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.
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:
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.
Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods.
Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old.
Recent spinal fractures.
Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
Disc space infections.
Severe peripheral neuropathy.
Hemiplegia and paraplegia.
A session typically lasts between 20-25 minutes.
The short answer is no. Only a chiropractor can adjust your spine in a way that provides long-lasting results.
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.
The majority of patients report a reduction in pain and significant improvement by the second or third week of treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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