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Spinal Decompression For Chronic Lower Back Pain

Severe back and neck pain can occur to anyone at anytime.

John was in a car accident in 2006 and ever since says “my back was never really the same. I threw it out a couple times a year.”

After a severe episode benched him for about a month, the young father from decided to get a free consultation at Connecticut Disc and Laser Therapy Centers. He was relieved to learn the chiropractic doctor could help without resorting to the surgery, medications or injections John wanted to avoid.

On his first visit to Connecticut Disc and Laser Therapy Centers, “it took me literally 10 to 15 minutes just to get out of the car in the parking lot. It was that bad,” John recalls.

After his fourth session of spinal decompression therapy, he was back to pouring concrete and shoveling on his strenuous day job. Best of all, he could play again with his kids.

“Old dad on the couch laying on the ice packs is never fun,” says John.

“This patient was among the millions of people suffering from debilitating lower back and/or neck pain that doesn’t end on its own. Beyond the physical limitations, psychologically, it is exhausting and wears them down,” says Dr. James J. Dalfino, founder of the medical practice at Shelton Medical Center. “Like John, in many cases, they do not have to live this way: We have the ability and technology to take care of them at Connecticut Disc and Laser Therapy Centers.”

As a full chiropractic clinic specializing in nonsurgical treatments, “we have been able to save many hundreds of people from surgery with non-invasive, gentle Spinal Decompression Therapy,” Dr. Dalfino says. “It’s not a band-aid; this is a long-term solution that get results.”

“If you think of spinal discs as jelly donuts, imagine what happens when too much pressure is put on just one. The jelly squirts out. In the spine, backbone touches nerves and results in a herniated disc.”

Sciatica is a common complaint of those who turn to Connecticut Disc and Laser Therapy Centers for relief.

“When spinal bones rub, irritate, pinch or choke delicate nerves, the action triggers pain felt in the back and lower legs,” Dr. Dalfino explains. “Since the nerves also control certain tissues, organs and systems, these may also stop functioning properly.”

The body’s complex interconnectedness comes to light when pain hits. Looking at the spine, the lower back is comprised of bones called vertebrae. Discs are cartilage that cushion and separate the spine between the vertebrae. The spine carries nerves that control muscles, organs and other essential body functions, including the sciatic nerves that exit the lower spinal cord to extend down the legs and divide into numerous smaller nerves to the thigh, knee, calf, ankle, foot and toes.

“If you think of spinal discs as jelly donuts, imagine what happens when too much pressure is put on just one. The jelly squirts out,” Dr. Dalfino says. “In the spine, backbone touches nerves and results in a herniated disc.”

While it’s difficult to put jelly back into a squashed donut, “with Spinal Decompression Therapy, we can create a negative pressure – or vacuum – on discs in strategic areas, so the cartilage or jelly can realign and return to its proper place,” says Dr. Dalfino. “Herniated material is drawn back into the disc, along with water and other nutrients vital for healing.”

Dr. Dalfino has been performing Spinal Decompression Therapy for almost 20 years. Educated at New York Chiropractic College, “I was one of the first doctors to bring this FDA-approved technology to Connecticut, which I believe is more effective than old-fashioned traction,” he says. “I have my own protocols that work extremely well.”

Patients who are experiencing Spinal Decompression Therapy for the first time are pleasantly surprised by the immediate sense of relief they feel once the machine begins gently pulling. Laying comfortably on the spinal decompression table, the patient is treated with multiple cycles of decompression and relaxation to promote the diffusion of water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs.

“Freed from pain, many patients fall asleep during treatment,” Dr. Dalfino observes.

The treatment’s healing effects continue for weeks afterward. “Even for people who have had spine surgery or are using a wheelchair, it is possible to significantly reduce pain levels. Many of our patients are now pain-free.”

Spinal Decompression Therapy can give people their lives back, often without limitations. “It is wonderful to see patients moving naturally and comfortably – once again playing golf, picking up their grandchildren and enjoying other simple pleasures,” states Dr. Dalfino

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