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The Wellness Center Chiropractic, Rehab, & Massage in Fayetteville offers spinal decompression therapy, a noninvasive-nonsurgical mechanical treatment to patients with chronic low back and neck pain. We are part of the most exclusive group of branded non-surgical disc centers in the world. Dr. Spencer, D.C, a certified specialist in this modality, can provide this scientifically proven, alternative treatment to eliminate or significantly reduce your pain at a fraction of the cost of surgery. This gentle and effective treatment improves the health of your discs, aligns your spine, reduces pressure on your nerves, and allows you to gain your quality of life back. At The Wellness Center we provide spinal decompression, chiropractic, massage services, and more. In this page, we will focus on spinal decompression including what it is, statistics, case studies, types of pain, ailments, and much more.

What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression at The Wellness Center is a non-surgical, noninvasive, alternative approach for chronic neck, back, arm, and leg pain sufferers with herniated, bulging, and degenerative discs. It is an option to reduce chronic pain and should be tried before committing to back surgery (depending on condition, age, and other factors). Our spinal decompression or IDD therapy is a noninvasive spinal rehabilitation treatment, which was developed by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD.

Does spinal decompression decrease pain and help with pain management?

Yes, patients who underwent non-surgical spinal decompression experienced an average of a 74% decrease in pain.

What is the success rate for a non-surgical spinal decompression program at The Wellness Clinic?

According to our partner, Disc Centers of America, most studies on spinal decompression therapy show an 86% to 91% success rate.

Are you tired of dealing with pain, numbness, or tingling and are thinking about surgery as the only solution? There are alternatives to spinal decompression surgery. Let’s talk about your options!

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Is Spinal Decompression an alternative to surgery?

Yes! Spinal Decompression is a nonsurgical and non-invasive treatment option for chronic lower back pain, back pain, neck pain, disc pain, pinched nerve, sciatica, headaches, injury from an accident, and workplace injuries.

What is the difference between chiropractic and spinal decompression?

Chiropractic is great for helping with joint mobility, pain, and regaining function, but chiropractic adjustments will not move a disc back into place. This is where the spinal decompression comes in. Spinal decompression encompasses more than just specialized FDA cleared equipment. As part of our non-surgical spinal decompression treatment plans, chiropractic, massage, ice, and laser therapy work together to give you back your life and eliminate pain.

What are the Benefits of Spinal Decompression?

  • Non-surgical option for pain relief from low back pain, back pain, neck pain, sciatica, and other conditions or injuries
  • Restores range of motion, movement, mobility, and function
  • Our spinal decompression system provides gentle relief – some of our patients fall asleep during treatment
  • Non-invasive treatment – No medication needed
  • No recovery or down time
  • Promotes healing and good health
  • Cost savings

Why should you use the Wellness Center in Fayetteville, AR for spinal decompression?

What types of pain can spinal decompression help?

Spinal Decompression can help alleviate a variety of body pain. The gentle stretching of the spine creates space between the vertebrae, and this takes pressure off the spinal discs, nerves, and blood vessels. Pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in your body can all improve or dissipate by using this technique, including neck, low back, leg, joint, disc, and arm.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. It can be very complex and the reasons for it are numerous. Physical injury, illness, disease, aging, and psychological distress can all be the culprits, with the pain ranging from mild discomfort to severe agony, it can be constant or intermittent, and can be acute or chronic. Whatever the type, reason, or severity, it has a significant impact on a person’s life by interfering with daily activities, sleep, mental health, and one’s finances if impacts one’s ability to work. We all experience varying degrees of pain at some point in our lives and seeking medical attention to determine the cause is important. There are many paths to manage and cure pain including medication, rest, ice, therapies, surgery, and psychological support.

At The Wellness Center Chiropractic & Massage, we have many noninvasive or nonsurgical modalities that can help you manage and alleviate your pain. With the proper diagnosis and treatment, we can help you find ways to cope and resume a normal life.

