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Frequently Asked Questions

Will DTS Therapy Treatments hurt?
Is it safe?

DTS Therapy treatments are considered to be one of the most comfortable and gentle therapy options available. DTS treatments utilize the equipment with proven safety and efficacy. Most patients report a mild sense of stretching on their hips or back, and often fall asleep during the treatment sessions. The DTS System is produced by the world’s largest hospital-based rehabilitation equipment manufacturer that has over 58 years of experience in the field.

Is this DTS Therapy new?

Although traction therapy has existed for thousands of years, Decompressive Traction is relatively new. Continued advances in procedures and equipment have improved effectiveness dramatically. DTS Therapy is the most comprehensive program available, it allows safe delivery of this formerly hospital-based therapy right in our office. DTS remains in the forefront of non-invasive disc therapy due to continual improvements in the delivery system and regular updates in protocol.

Why is DTS Therapy more successful than other options?

DTS Therapy is a wide-ranging program consisting of the newest traction techniques combined with targeted "core" stabilization exercises with Biofeedback. Additionally, we use other adjunctive treatments that have proven effectiveness in back care. Discs have been shown to be the predominate site of pain, so using methods that treat it as directly as possible makes the most sense. DTS Therapy affects the patient’s discs as directly as possible, non-invasively and without surgery.

Why is exercise and other therapies necessary?

Treating the supporting muscles in addition to the damage in the disc is integral. A complete program that targets the function of the stabilization muscles is an important part of the DTS Therapy. Ultrasound, heat, muscle stimulation and cold laser therapy can offer additional benefit for spasm and inflammation reduction. Our goal is not only to assist in healing the disc but to enhance support of the lower back and muscle control. A gradual breakdown of the foundational support of the back adds undue stresses on the discs and leads to loss of function and pain. Exercise along with adjunctive therapies will promote rehabilitation of these structures.

How long will my treatment program be?

It depends on the complexity and extent of the rehabilitation needed, however we typically treat 3 times a week for 1 month, transitioning from from passive to active treatments as you respond. The treatment is administered over a reasonable time frame and your response is continually evaluated. Further treatments may be necessary or a reduced frequency may be recommended at that time. The rehabilitative phase may include additional DTS Therapy treatments, with spinal adjustments to enhance the results. Most patients are released from treatments after 8 weeks.

Can DTS Therapy help my pain?

Though each patient is different and no doctor can guarantee success, the clinical results of this type of therapy have been effective in over 75% of patients treated. The common problems to many back conditions are damaged discs and poor spinal muscle control. Our treatment program addresses both of these core problems. The DTS System creates a controlled unloading to the vertebra to decrease disc pressure thus increasing blood and nutrient exchange. This exchange of fluids is something the damaged disc desperately needs to help it heal from the inside out. Muscle strength, control and endurance can all be improved with other facets of DTS Therapy that include specific controlled exercises.

Will my pain go away for good?

Although it is difficult to foresee the future, our experience has been that most patients do achieve long-term relief or effective pain management when they complete the entire program of treatments. Periodic visits to our office along with regular home exercise will assist in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the chance of reoccurrence. As with any comprehensive rehabilitation program, your continued home exercises and discretion with some daily activities will be the key to long-term relief.

How much will it cost?

Our office visits vary as to the extent of care needed, (DTS Therapy, adjustments, cold laser therapy, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage, etc). However we promise to only do those procedures necessary for your fullest recovery. You always have the choice as to the extent of care. Our staff will review all costs, payment options and insurance coverage up front. We want to help, and believe finances shouldn't't stand in the way of you and good health.

Spinal Decompression

The Non-Surgical Relief from Neck or Back Pain

We are dedicated to offering our patients the most state-of-the-art therapies for pain treatment of the neck and low back, pinched nerves, sciatica and bulging or degenerative disc diseases. DTS (Decompressive Traction System) Spinal Decompression Therapy is one of the most progressive, non-surgical and pain-free options. Please call us today to see if DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is the right choice for you!

After thoroughly researching a great number of spinal decompression machines that are available throughout the country Highland Park Chiropractic has chosen the Triton DTS machine that is manufactured by Chattanooga, Inc., considered by many as the premier manufacturer of physical therapy machines.

DTS Therapy gently stretches your spine, relieving pressure from joints, discs and muscular tissues, while enhancing your body’s natural healing processes. The distractive forces of the Triton DTS creates decompression to improve the flow of blood and the exchanging of nutrients to the injured area.

You must be 100% comfortable to achieve the ultimate goal of complete rehabilitation of your discs and spine. Unlike any other decompression device, the Triton DTS has several positioning options to allow for comfort and safety during DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy. During DTS Therapy, you will experience multiple cycles of stretch and relaxation, that gradually increases over a period of several minutes.

DTS Therapy sessions are usually less than 20 minutes in length and many patients notice pain relief in as few as 6-10 treatments. However, it is important to note that pain subsiding does not infer that your spine and discs are healed, so it is critical to continue the treatment protocol prescribed by their practitioners in order to achieve the complete value of the Therapy.

DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is a pain-free option that has documented an extremely high rate of success in reducing or even eliminating neck and back pain. If you are one of the millions who suffer from debilitating, chronic neck and low back pain, you truly owe it to yourself to make an appointment with our office today to find out if you are a candidate for DTS Spinal Compression Therapy.

3 Phases of DTS Therapy

DTS Therapy is performed on a specially manufactured table in either a face up or down position. Your comfort and clinical consideration are used to determine the best position for you. Positions can be altered in later sessions when necessary. We recommend wearing loose fitting clothes, and removal of belts and objects from your pockets, as you will remain fully dressed during treatment.

You will be positioned on the table to your comfort and fitted with a wrap-around harness. This restraint device allows the unloading of the discs and spine by the traction motor. The harness, your table position and the angle of gentle distraction allows for focused and accurate treatment to the affected disc. Once you are situated comfortably on the DTS the computer controlled traction is programmed to deliver a gentle stretching force to the spinal vertebra which is delivered directly to the harness system. The DTS System applies the gentle force and then releases it about every 60 seconds throughout your session. Total treatment time is usually 10 minutes initially, graduating to less then 18 minutes as you progress. Most patients state that they feel a subtle stretching around their hips and at at their lower back. Since DTS Therapy is a comfort-based procedure, patients usually report a feeling of relaxation and relief during their sessions. A great number of patients even fall asleep during DTS Therapy.

The gentle stretching and relaxing of the spine fosters a phenomenon called "imbibition." In the simplest of terms, this is the way a normal disc gets nutrition. This pumping action promotes nutrition intake into the discs, something often lost in damaged and degenerative disc conditions. In healthy discs, imbibition occurs naturally with daily motions and body positions and accounts for the increase of disc thickness in the morning and decrease at night. A disc with poor imbibition, fewer nutrients and hydration, is more likely to become injured and painful. Stretching, or tractioning the spine in a controlled, comfortable manner can help re-establish a more normal imbibition. This can re-supply the disc with nutrients and blood contact that help the disc heal from inside out. Also the dramatic decrease of pressure in the disc (decompression) can foster the drawing in of a bulge and help take pressure off a "pinched" spinal nerve.

 
 

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