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Natural Awakenings Space & Treasure Coast Florida

Spinal Decompression, is it Right for You?

Apr 04, 2011 03:11PM ● By By Dr. Stephen H. Canuel

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. This safe treatment option utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. This technique of spinal decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This "vacuum effect" is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.

The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but has cumulative results over four to six weeks.

The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndromes. Proper patient screening is imperative and only the best candidates are accepted for care.

Dr. Stephen H. Canuel has a wellness clinic and also practices chiropractic. His office is located at 7331 Office Park Place, #400 (next to Devereux). Call 321-751-2333 or visit for online specials, detailed information and to see if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression.