Why We Need A Healthy Spinal Disc
- The bones of the spine (vertebrae) are separated and cushioned from one another by highly specialized tissues called discs, averaging about one-half inch thick.
- Discs help form windows between vertebrae so spinal nerves can exit, fan out, and serve all areas and organs of the body with vital nerve energy.
- Discs let the spine bend in daily living while they absorb the everyday knocks, shocks, and bumps to the spine — somewhat the way an automobile tire constantly “gives” and recovers while running on a bumpy road.
Disc’s Unique Structure
- It is the disc’s structure – a tough outer wall surrounding a gel-like core – that allows the disc to “bounce back” repeatedly.
- The wall is made up of layers of elastic tissues, crisscrossed for strength like an auto tire. This wall encases the disc’s core.
- The gel-like core is under considerable internal pressure. This gives the disc most of its “bounce”, like an inﬂated tire, but the internal pressure also contributes to the disc’s own distress if the disc herniates or ruptures.
Pain From Distressed Discs
When a disc herniates, bulges or ruptures and presses on spinal nerves, it often causes great back and/or neck, arm, leg pain, sometimes so intense it disables the victim. Patients commonly call the condition slipped disc or blown disc, although the correct medical term is Herniated Nucleus Pulposus.
Causes of Disc Distress
- Some disc problems are caused by injury.
- Some result from repeated occupational stress over a period of time such as sitting or standing in a harmful way.
- Some disc problems develop very slowly through disc degeneration and thinning — a process so gradual as to establish the disc problem well before pain and other symptoms demand attention.
Disc Traction System Is Specific For Disc Disorders
Seldom do damaged spinal discs heal without proper treatment because the discs are constantly under the internal pressure that contributed to the disc problem in the ﬁrst place. That’s why state-of-the-art Disc Decompression Therapy using a Disc-Decompression Table is a vital treatment option.
Disc Traction Therapy Relieves Pain While Treating The Underlyimg Cause
- Therapy on a Disc Traction Table creates negative pressures inside the herniated, bulging disc letting it retract naturally, thus relieving disc pressure on spinal nerves. This usually brings welcome relief from pain.
- Reducing pressure in the disc also reinstates the natural transfer of surrounding ﬂuids, nutrients and oxygen into the disc, a process essential for disc health.
- Tears in the disc’s wall can now repair themselves while nutrients introduced back into the disc’s nucleus can reverse the disc’s degeneration and its collapse, and restore disc height which relieves pressure on inﬂamed spinal joints.
- Fully clothed, patient is comfortably positioned on the Disc-Traction Table for a relaxing computer controlled stretching procedure to reduce the disc’s internal pressure.
- A typical treatment session consists of 20 minutes of traction and electronic muscle stimulation.
- The process is relaxing. It is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during treatment.
- Most patients ﬁnd relief of symptoms between 10-12 sessions. The average recommendation is 18-20 sessions, ideally done daily with a rest on weekends.
- At the conclusion of the treatment series, when the disc injury has been corrected to the best of body’s ability, patients are given mobilization and strengthening exercises to avoid repeat injury.
- After only a few weeks of treatment, research has shown outstanding results in relief from 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.