Spinal Decompression or Physical Therapy?

spinal decompression therapy in SF
Spinal Decompression or Physical Therapy in San Francisco?

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs is San Francisco for over 23 years.

Several times per month we will consult with a herniated disc patient that was told they needed physical therapy for their condition by their doctor. Sometimes this helped a little, but more often than not it made them worse.  WHY?

When a vertebral disc is out of it’s normal position and putting pressure on a nerve, nerve root or the spinal cord, it can cause severe inflammation and muscle spasm (guarding). This is the natural response of the body as it attempts to protect the injured area by limiting motion.

Physical therapy even done by an expert can often times aggravate the herniated disc complex as the body is unable to handle even gentle exercise in it’s inflamed state.

Spinal decompression on the other hand is very safe and gentle and by design seeks to restore the injured disc into a more normal alignment, reducing nerve pressure, muscle spasm and inflammation.

The spinal decompression machine has a built in bio-feedback mechanism that senses the response of the body to the treatment and makes adjustments to the force based on this feedback loop.  This protects the body and allows the process to begin even in the most difficult of cases.

Once the muscles guarding has subsided as well as the inflammation and pain levels, e will slowly increase the intensity and move through the treatment protocol until we achieve the desired outcome. This process usually takes about 6 weeks (20 1 hour sessions).

We incorporate electrical muscle stimulation, ice, deep tissue laser and gentle massage techniques along the way.

In the event that a patient requires physical therapy at the end of the treatment, they are now in a better physical condition to handle it.

We have one of the most advanced physical therapy teams in San Francisco at our primary clinic in San Francisco, Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.  So, in the event that PT is needed, our patients simply walk a few blocks to get treatment.

So, there you go. Be very careful when you are told that you need physical therapy for a herniated disc and you are in a lot of pain.  Consider spinal decompression first. You may not even need PT.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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