If you are suffering with any of the following conditions, we may be able to help you improve your quality of life. These conditions, as defined by the Harvard Medical School and the National Institutes of Health, are all treatable through the services and skilled practitioners at our wellness center.

How much does low back pain, back pain, and neck pain affect Americans?

Chronic Pain is a long-standing pain that persists beyond the usual recovery period or occurs along with a chronic health condition. It can include:

  • Back Pain – Back pain affects 80% of Americans in their lifetime. It costs over $100 billion per year and is the leading cause of inactivity, work absenteeism and disability globally. The social and economic impacts are staggering. It is one of the leading causes for people to visit their medical provider. Some of the leading causes of back pain can be due to:
    • Degenerative Disc Disease– A condition in which the spinal discs break down over time.This can cause pain,stiffness,and loss of mobility in the lower back. By the age of 35, 30% of adults will show evidence in their discs and by the age of 60, 90% of the population have disc degeneration.
    • Sciatica – a condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling, and burning that can radiate from the back down the back of the leg.It is usually caused by a herniated or bulging disc or other pressure on the sciatic nerve. 40% of the population will experience Sciatica pain in their lifetime.
    • Muscle Strain or Sprain– The most common cause of lower back pain occurs when muscles or ligaments in the back are stretched or torn and can be caused by lifting heavy objects, twisting the back, or making a sudden movement. 7% of adults report experiencing this type of pain.
    • Spinal StenosisSpinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal causes pressure on nerves in the spine and cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the back and legs.
    • Spondylolisthesis – Occurs when one vertebra slips forward and puts pressure on another disc often impinging on nerves. This can result in numbness and tingling in the back and legs or arms depending on where the “slip” occurs.
    • Nerve Compression – Also known as “nerve entrapment” and it occurs when a nerve is compressed or impacted upon by surrounding tissue or bone causing pain, numbing, tingling and weakness to area affected by the nerve. 10% of the population experience nerve pain.
    • Injury – Can be caused by falls, whiplash, sports accidents, lifting heavy objects, twisting, over exertion and impacts to the body, just to name a few.
    • Arthritis– A condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints and is caused by wear and tear. The most common type is known as osteoarthritis and is caused by wear and tear on the body and occurs as we age. 2 % of the population have arthritis.
  • Low Back Pain – Lower back pain occurs when the lumbar region of the spine is affected by injury, overuse, or a condition / disease. 23% of the world’s population experience chronic low back pain and reoccurrence rates range from 24% to 80%.
  • Mid Back Pain Occurs when the thoracic region of the spine is affected by injury, overuse or conditions or diseases.
  • Neck Pain – It can be caused by a variety of factors. Some of the most common causes of neck pain include muscle strain, arthritis, nerve compression, whiplash, and bulging or herniated discs in the cervical region of the spine. Neck pain affects 30% to 50% of adults in the general population.
  • Joint Pain Causes of joint pain vary and will also depend on an individual’s age, health history, and lifestyle. The most common causes of joint pain include osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, injuries, and infection. Conditions causing joint pain affects 21.2% of adults.
  • Pain in Back and Down the Leg – Is commonly caused by sciatica or stenosis, is often a symptom of back pain. Causes are most frequently due to a herniated or bulging disc.
  • Tingling or Numbness in Legs – Nerve impingement, stenosis and inflammation is often the cause of leg tingling or numbness and can be treated with Spinal Decompression. Other reasons such as systemic diseases, vitamin deficiencies, alcoholism and toxin can also cause these symptoms. It’s important to get the proper diagnosis so you can receive the appropriate medical care to treat the issue. 40% of people will experience this in their lives.
  • Disc PainThere can be many reasons for disc pain. The most common ones include herniated or bulging disc degenerative disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, muscle strain or sprain, overuse, poor posture, obesity, smoking, and age. 39% of adults experience back pain.
  • Pinched NerveWhen a nerve is compressed by bone spur or a herniated disc, pain, numbness, and tingling in the back, legs, and feet can occur. 85 out of 100,000 people will experience a pinched nerve in their lifetime.
  • Headaches – Pain in the head or face are common and can be caused by many factors. Primary headaches, the most common, include migraines, tension, and cluster headaches. Muscle tension, stress, caffeine, alcohol, sinus infections, foods, high blood pressure, hormones, and spinal misalignment. On average 1 out of 6 adults suffer migraines and severe headaches.

