Patients often ask what is spinal decompression. They have heard a commercial on the radio or have seen an ad in the paper.
My answer is that Spinal Decompression is highly effective for disc herniations or conditions where there is excessive pressure on the nerves of the spine that are causing either hand or leg/foot pain. The pain can be quite severe in nature. The therapy works by placing a harness around the waist and another on the upper torso while laying on a relaxing and sturdy table. A force is applied to the harness around the waist allowing for an axial pull or distraction. This distraction creates an opportunity for disc herniations to self-correct. Repeated pulls or distractions are held for a variety of seconds each treatment to “exercise” the spinal segments and allow as much healing to occur in the disc and the affected joints.
I have seen amazing results with Spinal Decompression Therapy. With that said, I typically take an approach toward decompression of a short trial of chiropractic care with intensive muscular work first to see if the pressure on the nerve may be coming from an entrapment due to loss of normal joint mobility and muscular tension. For instance, a strong case of piriformis syndrome (the piriformis muscle is a muscle in the buttocks area that can get tight and create pressure and referral patterns down the back of the leg) can be a source of leg pain as well.
There are cases when patients bring in their MRI’s with evidence of large herniations that are occurring in their spine. In such cases, there is also high levels of discomfort and we immediately get to work.
I usually follow each decompression session with muscle stim. I like to recommend certain nutritional items to feed the body’s soft tissues to allow for maximum healing potential.
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If you would like to know if you are a candidate for Decompression Therapy, call our office at (918) 481-9200 and we will find a time to talk.
– Dr. Michael Lau
When you mention massage, most would say “I love them and want more of them!”. I think we inherently know that they are good for the body.
A few of the benefits that we know of include: breaking up of scar tissue around injured or stressed areas, improvement of lymphatic flow, improves recovery for athletes, helps increase joint flexibility, reduce muscular spasms and splinting, increase muscle circulation and in general, provide a sense of balance and rejuvenation.
In today’s economy, it can be a challenge to budget out this luxury into our lives. At the Awaken Wellness & Rejuvenation Spa in Tulsa, they are providing a “spa membership” that I think is great for clients. Number one, there is a strong discount on massage and spa services as a member and number two, it is like a built-in accountability wellness plan as you schedule a massage once a month. Since you are paying for it, you will typically use it.
For more information, call Awaken at (918) 495-3663 or visit their website at: www.awakenspatulsa.com
– Dr. Michael Lau
Arm numbness can be very frustrating. Pain may also be accompanied with it as well.
If you suffer from neck pain, shoulder tension&pain with arm numbness, there is hope for getting this turned around. Many times, this trio is found in workers sitting in front of a computer all day.
It appears that long days of sitting with the head slightly forward looking at a computer monitor creates tightropes out of the shoulder muscle region. Such chronic strain leads to hardening and scarring of these muscle groups much like wearing a tight shoe can create callouses. It is the hardening and swelling of this tissue which can diminish the size of the canal where the arm nerves are trying to run. This creates nerve impingement and thus the downstream effects like arm numbness and pain.
Chiropractic care that includes specific adjustments to the lower neck and upper back segments, along with deep tissue muscle release techniques can help to un-impinge this syndrome.
There is a very high success rate on improving this condition.
If you suffer from this type of condition, call our office at (918) 481-9200 and we’ll help you set up a consultation for us to take at your unique condition.
– Dr. Michael Lau
Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136