Spinal Decompression in Romeoville
Neck and back pain are significant health and socioeconomic problems in our society, affecting over 80% of North Americans. Symptoms are often recurrent, even if the original presentation resolves, and some people suffer chronic, unremitting symptomatology.
What is the difference between traction and decompression?
Spinal decompression is essentially the evolution of traction. With respect to neck or back application, traction can be defined as an intermittent or continuous force applied along the long axis of the spine, in an attempt to elongate the spine, or the act of pulling or stretching muscle or joints. However, pain relief with traction has been inconsistent and short-lived.
When traction is applied, the body’s reaction is to pull in the opposite direction. Spinal decompression equipment, on the other hand, contains sensitive computer-feedback mechanisms, to overcome this phenomenon and allow for maximum therapeutic results. The computer allows the equipment to continuously monitor muscular reaction and to compensate by re-adjusting its distraction parameters. Each treatment is centered on a variety of adjustable hold and release protocols implemented by the computerized system designed to bypass the body’s natural tendency to “fight the tension”. By comparison, physical therapy, traction, chiropractic or osteopathy cannot adequately bypass the body's protective response and therefore cannot create negative intradiscal pressure for extended periods
Conditions treated by decompression therapy are neck and back pain, herniated disc, bulging or protruding discs, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, spinal arthritis, radiculopathy (Pinched nerve), sciatica and posterior facet syndrome.