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The Four Phases of Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical treatment designed to alleviate back & neck pain, associated radiating pain patterns, and other problems correlated with spinal disc injuries.

Barton Creek Chiropractic’s 5 Step Treatment Protocol includes Spinal Decompression Therapy using the Triton DTS Chattanooga machine. This machine can be specifically programmed to each patient’s condition, tolerance, and weight so that it is most effective and comfortable. It is designed to alternate between cervical and lumbar settings.

Pain resulting from bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, sciatica, and arm pain or leg pain is often felt from pressure being applied to discs and nerves in your spine.

Much like an ongoing stress injury, the decompression works in segments or phases over time.

Over a period of time, the disc is allowed to heal and maintain its natural position. This will help prevent future injuries and maintain a strong spine. The success rate has been very good when both chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression therapy are used together.

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The Four Phases of
Spinal Decompression Therapy

An effective way to treat low back and neck pain:

Phase I: (Initial Phase)

The purpose of this phase is to stretch tendons, ligaments, and muscles to decrease pain and prepare the soft tissues for Phase II.

Phase II: (Decompression Phase)

The purpose of this phase is to stretch the disc and surrounding tissue at a higher degree to achieve a negative intradiscal pressure. This promotes increased blood flow, increased synovial fluid exchange, and increased lymphatic return to allow the disc to rehydrate. Postural exercises are usually given in this phase.

Phase III: (Strengthening Phase)

The purpose of this phase is to strengthen the disc and surrounding tissues. This is achieved by using a cyclic pull pattern that mimics normal disc pressure changes. This improves tissue oxygenation and tensile strength to stabilize the spine. Core Strengthening exercises are usually given in this phase.

Phase IV: (Preventative Maintenance)

The purpose of this phase is to develop a plan specific to the patients’ needs to maintain optimum biomechanics of the spine.

Spinal problems rarely get better on their own. Call us and begin care today!


 Barton Creek Chiropractic | Spinal Decompression Central Austin | (512) 892-4445