Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions2019-10-15T22:11:51-07:00
How Is Spinal Decompression Different From Ordinary Spinal Traction?2019-03-28T11:42:03-07:00

Traction is helpful at treating some of the conditions resulting from herniated or degenerated discs. However, traction does not address the source of the problem.

At best, traction and inversion tables lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 mmHg to a +30 mmHg. Traction triggers the body’s normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that can worsen the pain in the affected area.

Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside of the disc. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation back to center. In addition, the increase in negative pressure causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc.

Spinal Decompression is clinically proven to reduce the intradiscal pressure between a -150 to -200 mmHg.

Are There Any Side Effects or Risks to Spinal Decompression?2019-03-28T11:35:57-07:00
Most patients do not experience any side effects; though, there have been some mild cases of muscle spasm for a short period of time. Spinal Decompression is safe and comfortable. This system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches terminate the treatment immediately thereby avoiding any injuries, and are required by the FDA.
Am I a Candidate for Spinal Decompression?2019-03-28T12:02:49-07:00

A thorough patient history, evaluation and imaging are required to qualify for non-surgical spinal decompression. The doctor will look at many factors to determine if you are a candidate.

Many of our patients have been told they need surgery but wish to avoid it, and have failed to significantly respond to conservative options such as medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, and acupuncture.

Here is a partial list of inclusion and exclusion criteria:

Inclusion Criteria:
Persistent pain from degenerated disc not responding to four weeks of therapy.
Pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is more than four weeks old.
Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is more than six months old.
Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
Patient at least 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:
Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods.
Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old.
Metastatic cancer.
Severe osteoporosis.
Spondylolisthesis (unstable).
Recent spinal fractures.
Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
Disc space infections.
Severe peripheral neuropathy.
Hemiplegia and paraplegia.
Cognitive dysfunction.
Pars defect.

How long is a Spinal Decompression Session?2019-03-28T10:49:37-07:00

A session typically lasts between 20-25 minutes.

Can I Adjust Myself?2019-03-22T01:37:35-07:00

The short answer is no. Only a chiropractor can adjust your spine in a way that provides long-lasting results.

What About My Nervous System?2019-03-22T01:37:26-07:00

Your central nervous system consists of your brain and your spinal cord (housed inside of your back). This system controls every function in your body, as well as all other systems like your digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It is critical that the nerve impulses traveling to and from your brain communicate properly for proper function, movement and sensation.

How Long Before I See Results with Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression?2019-03-28T15:13:23-07:00

The majority of patients report a reduction in pain and significant improvement by the second or third week of treatment.

Is NUCCA Care and Spinal Decompression Safe After Back Surgery?2019-03-28T11:44:12-07:00

Yes. NUCCA Care is gentle and effective after back surgery. NUCCA Care does not crack, twist, or pop your neck or back. The amount of pressure during an adjustment is equal to the amount of pressure used to take your pulse.

In most cases, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is not contraindicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact, many patients have found success with spinal decompression after a failed back surgery.

Do I Get Adjusted on Every Visit?2019-03-22T01:36:50-07:00

The goal of NUCCA Care is for you to come in, get checked and not need an adjustment. Our care operates on the principle that your body is self-healing and self-regulating. We celebrate with you when you hold your adjustment and not need to be adjusted on every single visit.

What Causes Me to Lose My Adjustment?2019-03-22T01:36:37-07:00

There is only ONE cause for losing your adjustment, your body’s inability to adapt to STRESS. There are 3 forms of stress that we encounter regularly: physical, chemical and emotional. Physical subluxations are caused by accidents, injuries, slips and falls. Chemical subluxations are caused by too much sugar, alcohol, caffeine, medications, smoking, poor diet, etc. Emotional subluxations are caused by family stress, poor relationship, demanding jobs, etc.

What is a Subluxation?2019-03-22T01:36:22-07:00

A misalignment of a vertebra causing disturbance and interference to the nervous system is called a subluxation. The majority of the time your body adapts to a subluxation without consequence. When it can’t adapt, a subluxation negatively affects your health, body function and overall wellness. NUCCA Care restores normal neurological communication between your brain and body optimizing your health.

When Will I Get Better?2019-03-22T01:36:00-07:00

You are unique. Your healing capactiy is unique. Many of our patients experience relief quickly. In general, we see results within 6 weeks. Your lifestyle plays an important role in the amount of time your body will need to heal and recover. In addition, the longer your spine has been out of alignment, the more spinal damage has accumulated.

