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Our Mission: To provide the highest standards of professional care in the non-surgical treatment of severe back and neck pain using the safest and most technologically advanced means available in a friendly and caring environment.

In pursuit of our goal….to help you attain optimal health.  Spinal Decompression has been used in treating the following conditions.

  • Back Pain and Sciatica
  • Neck and Arm pain
  • Herniated / Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Joint/Facet Syndrome
  • Post Surgical Back Pain
  • Foramenal Spinal Stenosis

The Future of Chiropractic Innovation…

Spinal Decompression was created by a Specialized Team of Engineers to meet the needs of today's patients, offering doctors the clinical outcomes they strive for, and patients the quality of life they deserve.

With our focus on innovation, we are committed to utilizing technology to improve the quality of life for those suffering from herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and other spinal injuries.

Spinal Decompression has been used in relieving the pain associated with bulging and herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and sciatica.

Spinal Decompression significantly reduces back pain in many patients, and also enables the majority of patients to return to more active lifestyles.

“ Spinal Decompression has made my back strong and healthy once again. Thank You, Dr. Randall !!”
Alison, 39, Milton, runner

What causes Low Back Pain?

Low back pain can be caused by a number of factors from injuries to the effects of aging.  The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are made of bone. Between each vertebra are soft discs with a ligamentous outer layer. These discs function as shock absorbers to protect the vertebra and the spinal cord during movement.

Many of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Degeneration is a process by which….. “Wear and Tear” causes deterioration of the disc.  Herniations, or bulging of the disc are protrusions from the disc that press on surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.

How long does it take to see Results?

Most patients report a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Typically, significant improvement is obtained by the second week and with a minimum of 4 weeks of treatment.  Depending on the severity of a disc or multiple level disc injuries, cases on average respond within 4 to 8 weeks.

How long does it take to Complete Treatment?

  • Patients remain on the SD system for 15-30 minutes per session.
  • Daily sessions or E.O.D sessions are case dependent for the first 2 weeks.
  • Followed by 2 to 3 sessions a week for the following 2 - 4 weeks.
  • Followed by 1  to 2 sessions a week for the following 2 - 4 weeks.
  • Logarithmic Algorithm Program Achieves Spinal Success.
  • Comprehensive Passive to Active Care Program.

Who is a Candidate for Spinal Decompression?

  • Anyone who has been told they need surgery but wishes to avoid it…
  • Anyone who has been told there is nothing more available to help…
  • Anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain more specific care…
  • Anyone who failed to significantly respond to conservative options…(chiropractic, medications, physical therapy, injections, acupuncture)

How does SD Therapy separate each vertebra and allow for decompression at a specific level?

Decompression is achieved by using a specific combination of spinal positioning, varying the angle and degree of motion in all cardinal planes, intensity of force and balancing rest periods during each decompression session.

The key to producing this decompression is the gentle pull that is created by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are generated on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is avoided. Avoiding this proprioceptive response allows decompression to occur at the targeted area, which has proven to be significantly more successful than straight traction.

How does Spinal Decompression treatment differ from ordinary spinal traction?

Traction is helpful at treating some of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction cannot address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc.

This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also 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. Think of a sponge absorbing fluid similar to a disc during SD therapy.

Traction and Inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Spinal and could cause additional trauma.  Spinal Decompression avoids this side effect of regular traction. Decompression is used to reduce the intra-discal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg.

Traction triggers the body's normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area. However, decompression therapy due to the specific nature of computerized rest intervals prevents this phenomenon.

Can Spinal Decompression be used for patients that have had spinal surgery?

In most cases Spinal Decompression treatment may be recommended for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery. AFTER SURGERY YOUR SPINE WILL NEVER FUNCTION THE SAME. Scar tissue and fusion will severely restrict motion of multiple vertebrae as well as many other permanent changes to nervous system function that cannot ever be restored.

Who is not a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Anyone who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion, metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, spinal tumors, or moderate to severe osteoporosis. Other contra-indications will be determined by your choice of doctors.

