Treatment involves being placed in a comfortable harness and standing on the Spina System machine, which then reclines to a lying position. The table is nice and soft and provides heat and a gentle massage. Quiet music helps you to relax. The angle of traction is adjusted so that the maximum effect occurs at the specific disc that we are treating. A sophisticated computer directs the process. Gentle traction slowly begins to decompress the problem disc. A vacuum is created at that disc space, which draws fluid, oxygen, and nutrients into the disc and also helps to draw bulging disc material back into the disc. There is a rhythmic traction, partial release, traction and partial release which allow the muscular and ligament support structures to relax. The traction and release acts almost like a pump to pump up the disc and restore its original height and cushioning function.Restoring disc structure and function takes the pain away for several reasons. Disc bulging and herniation are eliminated or greatly reduced, taking pressure off the spinal cord or the nerve roots. By restoring the disc height, by pushing the vertebrae apart, allows for the restoration of the normal structural relationship between the vertebrae. This restores the opening between the vertebrae through which the nerve roots pass and removes the pressure. This increased distance between the vertebrae also reduces the crumpling or buckling of the ligamentous support structures, which often takes pressure off of the spinal cord. Pain from the joints between the vertebrae (facet joints) improves since these joints now line up with each other in a more normal fashion.
Each IDD Therapy session is preceded by ultrasound therapy and followed by electrical muscle stimulation and cold-pack therapy. In recent case studies this painless, non-invasive treatment has been shown to be 86% effective in relieving lower back pain in patients with disc problems.
It may take up to 20 treatments to restore function but the pain is often gone in 3 or 4 treatments.