36,44 Decompressive traction of a 'compressive disc lesion' matches treatment to diagnosis and as such is a very reasonable passive therapy.
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