Not every chiropractic practice has a Decompression Table.
The big question is: Why?
Over the past decade, Decompression Tables have grown increasingly affordable (from Outrageous cost of $150K to Now you can purchase a Decompression Table from $10k to $15K with Tocch Pad screens and built in memories for pull patterns. The Decompression Table technique itself is growing in popularity and certified certificate training is available.
If you haven’t considered a Decompression Table—or even if you’ve tried it—it’s worth taking another look. A majority of chiropractic patients present with lower back and neck pains caused by herniated discs, and decompression provides another option for mechanical treatment that’s effective, and requires less force for both the doctor and the patient.
How Decompression Works
Decompression occurs under ideal conditions of traction, where positive pressure in the disc change to negative pressure, which creates a “suctioning” action that draws fluid back in the disc. We call this the “decompression” window, and a decompression table helps create that environment within the disc so that it can heal itself.
During treatment, patients decompress for about 20 to 25 minutes to let fluids back into the discs. Used consistently over about 15 to 25 visits, 3 days a week, patients see results that last, when combined with adjunctive therapies such as specific core exercises. (In the past, recommendations were for therapy 5 days a week, with no added exercise, causing frustration when patients would return in six months complaining of the same problem). Building the core helps stabilize the muscles and protect the back from recurring injury.
It’s worthwhile to note that there are two types of back problems: mechanical or chemical. When inflammation causes back pain, these chemical issues are usually best treated by medication such as steroids or pain pills. For mechanical problems such as a herniated disc, medications are only a band-aid. Decompression provides chiropractors with another tool in their toolbox that’s designed specifically to treat mechanical problems in the muscles, joints or discs of the back or neck.
All About the Angles
While Chiropractic Decompression is all about specificity and working with the angles of the vertebral joints.
Enhancing Your Practice with a Decompression Table
Finally, consider this: about 80 percent of people will suffer from lower back or neck pain sometime in their lives, most of which is caused by a herniated disc. Decompression therapy is an excellent treatment technique that can help generate referrals from the medical community, enhance your chiropractic practice and expand your patient base.
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