Conditions Treated


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A Disc Herniation happens when the vertebra above and below are not moving correctly. The abnormal motion of the vertebra put a mechanical stress on the intervertebral disc. Over time, the disc continues to receive this abnormal mechanical stress and it begins to degenerate. The degeneration wears out the outer fibers of the disc and they rupture and the inner material of the disc pushes through the fibers and often presses on the adjacent spinal nerve. Research shows that pain can occur from two different sources…the rupturing of the outer (annular) fibers of the disc, and also due to the (frequent) pressure on the spinal nerve that comes out of the space between the vertebrae.A posterio-lateral (posterior lateral) disc herniation is the most common type of disc herniation. It compresses the spinal nerve that exits the side/back of the spinal joint and causes tremendous radiating pain. The nerve pain often radiates into the arms or radiates into the legs (depending on the location of the herniation)

There are sub-categories of disc herniation. These sub-categories are disc protrusion and disc sequestration. A disc protrusion is the term used to explain that the disc material has torn the outer fibers of the disc and has pushed outside of the outer fibers. A disc sequestration is a term used to describe the inner material leaving the inner part of the intervertebral disc and parts of it break off and move into the spinal canal where the spinal cord is located.

Our specially designed spinal decompression table allows us to specifically target and isolate the disc herniation and we can actually apply decompression in a very specific way to get pressure off the nerve, away from the damaged outer fibers of the disc and create a negative pressure (vacuum) in the vertebral disc helping to ‘suck’ the disc material back into its proper location.

The spinal decompression table we have at Burlington Spinal Decompression is the only table that we know of that allows spinal decompression while a person is in lateral flexion, trunk or neck flexion/extension and also rotation. This is the key to repairing the problem and having it a long-term solution.

Burlington Spinal Decompression is the highest rated facility in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton, Mississauga and Milton…this is the case because our techniques and technology are second to none.

A disc bulge is by far the most common significant spinal problem encountered when people are investigating spinal decompression. Disc bulges occur only when the vertebra above and below are not moving properly. Over time, these mechanically dysfunctional vertebrae put extra pressure on the disc and it shows signs of deterioration. The first step in the deterioration process is most often back pain. The disc becomes dehydrated and disc thinning occurs. After this, the nerve becomes compressed and significant radiating pain begins. This is usually what motivates people to look into spinal decompression as it is one of the most effective treatments for disc bulges and radiating pain.Spinal decompression is effective for pain relief but we feel as though a very specific management plan must be included with spinal decompression in order to create very long-lasting results. Our specially designed care protocols create the best results possible as they not only help to rehydrate the intervertebral disc, they also train the nervous system to hold their normal position and move correctly.

Disc bulges are common…we see them and fix them on a regular basis. We also teach you how to manage your activities to avoid the problems after we correct the initial disc bulge.

We are the highest rated spinal decompression clinic in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Hamilton.

Technically, there is no such thing as a ‘slipped disc’. This term has become unpopular in recent times as a more specific definition is required. Slipped disc is a general term which indicated an intervertebral disc problem. A more specific diagnosis is that the disc is either herniated (protrusion), or bulged.Unfortunately, physicians refer to a slipped disc when a more precise diagnosis is best. Other care providers such as chiropractors, naturopaths, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and osteopaths usually more specifically diagnose the issue as either a bulging disc or a herniated disc.

Slipped discs are very common and are easy to treat. A conservative approach to treating disc problems is always the wisest course of action as there is a very high 5-year failure rate for spinal surgery.

We have a great deal of experience in helping people that have a slipped disc. Our experience in this area is unmatched in the Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and Milton area.

A sequestered disc is one that has degenerated significantly due to vertebral misalignment and incorrect vertebral movement.The vertebra above and vertebra below must move properly in order not to deteriorate. Unfortunately, when the vertebrae move incorrectly, the joint deteriorates quickly and the poor movement and deterioration of the spinal joints cause the disc to become thin and then, if it is not repaired, will herniate and possibly become sequestered.

It is important to know that a sequestered disc is a serious matter…thankfully it can still be helped without surgery. As previously mentioned, spinal surgery has a very high 5-year failure rate. We strongly recommend that if someone has a sequestered disc, they investigate all options before considering surgery.

We are the most experienced clinic and chiropractor in dealing with bulged discs, herniated discs, disc protrusions, disc prolapse and radiating pain in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton, Milton and Mississauga.