What is an Atlas Adjustment?2019-03-22T01:36:08-07:00

An atlas adjustment is an adjustment to the first bone in your neck. Atlas is also known as C1, and is the 1st cervical vertebra. Our doctors practice NUCCA, a special form of upper cervical care that is gentle and efffective. It is a conservative approach that does not require popping, cracking or twisting of your spine.

What is Upper Cervical Care?2019-03-22T01:35:26-07:00

Upper Cervical Care is a broad term for care that focuses on the upper neck. Upper cervical literally means upper neck. A vital part of your nervous system, the brainstem, resides in this delicate area.

What is NUCCA?2019-03-22T01:34:47-07:00

NUCCA is a form of upper cervical care that gets to the root of the problem no matter where the symptoms are in your body. Dr. Jeanett Tapia and Dr. Devin Young are both part of a small group of specialized doctors that are active NUCCA members. The NUCCA work focuses on correcting a small misalignment of the bone structure that connects the head and neck. This misalignment can disrupt the communication between your brain and body causing pain, stress, tension, and physical or emotional dysfunction. A childhood fall, sports injury, birth trauma or car accident can be the cause of many common symptoms. NUCCA currently has less than 275 members and is an acronym that stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.

We focus on Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression and NUCCA Protocols exclusively!

Want an expert on your health team? Call our office today at (619) 313-5403.

Based on 122 reviews
Great chiropractic clinic! I greatly appreciate the staff:! Dr. Devin is very expert doing precise & gently atlas adjustments His work surpasses 35 yrs traditional chiropractic adjustments. It is much safer to get atlas adjustments. I am very confident I will eventually reach optimum health & well being unlike since birth. I greatly appreciate Joselyn whose warm, compassionate, empathic & nurturing personality really resonates to all their clients, their families & friends. Venue is quiet, peaceful, nurturing & calm.
Karen Eu
Karen E.
06:08 06 Sep 19
This wonderful place saved my life. Dr. Tapia and Young are excellent people. They’re very dedicated to their practice. Dr. Tapia is passioned of what she does. She likes to get to the bottom and roots of your health problems. I was suffering from dizziness, symptoms, balance problems and she was able to correct most of them including migraines. It’s amazing how she was able to find diagnosis that typical doctors overlook. The staff is amazing, Joselyn is great at customer service, she’s very efficient and dedicated to her job making sure that patients are well take care of. I fully recommend this place.
Monica Sallay
Monica S.
15:56 14 Oct 19
I came across Intouch Chiropractic through an ad on Facebook. In which I'm so glad I did! I have a really serious back Injury and severe scoliosis. So, I've been to my fair share of Chiropractors. This is honestly THE BEST chiropractic office I've ever experienced. Dr Tapia and Dr young are incredible! As well as their front desk assistant. They are all so friendly and welcoming. Dr Tapia has been treating me, and I've never had such caring chiropractor! Before she started treating me she carefully took the time to study all my x-rays, mri's etc. U like a ton of other chiropractors, they just don't seem to care as much. I will forever be a client. They truly make you feel like family! I highly recommend them to everyone!
Bruna Araujo
Bruna A.
01:32 15 Oct 19
Highly recommend this place! Such a laid back, professional setting. They are extremely friendly and make you feel very comfortable. I am so glad I found them. My results have been amazing!
Dale Gibbon
Dale G.
19:57 29 May 19
I've loved coming here! Joselyn (office manager) is great! She knows everyone by name and so friendly. Dr Young has helped get me back to normal. He actually listens to you and genuinely wants to help. I have nothing but great things to say.
Kelsey Lewis
Kelsey L.
17:57 19 Sep 19
I have been coming to Intouch for several weeks now. This is the best I have felt in over 10 years, I have suffered from lower back pain, neck pain, migraines and TMJ. Dr.Devin never ceases to amaze me with his vast knowledge and expertise. The DRX machine is a non-surgical spinal decompression, I feel so rejuvenated after this treatment. And let me not forget Joselyn she is amazing.
Sara Krueger
Sara K.
00:56 02 Oct 19
Drastically improved neck. No more neck pain, I wont need surgery anymore! Dr. Young is great at keeping me in shape. Great location and superb service! I recommend these guys, check them out!
Stephen Scott
Stephen S.
18:22 20 Mar 19

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