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New, More Patient Friendly Office Hours!
Beginning the first week of November, office hours will change to: Tues, Wed, Thur: 9am-7pm Fri, Sat: 9am-2pm Sun, Mon: Closed Why the change? Mid-week hours are generally in higher demand for patients and this increases those options significantly for patients. Saturday hours remain which is also popular and convenient for patients. In order for the office to have a two day weekend, either Saturday or Monday had to go, and Monday, surprisingly, is not as popular with patients.
Many patients have requested similar options, and I have been wanting to change to this for quite a while. There are some patients who have "standing" appointments on Monday and they are the reason I was hesitant to change. However, after speaking to each of them, they are completely fine with it!
Enjoy the weekend and all the best!
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression or Traction is primarily used for bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndrome.
It is performed with the use of a decompression or traction table, which gently and slowly distracts the desired treatment area. Specific settings are input depending on the condition and the patient. When you distract or stretch the spine, it unloads pressure and creates a "vacuum effect" inside the discs of the spine. This causes nutrients and fluid to enter the discs, rehydrating them, speeding tissue repair and may induce retraction of a bulge or herniation of the disc. As we age, our discs tend to dehydrate and thin, which is why we generally lose height as we age, so this therapy is great for general maintenance and preventing degeneration of our spine.
The patient lies comfortably on his/her back on the decompression table, with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set around the lower chest. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back with a pair of soft rubber pads behind the neck. You do NOT hang upside down, and it's not a "rack" (so that's good!). It generally feels very good, and most patients feel relief in as little as five minutes or even immediately.
This therapy has increased our outcomes pretty drastically, meaning our patients get better faster. They are out of pain more quickly and are able to get back to doing what they want to do, without pain. Two brief examples:
25 year old male came to the office with severe low back pain and left leg sciatica which he rated 9-10/10 with 10 being the most pain possible. He received electric muscle stimulation, spinal decompression, and chiropractic adjustments. After three visits he was 100% and was discharged from care.
72 year old male presented with severe low back pain and right leg sciatica. He was unable to move without the use of his wife's walker. He received chiropractic adjustments and spinal traction. He returned for his next visit, stated he was 50% improved, and after six more visits he was 100% and was discharged from care.
Chiropractic adjustments are the workhouse of treatments for our patients, and most will usually respond with them alone. However, having multiple adjunctive therapies, such as spinal decompression available at our office gets people better, faster. We offer fast care plans and our goal is to get you out of pain and back to full function as quickly as possible, because that's what we want if we were to see any type of physician.