“Manual manipulation” is Dr. Ford’s preferred method for treating spinal conditions. This style of treatment is what people traditionally think of when considering chiropractic care. The “pop” sound is often associated with manual manipulation.
Dr. Ford uses various techniques when treating a patient, but the thing that most patients want to know up front is if he uses his hands to do adjustments. The answer is yes, this is called manual manipulation. Along with manual manipulation of the spine, Dr. Ford also uses various approaches to treating disc problems including Cox flexion distraction technique and McKenzie technique. If a patient requests the use of an adjusting instrument like an “Activator” then Dr. Ford is happy to accommodate the patient. Dr. Ford’s preference is a full spine approach to adjustments, using side posture position for the lumbar spine and typically laying the patient on their back to treat the neck, he rarely uses the “Thompson Drop Technique.” Dr. Ford is also very comfortable addressing extremity problems including carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow tendinopathis, plantar fasciitis of the foot and shoulder issues.
Decompression Therapy is well proven through medical trial, as well as clinical trial. Clinical studies demonstrate that this treatment has had tremendous results in alleviating pain caused by herniated, bulging, ruptured or degenerative disc, facet syndrome, facet hypertrophy, or failed surgical conditions.These studies have shown that the system effectively reduces back pain in 86 percent of patients and enables the majority of these to return to a more active lifestyle.
How does spinal decompression work?
Over time the normal movements of daily life begins to cause our spinal discs to deform and narrow. This wear and tear process will eventually cause bone spurs, arthritis, disc degeneration and injuries such as bulging and herniated discs. As the disc narrows it causes increased pressure within the disc. This increase in pressure keeps the needed blood flow, water and nutrients from entering the disc at its normal rate. Eventually the spine and discs begin to break down. Also the increased pressure within the disc causes increased pain. Simply put, spinal decompression works by using a special distraction (separation) force to take pressure off the spinal joints and discs thereby allowing the discs to heal and the pain to be alleviated.
What does spinal decompression feel like?
Generally when you are having spinal decompression done you will lay on your stomach or back. A special belt system will be placed around your torso and pelvic areas. The distraction (separation) force is applied very gently. The separation force gradually increases for a set time, then slowly releases. It repeats this process while increasing the force over a 15 to 30 minute time period.
Dr. Ford generally recommends a trial of 3-5 visits using decompression therapy to see if the patient is compatible to the therapy and will benefit from it. If the initial visits are helpful at alleviating the pain and symptoms associated with the patients disc problem then a plan of 2-4 visits per week for 4-8 weeks will be recommended. Unlike many clinics who offer decompression therapy we do not require signing a contract or up front payment for the entire care plan. Decompression therapy is $25 per visit for 15 minutes and $40 a visit for 30 minutes.