Spinal Decompression Reduces Pain from these Health Conditions:

Many conditions respond well to Spinal Decompression Therapy. The therapy reduces/eliminates the pain from the condition, increases range of motion, and improves quality of life. This noninvasive nonsurgical technique may be the answer you have been looking for.

Spinal decompression has been successfully shown to be a leading alternative to surgical cases when dealing with the following:

  • Sciatica – Pain along the course of the sciatic nerve (which runs from the buttock, down the back and side of the leg, and into the foot and toes), often because of a herniated disc.
  • Neuropathy – Nerve damage and resulting loss of sensation, movement, or other function. 2.4% of the general population and 8% of the older population experience Neuropathy.
  • Herniated Disc -When part of a spinal disk bulges out of a tear or weak spot in the disk’s tough outer shell. Also known as prolapsed disk or slipped disc.
  • Bulging Disc – This occurs when the outer shell becomes weaker, allowing the disc to bulge to one side of the spinal canal, or flatten. Bulging disc are more common than herniations and less severe, however still very painful.
  • Spinal Stenosis – An abnormal narrowing of the spinal column.
  • Facet Arthrosis – a painful arthritis-like condition of the spine caused by degeneration of the joints between the spinal bones. The percentage of the population experiencing facet arthrosis pain increases from 57% from age 20-29 to 100% in adults 60 years of age and older.
  • Degenerative discs – Normal, and sometimes painful, deteriorations in the disks of the spine that occur with age.
  • Torn Annulus – A tear in the outer covering of the discs in the spine.
  • Spinal Injuries – Any damage or injury affecting the spinal column or discs.

What are the Disc Centers of America?

The Wellness Center is an exclusive partner of the Disc Centers of America. The goal of the Disc Centers of America is to provide state of the art back pain treatment. There are only a few certified disc centers in our great state of Arkansas – The Wellness Center is one of those centers.

What is Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy? Is it the same as spinal decompression?

The type of therapy and system we use for spinal decompression through our exclusive membership in the Disc Centers of America is IDD Therapy. Our equipment is exclusive, high-quality, and has been proven to show that the spinal therapy we use decreases long term pain in patients with chronic pain. Spinal decompression is an economical and effective strategy to win your life back by decreasing pain and increasing agility and movement without invasive back or neck surgery.

Does Spinal Decompression involve special equipment?

Yes, spinal decompression treatment at The Wellness Center involves specialized spinal decompression equipment and chiropractic, massage, and corrective exercises. We use an exclusive brand – the Accu-SPINA® system. It is exclusive to a few chiropractors in the state of Arkansas. It is the only device certified to deliver IDD Therapy Disc Treatment.

Accu-SPINA’s delivery method allows for highly specific mobilization, or distraction, of the targeted spinal segmentfor lower back pain. If you have chronic low back pain, The Wellness Center Chiropractic and Massage is here to help.

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What is special about the Accu-SPINA System for spinal decompression therapy?

The Accu-SPINA® stands out from other spinal decompression options on the market due to the utilization of three separate waveforms delivered based on the parameters set by the treating clinician (sinusoidal, triangular, or square waveforms). Additionally, it produces a unique, patented, secondary waveform called oscillation, which is a key component elevating IDD Therapy® above other treatment options.

How is a patient’s spinal decompression treatment plan determined on the Accu-SPINA system?

Fully computer-directed, the treatment regimen can be duplicated or modified as needed for any spinal segment and can be adjusted in real time.