An extruded disc is another term for disc herniation. An extruded disc is one where the inner material of the disc pushes out through the outer fibers of the disc and, as a result, compresses the spinal cord or an adjacent spinal nerve causing significant pain. This pain is felt at the location due to the many nerve fibers on the outer circumference of the disc. Pain is also felt away from the spine…sometimes down in the feet or even in the hands and fingers. Thankfully a disc extrusion is correctable through a very specific care protocol that we have developed in our office over the past 15 years. A disc extrusion is a condition where the outer fibers of the intervertebral disc are degenerated over time through incorrect movement of the vertebra above and below the disc. Incorrect movement causes a mechanical and structural breakdown of the disc. Over time the outer fibers of the disc start weakening and then some kind of event (bending over, carrying something, a fall, lifting something, a sustained abnormal body position) causes the inner material of the disc to extrude (burst through) the annular (outer) fibers of the disc. The nuclear material (inner material) of the disc compresses the nerve causing pain at the site of the disc extrusion and often radiating down the nerve to where the nerve terminates (numbness, tingling and pain in the arms, hands legs or feet)A disc extrusion is very much within our treatment expertise. We can help…we have proved it many times over 15 years.

A ruptured disc is a way of describing a disc that has had its outer fibers torn and the inner material of the disc has broken through and is now located outside of the disc. It is extremely painful and often compresses the adjacent spinal nerves and on occasion can press upon the spinal canal itself causing spinal canal stenosis…a very serious problem.Thankfully, Burlington Spinal Decompression has a tremendous amount of experience in dealing with ruptured discs. Our proprietary treatment methods have been developed over the past 15 years and our success rate is unmatched.

A prolapsed disc is essentially the same as a ruptured or herniated disc. The term prolapsed disc is a different way of saying the same problem. Basically, the intervertebral disc has deteriorated to the point where the outer fibers of the disc have weakened and then ruptured. The outer fibers can no longer maintain the inner gel-like substance (nucleus pulposis) of the disc. The inner material of the disc often compresses the spinal nerve or the spinal cord in the spinal canal. The resulting nerve compression is very painful but more importantly, it changes the bio-electrical nerve signals and will continue to effect the organ, tissue or gland that is controlled by the nerve. It is very important to get this corrected as soon as possible before permanent damage occurs.The best place to receive Spinal Decompression in Burlington is Burlington Spinal Decompression. Our 15 years of experience in treating disc and spinal problems not only makes us the best spinal decompression clinic in the area, we are also the highest rated spinal decompression clinic in Burlington.

Sciatica or sciatic nerve pain is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is comprised of four different nerves that originate in the lumbar spine and the sacrum (tailbone). More specifically, the sciatic nerve is comprised of lumbar nerve #4 and 5 and sacral nerve 1 and 2. These four nerves connect in the posterior part of the back and pelvis and they run through the buttocks area and down the posterior compartment of the leg, down past the knee and down into the heel and underside of the foot. Sciatica is extremely painful and often comes and goes in no particular pattern. Often, patients have pain so intensely that even prescription pain medication will not help alleviate the pain.Burlington Spinal Decompression has a long and distinguished history of eliminating patients with sciatica. Our proprietary methods include spinal decompression, realignment of the affected joints, increasing spinal/pelvic joint mobility and alleviation of the compression of the affected nerves.

Additionally, our methods retrain the nervous system to hold the positioning of the joints to a position that does not irritate the nerves in the future. Lour advanced care protocols have earned us the title of the best spinal decompression clinic in Burlington and the highest rated spinal decompression in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton, Milton and Mississauga.

Scoliosis and Spinal Curvatures are different variations of the same problem. A spinal curvature is a sideways curvature of the spine. The curvature affects the motion of the vertebra, the spinal joints, the pelvic joints and causes a tremendous mechanical stress on the intervertebral discs. The spinal discs often become pinched on one side and the vertebra compress the spinal nerves causing pain and altered nerve signals to the organ, tissue or gland that the nerve controls. A spinal curvature is most often acquired through accidents, injuries or trauma. It can also be generated through repetitive motion or lengthy, repeated abnormal posture such as those experienced in the workplace. Spinal curvatures are progressive in nature and should be treated as soon as possible.SCOLIOSIS is a spinal curvature with the additional problem of vertebral rotation. This is very treatable with spinal decompression and associated care. Scoliosis is a progressive phenomenon and it should be treated as soon as it is discovered. Thankfully scoliosis surgery is NOT NECESSARY. Scoliosis is treatable without resorting to surgery.

