What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression, also known as mechanical traction is the application of a pulling force to the spine. We use a specialized traction table and mechanical motor to provide a varying intensity of pull on the spine. Mechanical traction is most commonly applied on the neck and lower back, and works by unloading pressure between the spinal vertebrae. This traction force also takes pressure off the associated structures in the spine including the joints, discs and nerves.

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What is expect during treatment?

The Physiotherapist will first conduct a comprehensive assessment and determine whether mechanical traction would be an appropriate treatment for your condition. The clinician would then have you lie on your back, on the traction table. The traction apparatus will be secured to your low back or neck. The appropriate parameters would be entered into the computer and the machine will then slowly pull with an increasing force until you feel a comfortable but strong pull on your back or neck. The traction can be applied in an oscillating or a continuous force for 5 to 15 minutes depending on your condition. Patients may experience an immediate reduction in their symptoms but a usually course of 4-6 sessions would be recommended.

What types of conditions are treated?

Disc injuries (bulge, protrusion, herniation)
Degenerative disc disease
Spinal osteoarthritis
Spinal osteophytes
Pinched nerves
Spinal canal and nerve canal narrowing
Referred pain ("sciatica")

Hello Everyone, due to the recent spread of the Covid-19 in the GTA we have decided to temporarily close Physiofit Health and Rehab for at least 2 weeks. We take the safety of our patients and staff very seriously and believe this is the best move to help stop the spread of this virus within our community. We thank you for your support during these difficult times and hope we can still assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. We will do our best to contact clients who are in the middle of treatment plans to see if we can provide remote education, exercise prescriptions and recommendations to help you continue your path to recovery. Please contact us VIA email or phone if you need any assistance.