How much does non-surgical spinal decompression cost on average?

The average cost of a spinal decompression treatment plan is $3,500 to $5,000 but varies from patient to patient and depends on severity and complexity.

Is an inversion table the same as spinal decompression?

No, the spinal decompression equipment, Accu-Spina, that we use does not invert. It lays flat and has been shown to create a negative disc pressure, which gives the potential for the disc material to be pulled back in. An inversion table decreases pressure but is not enough to create negative pressure.

Does spinal decompression therapy involve massage or soft tissue therapy?

Combined with soft tissue therapy, gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is one of the fastest and most effective ways to significantly reduce or eliminate back pain caused by auto accidents and other traumatic injuries. Non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is also effective at treating back pain, neck strain, headaches and other sources of disc conditions caused by aging, work-related injuries, and other causes.

I didn’t have lower back, back, or knee pain when I was younger, why do I have pain now?

Your joints are living, active tissues that can change over time and as we age. Loss of water content as well as normal wear and tear can take its toll on the joints, breaking down the top layer of cartilage.

If you are experiencing pain, tingling and or burning radiating from your back and down your legs and want to receive relief, we may be able to help you. Our Chiropractic Care, Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Therapy and other modalities may be the answer you have been looking for to alleviate this sciatic pain. Contact us today so we can review your case.

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What is the process for non-surgical spinal decompression at The Wellness Clinic?

Our Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Program is more than just specialized spinal equipment. We offer diversified techniques to make sure our patients decrease pain and regain mobility.

  1. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is usually performed for 23 to 30 minutes each session.
  2. Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments utilizing a specialized technique based on your condition.
  3. Whole Food Supplements and Collagen Support are key to heal and repair your disc needs.
  4. Ice Application for 7 to 10 minutes after each session
  5. Low level laser therapy (cold) is used to enhance healing of the annular areas of the disc.
  6. Corrective exercise program is designed to strengthen every muscle in your body including the all-important intrinsic muscles of the spine which are critical for long term results.
  7. Orthotics may be recommended by your doctor depending on the severity of your condition. Orthotics are sometimes recommended to expedite the healing process. Your doctor will determine if orthotics are needed for your spinal decompression treatment plan.

Is the Accu-SPINA for spinal decompression cleared with the FDA?

Yes, DCOA Doctors, like Dr. Spencer, only utilize FDA Cleared equipment – Accu-SPINA is FDA cleared.

What are Spinal Disc Disorders?

The diagram below includes the stages of spinal disc disorders including:

  • Annular Tear
  • Stage 1: Bulging Disc
  • Stage 2: Herniated Disc
  • Stage 3: Advanced Degeneration

The disc is made up of tough fibrous tissue (annulus fibrosis) that is in rings around the jelly like material (nucleus pulposus). A bulge happens when those rings get weak from a tear and/or the jelly material starts to break through the inner rings, causing the outer rings to bulge out where they can press on the spinal cord or the nerves that branch off the cord. A herniated disc is where the jelly material breaks all the way through the rings and goes into the spinal canal or to the side hitting the spinal cord or the nerves. Advanced degeneration can have a bulge or herniation associated with it but is pretty much where the disc has worn out and is dehydrated. In other words, it is pretty much the same thing as arthritis of a joint, except it is the disc.

How do I book a spinal decompression consultation?

To book a non-surgical spinal decompression consultation, go online and schedule or call us.

How does spinal decompression treatment work at the Wellness Center?

  • Our spinal decompression system includes using gentle movements to the targeted area.
  • During IDD therapy, the space between the vertebrae and disc is increased, relieving disc compression. Essential fluids, blood, and nutrients are drawn into the space supporting cell regeneration and disc health. Negative pressure is created during the process.
  • With each subsequent session, tissue heals, disc height increases and spinal mobility returns.
  • Dramatic pain relief is experienced as healing occurs.

