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Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression is non-surgical, non-invasive therapy for the treatment of lower back pain, sciatica or neck pain caused by a herniated disc, bulging disc, or degenerated disc. This form of treatment has no known side effects and has been proven to be successful even with patients who have had limited success with other conventional therapies.

Spinal Decompression creates a unique and highly specific force that gently stretches the spine, causing negative pressure to develop in the damaged disc. This causes the disc bulge (or herniation) to move off of the injured nerve and retract back into the disc. At the same time, the negative pressure creates an opportunity for water, oxygen and nutrients to be drawn back into the disc.

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression?

Any individual that has lower back pain, sciatic pain, or neck pain that has not been relieved by conventional therapies like Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, or Physiotherapy.

Who should avoid Spinal Decompression?

Like most therapies, there are patients that will not benefit from Spinal Decompression. Contraindications for spinal decompression are:

Fractured vertebrae
Spinal fusion
Artificial discs
Failed back surgery
Aortic Aneurysm
Osteoporosis, or osteopenia
Spinal stenosis
Spinal infection
Spinal tumor
Ankylosing spondylitis
Any condition that may compromise the integrity of the spine
Any condition requiring the patient to take blood thinner medication
Pain during spinal decompression therapy
What happens during a session and how many are typically needed?

During each treatment session, the patient lies on a padded comfortable motorized table, the lower half of which can move. They are then secured into position by a harness around the hips or pelvic area and is attached to the lower table near the feet. The upper part of the table remains in a fixed position while the lower part, to which the patient is harnessed, slides back and forth to provide the traction and relaxation.

Typically, each session is divided into cycles where spinal decompression forces alternate between a maximum and minimum therapeutic level. The cycling of forces in this manner creates a pumping action that simulates the natural processes responsible for re-nourishing and healing your damaged disc.

Most patients experience a gentle stretch in the lumbar spine (or neck). Patients find this therapy quite comfortable and even relaxing. Most patients report a mild sense of stretching on their back or hips, and often fall asleep during treatment sessions. Few patients may experience mild muscular soreness during treatment, similar to what one might feel when starting a new exercise regimen. On occasion, ultrasound therapy, laser therapy or acupuncture are prescribed to support the benefits of Spinal Decompression therapy.

Patients typically undergo 15 to 20 decompression/traction treatment sessions and the treatment session may include additional physical therapy. Treatment time will vary upon a patient’s condition and is determined by a thorough pre-treatment physical therapy evaluation. It is important to note that many patients get substantial, immediate relief after just a few physical therapy treatments.

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Wilson Health Services was founded in June of 2001 by Dr. Jason Wilson.  The office has grown over the years and is now a bustling multidisciplinary office.  Our team includes two Chiropractors, 3 Registered Massage Therapists, a Physiotherapist, a Naturopath, a Chiropodist and a Atheltic Therapist. We offer state of the art therapies like Shockwave, Class 4 Laser, Decompression and Fox laser for Fungal Nail removal.

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