SPINAL DECOMPRESSION

Prior to starting treatment, patients must complete the following:

  • Attend a detailed assessment to ensure they are a qualified candidate for decompression (This assessment is complimentary).
  • Have taken a recent X-ray and preferably (but not required) an MRI or CT Scan report available to review prior to starting treatment. We prefer the paper copy of the report, NOT the actual films or computer disc. This is to ensure that you have no contra-indications, and are safe to proceed with Spinal Decompression Therapy.

    Treatment protocol for cervical or lumbar spine pain relief

    For optimum results – a full 20 treatment sessions is recommended.

    • Each patient participates in 20 treatment sessions, Monday to Friday (five days), for four weeks, or four days per week for five weeks. If you travel for work, and are occasionally away, we will work with your schedule, and you will still receive 20 treatments sessions, as close together as possible.
    • Patients are recommended to restrict some activities during treatment and afterwards for 1-4 weeks. There are exceptions to this recommendation. If you participate in an activity like going to the gym, and you find that it does not increase your back pain or cervical spine pain, we would likely allow you to continue on a modified basis. Some activities such as heavy lifting, or prolonged sitting or bending, are not recommended during the treatment process.
    • The daily treatment procedure is supervised by a Registered Physiotherapist and involves a review of patient status, heat, Spinal Decompression Therapy, and modalities to reduce pain.
    • If you are having difficulty progressing with Spinal Decompression Therapy, and the physiotherapist feels you require some hands on manual therapy treatment, this will be provided to you during your treatment.
    • If you are showing good improvement, an exercise program (usually given to you at the end of 20 treatment sessions) will be started with you early.
    • If you are progressing, but slowly, you can decide with your physiotherapist to continue Spinal Decompression Therapy for another 5-10 sessions. Occasionally, more difficult cases require 25-30 treatment sessions for maximal improvement.
    • The total time for treatment each session is approximately one hour.
      It is strongly recommended that patients purchase a distraction belt/support to be worn daily.

    Treatment on a more occasional basis

    • If you feel that you cannot commit to 20 sessions, 4-5 days per week, or that it would be a financial burden, and you still would like to try Spinal Decompression Therapy, you can commit to one treatment at a time. This will allow you to monitor your cervical spine or back pain relief. You can decide with your physiotherapist how many treatments you would like to participate in.
    • If you have previously participated in Spinal Decompression Therapy at our facility, or at another facility, and have done something to re-aggravate your back pain or cervical spine pain, you may want to have just a few Spinal Decompression Therapy sessions, to get you back on track. We would be happy to provide this service.

    Follow Up Care

    • If you feel that you cannot commit to 20 sessions, 4-5 days per week, or that it would be a financial burden, and you still would like to try Spinal Decompression Therapy, you can commit to one treatment at a time. This will allow you to monitor your cervical spine or back pain relief. You can decide with your physiotherapist how many treatments you would like to participate in.
    • If you have previously participated in Spinal Decompression Therapy at our facility, or at another facility, and have done something to re-aggravate your back pain or cervical spine pain, you may want to have just a few Spinal Decompression Therapy sessions, to get you back on track. We would be happy to provide this service.

    On the final visit, the following is completed:

    • A reassessment to evaluate mobility/flexibility, muscle imbalance, strength and stability for return to normal activities.
    • A review of patient goals for return to work, leisure, and sports.
    • A basic exercise program and education on how to care for your low back.
    • Patients may decide to perform the recommended exercise and stretching program at home independently and ease back into regular activity on their own.
    • Patients may want more individualized post spinal decompression care, so can also opt to work with their physiotherapist or an on-site trainer once or twice a week for up to 4-6 weeks. The physiotherapist or trainer will be able to provide further assistance with any preparation or specific training for return to work, sport or home life.

    Coverage and Payment

    You may be eligible for coverage through one of the following:

    • Extended health insurance through your workplace
    • Motor vehicle insurance –you are welcome to speak to your adjustor regarding Spinal Decompression Therapy, and come for an assessment. Your physiotherapist will then fill out the proper paperwork and submit this to your motor vehicle insurance company for approval.
    • Long Term Disability – Some Long term disability consultants will recommend Spinal Decompression Therapy, so call and speak to your consultant regarding treatment.

    We can relieve pressure on the nerve that’s bothering you by using the decompression therapy machine to decompress your spine.

    Conditions that are ideal for decompression therapy:

    • Herniated Disc
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Bulging Disk
    • Radiating Pain into the Arms or Legs
    • Lower Back Pain
    • Failed Back surgery syndrome

    Are there any potential side effects?
    Yes, there can be Soreness, Headaches, and Muscle Spasms. These potential side effects are normally and usually subside within a few hours. Individual results may vary.

    Is the relief permanent?
    In some cases, it can be permanent, but you have to include additional activities to strengthen your back muscles (such as core strengthening exercises) or else you will be back in the same situation.

    How long does it take?

    Each treatment runs about 25 minutes.

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