What is spinal traction vs spinal decompression?

Traction will decrease the pressure in the disc and stretch the spine and muscles, but it will not create a negative pressure in the disc. Spinal decompression will decompress enough to where it creates a negative pressure in the disc, which works like a vacuum or suction and can allow the disc to be sucked back into place.

A pain in the neck is no joking matter! Aside from being painful it can cause headaches, affect range of motion, cause pain, tingling, and weakness in your arms and hands and limit your life. Our Accu-SPINA, spinal decompression treatments may be the solution to your problems. This gentle, mechanical treatment offered by Dr. Alec Spencer, who is certified in this process, can assess whether this treatment is right for you. Let’s talk so we can determine your best course of action.

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How many sessions are needed in an average spinal decompression treatment? How long does each session last?

Spinal decompression therapy plans are based on various factors – the number of sessions depends on pain, condition, and other factors. AS for how long a spinal decompression session lasts – we use a diversified technique including ice, laser, massage, non-surgical spinal decompression equipment, and more. Appointments usually range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on the treatment plan.

How long is the average spinal decompression treatment plan?

A patient’s treatment plan depends on several factors. On average, our non-surgical spinal decompression treatments last 3 to 6 months.

Can a patient schedule a couple spinal decompression sessions and not a full treatment plan?

Spinal decompression is a therapy and treatment plan for chronic pain. To reduce pain, we must correct the spinal issues first. That coupled with massage and exercise plans all play a role in quality care and diversified technique that is important for long-term pain relief. Spinal Decompression treatment plans usually range from 3 to 6 months+ based on age, injury, pain type, and other factors.

Does The Wellness Center Chiropractic offer financing for spinal decompression therapy plans?

Yes, we do offer financing for spinal decompression treatment. We offer financing through Care. For more information, please contact us or call to learn more.

How do I apply for financing on spinal decompression therapy plans?

We have information on financing at our Fayetteville Location.

Why Should You Try Spinal Decompression Before Lower Back Surgery?

Spinal Decompression is a highly effective modality in the reduction and elimination of pain for many causes of back pain. It is noninvasive, requires no downtime, it is gentle and actually returns nutrients to the discs allowing them to heal, is a fraction of the cost, is highly effective and is convenient to schedule, and has no side effects. The bottom line is that it is safe, effective and lets you claim your life back. It is a great alternative to a surgical procedure that may or may not work. In fact, up to 74.6% of low back spine surgeries fail to alleviate back pain, according to a 2016 review in the Journal of Pain Research.

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is commonly defined as the presence of persistent back pain and functional limitations in a patient who has undergone corrective back surgery. Corrective back surgery most commonly includes any combination of diskectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion. Other causes of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome include:

  • Foraminal Stenosis – the narrowing of the neural foramen of the spine where your spinal nerve exits to your body.
  • Spinal Stenosis – the narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Painful Disc Disease – pain caused by degeneration of vertebral discs.
  • Recurrent Herniated Nucleus Pulposus – a rupture of the annulus fibrosis with a displacement of the nucleus pulposus outside of the intervertebral disc space – otherwise known as a herniated disc.
  • Arachnoiditis – is a disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid of the membranes that surrounds and protects the nerves of the spinal cord.

What is lumbar decompression surgery?

Lumbar Decompression Surgery relieves pressure on the nerves through removal of bone and soft tissue. Lumbar decompression surgery is a type of surgery used to treat compressed nerves in the lower (lumbar) spine.

Used to treat:

  • Spinal Stenosis – An abnormal narrowing of the spinal column.
  • Slipped Disc – A vertebral disc that is displaced or partly protruding, pressing on nearby nerves and causing back pain or sciatica.
  • Sciatica – pain that occurs along the course of the sciatic nerve (which runs from the buttock, down the back and side of the leg, and into the foot and toes), often because of a herniated disc.
  • Spinal Injuries – Any damage or injury affecting the spinal column or discs.
  • Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression – A collapse or compression of a vertebral body that usually contains metastatic disease.

