Spinal Decompression Traction (SDT) is used by our chiropractor as a state-of-the-art alternative to invasive and risky back surgery. It has been shown to be effective in treating herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and other low back disorders. It should be noted that not all patients are good candidates for Spinal Decompression Traction. Dr. John Ross will evaluate each patient independently for chiropractic care and SDT.
Spinal decompression therapy is FDA classified and has been clinically tested for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs...even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction therapy for the relief of back and leg pain (sciatica) or neck and arm pain (pinched nerve). During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.
The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.
Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Anyone in the Chattanooga, Ooltewah or Hixson area who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).
What is Dry Needling? (It is not Acupuncture!)
It is a way for our chiropractor to treat chronic and acute pain and/or problems that may not be responding to other types of treatments. This treatment "resets" the abnormal trigger points involved with muscular pain, back pain and the associated problems (herniated disc). We have had great success with chronic shoulder pain, carpal tunnel symptoms, plantar fasciitis, and many other nagging problems. The sessions are quick and virtually pain free by using strategically placed acupuncture needles.
How does Dry Needling work?
It is important to understand what a trigger point is before understanding the treatment. A trigger point is simply a small spasm of muscle. The unique thing about a trigger point is that there are nerves that are wrapped in this spasm. Because the muscle spasm is so small, you do not know you have one unless someone presses in on it or you roll over on a trigger point while sleeping. The nerves that are wrapped up in the spasm can send pain to other areas of the body. As an example, a trigger point that is found around the shoulder blade can produce pain and numbness around the wrist i.e. Carpal Tunnel symptoms.
All muscles of the body, including trigger points, contract because a nerve tells it to do so. A nerve fires a very small electrical charge to the muscle and it moves. This is how you are able to move your arm, walk, and even smile. For various reasons, a trigger point has a nerve that is constantly firing and causing that muscle to spasm. Dry Needling allows our chiropractor to "discharge" that electrical impulse by gently placing a very small needle into the trigger point itself. This allows the nerve to calm down and for the trigger point to relax. This results in a reduction of your pain, better movement in the affected muscles, and a much better enjoyment and quality of your life.
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