In order to treat scoliosis effectively, the nervous system must be retrained, the spine must be straightened, and the proper curves must be input to the spine. This process is completely possible through spinal decompression and additional procedures that we perform at Burlington Spinal Decompression. In fact, we have treated hundreds of patients with scoliosis. Our results are the best in Burlington and we have received the best spinal decompression clinic in Burlington on many occasions.

Radiating pain is always caused by nerve compression. When a nerve is compressed it not only causes pain, it causes a change in the nerve signal that controls an organ, tissue or gland. This is the more serious aspect of radiating pain…the hidden problem…happening at a sub-threshold level.The radiating pain is the body’s way of signalling the individual that there is a problem. The pain itself is not the problem no matter how much pain is being experienced. It is only a sign. It is a signal that there is a deeper problem. A problem that has to be investigated thoroughly.

Thankfully the doctors at Burlington Spinal Decompression have a tremendous amount of experience dealing with, and eliminating radiating pain. Our unique application of spinal decompression and state-of-the-art care protocols are what earns us the title of the best spinal decompression office in Burlington. If you are going to investigate Spinal Decompression in Burlington, we are the highest rated Spinal Decompression clinic in Burlington and Dr. Brad Deakin has nearly 20 years of experience in spinal health and biomechanics. Burlington Spinal Decompression is the best clinic in Burlington, without exception.

  • Numbness and Tingling in the Arms
  • Numbness and Tingling in the Hands
  • Numbness and Tingling in the Fingers
  • Numbness and Tingling in the Legs
  • Numbness and Tingling in the Feet
  • Numbness and Tingling in the Toes

All of these problems are caused by the same problem…nerve compression. The only problem with this is that they are misdiagnosed 90% of the time as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. The history of all of these issues is the same…a trauma that happened years ago.

A physical trauma occurs, soft tissue around the spine is damaged, the additional mechanical stress to the joint causes spinal arthritis and the disc degenerates…leading to pressure on the spinal nerve. In order to fix this permanently, a very specific care protocol has to be used in the treatment. Spinal Decompression is the first step, the care protocol is the second step.

It is possible to completely eliminate the pain and the radiating symptoms. The numbness and tingling in the various area will come back unless it is treated properly. Our clinic director had this problem himself, and through the proper treatment, was able to strop the numbness and tingling permanently.

Our specific care protocol help us to achieve a permanent solution to the numbness and tingling and help to restore the proper spinal curvatures so that the symptoms never return.

Spinal Stenosis is a term used to describe a reduction in the size of the vertebral canal (where the spinal cord is located). An easy way to put this into perspective is to imaging an empty roll of paper towels. Imagine looing through it with your eye…like a telescope.While looking through it, get one hand and crush it along its length. If you look through it now, you would be able to see through it less than before…it has lost some of its diameter. This is exactly what spinal stenosis is like.

There is less diameter of the bony ‘tube’ that normally houses the delicate spinal canal. As such, the spinal cord itself rubs on the spinal canal which is made up of bones and discs. This friction causes neurological irritation, lost function and a wide variety of symptoms.

The problem is that it is interpreted incorrectly. Whenever people get advanced imaging (CT, MRI, PET, etc) they do not realize that those images are so detailed that they will almost always find some spinal abnormality.

Here is an x-Ray of a Spinal Anterolisthesis. As you can see, the vertebra identified by the arrow has moved forward when compared to the others. This causes a jog/diversion of the normal path of the spinal cord. This irritation and altered pathway causes neurological degradation of the signals that travel through the spinal cord.A Spinal Anterolisthesis is an important issue to be addressed.

Thankfully, for the overwhelming majority of patients, surgery IS NOT REQUIRED. The pain and dysfunction is very treatable and at Burlington Spinal Decompression, we have treated many people with Spinal Anterolisthesis with tremendous results.

A Spinal Retrolisthesis is s condition that is very treatable through conservative management. At Burlington Spinal Decompression we have treated many people with retrolisthesis. Unfortunately, there is along established practice of the medical community using surgery to treat this problem n the past and we have a long list of people that come into our office stating that they are very dissatisfied with all of the post-surgical complications years after the surgery.We use a combination of Spinal Decompression, vertebral alignment techniques and our own proprietary care protocol that has been developed over nearly 15 years to eliminate the pain and neurological deficits that happen with Spinal Retrolisthesis.

Below is a picture of a vertebra that has slipped out of its normal position and is considered to be a retrolisthesis.

The spinal canal is always compromised and spinal decompression and our care protocols are tremendously successful…helping the patient avoid spinal surgery.

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