Types of Spinal Decompression Surgeries:

Spinal surgery could include a spinal laminectomy or laminotomy, foraminotomy or foraminectomy, spinal discectomy, osteophyte removal, corpectomy, artificial discs, and/or spinal fusion. Depending on the severity of your surgery, you may be out of work for 4 to 8 weeks or more.

Spinal Surgery Downside –

  • Invasive
  • Downtime
  • Painful
  • Risks of infection, blood clots, or damage to the spinal nerves or cord
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome – surgery may not take the pain away.

Why try Non-surgical Spinal Decompression as an alternative to invasive surgery? Check out these Journal Review Findings and Clinical Studies:

Journal Review Findings on Effectiveness of our Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression:

  • In 2005, Americans spent $85.9 billion looking for relief from back and neck pain through surgery, doctor’s visits, X-rays, MRI scans and medications. Costs have skyrocketed since then – The Price of Back Pain.
  • Spine Fusion Cost-effectiveness Questioned in Dartmouth-led Study. Given the tremendous increase in the number of spinal fusion procedures, the question of cost-effectiveness has critical implications for the health care system.
  • As for Spinal Fusions in the United States, analysts looked at hundreds of CPT and ICD codes to determine that there are approximately 1.36 million instrumented spinal procedures performed in 2021 and an estimated 1.50 and 1.52 million to be performed in 2023 and 2024, respectively.
  • Back Surgery Costs:
    • The average cost for a spinal fusion in the United States in 2021 was $110,000 U.S. dollars and in Latin America it ranged from $16,000 to $27,000 US dollars.
    • CBS news reported in 2020 that the cost of Spinal Cord Surgery in the United States for the uninsured could run $47,166. This number does not include a Spinal Fusion – Spinal Fusions for uninsured folks averaged about $67,826.

Clinical Studies on Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression’s Effectiveness on Pain:

The following studies, from highly reputable, knowledgeable, and respected medical researchers, facilities and medical review journals demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Therapy, as practiced at our wellness center. They verify what we see with our patients daily, that this treatment is safe, effective and life changing.

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  • Leslie of the Mayo Clinic shows spinal decompression to be up to 88.9% effective for neck and back pain.
  • A Johns Hopkins Doctor Study – research showed spinal decompression can lead to an increase in disc height and up to 90% reduction in pain – report by Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr., Frank Florio, William R Martin, and Charlotte Richmond.
  • Odell, MD, PhD in an Anesthesiology News Study showed spinal decompressions excellent long-term effectiveness even four years later. In the study, spinal decompression reduced chronic back pain – 71% showed more than 50% reduction in pain immediately after treatment in 86 percent showed a 50% or better reduction of pain at four years.
  • Presented in Journal of Medicine 2008 – medical doctors from Stanford and Johns Hopkins University show patient rate spinal decompression 8.98 out of 10 in satisfaction, and 100% would recommend spinal decompression. NSAID and opioid use went from 65% to less than 5%, patients did not have to have invasive therapies such as surgery.
  • Research shows spinal decompression reduces disc herniation size by up to 90%. MRI evidence of nonsurgical spinal decompression shows rehydration and repair of the herniated lumbar disc. In the American Journal of Pain Management, 71% of patients with significant reductions in disc herniations and 90%+ had leg numbness disappear.
  • The US Musculoskeletal Review Study revealed that with our spinal decompression therapy, there was an 88% success rate in alleviating back pain.

Who should NOT seek non-surgical spinal decompression therapy?

Non-surgical spinal decompression is not the right therapy for everyone. Patients who are pregnant, have spinal fractures, or have advanced osteoporosis are not candidates for non-surgical spinal decompression.

If you are looking for an escape from pain or an alternative to chronic pain, The Wellness Center can design a non-surgical spinal decompression treatment plan that reduces pain and gives you back your mobility.

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