Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression Therapy

back or neck pain
Spinal decompression therapy can provide relief from chronic neck or back pain

If you or someone you know suffers from chronic back or neck pain, spinal  decompression therapy may provide the long lasting relief you are looking for.

Spinal decompression treatments at Surrey Pain & Wellness chiropractic clinic are combined with a customized treatment plan to help ensure that your greatest potential for recovery is achieved.

Spinal decompression is done on a specialized table attached to a module that measures the exact parameters to adjust the spine and supports the body in a comfortable position for a prolonged period (about 15-20 minutes) to begin the necessary alignment required to reduce and eliminate painful conditions naturally without medication or surgery.

While some patients may experience immediate relief,  it is important to complete the entire treatment plan as prescribed by the chiropractor to ensure lasting re-alignment and recovery from pain.

If you suffer from chronic back or neck problems, spinal decompression therapy may be the treatment that provides lasting relief and finally  puts you on the road to recovery.    Visit our chiropractic clinic at Newton Crossing for a consult to find out more or read more about spinal decompression therapy at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.

Chiropractic Approach to Health – Surrey Chiropractor Treats Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc degeneration is a normal part of aging and not a problem for most people, but for some it can cause severe bouts of acute or chronic pain.

Degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease, but is a condition in which pain is caused from a damaged disc.   In severe cases, pain can become chronic (last longer than three months).

The spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae which protect the spinal cord and provide stability for the torso.  Between each vertebrae is a fibrous bundle of tissue called an intervertebral disc which act as cushions that absorb the shock and pressure associated with normal movement.

The intervertebral discs are made up of two parts: a tough fibrous outer part (called the annulus fibrosis) and the softer gel-like centre (the nucleas pulposis).   As we age, the water content in the nucleas pulpous decreases and the discs begin to degenerate.  This may or may not be painful, but as a result the disc is also more vulnerable to injury or inflammation.

Therefore alignment of the discs, the vertebrae and other structures in the spine can be even more important as we age.  Chiropractic care restore alignment,  improve spinal range of motion, reduce inflammation, and addresses the cause of pain or discomfort associated with degenerative disc disease.

The good news is that most cases of degenerative disc disease do not require surgery.  The chiropractic approach to degenerative disc disease is long term recovery from pain using safe, noninvasive and drug free treatments.  Spinal manipulation, spinal decompression and other manual therapies, combined with therapeutic exercises and lifestyle modifications are aspects of how Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic manages and treats patients with degenerative disc disease.

So while degenerative disc disease is a natural part of aging, it does not mean you have to live with pain.  We have a deep commitment to education to help our patients understand the cause of their pain so that you can eliminate risk of future pain and injury.  Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic can help you return to a healthy, pain-free and active life.

Visit Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic for a full examination, diagnosis and treatment plan.  We can help manage and eliminate chronic pain resulting from degenerative disc disease – even after surgery.

Do You Suffer from Computer Neck?

Long Hours at the Computer Can Lead to Chronic Pain

If you are one of those people who sit at a computer for long hours in a day,  you may be suffering from “computer neck” – or perhaps will be in the near future.   Other problems that surface when spending long hours in front of a computer include back pain,  shoulder pain,  hand, wrist and finger pain – all resulting in reduced mobility and possibly leading to other injuries, loss of sleep and certainly a decrease in your ability to be productive when sitting in front of your computer.

Spine Strain
Leaning Forward at the Computer Can Strain the Neck & Lower Back

There are stretches and many other measures you can take to reduce your aches and pains and prevent or reduce future problems as a result of long hours at the computer.

A lot of people who sit at a computer –  especially if they are there for a prolonged period –  tend to lean their heads forward.  I suggest you sit up as straight as possible  and even possibly get a chair that is adjustable so that your knees are equal to or even slightly higher than your hips.  This will force you to sit in a more upright position.  Another thing you can do is place a stool under your feet so that your knees are raised slightly higher than your hips.  You can vary your position on the foot stool, sometimes having just one foot on the stool, then the other, but it is best to keep both feet on the stool to keep the body aligned.  If you do have an adjustable chair, slightly tip the seat forward to help you to sit up straight and prevent that “slouching” that is so easy to revert to when you are sitting at your desk for a prolonged period of time.

