Spinal Decompression Specialist

Hancock Spine and Rehab

Tate Hancock, D.C.

Chiropractor located in Wichita, KS

Hancock Spine and Rehab is a full-service chiropractic facility that serves residents throughout the state of Kansas, including Wichita, Maize, and Goddard. Dr. Tate Hancock specializes in the use of chiropractic care and spinal decompression treatments to help create effective pain management plans.

Spinal Decompression Q & A

What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression uses equipment cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat disc injuries in the neck and low back. This new technology applies distraction forces in a graduated process to the spine, offset by cycles of partial relaxation that cause vertebrae to separate from each other. This creates a vacuum inside the discs that is then targeted for treatment.

This therapy is effective at retracting a painful herniated, or a bulging disc into the inside of the disc, from resting on the nerve root, the thecal sac or both. These movements are very slight, but over four to six weeks time, they can produce dramatic results.

The decompression-relaxation cycles bring water and other nutrient-rich fluids inside the discs, which often need hydration, especially as we age. This dehydration is what is behind most slipped discs. As they are hydrated, the torn and degenerated fibers within them begin to heal.

For low back issues, the patient lies on his/her back or stomach on a decompression table. S/he is secured to the table with padded straps around the waist and lower chest. For neck issues, patients lie on their backs, with the neck resting on soft pads.

Spinal decompression therapy has proven to be effective in the treatment of sciatica, arm pain, pinched nerves, herniated discs, bulging discs, leg pain, facet syndromes and degenerative disc disease. Patients are screened to determine if they are good candidates for the procedure.

If you or a loved one have struggled with any of the conditions listed above and are considering treatment, ask these painfully honest questions to determine if you might need chiropractic care:

  • Do you take painkillers daily and are you dependent on them?
  • Are you limited in your ability to carry out simple daily activities?
  • Have you had to miss work time because of pain somewhere in your body?
  • Have multiple injections or epidurals eased your pain at all?
  • Have you been in such bad pain that you are considering surgery, but are reluctant to go under the knife?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then chiropractic care is worth a good, hard look. Spinal decompression therapy could relieve your pain without surgery, injections and further painkillers.

Find out more about chiropractic care as you consider the best possible treatment for your pain. You do not have to live in pain; a gifted chiropractor can possibly relieve your pain and treat the underlying causes of it, but you will never know unless you try.

Give chiropractic medicine a chance at bringing healing to your body and relief from your pain. We love to help people feel better and lead pain-free lives!

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is a condition in which the fibers of the exterior portion of the disc crack and dry up, which allows the inner portion (nucleus pulposis) to extrude through the cracks and herniate out and onto the spinal nerve. This can create excruciating pain in the neck and low back and also lead to pain and sensory loss in your arms and legs (sciatica).  Chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression therapy are great ways to treat a disc injury such as a herniated or bulged disc.  

Is Spinal Decompression Effective at Relieving Back Pain?

Spinal decompression is extremely effective at relieving back pain. Not only does it take pressure off of the affected disc, it also reduces the pressure that is placed on other discs in the area. Spinal decompression helps to restore adequate blood flow to the area, which in turn can eliminate inflammation and swelling that is the cause of most of the pain. The suction that is created as the vertebrae are gently separated gives the disc an opportunity to slide back into its original location as well. The longer the area is allowed to remain in this position, the easier it will be for the vertebrae and discs to heal correctly, preventing them from shifting back into an unnatural position.

Insurance Policy

Here is a short list of insurance providers that we accept. Please feel free to call our office to learn more about your coverage options.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
United Healthcare