Spinal Decompression Therapy

Triton – DTS – Decompression Protocol

Treatment for:

  1. Herniated / Bulging Disc
  2. Degenerative Disc
  3. Facet Syndrome
  4. Post-surgical patients
  5. Spinal Stenosis
  6. Chronic lower back pain
  7. Sciatica

Decompression reduces intradiscal pressure providing quicker, more effective pain relief.

  • Patients will have an examination / x-rays
  • Each patient responds differently
  • A trial of 6 visits, 3x per week for 2 weeks is recommended to see how the patient will respond
  • If improvement is seen, continued therapy is recommended
  • Traditional adjustments and stretching exercises are recommended 1x per week for 2 weeks
  • Additional physiotherapy modalities may also be ordered by the doctors

Our clinical experience suggests:

  • Decompression will create a quick initial response.  Patients will have pain relief and a reduction of symptoms to aching or stiffness within 6 sessions
  • Full relief is achieved in 8-12 sessions.  Typical  frequency is 3x per week
  • Decompression is also excellent supportive or maintenance treatment in those cases where pain relief is marked but prone to exacerbations

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is spinal decompression traction?

Decompression is a non-surgical comfortable traction therapy for relief of neck, back, arm or leg pain.

Spinal discs are isolated and placed under a negative pressure causing a vacuum effect within it.

  1. What does the vacuum effect do?

Disc material that has bulged, herniated, or protruded can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc.  The vacuum stimulates in growth of blood supply stimulation healing.  This results in pain reduction and healing at the injury site.

  1. What machine is used?

Dodd Chiropractic Clinic has chosen the Triton DTS machine manufactured by Chattanooga Company, the premier manufacturer of physical therapy machines in the U.S.A.

  1. Are there conditions that are contraindicated for decompression?
  • Pregnancy
  • Severe Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Some nerve damages
  • Not recommended for patients over 70 years of age
  • Spinal surgery with screws or plates is also contraindicated
  1. How often and how long are sessions?

Decompression, adjustments and rehab will take about 1 hour.  It is usually performed 3x per week.

  1. Can I try decompression if I had pain after surgery?

Yes.  Spinal decompression can help people with back pain after failed spinal surgery.  It can be performed in most patients who have not been left with an unstable spine after surgery.

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