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What Is Articulating Decompression?
Articulating decompression can be defined as decompression that can vary the posture
of the spinal column during the treatment. Basic linear decompression systems cannot.
With articulating decompression, doctors have the ability to strategically position
the spine into a variety of postures to make the treatment more effective. This posturing
improves how the therapy moves through the spine. It enables the decompression to
reach into areas of the injury that the "older systems" miss.
How is the articulating done?
What are the typical conditions treated using Antalgic-
Back Pain Disc Bulges Pins & Needles Pinched Nerves Disc Herniations Neck Pain, Headache Failed Spine Surgery Numbness and/or Tingling Sciatica / Hip / Leg Pain Arm Pain, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist Spinal Compression Injury Osteoarthritis of the Neck or Lower Back
What is the connection between ROM and articulation?
What are the spine's ROMs?
The spine has many ranges-
Do your spinal joints move freely and without pain?
Damage to back or neck muscles as well as spinal alignment issues can limit our spines' ability to move. Limited or painful movement indicates the need for treatment.
What makes spinal decompression different than traction?
Spinal decompression is advanced traction. It utilizes a set of sophisticated computers
and poundage sensors to control how the spine is elongated. The old traditional traction
simply pulls the spine back and forth. But with computers we're able to customize
The lower spine and pelvis consists of 5 lumbar vertebrae, 5 discs, 1 central sacrum and 2 pelvic bones. The illustration above shows 5 lumbar vertebrae with 4 normal discs (blue) and one irritated disc (red). Observe how the holes behind each disc are actually formed by one disc and two vertebrae. The opening (foreman) behind each disc is where the spinal nerve roots exit. When an injured disc bulges or herniates, it typically expands backwards and into the nerve opening where it puts irritating pressure onto the soft spinal nerve root. This is how most nerve pressure or irritation occurs. These pressures produce a variety of debilitating symptoms
Lumbar Symptoms Typically Include;
o Sciatica, o Muscle Spasm or Weakness
o Numbness o Difficulty Walking or Standing
o Difficult Sleeping o Painful Sitting
o Hip Pain & Stiffness o Pins and Needles
o Hot or Cold Sensations o Pain into the legs
o Dull or Heavy Type Pain o Intense Sharp Pain
The images to the left show 3 stages of progressive disc involvement. The disc protrusion and subsequent disc prolapse (herniation) creates nerve pressure which produces symptoms. The above right image shows a typical disc herniation.
This disc image to the right is herniated onto the yellow nerve and pinching it.
What Is Antalgic-
It is also the world's first, "Range of Motion" Spinal Decompression System.
Successful therapy begins by removing nerve root irritations or pressures caused by bulged or herniated discs as well as compressed spinal joints (The red arrow in the illustration above is pointing to a large disc bulge).
AntalgiCare™ creates a soothing vacuum pressure within the disc by gently stretching
and improving the spacing between the spinal segments. The goal of treatment with
Disc healing can't begin until the abnormal pressures are removed from it. Alleviating excessive pressure on an injured disc will help in speeding recovery of what is oftentimes a painful debilitating condition.
AntalgiCare™ helps by gently alleviating abnormal spinal pressures and enables the compressed disc and irritated nerve tissues to heal.
The illustrations to the left, show the relationship between the head and the spine.
The cervical (neck) spinal column is made up of 7 stacked vertebrae with 6 cartilage discs between them. Together they form a protective tube for the spinal cord and nerve roots.
The spinal cord begins at the base of the brain and travels downwards through the cervical spine to the lumbar spine (low back) where it ends. There it splits into smaller nerves that travel into the lower extremities.
In the illustration to the left, the doctor is pointing to a large herniated disc with 3 disc bulges below it.
The herniation and bulges are pressing against the spinal nerves. These nerve pressures produce a variety of painful symptoms and movement problems.
This illustration to the left shows how the vertebrae and cartilage discs are stacked with each other.
Cartilage discs are sandwiched between vertebrae and act as shock absorbing spacers. The small foramina (opening) behind the disc are actually formed by three elements. These include the back wall the disc, plus the vertebra above it and below it. Nerves exit from these foramen.
The irritated disc (seen in red) is bulged forward. When a disc bulges backwards (The majority bulge backwards) it encroaches into the foramen putting pressure against the nerve. This is how symptoms are created.
Cervical Symptoms Typically Include;
o Vertigo o Cold Upper Extremities
o Neck Pains o Numbness or Tingling
o Blurred Vision o Headaches/Migraines
o Muscle Spasms o Weakness in the upper extremities
o Movement Problems
How Does AntalgiCare Therapy Treat These Conditions and Symptoms?
AntalgiCare increases vertebral spacing using a gentle and soothing spinal elongation process. The goal of this process is to in aid in reducing bulging discs.
AntalgiCare's gentle elongation creates a soothing inner disc vacuum. This vacuum draws nourishing fluids into and around the perimeter of the disc to hydrate the disc and improve healing of an injured disc.
It is virtually impossible for a disc to properly heal while it is squeezed and under pressure. Irritating compression forces must first be removed.
AntalgiCare helps by gently alleviating abnormal spinal pressures and enables the compressed disc and irritated nerve tissues to heal.
Finally, Doctors have an advanced treatment technology that can heal the symptoms of a herniated disc in as little as 6 weeks.
The new technology is only available at certified ANTALGIC-
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