Spinal Decompression

Herniated and degenerated discs are among the most common causes of lower back pain.

It is a medical fact that damaged intervertebral discs seldom heal on their own, as the discs are constantly under pressure and naturally have a poor blood supply. If you’ve been told you need neck or back surgery because you have one or more herniated discs you may want to consider a safe, FDA Cleared, non-invasive option that has helped many patients without surgery.

Decompression Therapy may be for you. Decompression is defined as unloading due to distraction and positioning. The object of decompression is to reduce the pressure inside the disc and facilitate the transfer of fluids, nutrients and oxygen back into the disc. Reduction of intradiscal pressure – the pressure inside the disc, can result in the retraction of bulging or herniated discs, and help relieve nerve pressure. Tears in the disc annulus can be repaired and sufficient fluids and nutrients can be reintroduced into the nucleus to allow the healing process to begin. Rehydration of the disc nucleus can restore disc height, relieving the pressure on inflamed facet joints.

Over the last few years great strides have been made to refine the various forms of spinal decompression to treat bulging or herniated discs, facet syndrome and degenerative disc disease. Most of these instruments only addressed the lumbar spine or lower back area. The Saunders 3D-Active Trac used at the Pelchat Chiropractic Center performs both cervical and lumbar decompression. The instrument can rotate, flex, extend and laterally flex the lumbar spine in any combination of angles to more effectively deliver the decompressive forces to treat the problem area. This allows Dr. Pelchat to position your body perfectly for treatment to address underlying problems that are unique to you. Since the spine moves in many directions, it only makes sense that the table does too. Other conventional decompression equipment operates in two dimensions only and does not have this capability.

The Saunders 3D ActiveTrac is the smoothest performing most advanced decompression table ever made. Its new, all-in-one design and state-of-the-art features give you the widest range of therapeutic techniques for treatment. The Saunders 3D ActiveTrac is not just aimed at treating symptoms but is designed to alleviate the underlying problems that cause low back or neck pain and facilitate the natural healing of the discs.

After only a few weeks of treatment, research has shown outstanding results in relieving the debilitating pain caused by degenerative, bulging, herniated or ruptured discs, as well as sciatica, posterior facet syndrome, spinal stenosis, and many failed back surgery cases. Most patients are able to return to normal levels of activity at work or recreation in just a few weeks time.

Non-surgical Decompression Therapy may help you, if you have:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sciatica
  • Facet syndromes
  • A relapse or failure following surgery even with multiple levels of herniation
  • Herniated & bulging lumbar or cervical discs with or without complications