Is there any Risk to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?

Spinal Decompression is totally safe and comfortable for all subjects. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches terminate the treatment immediately thereby avoiding any injuries.

Are there any Side Effects?

Most patients do not experience any side effects during the entire SD program.  Though, there have been some mild cases of muscle spasm for a short period of time.  Patients are to refrain from activity for the first 90 minutes after care.  With no lifting, twisting or bending after care, patients can then return to regular daily activities if instructed by their doctor and must maintain good posture at all times for a successful SD program.  Some patients are recommended or required to wear a lumbar orthopaedic support for a specified period of time.

Do I Qualify……… for Spinal Decompression Treatment?

Since we began using Spinal Decompression successfully on multiple cases, we have been inundated with questions from both doctors and patients as to which cases it will best help. Obviously proper patient selection is essential to favorable outcomes, so let me explain to you about the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria.

During the consultation we can answer any questions you may have to make the right decision since not everyone qualifies for Spinal Decompression treatment.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pain due to lumbar discs that is more than four weeks old
  • Failed back surgery that is more than six months old.
  • Persistent disc pain not responding to four weeks of therapy.
  • Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
  • Patient at least 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression fracture of the lumbar spine.
  • Pars inter-articularis defect
  • Pathologic abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • Pelvic or abdominal cancer
  • Disc space infections: osteomyelitis
  • Severe peripheral neuropathy
  • Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction


Degeneration Phase 1

First, your spine loses its normal balance either by muscular strain or postural activities. There may be a loss of normal spinal curves and usually one vertebrae becomes misaligned. Your nerves may be affected and the transmission signal decreases in strength.  Also your joints, discs, and nerves become strained due to misalignments of the spine which enhances degeneration and aging.

Surprisingly, there may be no pain other than occasional minor discomfort. Also present may be a generalized weakness and fatigue. Response to spinal care is generally good and comprehensive with a full recovery of function, ability, and range of motion.   Many patients with routine chiropractic care that follow a wellness program maintain Phase 1 well into their 40’s and 50’s.

Degeneration Phase 2

Multiple vertebrae are usually affected sometimes in series or in different regions of the spine.  Here there is a much greater degree of spinal decay, disc injuries, bone spurs,  deformations, and scar tissue to name a few. These conditions are very common by age 40 usually due to previous trauma with little or no corrective spinal care post injury.  Spinal canal narrowing or stenosis may occur.

This phase is characterized by more common aches and pains, fatigue and a diminished ability to cope with stress and recover from injury. Disc narrowing leads to diminished height and stature. With chiropractic care significant improvement is possible, lifestyle modification, nutrition, orthopaedic supports will help improve and prevent further degeneration. Functional ability can be maintained and improved. Many patients are able to maintain Phase 2 well in to their 60’s.

Degeneration Phase 3

Here there are more postural imbalances, increased nerve damage, moderate scar tissue and advanced bone deformation. Physical and/or mental weakness or disability begins. Degeneration of herniated discs, moderate arthritic pain, natural fusion of the spine, and weakness in the legs is common.  Limited function, range of motion, and ability to recover from activity is diminished.  Also found in this phase are permanent loss of height and loss of energy.   Phase 3 may affect function of muscles and specific organs resulting in diagnosis of chronic conditions and permanent medication use further stressing liver and kidney function.  With care some reversal is possible, maintenance to prevent further degeneration is primary goal.

Co-management with your Medical Doctor is common place.  Patients may prevent Phase 4 permanently with a highly structured active care program.

Degeneration Phase 4

This is the most advanced stage of vertebral degeneration. The postural imbalance is severe and motion is severely limited. There is severe nerve damage, permanent scar tissue, and multiple vertebrae begin fusion.  In this phase we find chronic pain, disability, chronic disease and impairment along with multiple levels of medications; the average patient consumes 6 daily medications. By now the condition is considered irreversible, although chiropractic may give some symptomatic relief.


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