About Our Spinal Rehabilitation Program

Spin Table

Gateway Physical Therapy utilizes the SpineMED™ Spinal Decompression Table and Saunders 3D Active Trac™ to effectively treat:

  • Herniated & Degenerative Discs
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Syndrome

What is Causing the Pain?

  • The spine is made of a chain of bones (vertebrae) that covers and protects the spinal cord, which carries sensory and motor messages to the brain.
  • Discs separate each vertebra and are made of a jelly-like substance in the center (nucleus) that is covered with many strong outer layers (annulus); they act like a cushion in absorbing shock.
  • Discs do not have direct blood supply—they depend on a transfer of fluids, nutrients, and oxygen from the bones (vertebrae) above and below.
  • This transfer depends on the difference in pressure between the inside of the discs and the vertebrae and blood vessels.
  • As we age, our discs are prone to injury and degeneration because the wear and tear on the spine is greater than its ability to heal and regenerate.
  • If all the layers of the annulus break due to the increased pressure on the disc, the jelly-like nucleus will ooze out of the disc and cause a disc herniation.
  • This herniation can press on spinal nerves, causing sciatica, muscle weakness, loss of sensation, and/or tingling/burning sensation along the nerves in the buttocks and legs.
  • Repeated episodes of injury result in the degeneration of the disc, which becomes stiff and dry, causing it to lose its shock-absorbing properties.
  • This process may continue until the disc is collapsed, which increases the mechanical pressure on the bones and joints leading to arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and facet syndrome.

The Treatment

  • Prior to beginning the decompression/traction treatment, a physical therapy evaluation will be performed to assess flexibility, strength, and function.
  • Once the appropriateness of treatment has been established, you relax on a whirlpool table.
  • After muscles are warmed, you are properly positioned on the table for optimum benefits.
  • The specific disc segment is gently decompressed to reduce the pressure inside the disc.
  • A cold pack and electrical stimulation will be utilized after the treatment to reduce any soreness that may occur.
  • Every treatment is completed under the direct guidance and supervision of our physical therapist.
  • Flexibility and core stability will be addressed by our physical therapist to ensure you enjoy lasting benefits.