Napa Chiropractor

Spinal DecompressionNapa, CA

People often struggle to find relief for chronic back pain. Medications can help with some conditions, but they require ongoing prescriptions that can be expensive and often lose effectiveness over time. Spinal decompression therapy involves a chiropractic professional using traction and manual force to stretch the spine for pain relief through a series of several appointments.

Spinal decompression is available at Disc Centers of America Napa in Napa and the surrounding area. This noninvasive therapy relieves pressure on the vertebrae and discs in the cervical spine and lumbar regions of the back. Dr. Nick Viscusi, DC can use spinal decompression to separate the joints, discs and bones of the back using a pulling force to promote pain relief.

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The DRX9000

The DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System is used to treat low (lumbar) back pain. The DRX9000 provides a primary treatment modality for the management of pain and disability for patients suffering with incapacitating low back pain and sciatica. The system is designed to apply spinal decompressive forces to compressive and degenerative injuries of the spine. It has been found to provide reflief of pain and symptoms associated with herniated discs, bulging or protruding intervertebral discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, and sciatica.

Alternative treatment

Spinal decompression may be delivered by specially designed devices or with the hands. Motorized traction allows us to adjust the angle, amount of force and the amount of time it is applied. The process stretches the spine, essentially separating the upper half of the body from the lower half.

The gentle stretching changes the position and force of the spine, removing pressure from the spinal discs by creating negative pressure. As a result of this shift, compressed nerves and other structures in the spine may have more room. Nonsurgical decompression offers several benefits, including:

  • Enables the flow of nutrient-rich, healing fluids, oxygen and water into the area
  • Promotes the retraction or repositioning of spinal column materials by creating negative intradiscal pressure
  • Offers noninvasive pain relief
  • Provides a customized form of professional relief

The procedure may work in conjunction with other types of treatment, including heat or cold therapy, electrical stimulation or ultrasound. Therapy in combination with a core-strengthening program and a deep tissue laser, which reduces inflammation. The treatment program typically includes 15 to 30 visits, three to four times a week for five to seven weeks.

Conditions spinal decompression treats

The spinal column contains and protects the spinal cord, which consists of nerves that carry messages between your brain, muscles and soft tissues. The nerves run through openings between the vertebrae to the muscles. Spinal cord compression is any condition that puts pressure on the spinal cord. It can occur anywhere between the neck and lower back.

Symptoms range from tingling and weakness in the arm and hand to burning pain or loss of bowel control, depending on the location of the compression. They may develop gradually or flare up suddenly. Nonsurgical spinal decompression can treat pain from the lower back to the neck. As a chiropractor, Dr. Nick Viscusi, DC uses spinal decompression to help address various issues, including:

  • Herniated or bulging disks
  • Worn spinal joints
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Injured spinal nerve roots
  • Sciatica/leg pain
  • Facet syndrome

The indications for this therapy are broad. However, stretching the spine is not appropriate for all patients. Dr. Nick Viscusi, DC can help determine if this treatment is the right choice for the patient.

The Treatment process

During spinal decompression therapy, patients typically lie on a table fully clothed, face up or face down, and the chiropractor may use one of two types of tables. The manual option consists of cable and pulley systems. Such mechanisms gently stretch the spine.

A computerized table is equipped with a harness and pillow to keep you comfortable while positioning the spine correctly. It enables the lower half to move independently from the upper half. Dr. Nick Viscusi, DC selects the program that meets the patient's particular needs, based on the patient's diagnosis, current condition and responses to previous treatments.

The harness is attached to the lower part of the table near the feet and placed around your hips. As the lower part of the table moves back and forth, it alternately provides traction and relaxation. Negative pressure is created within the spinal discs as the table stretches the spine.

Sensors can detect whether your muscles are resisting the stretch. Ranging from 5 pounds to more than 100, the weight used depends not only on your physical condition but also where you experience pain. The protocol for cervical decompression is lighter poundage than for lumbar decompression. Each session may take 30 to 45 minutes. We can go over any follow-up care with the patient after the initial appointment.

Customized care

At Disc Centers of America Napa, we provide customized treatment to meet the needs of each patient. As with many conditions, the decompression treatment process varies from one patient to another. Some people experience relief during the first session, while others may need several to experience said relief.

Call us today at (707) 673-9509 to schedule an evaluation to learn how spinal decompression may help.

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Disc Centers of America Napa is located at
1706 Jefferson St
Napa, CA
94559

(707) 673-9509