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Decompression Therapy

“I need a more permanent relief than I can get with medication.”

“I don’t want surgery or bed rest.”

“My back pain slows me down.”

“My back pain keeps coming back!”

“I am enduring life rather than enjoying it!”

Back pain can truly limit the function and quality of life you desire.

Andover Family Chiropractic offers Decompression Therapy, a non-surgical technique for disc related issues of the spine. Dr. Kevin Allen is a Certified Decompression Therapist through the Kennedy Decompression Technique. Dr. Allen provides cervical and lumbar decompression therapy.

Disc related injuries of the spine are not uncommon. Back pain is the second most common reason why people visit doctors. In the workplace, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. The causes of disc related back injuries vary widely and range from the cumulative effects of day to day stresses to traumatic events such as car accidents.

Disc Injuries

Disc injuries to the spine occur when the disc, the shock absorber between each vertebra in the spine, weakens due to stress or injury. The tough outside layer (annulus) of the disc weakens after an injury or stress. The inner gel-like material (propulsus) in the interior of the disc begins to push outward. This is known as a bulging disc. Symptoms will begin to appear when the bulging area puts pressure on the blood vessels and spinal nerves creating symptoms including pain, numbness, or tingling in the affected areas.

Decompression Therapy

Decompression therapy works by reducing the pressure on the degenerating disc. This allows the disc to “decompress” and retract to its normal form. As the disc decompresses, the healing fluids of the body to re-enter the disc by a vacuum affect and the disc begins healing.

Decompression Therapy is comfortable and not painful. Patients have reported feeling an “antigravity sensation” on the spine, or a slight tugging of the spine similar to the sensation of hanging upside down. In fact, many of my patients fall asleep during the 15 – 20 minute therapy. If your therapy is uncomfortable, you can stop the treatment anytime with the touch of a button.

Healing takes time

The process of healing takes time, and though the pain has gone away it is still important to address the structural issues of the spine. Spinal adjustments and at home exercises are recommended to complete your therapy. Remember, your back takes time to heal. Even though the pain has gone away, your injury may require time and commitment to a care regimen. The goal is for both of us is to return your spine, function and lifestyle to the quality you desire.

Letter from a Patient…
When a fall re-injured my lower back I was left with a bulging disc and pain. My Chiropractor urged me to consider Decompression with Dr. Allen.

The three of us met and Dr. Allen explained the painless process and the possibility of reducing the pressure causing the pain. After a series of Decompression treatments I have been able to return to a productive and active life style.

Mary A.

To learn more, call Andover Family Chiropractic (316) 733-0715 today!