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Wissahickon Chiropractic

610 Barnes Street
Philadelphia, PA

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Dr. Anthony P. Galzarano

What is spinal decompression?


There has been much information in the media recently about the merits of spinal decompression.  In order to appreciate the merits of the new technology, you must first understand the condition it treats.

When a disk is compressed, the disk material moves from its place between each disk, into the space occupied by the sensitive nerves. When the nerves become crowded, the patient experiences great pain and pressure. This pain is not alleviated by even the strongest of pain medications. Many times, the condition warrants the use of highly addictive medications, such as morphine to mask the pain long enough to give the patient some relief. Long term however, the risk for addiction increases, while the source of the pain is untreated.

Surgery attempts to treat the condition by shaving the part of the disk to create room for the material that is crowding the nerves. Spinal decompression eliminates the source of the pain, therefore eliminating the need for risky spine surgery and the subsequent months of down time post surgery.

Spinal decompression is a result of Dr. Galzarano's state-of-the-art traction table.  When you sit or stand, there is pressure on your spinal discs.  When you lie down there is no pressure.  When traction is applied, the disc aquires negative pressure which causes the protruded disc material to migrate back into the disc, thus relieving pressure on the nerve root as well the accompanying pain, numbness, and/or tingling.  Dr. Galzarano has had tremendous success using this table.

Philadelphia Chiropractor | What is spinal decompression?. Dr. Anthony Galzarano is a Philadelphia Chiropractor.