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Decompression Therapy

The Athletic Room offers various decompression therapies for your neck (cervical), knee, and back (spinal). These are non-invasive, alternatives to surgical procedures that have limited success. Decompression therapies can help reduce cervical pain, knee pain, and severe lower back pain.

Neck (Cervical) Decompression Therapy

Persistent headaches, arm and hand tingling, and an inability to turn your head due to excruciating pain are common symptoms of clients that seek cervical decompression therapy. Cervical decompression therapy is safe and painless.

Your cervical vertebrae (neck bones) acts as a portal for your spinal cord and nerves that travel to other parts of your body. When cervical issues arise in the form of deteriorating discs (the cushions between each of your vertebrae bones) or poor alignment, nerves become pinched and irritated, causing severe pain and discomfort.

How does cervical decompression therapy work?

  • You will be laid on your back and a computerized traction machine is placed around your head.
  • Your spine is gently stretched, shifting the pressure on your spinal discs. Compromised (bulging, herniated) or deteriorated discs retract, relieving the pressure on your nerves.
  • This process can help discs properly heal back to their correct size and shape.

While you can feel better after one treatment, cervical decompression therapy is designed to be an on-going, cumulative treatment that is part of a longer-term body maintenance treatment plan.

Knee Decompression Therapy

If you are dealing with conditions such as:

  • Sprains or strains that have persisted longer than a month and a half
  • Partial ligament tears (ACL, PCL, medial, or lateral)
  • Simple or complex meniscus tears
  • Restricted range of motion one year after your total knee replacement
  • Baker’s cyst due to too much fluid produced in the knee joint

…then knee decompression therapy may be right for you.

How does knee compression therapy work?

  • By using the Knee-On-Trac system, we gently separate the bottom of the femur (thigh bone) and the top of the tibia (shin bone), to alleviate pain, improve function, and generate the healing of knee tissue.
  • This helps stretch tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue around the knee, providing improved range of function by re-establishing the natural joint space and cushioning in the knee.

Many patients experience relief after just one treatment.

Please note that those that are affected by complete ligament tears, recent fractures, acute meniscus and ligament injuries, blood clots, cancers in the knee, osteoporosis, knee replacements that are less than a year old (or not cleared by a physician), or infections in the knee cannot receive knee compression therapy.

Back Decompression Therapy

For some patients, anti-inflammatories, injections, and surgery has not alleviated their severe back pain. Injections and surgery are often risky; in fact, a study published by researchers Nikolai Bogduk and Gunnar Andersson in 2009 noted that spinal surgeries only resulted in modest pain relief.

For many, a modest improvement is not good enough. Therefore, you may want to consider back decompression therapy. This therapy is good for those that are afflicted with issues such as:

  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Sciatica, the sharp shooting pain that starts in your back and radiates down your leg
  • Failed back surgeries
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Lumbar radiculopathy or nerve irritation due to spinal disc degeneration
  • Facet syndrome

At the Athletic Room, we use the revolutionary Back-On-Trac spinal decompression table. The table moves clients side-to-side, helping open up joints that are causing nerve and/or disc issues. Many patients feel better after a few visits.

Please note that this therapy is not for everyone; a consultation is required to evaluate your candidacy for this treatment.