Many people find a lot of neck tension and muscle strain in their upper neck and shoulders as a result of long hours sitting at a computer.  I recommend you take two minutes every half hour or so to do a quick stretch – you don’t even need to leave your desk.  Just hang onto your chair on one side and lean the opposite way while gently pulling your head to that same side.   I recommend you do the same thing on both sides in order to keep your symmetry and your muscles even aligned.  It will feel really good, so remember this is something that will not only help you to be more productive for a longer period of time, and prevent those eventual aches and pains that can lead to a more chronic condition, but it will also feel GREAT!

For those of you who do a lot of typing and mouse work, you may find your hands and forearms cramping.   Another easy suggestion to alleviate that is while you are sitting at your desk, take 30 seconds to grab your fingers and push your palm forward, stretching out your forearm. Do the same thing on the other side and  then grab your fingers but face your palm inward. You can then just gently shake your hands and fingers and get back to work!

It is also a good habit to move around every 30-60 minutes. Stand up and take a walk around the office if you can, even if it is for a minute or two.  Go and get a glass of water, use the washroom or even start a different task. Finally, when you take a lunch break try to do that away from your desk – if there is someplace outdoors that you can walk to, even better!  If you schedule a walk or lunch out of the office with someone else, this will also help ensure you get a bit more physical activity into your day.

Basically, changing up your computer routine to prevent injury is no different than changing up your fitness routine to prevent injury – any sustained activity can lead to over use injuries.  There are other ways to reduce stress on your back, neck, shoulders, hands, wrists and even prevent things like carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, neck pain and back pain.

Feel free to tell us about what you do to change up your computer routine and prevent computer neck and other related over use injuries.

If you have any questions about chiropractic or other treatments to alleviate pain or reduce computer stress in your body, call or come by the Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic  in Newton Crossing, 604.507.9929.

Spinal Decompression Therapy

You are not alone if you are frustrated with back and/or neck pain.
Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Help?

Only the common cold causes more people to miss work than neck and back pain.  One of the services offered at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic is  Spinal Decompression Therapy – a non surgical solution for people who suffer from low back and neck pain.  When compared to standard surgical methods of curing back pain, spinal decompression offers many advantages:

1)  Drug free – there are no medications required to participate in spinal decompression therapy treatments.  In fact, if you are taking pain killers, muscle relaxants or anti inflammatory medications, your need for them should actually decrease.

2) Non invasive – and  almost completely non-disruptive for the patient’s life. Depending on the type of surgery, would likely be bed-ridden or require a back brace for weeks.  Spinal decompression therapy doesn’t require you to take long leave of absence from work or your other responsibilities at home or with your family.  Instead, we work with you on a gradual return to your usual activities that you can enjoy pain free!

Treatments are pain free, and at no time should be painful or even uncomfortable.  Some people even fall asleep during the treatment.

Once the computer traction device is set, the treatment begins with a very gentle progression towards a decompressive or what might feel like an anti-gravity state for your spine.  While you are lying in a comfortable and relaxed position, the DTS system does its work, stretching and distracting the spinal column, creating a vacuum effect that decompresses the discs within the column.  This vacuum effect can in many cases help retract or draw in the herniated disc that may be pinching the nerve.  Most patients report this feels like a comfortable, gentle stretching sensation.

Patients should leave their spinal decompression therapy treatment (each session lasts around 20 minutes) feeling relaxed and refreshed and are able to go on about their day.

3) Recovery time – While most courses of treatment require 15 to 24 sessions, it is expected that you will have a dramatic reduction in pain within the first few sessions.  It is advised that you continue with the full course as prescribed by your chiropractor in order to ensure that your spinal discs and the muscles that support them are stable enough to ensure long term results).  When compared to surgical options, recovery time is often the same as surgery, but usually faster.

4)  Cost – Many people have spent hundreds, even thousands of dollars on treatment and medication. Spinal decompression therapy treatments will also vary between practitioners, some costing several thousand dollars.  While spinal decompression therapy is covered by most extended medical plans, call or visit our office so we can find a treatment plan that works for you – financially and for long term recovery.

As with any type of medical treatment, response rates and recovery times will vary from person to person – as well as between practitioners and equipment.  Recovery takes time, but a focused treatment plan can help restore you to a fully functioning and pain-free lifestyle.

It is a good idea to consult with more than one chiropractor before deciding on a course of treatment.  Many types of spinal rehabilitation therapies are relatively new and the possibility of success is far greater when you visit an experienced treatment-provider.