DRS Protocol™ Blog

Are you looking at back surgery in the near future? There is a non-surgical treatment that may be the solution for you! Approved by the Federal Drug Administration, spine decompression therapy can relieve pain caused by a bulging or herniated disc, as well as pain in the back, legs, neck, and arms. You may be able to avoid injections, spinal surgery and anesthesia, as well as addictive pain medications.

What does spinal decompression therapy mean?

  • Significance -- Spine decompression therapy is minimally invasive, but there are still risks involved. Thus, it is important to undergo a physical exam, MRI and X-rays to determine if it is right for you.
  • Function -- Spine decompression therapy works by relaxing the spine through specific positions. The spinal disc is put under "negative pressure," to pull the herniated disc material back inside through a vacuum effect. Because of the decrease in pressure in the discs, it stimulates the blood supply and promotes healing.
  • Treatment -- Spinal decompression treatments are often used for those who have back or neck pain because of damaged discs, including herniated disc, bulging discs, narrowing of the spinal column or stenosis of the spine, sciatica or radiculopathy. However, if there is severe nerve damage, spinal decompression therapy may not be a viable option.
  • Contradictions -- Patients who have spinal instability, such as severe osteoporosis or degeneration of the spine, should not use spinal decompression therapy. If a patient has had spinal surgery with the implantation of screws, metal plates or similar hardware, spinal decompression should not be used. Pregnant women should also not have spinal decompression treatment because of pressure on the abdomen
  • Alternatives -- It is also important to know that there are other methods, such as chiropractic care, massage, and physical therapy. These methods can provide results in addition to or as an alternative to invasive surgical options.

Our doctors of chiropractic at McKim Chiropractic offer patients the DRS Protocol™, a non-surgical spine decompression therapy that relieves back pain associated with spinal and disc problems. Before prescribing a course of treatment, patients are given a thorough examination to determine whether the DRS Protocol™ is right for them.

So does spinal decompression therapy work? Call McKim Chiropractic for more information and to schedule a consultation. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID regain a pain-free life.

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