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Welcome to Chiropractic Care in Sault Ste. Marie!

The benefits of Chiropractic care extend far beyond the successful management of painful conditions. Regular Chiropractic adjustments maintain the health of your spine and nervous system thus affecting every system in your body and minimizing “wear and tear” on the joints themselves. Chiropractic care can also dramatically improve your energy level, strength, flexibility, and decrease the effects of daily life stresses.

Chiropractic Works! Just as attending your dentist for regular cleanings maintains the good health of your teeth, regular chiropractic adjustments will maintain the good health of the most important structure in your body, your spine! Start your body on the road to good health today! At Albert Chiropractic we provide solutions to end your pain, maintain your spine, and give you the tools you need to start developing winning health and lifestyle strategies! ALL while respecting your time. If you should ever have any questions, comments, or concerns please call me at 705-255-2611 or email me at dralbert@shaw.ca and I will post responses in the “Blog” section of this website.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy!

1. What is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy?
DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.

2. What system does your office use?
After a significant amount of research, Dr. Albert chose the Triton DTS system manufactured by the Chattanooga Group, the premier manufacturer of physical medicine equipment. In fact, the new Triton head is so revolutionary that it won the 2006 Australian Design Award in the “Medical and Scientific” category. We also selected the Triton DTS system due to its ability to treat discs in both the neck and low back.

3. What are the indicated uses?
Patients with acute and chronic low back pain can benefit from DTS Therapy. Specifically, the system provides a program of treatments for relief from pain for those patients suffering with lumbar and cervical pain. The treatments are physician prescribed following specific protocols to ensure maximum, lasting improvement. The protocols use a combination of static, intermittent, and cycling decompressive forces to relieve pressure on the structures that may be causing the back pain.

4. Is the DTS system used after spinal surgery or is it contra-indicated?
The application of DTS Therapy at some point following surgery is NOT CONTRA-INDICATED. It has been used as follow-up therapy for patients that continue to complain of post-surgical back pain. This “dual approach” seems to offer an advantage especially in those patients that have more than one level of herniation in which only the major segment was excised.

5. What conditions are contra-indicated for decompression therapy?
Although the DTS Therapy System is an inherently safe procedure that can be used, without complications, for a wide variety of anatomical dysfunctions of the lumbar spine, which are commonly associated with back pain. Patients with the following conditions should NOT be treated with decompression therapy: Severe Osteoporosis, spondylolysis, vertebral fractures, unstable post surgical conditions, any kind of surgical hardware. Other contraindications are pathological lesions or congenital deformities of the vertebral column that disrupt the integrity of the vertebral and ligamental structures, such as fractures, neoplasm, gross osteoporosis or spina bifida; and progressive pathological or inflammatory processes of the spinal joints or muscles. Your best advice is to schedule a complimentary consultation regarding your health history to best determine if DTS Therapy would be a treatment option for you.

6. What is the difference between DTS Therapy and traction?
The DTS system uses progressive loading to overcome the intrinsic muscle response, which reduced conventional traction’s ability to generate enough intradiscal pressure to create a vacuum effect on the spinal disc. In the DTS system the computer controlled forces are slowly added to reduce the guarding effect of the spinal stabilizer muscles. The other advantage DTS has over conventional traction is the ability to create a “pumping effect” on the disc by increasing and decreasing the load as the treatment is given.

7. What results can I expect?
Clinical findings show the best results with 16-20 treatments over a 4-6 week period. The typical patient feels relief as fast as the first 5 to 8 treatments. Pre and post treatment MRIs have shown 50% reduction in the size and extent of herniations after 6 weeks of treatments. Clinical Studies confirm 86% of patients with disc problems reported relief with Spinal Decompression Therapy.

8. Is DTS Therapy cleared by the FDA?
Yes, the DTS has received FDA Clearance as a Class II Medical Device with 510(k) listing.

9. What medical practitioners apply the DTS Therapy System?
Neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, orthopedic surgeons, rhuematologists, internists, family practitioners, chiropractors, and multidisciplinary practices all use our treatment. Hundreds of doctors throughout the United States are relieving back pain utilizing the DTS.

10. How does disc decompression on the DTS system relieve pain?
Changes in intervertebral disc and facet joints of the cervical or lumbar spine exert pressures on vital structures resulting in pain, muscle spasm and inflammation. The DTS relieves pressure and factors causing pain through precise, computer-controlled adjustments along the natural anatomical lines of the spinal column. It does so without applying undesirable twisting or rotational movements.

11. Follow up treatment: How often is it required and how beneficial is it?
Experience has shown that the vast majority of patients who recover on the DTS generally remain in remission. However, some individuals whose lifestyle or work environment tend to expose them to higher risk factors, have found that a follow-up or maintenance program of DTS treatment sessions offers a measure of protection against disabling exacerbations of their back pain syndrome. Patients in this category usually develop, in consultation with the doctor, their own rhythm of maintenance visits that keeps them free of problems.

12. How much will it cost?
Our goal is to make Spinal Decompression widly available and affordable. . At our office, DTS treatments are only $95.00 per session. Treatments include decompression, electrical muscle stimulation therapy, ice and/or moist heat therapy, exercises/stretches, laser, and any manipulative therapy techniques required. However we will only do those procedures necessary for your fullest recovery. You always have the choice as to the extent of care. Our staff will review all costs, payment options and insurance coverage up front. We want to help, and believe finances shouldn’t stand in the way of you and good health.