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How Spinal Decompression Works in a Comprehensive Treatment Plan

Many chronic pain sufferers experience relapses that increase in both frequency and severity. This often is an indicator that the underlying cause has not been addressed. What we have learned over decades of treating chronic pain sufferers is that a comprehensive three-step treatment approach is often the only answer to lasting relief. This has led to the development of an integrated treatment approach utilizing the following:

  • Non-surgical spinal decompression
  • Massage therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Low/non-force spinal adjustments
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Functional neurology


Step Number One – Reduction of pain and inflammation

The first priority in the treatment of pain condition is to address the cause of compression and inflammation. To do this we often combine the use of chiropractic adjustments, non-surgical decompression, functional nutrition, massage therapy and cold laser treatment. With a comprehensive treatment plan, once pain is under control we begin transitioning treatment to correct the underlying biomechanical problems.


Step Number Two – Correction of Alignment and Motion

Faulty biomechanics are the root cause of most cases of many pain syndromes. To address this, a combination of well researched treatment modalities collectively known as chiropractic biophysics (CBP) is employed. CBP is a crossover of chiropractic and physical therapy procedures and consists of the following:

  • Mirror image exercises to retrain muscles
  • Postural adjustments to restore nerve and joint function
  • Postural traction to reshape ligaments

When pressure and inflammation have been reduced and alignment and motion have been improved, the final step is stabilization.


Step Number Three – Strengthening and Stabilizing

This final phase of treatment relies predominantly on physical rehabilitation and functional neurology treatments. Physical rehabilitation therapy includes procedures you are probably familiar with such as retraining proper motion, enhancing balance and improving strength and endurance.

Unless you took a detour and researched the functional neurology section of our website, this method of treatment is probably new to you. A common functional neurologic condition that can cause pain is an imbalance in the activation of our cerebellar hemispheres. The cerebellum is the back lower part of our brain and it consists of two hemispheres. The cerebellum is involved in an amazingly diverse array of neurologic functions, however, for the purpose of this example I will focus on its role in stabilization of the spine. To simplify; the left side of our cerebellum controls the tone of the stabilizing muscles on the left side of our spine and the right side controls the stabilizing muscles on the right. Research has demonstrated that the stability of our spine does not originate in the large muscles that move the trunk (the abdominal and erectorspinae muscles), but instead is controlled non-voluntarily by what are known as the intrinsic muscles of the spine. So, if the output of your cerebellum is imbalanced side to side, it is likely that the tone (tension) of your spine stabilizing muscles is also imbalanced side to side. This instability can result in altered motion that in turn can produce inflammation and pain. Correction of these functional neurologic imbalances can often be accomplished through the use of safe and pain-free treatments such as:

  • Eye exercises
  • Vestibular (balance) therapy
  • Auditory (sound) stimulation
  • Joint manipulation
  • Light stimulation
  • Vibration therapy

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