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What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is a non-invasive way to treat back pain. This procedure, performed at Bee Caves Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center in Austin, Texas, uses a specialized unit to gentle stretch the spine, relieving pressure within the spinal column and giving many patients much-needed relief from their back pain. Dr. Zeke Harkleroad, your Austin chiropractor, offers some more information about how spinal decompression therapy (DTS) can help you.

How does DTS therapy work?

Patients who seek out treatment for their back pain are first evaluated by their Austin chiropractor, who will determine if DTS therapy will benefit them. In these cases, the patients lie down on the DTS unit, which looks similar to a regular exam table. Your Austin chiropractor will operate controls that cycle through stretching and relaxation therapies. Both treatments gently manipulate the spine, stabilizing its structure and encouraging maximum blood flow and nutrient conversion. Chiropractic medicine has found that these properties are essential to proper healing. Dr. Zeke has received advanced training with the DTS unit and its operation, so you can be assured that your comfort and satisfaction is his ultimate goal. Sessions on the DTS unit typically last about 10 minutes. Most patients start feeling significant relief after six to ten treatments at their Austin chiropractor's office.

Do I qualify for DTS therapy?

Patients with a history of back pain caused by herniated or degenerated discs make the best candidates for spinal decompression therapy at Bee Caves Chiropractic Center in Austin. However, if you have had metal appliances such as screws or rods surgically placed in your back, or you've been diagnosed with cancer or severe osteoporosis, you may have better success with other forms of treatment at your Austin chiropractor. DTS is also not typically used on pregnant women or young people under 18.

Can I continue any DTS treatments at home?

In addition to precautionary measures, Dr. Zeke will provide a series of exercises that his DTS patients can do at home in order to enhance their spinal decompression therapy in between treatments at Bee Caves Chiropractic Center in Austin. Exercising your core, taking short walks or swims, and avoiding heavy lifting and prolonged periods of inactivity will help make the most of your DTS therapy at your Austin chiropractor's office.

Dr. Zeke Harkleroad, your Austin chiropractor, can evaluate your unique situation to help design the best chiropractic therapy for you. Call Bee Caves Chiropractic & Scoliosis Center today for an appointment!

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